Kathleen Rounds

Kathleen A. Rounds, PhD, MPH, MSW, is a professor at the School of Social Work, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Director of the Public Health Social Work Leadership Training Program, and Co-Chair of the Dual Degree Program between the School of Social Work and the MCH Department, School of Public Health. She is also Director of the Doctoral Program at the School of Social Work. Dr. Rounds is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Social Work and the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Dr. Rounds’ research includes evaluations of support services for people with HIV, services for pregnant and postpartum women using drugs and alcohol, and adolescent parenting programs. Her practice interests focus on work force development of social workers in public health and community health settings, specifically in the area of maternal and child health.

Anita Farel, DrPH, MSW

Anita Farel, DrPH, MSW, specializes in program and policy development for children with special health care needs and their families. She has worked with state Title V programs to improve the ability of program staff to collect, analyze and use data. She has served as PI for grants related to birth defects surveillance from the CDC and national training grants related to helping states improve capacity for collecting, evaluating and reporting data about children with special health care needs. Dr. Farel has also been the PI for three externally funded distance education grants from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, most recently MCH Ole!(Online Leadership Education, 2008-2011).

Katie Hairgrove Moran

Katie Hairgrove Moran spent twelve of her formative years in Indonesia, which began her initial interest in working with refugee and transmigrant populations. During her undergraduate studies at UNC Charlotte, Katie majored in International Studies and minored in Women’s Studies, concentrating much of her coursework in women’s social issues in Sub-Saharan Africa. After graduation, she worked with AmeriCorps in Greensboro, NC, teaching ESOL and health literacy classes to refugees. Katie began her graduate studies at UNC with a specific focus on developing programs targeting health disparities found among many refugee populations in the United States. Since starting her graduate program, she has become a program co-director of Refugee Health Initiative, an early health education intervention with recently resettled refugees, and a social work coordinator at SHAC, a student-led free health clinic.

Nellie Placencia

Nellie Placencia is originally from Phoenix, Arizona. She received her BS in Psychology from Northern Arizona University in 2009, with a minor in Community Health Education. During her undergraduate career, she held internships at the Coconino County Health Department as well as North Country Health Care Clinic, both in their respective Maternal and Child Health divisions. Prior to coming to UNC, Nellie worked as a behavioral health technician in residential treatment homes for adults with severe and persistent mental illness in Phoenix. Her first-year internship at the Women's Resource Center in Alamance County included assisting unemployed and underemployed women to gain the necessary skills to re-enter the workforce and become self-sufficient. Currently, she is a social work coordinator for the UNC Student Health Action Coalition (SHAC) and recently participated in the School of Social Work study abroad trip to South Africa. Nellie's interests lie in reproductive health education and reproductive rights, especially within the mentally ill and disabled populations.

Alice Pollard

Alice Pollard is originally from Wilmington, NC. She received her BS in Broadcast Journalism from
Northwestern University in 2007. After graduation, she worked in several capacities in HIV/AIDS care and prevention services in Chicago, including developing a new HIV prevention and care program at a clinic serving Native Americans in Chicago. Leaving the Midwest after several years, she returned to North Carolina and landed in Asheville, where she worked to develop sexual violence prevention and response programs for college students.
During her first year in the School of Social Work at UNC, Alice’s internship was at the Nicotine Dependence Program at UNC Family Medicine, providing tobacco treatment counseling to UNC Healthcare patients. Alice is interested in health disparities, prevention and treatment of chronic medical conditions, sexual and reproductive health, substance use, and Native American health. During the upcoming academic year Alice will be working with UNC Counseling and Wellness Services as a Carolina Health Education Counselor of Sexuality, promoting sexual health and wellness for the campus community. Outside of classes, Alice enjoys playing with her dog Maybe, hiking, reading, and going to the beach.

Megan Squires

Megan Squires received a BA in psychology from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. Before attending UNC, Megan conducted biomedical research studying psychological and physical effects caused by chronic gastrointestinal pain in child and adolescent populations. Originally from Chapel Hill, NC, Megan is especially cognizant of difficulties faced by North Carolina children and families, and in general, those in the southeastern United States. Because of this, her interests in public health and social work mainly lie in ameliorating health disparities, preventing and treating obesity, and improving food security particularly among youth populations. Outside of schoolwork, Megan enjoys practicing yoga, running, spending time with friends, and taking care of her cat, Raffi.

Alisha Wolf

Alisha Wolf is originally from Durham, North Carolina.  She attended Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, where she studied English and Spanish and was active in the Feminist Action Network.  She then received a scholarship from the Spanish Embassy to teach English in Motril, Spain.  She taught English to third-, fourth-, and fifth-graders for one school year.  Following this, she moved to Washington, DC, where she worked as a Bilingual Tenant Educator, educating DC tenants on their rights to live in a safe home, as well as their rights to stay in their homes when landlords threatened to illegally evict them.  Alisha then moved back to North Carolina to pursue her dual degree in Social Work and Public Health.  During her first year in the School of Social Work, she worked with children being adopted from foster care.  She is now interested in studying and working with women struggling in the postpartum period and optimal care for infants and very young children.  She has recently become a postpartum doula here in Chapel Hill.

Jennie Vaughn, MSW

Jennie Vaughn grew up in Clemson, SC, and graduated from Wake Forest University with a bachelor's in psychology in 1992. She spent the following ten years in a variety of work situations, including reporting for a local weekly paper; copy-editing for a midsize daily paper; assisting with festivals, contracts, and publicity at the City of Asheville Parks and Recreation Department; and serving as a fund-raising assistant at Warren Wilson College in western North Carolina. She enrolled in the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work in the fall of 2002 and received her MSW in 2004. She now serves as Project Coordinator for various state-funded research studies based at UNC. Jennie's research interests include mental health policy, homelessness issues, and chronic mental illness.

John Anderson

John Anderson received a BA in English from North Carolina State University in 1998, but soon changed career aspirations to follow Internet technologies and the growing e-learning sector. John worked as a web developer for a Durham software development firm for six years before joining the School of Social Work at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2005.