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Alumni Council

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Rutgers School of Social Work Alumni Council was chartered in 2013 to promote the lifelong engagement of alumni as members of the Rutgers School of Social Work community to advance the school’s mission.

Please share your ideas, concerns, comments, and suggestions with us, or express an interest in getting involved. Email us. We look forward to hearing from you.

Meet Our Alumni Council Members

Dawn Apgar SSW’93, GSNB’02

Dawn ApgarDr. Dawn Apgar received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Bucknell University, as well as a Master’s Degree and a PhD in Social Work from Rutgers University. Dr. Apgar was appointed as a Deputy Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Human Services in September 2010. This Department has more than one-third of the State workforce with 15,000 employees and a budget of more than $11 billion. In this role, she oversees the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), the Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CBVI), and the Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DDHH). Prior to becoming Deputy Commissioner, Dr. Apgar was an Assistant Professor at Marywood University and the Director of the Developmental Disabilities Planning Institute at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Dr. Apgar is a Licensed Social Worker within the State of New Jersey.

Lynne M. Healy GSNB’85

Lynne M. HealyLynne is Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work. Dr. Healy currently chairs the Administration Concentration and the International Issues Substantive Area and co-directs the Center for International Social Work Studies at UCONN. Professor Healy has served on the Board of Directors of the Council on Social Work Education and as Chair of the Council’s International Commission; held office as Secretary and as Vice Prsident of the International Association of Schools of Social Work; and held numerous positions with NASW. She currently represents the IASSW at the United Nations, is Chair of the IASSW Human Rights Committee, and serves on editorial boards of five journals. She has been honored with numerous awards such as the Individual Award for Advancing Education for International Social Work (CSWE), Social Worker of the Year (NASW-CT); and the Outstanding Community Service Award (West Indian Foundation).

Tawanda L. Hubbard SSW’05

Tawanda L. HubbardTawanda received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Bloomfield College and her MSW from the Rutgers School of Social Work. Ms. Hubbard is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who provides family and individual therapy as a private practitioner and as an independent contractor with Total Family Solutions, teaches at Rutgers as a part-time lecturer, and provides field instruction to BASW and MSW students at Rutgers. She also trains DCPP Workers as a part of the Rutgers Institute for Families and Child Welfare Partnership. Ms. Hubbard is a clinical supervisor for Total Family Solutions, is treasurer for the NJ Chapter of the National Association of Black Social Workers, and volunteers at NASW-NJ as the Middlesex Chair and member of both the Finance and Personnel Committees. Ms. Hubbard has served in a variety of positions such as DYFS Worker, clinical youth case manager, and therapist in an out-of-home therapeutic foster care program. 

Daveen L. Mann LC ‘95, SSW ’09

Daveen L. MannDaveen received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Livingston College and her Master’s degree in Social Work from Rutgers University’s School of Social Work in 2009. Daveen was invited to be a part of a first cohort of the Public Child Welfare Intensive Weekend program that was established in 2006. This was a new collaboration between the Department of Children and Families and Rutgers University designed to enable public child welfare professionals to pursue their MSW while continuing to work. Daveen is an Ambassador for the PCWIW program and continues to reach out to alums about events hosted by the School of Social Work. Currently, Daveen is a Supervisor at the Division of Child Protection and Permanency and supervises an unit charged with developing, supporting and retaining resource (foster & adoptive) homes. She is also a Field Instructor for the Baccalaureate Child Welfare Education Program (BCWEP).  Daveen has served a Shop Steward with the Communication Workers of America Local 1037 for over ten years. Most importantly, she loves to help others by giving back and serves in the R.E.A.C.H. ministry and Women's Council at the Abundant Life Family Worship Church in New Brunswick, NJ.

Susan L. Parish RC’88, SSW’94

Susan L. ParishSusan is the Nancy Lurie Marks Professor of Disability Policy and Director of the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University. Her research examines the health and financial well-being of children and adults with disabilities, as well as their caregiving families. Her current research is examining food insecurity and material hardship among children with disabilities and their families; health care access of adults with developmental disabilities; and racial and ethnic disparities in health care access, service use, and quality among children with developmental disabilities. At The Heller School, she teaches courses in research methods and disability policy. She has won numerous awards for her teaching and her research, including the Padgett Early Career Achievement Award from the Society for Social Work and Research and the Research Matters! award from the Arc of the United States. She is a Fellow of the American Association of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities.

Kyle Smiddie NLAW’11, SSW’11

Kyle SmiddieKyle is an attorney at the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), where he investigates conditions in state prisons that may violate the constitutional rights of prisoners. After an 18-month investigation, Smiddie and a team of DOJ attorneys found that the State Correctional Institution in Cresson, Pennsylvania used long-term and extreme forms of solitary confinement on prisoners with serious mental illness, many of whom had intellectual disabilities. This DOJ team is currently conducting an ongoing investigation into similar issues involving solitary confinement, expanded to the entire prison system of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. In addition, Smiddie is part of a team enforcing a settlement agreement in U.S. v. Virginia that resolves the Civil Rights Division’s Americans with Disability Act Olmstead investigation into whether persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Virginia are being served in the most integrated settings appropriate to their needs.

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