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Alumni briefs: Estes, MSW ’09; Mackta, MSW ’90

Ryan Estes, MSW ’09, is running for Region V representative of the national board of the National Association of Social Workers. Estes is the treatment operations director for Coastal Horizons Center in Wilmington, where he focuses on focuses on program development, fiscal and policy oversight, and clinical and administrative consultation.

Nina Mackta, MSW ’90, has been a school social worker for the past 20 years in Rhode Island. She is also director of district student mentoring programs. In 2015, she received a grant, along with eight other local districts, for Mental Health First Aide training, the nationally accredited public education program that teaches the risk factors and warning signs of mental health and substance abuse problems. Over the last 4 years, Mackta has helped to train 100 staff members in mental health first aide methods.