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Alumni Council

Meet our Alumni Council

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.

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Dawn Apgar SSW’93, GSNB’02

After receiving a Bachelor's in Psychology from Bucknell University, Dawn began at Rutgers first as an MSW and later as a Ph.D. candidate. 

Today, Dawn is assistant professor and director of the department of sociology and social work at Seton Hall University. 

Prior to her work at SHU, Dawn served as 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 oversaw the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), theDivision 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). 






portrait of frank greenagel standing behind podiumFrank L. Greenagel, II, RC'01, SSW'06

Frank Greenagel, MPAP, LCSW, LCADC, CASAC, ICADC, ACSW, CJC, CCS, is a clinical social worker who specializes in addiction & recovery treatment. He is licensed in NJ, NY, and PA.

Frank is an adjunct professor at the Rutgers School of Social Work and an instructor at the Center of Alcohol Studies. He writes a blog at He conducts trainings and delivers keynote speeches around the country. He completed a Master in Public Affairs and Politics in 2015.

He has served on the NJ Governor’s Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse (GCADA) since 2011 and was also the Chairman of the NJ Heroin & Other Opiates Task Force. In 2014, 10 years after he was granted an honorable discharge, Frank was directly commissioned into the Pennsylvania Army National Guard as a First Lieutenant. He helps soldiers that have experienced PTSD, substance abuse issues and tries to point them all in a positive direction.





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Tawanda L. Hubbard SSW’05, SSW'17

Tawanda received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Bloomfield College and her MSW and DSW from the Rutgers School of Social Work. She currently serves as a specialist professor of social work at Monmouth University. 

Dr. Hubbard is a Licensed Clinicial Social Worker with over 12 years of experience in child welfare, behavioral health, adolescent and family therapy, case management, and clinical practice. She has a postmasters in Clinical Oractice with Adolscents from NYU and trained in Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, Bowen Theray, and Family Therapy at Ackerman and Multicultural Family Institutes. She received the honor of Outstanding Doctoral Instructor from Rutgers in 2016 and was recipient of CSWE Minority Doctoral Fellowship for the 2016-2017 academic school year.

Dr. Hubbard currently provides family and individual therapy as a private practitioner and trains DCP&P Workers as part of New Jersey Child Welfare Training Partnership. She is also the current President of the National Association of Social Workers, New Jersey chapter. 





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Daveen L. Mann LC ‘95, SSW ’09

Daveen received her Bachelor's in Sociology from Livingston College and her MSW in 2009. She 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. 

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. 

Outside of her professional life, Daveen loves to volunteer 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 currently serves as 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 at Brandeis University. 

Her current research includes 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 also teaches courses in research methods and disability policy. 

Susan 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.





Wilfredo Rodriguez SSW'10

Wilfredo Rodriguez hails from New York City and Puerto Rico, and currently works as a licensed social worker assisting veterans with PTSD.

Wilfredo received his bachelor's degree in education from the University of Valley Forge, Master of Divinity from the New Brunswick Theological Seminary, and Master of Social Work from Rutgers SSW. During his time as an MSW student, Wilfredo represented the SSW as an Eagleton Institute of Politics Fellow. 

A 21-year Navy Reserve veteran, Wilfredo served multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, and earned the rank of Commander and Chaplain. He is the recipient of serveral Navy commendation medals, including the NJ Distinguished Service Medal and Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition in 2017.

Today, he is the minister of the Reformed Church Linden, involved with parish social activism and justice, and his daughter Madelyn is a second-year MSW student at Rutgers SSW.




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Kyle Smiddie NLAW’11, SSW’11

Kyle currently works as 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. 

Aside from his work at the DOJ, 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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