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Alumni update: May 2012

Seanee Garris Alexander, MSW ’99, was named the School Social Worker of the Year for Alamance-Burlington Schools. Part of her award for this recognition includes  an expense paid trip to the 2013 National School Social Work Conference to be held March 20-23, 2013  in San Diego.

Susie Mallard Barnes, MSW ’90, completed her Ph.D. in Social Work from U-Texas at Austin in 2011, and is leaving her BSW Advising Coordinator position at N.C. State to go to Campbell in the fall as an Assistant Professor.

Devon Corpus, MSW ’01, will receive the Medical Professional Hero Award from the Monterey Bay Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, on May 19. She is a crisis supervisor for Monterey County, Calif., working for Behavior Health at Natividad Medical Center. Corpus is a licensed clinical social worker who co-coordinates crisis intervention training for first responders. She may wind up at the scene of a hostage crisis or a case where police are confronted by a person with a mental illness. Or she may help debrief law enforcement personnel who have witnessed a disturbing incident, called critical incident stress management. The working relationship between emergency services and Behavioral Health helps first responders calm down and unwind after a crisis situation.

Robin Mauney, MSW ’90, worked in Ethiopia most of last year with orphans and vulnerable children, and is now in Cambodia working with the Ministry of Social Affairs on their National Action Plan for Orphans and Vulnerable Children.

Francinia D. McKeithan, MSW ’11, was selected by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in coordination with the State Fiscal Analysis Initiative to serve as 2011-2013 State Policy Fellows. She is one of the newly appointed Fellows and will work for two years as a research and policy analyst at the Mississippi Economic Policy Center in Jackson, Miss.

Karen Smith Rotabi, Ph.D. ’05, has co-edited a new book, “Intercountry Adoption: Policies, Practices, and Outcomes,” published by Ashgate Press in the Global Social Work series.

Teresa Strom, MSW ’93, and her family are featured in an Endeavors magazine article, Signal to Noise, about autism and fragile X syndrome.