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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.

  • May Benatar (I was Kolodny while at U of M), MSW '69

    49 years after graduating from the University of Michigan, School of Social Work, I'm still a practicing social worker, working mostly with survivors of childhood trauma and dissociative disorders. I wrapped up a long career in NJ about 8 years ago when my husband and I moved to the DC Metro area to be closer to children and grandchildren (5 to date). My office is in Silver Spring, MD. In 1999 I fulfilled a long deferred ambition to get my Ph.D. and I did so at NYU, completing a doctorate in one of the few remaining clinical programs in Social Work at the now re-named Silver School of Social Work. I recently published my first book which I think is of interest to both lay readers and clinical communities: Emma and Her Selves: A Memoir of Treatment and a Therapist's Self-Discovery. Writing and speaking about the book has been an exciting journey for me. And I love hearing from readers.
  • Ariana Thelen (previously Flood), MSW '15

    Ariana (Flood) Thelen is working in professional counseling and therapy at Identity Counseling, specializing in life transitions, family dynamics, elder concerns, grief counseling as well as anxiety and depression. She previously worked as a skilled nursing social worker, coordinating services for safe community living and transitions post-acute care, counseling in anxiety, depression, end of life, as well as interdisciplinary team (IDT) collaboration and policy improvement.
  • Judy Levick, MSW '82

    Judy Levick, MSW ’82 and Dr. Shari Munch, MSW ’82 co-authored a practice-based article in Advances in Neonatal Care Journal, entitled “NICU Bereavement Care and Follow-up Support for Families and Staff”, published in December of 2017. They collaborated with neonatal intensive care unit nurses who provide bereavement support at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital where Judy was NICU Parent-to-Parent Partnership and Bereavement Follow-up Coordinator for 32 years. Dr. Munch is Associate Professor at Rutgers School of Social Work.
  • Jonathan Vanderbeck, MSW '16

    The Rev. Jonathan Vanderbeck (MSW, 2016) successfully completed his full social work licensure and recently began a new position with Samaritan Counseling Center in Scotia, New York. He works as a psychotherapist and specializing in issues of race, gender, and sexuality as it related to individuals of various faith traditions, and also serves as a minister of a local progressive Christian church.
  • Danielle Swick, MSW '02

    Dr. Danielle Swick, MSW 2002 has received promotion to the rank of Associate Professor with permanent tenure at UNC-Greensboro.
  • Shannon Lane, MSW '99

    Shannon R. Lane, MSW '99, recently co-authored the book Political Social Work: Using Power to Create Social Change, released in 2018 by Springer International. She was recently appointed Associate Professor and MSW Program Director at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut.
  • Guillermo Sanhueza, PhD '14

    Guillermo E. Sanhueza, PhD ’14 Social Work and Sociology has been appointed Chief of the Division of Rehabilitative Programs for Chile by the Minister of Justice. His main responsibility will be the promotion and monitoring of successful, effective rehabilitative and decarceration programs for both adults and juvenile inmates in the country.
  • Michelle Feige, MSW '94

    Michelle Feige is the Executive Vice President of the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc., a global non-profit that promotes high-quality research through an accreditation process that helps organizations worldwide strengthen their human research protection programs (HRPPs). Michelle is proud to report that the University of Michigan is one of 8 AAHRPP accredited organizations in Michigan.
  • Meaghan McMahon, MSW '11

    Meaghan McMahon began MBM Consulting, her social impact consulting practice in July 2015. Since that time, she has worked with local government agencies, for-profit, not-for-profit and start-up organizations in both the Washington D.C. metro area and San Francisco. Learn more at meaghanmcmahon.com
  • Samuel Felton, MSW '15

    Samuel Felton, MSW 2015 worked as a Medical Social Worker at Lakeland Hospital for two years, becoming a licensed clinical social worker. In December of 2017, he was hired into a new position at Lakeland Health Care System as a project coordinator, working to improve inpatient and outpatient experiences of Heart Failure patients.
  • Andrea Schneider, MSW '97

    Andrea Schneider, MSW, LCSW is a psychotherapist in private practice in the Greater Los Angeles area with specialties in women's reproductive mental health and trauma and loss. She writes for Psych Central, goodtherapy.org, The Minds Journal and The Thought Catalogue. Her website is: andreaschneiderlcsw.com She also has a podcast entitled The Savvy Shrink at: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thesavvyshrink . She is EMDR trained and working on certification.
  • Bryan Joyce, MSW '09

    Bryan C. Joyce, MSW '09, accepted a position as a Clinical Consultant providing psychotherapy to long-term care geriatric psychiatric patients. In addition, Bryan continues to work fulltime as a Clinical Social Worker with the Dept. of Veterans Affairs.
  • Garrett Raubolt, MSW '05

    Garrett Raubolt, LCSW (SSW 05) has been recognized in the Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH) employee magazine Connections for his work developing and instituting the health systems first Collaborative Care, Integrated Behavioral Health Program in Primary Care. While working in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at NMH, Garrett is embedded in a primary care clinic to identify and treat patients who are experiencing depression.
  • Gayle Shier Kricke, MSW '08

    Gayle Shier Kricke received her doctorate in June from Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety. Gayle is the second person in the nation to hold PhD-level training specific to healthcare quality and patient safety. Gayle works at Northwestern Medicine as a Clinical Quality Leader for the healthcare system where she focuses on establishing an integrated quality program across a multi-hospital system.
  • Melissa Mendez, MSW '01

    Melissa Mendez has worked to build Wheeler Clinic's early childhood programs that serve very young children with trauma and their families. She administers the Birth to Three early intervention services at Wheeler and serves as President of Connecticut's Infant Mental Health Association. She serves on a number of advisory boards and work groups aimed at improving the early childhood system in Connecticut including the CT Home Visiting Consortium, the CT Help Me Grow Advisory Board and the CT Early Childhood Trauma Collaborative. Melissa is a trained Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) therapist and a trainer for home visitors on culturally responsive practice in infant and early childhood mental health and working with families in intergenerational poverty.
  • Linda Young Landesman, MSW '74

    Linda Young Landesman, since retiring in 2012 from the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation has published several books on behavioral health: Landesman's Public Health Management of Disasters: The Practice Guide, 4th edition, published by the American Public Health Association, May, 2017; co-edited Case Studies in Public Health Preparedness and Response to Disasters, published by Jones and Bartlett Learning; and Emergency and Disaster Preparedness for Health Professionals, published by Paradigm Education Solutions, November, 2017.
  • Bruce Thyer, PhD '82

    Bruce Thyer, Ph.D. 1982 (Social Work and Psychology), was recently appointed as a Distinguished Research Professor at Florida State University, where he has been a Professor since 2002. In 2016 he was inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.
  • Sirene Lipschutz, MSW '11

    Sirene-Rose Lipschutz recently began working as Tribal Therapist in Flagstaff, Arizona, working with the Navajo and Hopi in Tuba City, Arizona and with the Havasupai at the floor of the Grand Canyon.
  • Aneeta Pearson, MSW '14

    Aneeta Pearson launched www.internationalchildwelfarenews.com in March 2017, a site that features child welfare news from around the world, not covered through mainstream media. ICW News features news through discussion, interviews with child welfare professionals, and recommended literature. Child welfare professionals interested in being interviewed related to a story, please contact Aneeta through the website.
  • Karen Gordon Rosenberg, MSW '92

    Karen Gordon Rosenberg’s experience in the field of geriatrics spans two decades. Her involvement with Caring Across Generations, a national organization, included two visits to Washington, D.C., to collaborate with others from around the country to raise the national consciousness on aging, caregiving, and access to dignified care through dialogue and advocacy. In November 2017, she presented at the Interdisciplinary Conference of the Aging and Society Research Network on the following topic: The Case for Care Management: Changing the Trajectory of Aging.

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