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Matthew Hundemann

To pursue his passion of international development, Matthew joined the Peace Corps in June of 2012. Matthew was assigned to work in the country of Moldova, one of his top preferences.  His experience studying abroad in Romania with Rutgers School of Social Work in 2010 influenced his decision to work in Eastern Europe.  Matthew is volunteering with a Raion Council, or regional government, as a Small Enterprise Development Adviser. With only a few months in the Peace Corps, Matthew is still learning and adapting to the roles and responsibilities of his new position.

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. Download CV (PDF) (198.2 KB)

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). Download CV (PDF) (54.27 KB)

Jeanne Koller (Ph.D., 2008) was appointed Instructor and Field 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. She also assists in the recruitment and evaluation of field agencies, field liaisons, and faculty field instructors for students in this program. In addition to her work in the field placement process Dr. Koller assists in the development of the content and coordination of Certificate Open Houses, The Aging & Health Certificate Orientations, and general field education programs.  Finally, she teaches various courses for graduate level students.
Jeanne 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.

Jeanne Koller 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. Dr. Koller has also been a member of the National Association of Social Workers since 1989.

Jeanne 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 clinical practice Dr. Koller worked in various social work settings. Her experience includes working with at risk youth (Division of Youth and Family Services, NJ; University Settlement House, NY), working with adults with chronic mental illness (South Shore Mental Health Center, MA), and working within a Member Assistance Program (Personal Service Unit, NY).

Jeanne Koller’s community service includes current volunteer work for One World Women’s Health. Past volunteer work includes: (1) Service at local schools (i.e., PFA member; Cultural Arts Chairperson; Arts in the Classroom Chairperson; and Library Assistant), (2) Service for local organizations (i.e., Girl Scout Troop Treasurer; Girl Scout Troop Assistant), and (3) Service for the general community (i.e., provided support groups and lectures after 9/11; and helped with local food bank drives).

Courses Taught: 

MSW Courses Taught:

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

Mia Sena

Director, Office of Training and Education Programs(848)

Sena joined the New Jersey Child Support Institute (NJCSI) in September 2006 and assumed the position of Director of OTEP at the Institute for Families in November 2010. As Director, she is responsible for the leadership, guidance, and oversight of 40 staff, three site locations, and multiple projects totaling over $7 million annually. Sena has an established reputation in transition and expansion, as well as training, curriculum development, and program evaluation, with more than 25 years of corporate and nonprofit experience. Through her leadership, NJCSI has grown from a curriculum of 2 courses to a catalog of over 40, and it has become a benchmark in the field of child support to a national audience. Sena is also a collaborator with State and Federal stakeholders and led the facilitation of the NJ Child Support Quadrennial Review. She presents at conferences and policy forums locally and nationally, participates in the County Welfare Attorney Association, and is a charter member of the National Child Support Enforcement Association (NCSEA) U Committee. She also serves as a Public Member on the New Jersey Board of Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists. She is a graduate of Montclair State University and holds certifications in Project Management, Help Desk Management, and Non-Profit and Public Management.

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


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, MSW, Monmouth University

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

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Natalie Moore Bembry earned her BSW and MSW from Monmouth University and 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, 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 has 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. Natalie 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, a Certified Defensive Driving Instructor through the National Safety Council, and a CPR/First Aid/AED Aid Instructor through the American Red Cross. 

Bembry has taught at the BSW and MSW programs at the  Monmouth University School of Social Work. In the BSW program she has taught: Social Work Practice with Communities, Field Practice in Social Work and Advanced Field Practice in Social Work. She has also served as a field instructor and mentor for senior BSW field students.  In the MSW Program, Natalie taught Advanced Clinical Practice with Children, Social Welfare Policy and Services I, and Social Work Practice in Groups.

She has also taught in the BSW and MSW programs at Rutgers University School of Social Work.  At the BSW level she has taught Generalist Practice I and Groups at Risk.  At the MSW level, she teaches Psychopathology and 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.


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.

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.



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