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Alumni briefs: Cagle ’98, Hensley ’72, Scholle ’96, Whitley ’90, Wolfson ’13

Bobby Cagle, MSW ’98, was appointed by the governor of Georgia in June as the new interim director of the Division of Children and Family Services. Cagle has served as commissioner of the state’s Department of Early Care and Learning since 2011. Before that, he was with DFCS for about five years, first as the family services director and then as director of legislative and external affairs. Cagle serves on the UNC School of Social Work’s Board of Advisors, and was a 2014 recipient of the School’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

Bob Hensley, MSW ’72, retired on June 30 from the NC Department of Social Services after almost 44 years in social services. His days with DSS took him from Rutherford to Polk County as the DSS director then to Cleveland County as an assistant director and eventually to work for the North Carolina DSS. Hensley was featured in a profile story on his retirement in the Daily Courier on June 20.

A chapter written by Sally Scholle, MSW ’96,”Learning from a Multicultural Garden,” was just published in an environmental education book, Connecting Children to Nature: Ideas and Activities for Parents and Educators, by Wood ‘N Barnes Publishing. Scholle is a school social worker for Chatham County Schools.

Barbara Whitley, MSW ’90, executive director for the Stanly County (N.C.) Partnership for Children, retired on June 30. She was involved with the partnership for over 20 years, serving as executive director for the past 12. The Stanly County Partnership for Children is a nonprofit agency serving children birth to five years old. She plans to spend the summer enjoying her grandchildren, helping with her new grandbaby and traveling to the beach. Whitley was featured in a profile story on her retirement in The Weekly Post on June 28.

Julie Yoselle Wolfson, MSW ’13, has joined the staff of the Fountain House College Re-Entry Program in New York City, set to launch soon. Aimed at students who have suspended their education due to a mental health crisis, the program will prepare participants to successfully pursue their educational goals and lead healthy, fulfilling lives. It will be the only community-based program of its kind to target young adults, ages 18-30, and bridge the gap between clinical mental health services and educational institutions.