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Alumni briefs: Bonzon, MSW/MPH ’06; Meyer, MSW ’79; Schwantes, MSW ’07; Sullivan, MSW ’97; Bohland, MSW ’98

Erin Cox Bonzon (MSW/MPH ’06), was appointed to lead the Howard County Office of Children and Families, between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Bonzon is the former project director for the National Academy for State Health Policy.

Andrew Meyer, MSW ’79, recently retired from Wake County Human Services (WCHS) after nearly 40 years of service, the last 18 years of which he worked as a program supervisor with the 4-H Youth Development Program. Prior to his last role in the county, Meyer served for 21 years as the supervisor of Wake House, the 90-day emergency shelter for children and youth in the custody of WCHS/Child Welfare. At his retirement, Meyer was honored with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, among the most prestigious awards conferred by the Governor of North Carolina. The award is given to individuals for exemplary service to the state and to their communities.

Anna Schwantes, MSW ’07, died on June 8, 2019, after a lengthy battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband, Tim, also a 2007 MSW graduate and their son, Sam. Anna wrote off and on about her journey with cancer for two years in the personal blog, “Anna MC in NC.” Tim posted the last entry in June shortly after her passing.

Matt Sullivan, MSW ’97, was featured in The Daily Tar Heel article, “Chapel Hill fire chief Matt Sullivan to retire after 32 years of service.”

Paula Bohland, MSW ’98, was featured in the Salisbury Post article, “Business growth coach aims to help others.