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Alumni briefs: Graham ’11, Skinner ’97, Swanson ’12

Laurie Graham, MSW ’11, programs director at the Orange County Rape Crisis Center, was recognized in May at the biannual statewide North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault conference.

NCCASA awarded Graham with the Peer Support Award in recognition of her dedication and devotion to ending sexual violence. Graham is committed to strengthening support group services throughout the state, and is working with NCCASA on a special project to develop a training program and manual for other rape crisis centers and nonprofit agencies to learn how to create, improve and manage support group programs.

Gary Skinner, MSW ’97, was appointed by Bishop Michael Burbidge to be the executive director of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh, after 12 years as assistant director. Skinner’s new role includes defining, refining and prioritizing aspects of Catholic Charities, while also increasing the organization’s visibility.

Kimberly Jinorio Swanson, MSW ’12, of Durham, is now employed with Housing for New Hope as a permanent supportive housing assistant property manager.