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UNC School of Social Work Ambassadors

The Student Ambassador Program gives prospective students the opportunity to learn more about the School of Social Work and UNC from the experiences of current students.

Feel free to visit the Student Ambassadors' blog for their personal insights.

Full-Time Program:

Carolina Ahumada

Suzie Elliot-Bearce
(2nd Year – Full-Time) 

Millicent Robinson

Rob Garland
(2nd year – Full-Time)

Concentration: Direct Practice

Hometown: Saratoga Springs, NY

Areas of Interest: Health care and school social work

Field Placement: Duke Movement Disorders Clinic

Interesting Fact: I was a 5th grade teacher for three years prior to starting graduate school at UNC!

Concentration: Direct Practice

Hometown: Richmond, VA (but home is where the military sends you.)

Areas of Interest: Clinical social work, substance use and recovery

Field Placement: Evergreen Clinic (adult clinical psychology community clinic)

Interesting Fact: I can balance almost any object on the tip of one finger: baseball bats, ladders, tree branches, you name it.  Try me. 


Zane Shetler Jessica Huey
(2nd Year – MSW/MPH dual degree student)
Tara Corbett Cat Marzella
(2nd Year – Full-Time)

Concentration: Community Management and Policy Practice

Hometown: Bethesda, MD

Areas of Interest: Perinatal health and reducing disparities in birth outcomes

Field Placement: TBD, Summer 2018

Interesting Fact: I've been a birth doula since 2014!

Concentration: Community Management and Policy Practice

Hometown: Baltimore, MD

Areas of Interest: Individuals and families experiencing homelessness, program design and evaluation, and interpersonal violence.

Field Placement: Durham Crisis Response Center

Interesting Fact: I fenced saber and foil during undergraduate. 

Nicole Michaelson Kate Palmer
(2nd Year – Full-Time)
Ayat Soufan Benjamin Rosado
(2nd Year – MSW/MPH dual degree student)

Concentration: Community Management and Policy Practice

Hometown: Durham, NC  

Areas of Interest: Bridging the education gap for youth of color, programmatic development and research, and community empowerment with minority populations

Field Placement: Campus Y

Interesting Fact: Playing the piano, playing tennis, and watching A Different World are my main sources of self-care.

Concentration: Community Management and Policy Practice

Hometown: Wilmington, NC

Areas of Interest: Mental health/illness literacy, adolescent mental health, Latinx and immigrant communities, LGBTQ communities of color, trauma-informed care/policies, and program evaluation

Field Placement: TBD, Summer 2018

Interesting Fact: I lived in Guatemala for a year learning, exploring, building community, and working as a waiter/bartender


Chapel Hill Advanced Standing:

Chase Holleman Sydney Idzikowski
(Advanced Standing)
 Kaleia Martin Abbey Yoder
(Advanced Standing)

Concentration: Community Management and Policy Practice

Hometown: Vail, CO

Areas of Interest: Poverty policy, access to health care, economic justice, and governmental relations

Field Placement: NC Justice Center

Interesting Fact: I have climbed mountains taller than 14,000 feet and been in enough snow that would shut North Carolina down for months.

Concentration: Direct Practice

Hometown: Elkton, VA

Areas of Interest: School social work and program development for youth and their families 

Field Placement: Enloe High School

Interesting Fact: I studied abroad for a semester in Seville, Spain!


Triangle DE Program:

Brenna McColl Brenna McColl
(Final year – Triangle DE Program)
Brittany Allen Theresa Flores
(2nd year - Triangle DE Program)

Concentration: Direct Practice

Hometown: Winston-Salem, NC

Areas of Interest: Children and families, school social work, immigration, holistic health and wellness

Field Placement: Lincoln Community Health Center and coordinator for the SHAC clinic

Interesting Fact: I am a major outdoor enthusiast and love aerial arts. I’m also proud to be a leftie!

Concentration: Undecided

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Areas of Interest: Immigration, mental health, advocacy with minority populations, women and children

Field Placement: Volunteers for Youth

Interesting Fact: I run a hand-lettering business on the side!


Winston-Salem DE Program:

Markela Batts Markela Batts
(Final year – Winston Salem DE Program)
Debbie_Furr Marquita Laughlin
(2nd Year – Winston Salem DE Program)

Concentration: Direct Practice

Hometown: Winston-Salem, NC

Areas of Interest: Integrated healthcare, clinical social worker, children and adolescent mental health, and nonprofit management

Field Placement: Tim and Carolynn Rice Center for Child and Adolescent Health

Interesting Fact: I travel and sing with a gospel recording group. I also like to try new foods, dancing, and working out.

Concentration: Direct Practice

Hometown: Fayetteville, NC

Areas of Interest: Criminal justice reform, non-profit management, advocacy for veterans, active duty military and their families, and gerontology

Field Placement: Hospice of the Piedmont

Interesting Fact: I used to take belly dancing classes, I've gone tandem sydiving, I have a fear of dogs, but absolutely love my Yorkie!


Contact Sharon Thomas, Assistant Dean of Admissions, Recruitment & Financial Aid, at or 919-962-4367, should you have any additional questions or concerns.