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Faculty and staff briefs: Chapman, De Marco, Molee, Powers, Souders, Tarpley, Wiford, Wilfong-Rogers

Mimi Chapman
In June, Chapman presented in Shanghai, China at the Asian and Pacific Islands Social Work Educators Association (APISWEA) International Conference. She spoke on “Strangers at home and abroad: Comparing the needs and well-being of In-Country Chinese Migrants to Shanghai and Undocumented Latin American U.S. Immigrants in North Carolina.”

Allison Cheyney De Marco
Adjunct Professor De Marco’s paper, “The Relationship of Maternal Work Characteristics to Childcare Type and Quality in Rural Communities,” was selected as one of the top 20 nominated articles in the annual competition for the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research, sponsored by Purdue University.

Jill Molee
Molee has joined the School as student services manager, succeeding Linda Wilson who retired. She comes to us from Wake County Public School System, where she was a data manager for five years at Davis Drive Middle School.  She has also worked as a college placement advisor, assisting high school students with college selection and admissions since 2002. Originally from New Jersey, Molee has lived in Cary with her husband and three children for the past six years.

Joelle Powers
Powers has accepted the position of associate dean for academic affairs, succeeding Anna Scheyett who left UNC. Powers received her Ph.D. from the UNC School of Social work in 2005, has held positions at the School since 2002, and formerly worked at Durham Public Schools.

Tina Souders
Souders presented the keynote at the National Association of Social Workers – N.C. Chapter’s Clinical Social Work Summer Institute in Wilmington on July 19. Her presentation was entitled, “Will You Be My Friend?  Ethical Considerations in the 21st Century.”

Matt Tarpley and Iris Wilfong-Rogers
Tarpley and Wilfong-Rogers were honored on June 17 with UNC Employee Forum Peer Recognition Awards.
Tarpley won the Big Buddy Award, given for mentoring a fellow employee. He was nominated by coworker Katie Stella. Tarpley is the business services coordinator with the Family and Children’s Resource Program.
Wilfong-Rogers won a Call of Duty Award, for “someone going well above and beyond the expectations of their job.” She is an accounting technician, and was nominated by coworker Ruth Morgan.

Cynthia “Syd” Wiford
Wiford, P.I. of the School’s Behavioral Healthcare Resource Program (BHRP), was asked by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), of the Federal Department of Health and Human Services, to present on the subject of Community substance abuse and mental health needs assessment processes at its first annual Block Grant Conference, in Washington D.C., June 30-July 1. The conference was sponsored by SAMHSA for all 50 state and Indian tribes and territories’ state office of mental health and substance abuse staffs, to orient them to the new block grant application rules and processes. The state offices will be required to conduct a needs assessment of their respective service areas as part of the block grant application process. The Behavioral Healthcare Resource Program has conducted a number of needs assessments since 2006 for North Carolina communities, including Dare County, the 19-county East Carolina Behavioral Healthcare system, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the state of Louisiana. For more information about the needs assessment processes or technical assistance provided by BHRP, check out their website.