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Kerry Anne Henry

For six weeks in the summer of 2012, Kerry Anne traveled to Ghana on a Rutgers International Service Learning Program through Study Abroad in partnership with the Center for African Studies.  While there, she assisted the lead professor, Dr. Abena Busia, and the 11 students that participated. She prepared class materials, as well as supported the group during projects, events, and facilitated group discussions. Kerry-Anne also responded to students’ questions in relation to their social and fieldwork experiences.  In addition to being an assistant to Prof.

Brittany DiBella

Class of 2013, Nonprofit and Public Management Zimbabwe

Mary Beth Ali

Instructor & Field Education Coordinator, Newark Campus , Masters of Social Work, Fordham University

Mary Beth Ali’s area of practice and research interests are communicable infectious diseases ( HIV), clinical practice with chronic illness & disabilities, co-parenting, adolescent & child development, developmental disabilities, and medical case management.

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Biography: 

Mary Beth Ali has been a Field Education Coordinator and Instructor of Teaching with the Rutgers School of Social Work since August 2013. Her practice and research areas of interest are chronic illness, with a specialty in HIV, developmental disabilities, palliative care and Immigration/refugee resettlement. Structuring personalized clinical and management internship experiences for each SSW student is the leading attribute of Ali’s field coordination of services.  She provides field instruction supervision, supervises field faculty and instructs SSW field education workshops. 

Her community service includes volunteer work with SMILE for Charity,  as a member of their Social Service Advisory Board.

Ali earned a Masters of Social Work (MSW) from Fordham University with an area of emphasis in social work research. As a Fordham MSW research intern, she collaborated with the Rutgers Center for Alcohol Studies -Project Impact to measure recidivism rates and motivational interviewing outcomes in adults attending the substance abuse out-patient programs. She also earned two bachelor's degrees, a Bachelor's in Social Work (BSW) and Bachelor's in Sociology (BA) at Ramapo College of New Jersey. She is a New Jersey Licensed Social Worker, Licensed School Social Worker, Substance Awareness Coordinator and NASW Certified Advanced Social Work Case Manager.  Ali holds clinical certificates in Thought Field Therapy, Bowen Family Systems, NASW Clinical supervision, Strengthening Families, Post-Traumatic Stress Management, and Seminar in Field Instruction.

Courses Taught: 
  • Women’s Issues
  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment: AIDS
  • Chronic Illness & Disability

Jeanne M. Koller

Instructor , Ph.D., Rutgers, Graduate School- New Brunswick

Dr. Koller’s practice area is clinical social work with a special interest in issues related to aging, intergenerational relationships and support, bereavement, occupational social work, and LGBTQ concerns (including the unique challenges faced by the aging LGBTQ population).

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Jeanne Koller (Ph.D., 2008) was appointed Instructor and Program Coordinator for the MSW Aging & Health Certificate Program in January 2015. In this role Dr. Koller supports the operations of the regional field education offices through management of the field placement process for Aging & Health Certificate students. In addition to her work in the field placement process Dr. Koller serves as Chair for the Rutgers Community Council on Aging; Faculty Mentor for the Fellowship in Aging students; and Coordinator for the MSW Aging & Health Speaker Series. She also presents at multiple school based orientations and trainings. Finally, she teaches and serves as lead/co-lead teacher for various courses.

Koller has served Rutgers School of Social Work in various roles since 2008. She has taught BASW and MSW classes as a Part Time Lecturer from 2008 through 2014.  Additionally she provided off site Faculty Field Instruction for students in the 2012-2013 school year and assisted placing students as a Field Placement Specialist in 2013 and 2014.

Dr. Koller is a proud alumna of the University of Massachusetts in Amherst where she earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration (BBA) in 1984; Hunter College, City University of New York, where she earned a Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) in 1989; and Rutgers University- The Graduate School- New Brunswick where she earned a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Social Work in 2008.

She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in NJ and has been licensed since 1991. Previously she had been a Licensed Social Worker (CSW) in NY (1989). She is also a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP) and has served as a Substance Abuse Professional for various workplaces.

Koller has provided clinical social work services for over 25 years including work at an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and maintaining her own private psychotherapy practice seeing individuals, couples, and families. In addition to providing psychotherapy services she conducted various workplace trainings, consultations, and crisis interventions. Prior to her solo clinical practice Dr. Koller worked in various social work settings.

Her community service includes leading the newly formed Central NJ Chapter for Radical Age; participating in Garden State Equality; and involvement with the American Society on Aging’s LGBT Aging Issues Network. Dr. Koller is also an active volunteer for One World Women’s Health.

Courses Taught: 

MSW 

  • Aging Services: A Critical Perspective
  • Clinical Social Work: I
  • Clinical Social Work: II
  • Clinical Social Work: Aging
  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment (HBSE)
  • Social Work Practice I
  • Social Work Practice II 

BASW 

  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment (HBSE) II
  • Generalist Practice I

Maureen Braun-Scalera

Director of the Office of Youth Empowerment, Institute for Families

Braun Scalera began teaching as an adjunct professor at the Rutgers School of Social Work in 1994 and has been teaching MSW students ever since. During this same time frame, she also taught workshops in the Continuing Education Department, providing training to all new Family Preservation Services workers, teaching in the Training Skills Certificate Series, and providing a number of clinically and ethically oriented courses to social workers

(848) 932-0517mbscalera@ssw.rutgers.edu
Biography: 

Braun Scalera began teaching as an adjunct professor at the Rutgers School of Social Work in 1994 and has been teaching MSW students ever since. During this same time frame, she also taught workshops in the Continuing Education Department, providing training to all new Family Preservation Services workers, teaching in the Training Skills Certificate Series, and providing a number of clinically and ethically oriented courses to social workers.

She joined the Institute for Families full-time in May 2011 as the Director of the Office of Child Welfare Initiatives. In this role, she oversaw the expansion of the New Jersey Child Welfare Training Partnership (the Partnership). The Partnership provides professional development for public child welfare staff. In the first four years of her tenure, the Partnership greatly expanded the number of developed course curriculums and increased the training offerings to the DCF community. 

In November 2013, Braun Scalera also brought Transitions for Youth, a suite of services that work with youth who are involved with and/or transitioning out of the child welfare system, into the Office of Child Welfare Initiatives. Four of these programs (Project MYSELF, Price Family Fellows, Summer Housing and Internship Program, and Summer Internship Program) work with college-enrolled youth aging-out of the child welfare system. The programs provide supportive coaching, workshops, and activities to assist the youth in successfully achieving a college degree and moving into a career. Another set of programs (Statewide Youth Advisory Boards) empower youth in foster care to learn leadership skills, providing advocacy and collaboration with DCF to create positive changes in practices and policies impacting youth in the child welfare system. Staff also conduct an annual Adolescent Networking conference and run a youth-directed Speakers Bureau.

Due to the expansion of services within the Office of Child Welfare Initiatives, responsibilities were divided to create two separate offices in the fall of 2015 with Braun Scalera assuming oversight of the newly formed Office of Youth Empowerment. This work will continue to focus on current and future programs designed to empower and enhance the lives of youth in foster care and those aging-out of the child welfare system.  

Braun Scalera has a long history working in public and private organizations dedicated to improving the lives of families involved in the child welfare system. This work began with the statewide implementation of Family Preservation Services, an intensive in-home family education and crisis intervention program for families at risk of out-of-home placement.  Future work has included oversight of clinical programs, training, and technical assistance to start up the first Family Success Centers in NJ, agency administration, program development, and replication.

Natalie Bembry

Assistant Director, Office of Student Affairs, Teaching Instructor, and Campus Coordinator for Camden, MSW, Monmouth University, Licensed Social Worker, Ed.D., Rowan University

Dr. Moore-Bembry’s research interests are cultural humility and cultural awareness of social work educators and students.

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Dr. Moore-Bembry earned her doctorate of education from Rowan University.  She has a BSW and MSW from Monmouth University. She is a Licensed Social Worker and a Certified School Social Worker in the state of New Jersey. She has a wide range of experience in the field of Social Work, including working with the Mentally Ill Chemically Addicted (MICA), the developmentally disabled, and Child Welfare. With over 15 years of experience within the field of child welfare, Dr. Bembry has held positions such as: a child welfare worker, school social worker, and finally as a child welfare trainer. As a child welfare trainer, she developed and trained many courses during her tenure. These courses include but are not limited to: Engagement and Trust Building Skills, Structured Decision-Making, Pre-Service Training, Car Seat Safety, CPR and First Aid, and Defensive Driving. Dr. Moore-Bembry also served as the primary trainer for the Department of Children and Families Office of Resource Families. She is a nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technician and Instructor through SafeKids Worldwide and a CPR/First Aid/AED Instructor through the American Red Cross. 

Dr. Moore-Bembry is passionate about educating social workers.  She has taught at the undergraduate and/or graduate level at the following institutions:  Monmouth University, St. Joseph’s College, and Delaware State University.  At Monmouth University she taught Social Work Practice with Communities, Field Practice in Social Work and Advanced Field Practice in Social Work for in the undergraduate program where she also served as a field instructor and mentor for senior BSW field students.  In the MSW Program, Dr. Moore-Bembry taught Advanced Clinical Practice with Children, Social Welfare Policy and Services I, and Social Work Practice in Groups.  At St. Joseph’s College she designed and instructed an online undergraduate Human Behavior and Social Environment course that focused on racism, oppression, discrimination, and the use of cultural humility.  Dr. Moore-Bembry also designed an online graduate level Social Welfare Policy and Services I course at Delaware State University.  

At Rutgers University School of Social Work, Dr. Moore-Bembry has provided instruction at both the BASW and MSW levels. In the BASW program, she has taught Generalist Practice I and Groups at Risk.  In the MSW program she teaches Psychopathology, Social Work Practice I, and Social Welfare Policy and Services I.

Courses Taught: 

Generalist Practice I
Groups at Risk
Psychopathology
Social Work Practice I,
Social Welfare Policy and Services I.

Laura DiMarcantonio

Director of Admissions , B.S. Virginia Commonwealth University M.Ed. Virginia Commonwealth University

Ms. DiMarcantonio’s areas of practice include adult student recruitment and evaluation, systems implementation and marketing and communications strategy.

(848) 932-4363ldimarcantonio@ssw.rutgers.edu
Biography: 

Laura DiMarcantonio joined Rutgers School of Social Work in 2015 as the Director of Admissions, overseeing application review and recruitment for all MSW programs at the School.  Laura previously led the Office of Admissions at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), part of the State University of New York (SUNY).  During her nine year tenure at FIT, Laura implemented new enrollment technology to streamline admissions processing and developed a strategic national recruitment plan designed to increase the diversity and quality of the applicant pool.  Prior to FIT, Laura also served as a leader in the Office of Admissions at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA.    

Laura has presented nationally and internationally on admissions and recruitment best practice.  She was also a 2009 Fellow at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody Professional Institute and earned a Certificate from the Harvard Admissions Institute. 

Bernardo Hiraldo

Associate Director of Field Education Instructor, MSW, NYU

Mr. Hiraldo main areas of practice are working with individuals diagnosed with co-occurring disorders, the utilization of evidence-based practices, supervision, and field education. He has worked in inpatient psychiatry, outpatient hospital and community based mental health service programs.

hiraldbe@rutgers.edu
Biography: 

Bernardo Hiraldo, MSW, LCSW is the Associate Director of Field Education and Instructor at Rutgers University School of Social Work, Camden Campus. Mr. Hiraldo is a veteran of the United States Armed Forces and received an honorable discharge after he completed his tour of duty. He went on to pursue his undergraduate degree in Social Work from York College in Queens, New York. Upon completion of his B.S.W., he was accepted into the Advanced Standing program at NYU. He graduated with his M.S.W. degree with a clinical concentration.

 

Mr. Hiraldo started out his career as inpatient social worker at North Central Bronx Hospital in New York.  He went on to pursue opportunities in outpatient mental health services and was hired at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital in 2003. He worked in various treatment settings that included a day treatment program, outpatient case management services, and the psychiatric emergency room. Mr. Hiraldo remained in the hospital setting until his departure from St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in 2011.

 

Mr. Hiraldo is currently a licensed clinical social worker in the state of New Jersey.  Since 2001, Mr. Hiraldo has provided therapeutic mental health services to individuals and families. He has worked as a fee for service clinician in the community when he was living in New York.  Mr. Hiraldo continued to work in private practice and community mental health agency program prior to joining the Rutgers University School of Social Work field education office in May of 2014.

 

Arlene Hunter

Associate Dean for Students Affairs, Arlene Hunter directs and guides the Office of Student Affairs, handling matters related to student concerns, working on student orientation, and taking the lead on convocation and many other special events and opportunities for students.

Arlene Hunter directs and guides the Office of Student Affairs, handling matters related to student concerns, working on student orientation, and taking the lead on convocation and many other special events and opportunities for students.

(848) 932-7520 x3amhunter@ssw.rutgers.edu

Cathryn C. Potter

Dean, PhD, University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work

Dr. Potter's areas of research focus on children and families at risk, especially those served in the child welfare, children's mental health and juvenile justice systems. She also has a particular interest in minority over-representation and service disparity in child and family serving systems.

cpotter@ssw.rutgers.edu
Biography: 

Dr. Potter, who earned her PhD from the University of Denver and her MSW from the University of Washington, previously served as Associate Provost for Research at the University of Denver, overseeing research policy and strategic planning for research. She also holds a BA from the University of Georgia, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

A proven leader in social work education and research, Dr. Potter also served as executive director of the Butler Institute for Families and was a professor in the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver. Over the past two decades, Dr. Potter has led the Butler Institute’s growth from a small training project into a large, diverse technical assistance and research group with a strong national reputation in child welfare. As an administrator, she is guided by her recent scholarly work on organizational culture and climate.

Her areas of research focus on children and families at risk, especially those served in the child welfare, children's mental health and juvenile justice systems. Dr. Potter has a particular interest in minority over-representation and service disparity in child and family serving systems.

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