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Alumni update: July ’12

Bobby Cagle, MSW ’98, commissioner of Georgia’s State Department of Early Care and Learning, was featured in a June 2 Atlanta Journal Constitution story, “It’s a new day for pre-k oversight.”

Adriane Casalotti, MSW/MPH’09, and Bernard Becker were married June 16. The couple met at the College of William and Mary, from which they both graduated. Casalotti is a legislative assistant to Representative Lois Capps, a California Democrat, and specializes in health issues.  Full story

Glenda Cedarleaf, MSW ’80, LCSW, writes and records pre-made and customized guided imagery CDs to address chronic and acute pain, panic attacks, anxiety, depression, sleep disturbances, emotional eating, post-traumatic stress symptoms, chronic and acute health challenges as well as preparation for medical procedures and surgery.  Her guided imagery is inspired by 25+years of experience working in health and wellness settings including hospice, home health, oncology and integrative health centers. She is a clinical hypnotherapist, guided imagery practitioner, and holistic psychotherapist with a private practice in Raleigh and Hillsborough. Her CDs are provided to patients in a variety of settings including medical offices and in an outpatient surgery center, joint center, emergency department and cardiac catheter lab.

She is now a provider with MedCalm.

Marcie Fisher-Borne, Ph.D. ’09, and her spouse and are lead plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit filed by the ACLU against the state of North Carolina for second parent adoption rights for same sex couples. They were also featured in a June 20 Daily Tar Heel story profiling the case.

Fisher-Borne has accepted a full-time tenure track position in the Dept. of Social Work at N.C. State beginning this month. She will continue working with the American Cancer Society as their director of evidence-based practice. She is also an adjunct faculty member of the UNC School of Social Work.

Eric Garland, Ph.D. ’09, won first place from the Florida State University’s Council of Research and Creativity for his poster submitted for the First Year Assistant Professor’s award entitled, “Cue-Elicited Heart Rate Variability and Attentional Bias Predict Alcohol Relapse Following Treatment.”

Meredith Myer Poe Martin, MSW ’11, a reverend at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, spoke at the White House on June 11. She participated in the Bread for the World Hunger Justice Leaders Training in Washington, D.C. Bread for the World is a Christian nonprofit that advocates to the nation’s leaders on behalf of poor and hungry people. Part of this included a meeting with senior staff in the Obama administration from USAID, USDA and the Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Martin was selected as one of four to speak at the White House. They asked the White House to create a circle of protection around programs that feed poor and hungry people in the U.S. Watch video of Martin at the White House on Vimeo

Rick Miller-Haraway, MSW ’89, director of Catholic Charities in Raleigh, was featured in a June 30 story in the News and Observer, “Tar Heel of the Week: Caring for the poor, the weak, and those most in need.”

Nikki Mobray, MSW ’04, was featured in a July 2 article in the News Journal (Wilmington, Del.), “Time to talk about sex abuse.” Mobray has been with the YMCA of Delaware for over five years and worked on various prevention grants, but took over this project in January 2012. The YMCA of Delaware is one of three lead agencies that are bringing Stewards of Children (a three-hour training program that teaches adults to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse) to 35,000 Delaware adults by 2016. Her role is to coordinate the statewide effort, locating groups to train and connecting them with the agency’s 64 volunteer facilitators.