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Alumni Update: January 2012

Molly Barker, MSW ’89, is mentioned in a Jan. 3 North Canyon Patch news story about the organization she founded, Girls on the Run.

Elizabeth Books Freeze, MSW ’09, is the new director of development for Planned Parenthood Health Systems. She will be responsible for all fundraising in the Triad area. She was previously the development associate for campaign and annual giving at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro.

Jeffrey DeMagistris, MSW ’03, was appointed executive director of North Carolina operations for Lutheran Family Services in the Carolinas. DeMagistris has more than 16 years of experience in the field of mental health and has served Lutheran Family Services for the last five years as director of the Assertive Community Treatment Team. DeMagistris is also a field instructor for the UNC School of Social Work.

Michelle Hughes, MSW ’95,  has been selected to receive the 2012 Commissioner’s Award from the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) for North Carolina.  This prestigious award was given to Hughes in honor of her significant contribution toward the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. Hughes is a project director at Benchmarks.

Anna McCullough, MSW ’07, MSPH, had an op-ed published Dec. 2, 2011 in the News & Observer, Here’s to a smokeless New Year. McCullough is a program manager with the NC Cancer Hospital Nicotine Dependence Program.

Daniel Rhodes, MSW ’96, is featured in a Nov. 21, 2011 Avant Greensboro article, “Social vs. Lifestyle Anarchism: An Interview with Dr. Daniel Rhodes,” about the Occupy movement and social movements connected with it.

Karen Smith Rotabi, Ph.D. ’05, is featured in a Nov. 13, 2011 CBS-42 (Birmingham, Ala.) television news story, Mission: Healthy Relationships, about the divorce rate for military members.

Andrea Winkler, MSW ’08, LCSW, LCAS is providing training for the Southeastern Regional AHEC to North Carolina’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Centers on “Gender Responsive Substance Abuse Treatment: Applications to Pregnant and Parenting Women.”