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Alumni briefs: Bergstrom ’14, Bridges ’13, Gary ’00, Rossini ’02, Washington ’13

Erin Bergstrom, MSW ’14, is featured in a Sept. 9 Daily Tar Heel article, “Get to know four UNC startups.”

Joseph Bridges, MSW ’13, of Collierville, Tenn., is a founding member with his wife Karyn of an organization called The Forsaken Children, a Christian ministry that advocates for Ethiopia’s children and families. They and their three children are moving to Ethiopia to work with the organization’s Ethiopian team at the end of this year. Joe Bridges will be transitioning into the role of field director, to help the Ethiopian team with its foster care and adoption ministry.

Elisa Chinn Gary, MSW ’00/JD ’99, lives in Charlotte with her husband and two sons. For the past 13 years, she has served as the administrator of the Juvenile and Family Courts. Working within the justice system to improve its performance and accountability is her passion. She is currently running for Mecklenburg County Clerk of Superior Court and will be on the ballot in November.

Ijeoma Nwabuzor Ogbonnaya, Ph.D. ’12, has joined the faculty of San Diego State University’s School of Social Work as an assistant professor. Full story

Katie Rossini, MSW ’02, was appointed on July 1 by the Board of Education to be the student leadership coordinator for Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland. In this new role, she coordinates activities related to students by providing advice, counsel and support to their elected student government organizations and assuring that students may exercise their rights and responsibilities as provide by policy. She coordinates the advertising, applications and selection process for the Maryland Legislature Student Page Program and the Emerging Student Leaders Program as well as other countywide leadership programs. Rossini also started working on her doctorate in Entrepenerial Leadership in Education at Johns Hopkins University.

Tiffany Washington, Ph.D. ’13, is quoted in an article in the Sept./Oct. issue of Social Work Today magazine, “Nephrology social work: Caring for the emotional needs of dialysis patients.”