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I knew I wanted to be a social worker from the time I was 15 years of age and have never looked back. I received my BSW from Buffalo State College and my MSW from SUNY Albany. I have worked in a variety of settings both as a BSW and MSW practitioner including substance abuse treatment, domestic violence, homeless services, youth and adolescent services, elder care, women’s health, day care, and mental health. As I grew and changed as a social worker my focus became systems change, policy advocacy, grant writing, program development and administration, and higher education.

Degree Program University
M.S. Environmental Sustainability American Public University
Grad Cert CoR Graduate Certificate in Environmental Sustainability American Public University
M.S.W. University at Albany, State University of NewYork
BSW Buffalo State College
A.A. Jefferson County Community College

My Siena Experience

My Teaching Philosophy

I try to be a role model.  How?  I stay grounded in the real world of my profession, stay contemporary and on top of my game, ignite passion, am involved, set high standards but allow for human fallibility, am creative and challenging, laugh often, and encourage thinking outside the box!

What I Love About Siena

 Teaching in a small undergraduate school in one's home community is the best deal there is!  I love the age group of the students, the smallness of the college which allows for relationship building with students and alumni.   When people ask me what I do, I am proud to claim an affiliation to Siena and its reputation, Franciscan Tradition, and mission.

My Favorite Courses to Teach

I love social work....still after all these years. Teaching social work classes is my social work practice and the scholarship and service that I do on and off campus enriches what I bring to the classroom.  I have taught all but one of the required social work courses. But it is clear from the students' labeling me as  the "macro queen" that the courses in community organizing and policy advocacy (which are considered macro focused social work) are teaching to my passions, strengths, and interests.  I also have had the privilege of teaching an elective on troubled teens and juvenile justice and a course in advocacy and activism.  

My Professional Experience

Year Title University
2016 - Now Department Chair Siena College
2015 - 2015 Department Chair/Program Director Siena College
2013 - 2015 Coordinator of Field Educadtion Siena College Social Work Program
2006 - Now Professor Siena College
2002 - 2010 Department Chair Siena College Social Work Program
2001 - 2001 Associate Professor Siena College
2001 - 2001 Tenured Siena College
1997 - 1979 Weekend Resident Relief Manager Watertown Council on Alcoholism
1997 - 2001 Coordinator of Field Education Siena College Social Work Program
1996 - 1996 Assistant Professor of Social Work Siena College
1995 - 1995 Summer Youth Jobs Trainer Hudson Valley Comm. College
1995 - 1995 Visiting Instructor - Social Work Siena College
1992 - 1992 Adjunct Instructor- Social Work Graduate School of Social Welfare State University at Albany
1992 - 1995 Executive Director Mental Health Association in Fulton/Montgomery Counties
1990 - 2000 Adjunct Instructor Hudson Valley Community College
1985 - 1992 Associate Executive Director Equinox, Inc.
1983 - 1983 Teacher Assistant Stony Brook Day Care Center
1983 - 1984 Program Director Jones Boarding Home
1981 - 1982 Social Work Assistant Presbyterian Homes of Western New York
1980 - 1982 Counselor, BSW Intern Erie Medical Center
1979 - 1982 Medical Secretary Dr. John Wadsworth, Private Psychiatric Practice

Awards & Distinctions

  • Jermone Walton Excellence in Teaching - finalist
    Category: Teaching
    Siena College, 2017
  • This was a first and only advocacy leadership award given by the NYS Social Work Education Association in recognition of more than 15 years of organizing and leading an annual legislative advocacy day for BSW and MSW students and faculty from across the state.
    Category: Service-Professional
    NYS Social Work Education Association, 2015
  • ┬║Social Work Educator of the Year, Fall 2008, NYS Social Work Education Association.
    Category: Teaching
    NYS Social Work Education Association, 2008

Books & Book Chapters

  • The New Social Worker

    2016
  • Career Reflections of Social Work Educators
    Lycem Books
    2010
  • The New Social Worker

    2010
  • Encyclopedia of Social Work with Groups
    Routledge
    2008
  • Quick Hits for Service-Learning: Successful Strategies from Award-Winning Educators

    2008
  • Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity: A Social Work Practice Casebook
    Columbia Press
    2006

Presentations

  • Resources for Teaching the Landscape of Environmental Justice
    June, 2018
    National Policy Conference 2.0, St Louis, Missouri
  • Mobilizing Students for Change
    May, 2018
    Siena ACE Engage for Change, Albany, New York
  • Conflict Resolution
    April, 2018
    Siena Human Resources Wellness Workshop Series, Albany, New York
  • No Easy Answers- Free Speech on College Campuses
    April, 2018
    Panel Presentation at Siena College, Albany, New York
  • ACE Community Research Project - CARES, Inc.
    January, 2018
    ACE community research project workshop, Albany, New York
  • Closing Facilitator for MLK Service Day- Post Service Reflection
    January, 2018
    ACE/Bonner MLK Volunteer Service Day Event, Albany, New York
  • Working effectively as a team
    January, 2018
    VPAA workshop series for department chairs, Albany, New York
  • Working with Homeless Youth
    November, 2017
    Team Building Day, Albany, New York
  • Incorporating the How tos of Environmental Justice into our Social Work Curriculum
    October, 2017
    NYS Social Work Education Association Conference, Saratoga Springs, New York
  • Siena Research Institute - Anti-Cyberbullying Upstander Training
    October, 2017
    Siena Research Institute - Anti-Cyberbullying Upstander Training, Albany, New York
  • What Kind of Leader do you want to be
    October, 2017
    Siena College Human Resources Leadership Academy, Albany, New York
  • Invited Facilitator for Center for Service and Advocacy's Homeless Awareness Month Services Panel
    November, 2016
    Siena Center for Service and Advocacy Homeless Awareness Month Series of Events, Albany, New York
  • Siena Research Institute Anti-cyberbullying Upstander Training
    October, 2016
    Siena Research Institute Anti-cyberbullying Upstander Training, Albany, New York
  • Runaway and Homeless Youth Panel
    April, 2016
    HUD Regional Summit on Housing and Community Development, Saratoga Springs, New York
  • Advocacy Strategies for Helping Those Who Are Not Seen or Heard
    March, 2016
    ACE INSPIRE CONFERENCE 2016, Albany, New York
  • Teaching about Differences from Social Work college courses
    2016
    ACE initiative with Troy Middle School to promote college bound students for the future, Loudonville, New York
  • Seeking inspiration for higher ground from within and with others
    November, 2015
    Annual Conference for the New York State Social Work Education Association, Saratoga Springs, New York
  • Tips for Working With Adolescents
    January, 2015
    ACE trailblazer and girl scout leaders training, Albany, New York
  • Policy Advocacy for Homeless Youth
    2015
    Annual NYS Social Work Education Association Conference, Albany, New York
  • Are BSW and MSW Students Learning Essentially the Same Thing in their Policy Courses or are they learning on a policy continuum?
    May, 2014
    Policy Conference 2.0, Austin, Texas
  • Catching Fire! Helping Students Find Their Voices and Commitment to Policy Advocacy
    May, 2014
    Policy Conference 2.0, Austin, Texas
  • Lunch Time Panel- How to help youth today
    March, 2014
    Community Forum 2.0 sponsored by ACE, Albany, New York
  • Keynote Speaker - 50 Shades of Gray in Politics
    October, 2013
    Annual NYS Social Work Education Association Conference, Saratoga Springs, New York
  • Preparing Students for Successful Legislative Action
    October, 2012
    Annual NYS Social Work Education Association Conference, Saratoga Springs, New York
  • Tips for Working with Adolescents
    June, 2012
    ACE trailblazer and girl scout leaders training, Albany, New York
  • Tips for Working with Adolescents
    June, 2012
    ACE trailblazer and girl scout leaders training, Albany, New York
  • Catholic Social Teaching in the Classroom
    2012
    Event of the Siena College Franciscan Center for Service and Advocacy, Albany, New York
  • Social Work Students Can Make A Difference in Politics
    October, 2010
    NYS Social Work Education Association, Saratoga Springs, New York
  • What is Social Responsibility
    February, 2010
    Social Responsibility/Social Investing sponsored by Siena FMA, Albany, New York
  • What does a Wiki have to do with homeless youth?
    June, 2009
    Siena College Service Learning Conference, Albany, New York
  • 'Are Our Alumni Engaged in Policy Advocacy?'
    2008
    Annual Baccalaureate Program Directors Conference, Destin, Florida
  • When our Neighbors Come to live with US
    October, 2007
    Global Studies Presentation to the Siena campus, Albany, New York
  • Case to Cause Advocacy: it's about change for the Individual AND change in the systems
    September, 2007
    Annual conference of the Empire State Coalition for Youth and Family Services, Catskills, New York
  • An open forum on Gun Violence
    2007
    Siena College Forum on gun violence, Albany, New York
  • Putting a Face on Runaway and Homeless Youth in Albany County
    2006
    Albany County Youth Bureau - Youth Summit, Albany, New York