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Alumni update: Cook ’89, Ferrell ’03, Hunter ’12, Kunreuther ’13, Pesce ’94, Shrewsbury ’93

Lisa Hooks Cook, MSW ’89, retired on Aug. 1, with 31 years service to the State of North Carolina, concluding a career in child protective services, juvenile justice and education. She began a new full-time position on July 21 as an MSW care manager with AccessCare, one of 14 networks in Community Care of North Carolina. This is the first social work position in the Foothills B region. Social work is an emerging profession in the Medicaid case management services offered through AccessCare.

Eileen Hannan Ferrell, MSW ’03, was named the first executive director of Strowd Roses, Inc. Since its inception in 2001, this charitable foundation has awarded more than $4.5 million, through more than 700 grants, to nonprofit organizations that benefit the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community. Ferrell has devoted her career to area nonprofits. She has served Americorps VISTA, Volunteers for Youth, Inc., Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina and the Carolina Center for Public Service. Prior to joining Strowd Roses, Ferrell worked at the Institute for Nonprofit Research, Education and Engagement at NC State University. There she was interim director of operations, program coordinator, and advisor and instructor for the minor in Nonprofit Studies.

Libby Hunter, MSW ’12, recently left Easter Seals MST and is now working at UNC Counseling and Psychological Services as a referral coordinator/therapist.

Elizabeth Kunreuther, MSW ’13, had a Letter to the Editor published in the New York Times on Sept. 1., on leveling the college playing field.

Michael Pesce, MSW ’94, became the program manager for the Winston Salem/Forsyth County Schools Department of School Social Work on Oct. 1.  This is his 14th year with WS/FCS as a school social worker.

Jennifer Shrewsbury, MSW ’93, was named a recipient of the 2014 Governors Award for Excellence in Public Service. Shrewsbury is a clinical social work supervisor, DMH/DD/SAS, with the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services at Central Regional Hospital in Butner.