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Outstanding in the Field: Katie Bonanno and John Hudson

“Outstanding in the Field” is a series spotlighting the experiences of students and their field instructors at the UNC School of Social Work.
This month, the Field Education office has selected master’s student Katie Bonanno, and field instructor John Hudson of Buncombe County Department of Social Services (DSS).

Katie Bonanno is a third (final) year distance education student. She is from Morganton, attended undergrad at UNC and currently lives Asheville. She participates in the N.C. Child Welfare Collaborative and plans to begin her career at DSS after graduation. She is also pursuing the Certificate in Substance Abuse Studies.

John Hudson, MSW ’97, is a supervisor at Buncombe County DSS and has been a field instructor for three years. He and Katie work with a family assessment unit.

Buncombe County DSS is the largest county DSS in Western North Carolina. John explains, “Our agency values its staff and is committed to providing people the tools they need to their job and, as such, is a progressive and enriching place to work. We also live in Asheville and have fantastic views of the mountains!”