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Promotion? New Grandchild? Published a book? Honored with an award? You can share your news and updates with fellow alumni in the Class Notes section of the SSW website.

  • Marsha Davison, MSW '13

    Marsha Davison, MSW ’13, and Erik Burris, MSW ’13, have been awarded The Ngo Human Welfare Prize 2014 for their article, “Transitioning Foster Care Youth and Their Risk for Homelessness: Policy, Program, and Budgeting Shortcomings”. The article was published in Human Welfare: An International Journal of Graduate Research.

    March 26, 2015
  • Kamilah Henderson, MSW '12

    Kamilah Henderson, MSW '12, joined the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan as a Program Officer.

    March 26, 2015
  • Karen Lincoln, MSW '96, PhD '02

    Karen Lincoln, PhD ’02, MSW ’96, wrote an article that appeared in The Wall Street Journal. The article is titled “The Economic Argument for More Aid to the Elderly Poor”.

    March 26, 2015
  • Richard Smith, MSW '00

    Richard Smith, MSW '00, was inducted into the 2015 class of Fellows of the Society for Social Work and Research at the society's annual conference in New Orleans.

    March 26, 2015
  • Debra Donahue, MSW '95

    Debra Donahue, MSW '95, was unanimously chosen by the Forsyth County Department of Social Services board to lead the department as executive director. She is the first African American director of the agency.

    March 26, 2015
  • Thomas Vinca, MSW '71

    Thomas Vinca, MSW '71, retired in June 2014. He is now teaching courses in management and parenting classes.

    March 26, 2015
  • Ricky Roberts, MSW '01

    Ericka "Ricky" Roberts, MSW '01, an academic adviser in the UGA Honors Program, received the President's Fulfilling the Dream Award for significant efforts to build bridges of unity and understanding while striving to make King's dream of equality and justice a reality.

    March 26, 2015
  • Sirene-Rose Lipschutz, MSW '11

    Sirene-Rose Lipschutz, MSW '11, established the Southeast Michigan Doula Project, a nonprofit organization that provides free or low-cost doula services to low-income women. Services also include educational outreach in the SE Michigan community. The aim is to improve the birthing experiences for women.

    March 18, 2015
  • Elise (Moultrup) Bruderly, MSW '02

    Elise (Moultrup) Bruderly, MSW ’02, recently published “Parenting Twins: The Handbook for Containing Chaos and Preserving Memories in the First Year.” Focusing on the babies’ first year, “Parenting Twins” takes an in-depth look at the issues and challenges parents face after bringing their babies home from the hospital. Prior to expanding her career into parenting, Elise Bruderly worked as a clinical social worker at the University of Michigan Health System. "Parenting Twins" is available on and

    February 25, 2015
  • Therese Langan, MSW '87

    Therese Langan, a family therapist and owner of Parkside Family Counseling, LLC in Adrian, MI, recently co-authored the book Stop it! A Practical Guide for Youth Violence Prevention. Caregivers, service providers, and students in the field of social work will find the research, concepts, and practical examples easy to understand and implement. Her book is currently being used in an academic setting and in trainings for professionals already active in the field. Stop It! is for everyone concerned about youth violence, or whose job impacts children and teens. To contact Therese or to buy the book please visit

    October 22, 2014


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