The Alumni Council at Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice represents the voice of the alumni; encourages alumni support of the School; and informs alumni about issues that advance the School‘s growth and development. Whenever you graduated or from whatever program… whether you graduated from the School of Social Work or SP2… the Alumni Council is proud to represent all members of our alumni community.
The Council welcomes ideas about how to better connect alumni with other graduates of the program and with the School. To get involved, contact Tim Wortham at the Development and Alumni Relations Office at email@example.com or call 215.898.5526.
Members of SP2 Alumni Council
Santo Marabella is a 1991 DSW graduate of the School of Social Policy & Practice, where his focus was Social Work Administration. He is currently a professor of management at Moravian College and teaches courses in management, strategy, ethics and diversity. He is a 2002 recipient of the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award. At Penn, he has served on the Alumni Council since 2008 for SP2, as well as an Alumni Ambassador and keynote speaker for Alumni Weekend in 2009. In his home community of Reading, PA, he was the founding executive director of Leadership Berks, the first executive director of the Berks Arts Council, and later served as the Arts Council president. Currently, he chairs the Greater Reading Film Commission, an entity he founded to promote Reading, PA as a film/TV location and a new hub for digital media projects and development. He also is President of Marabella & Associates, which provides entertainment, not-for-profit and management consulting.
Olivette Burton is Chair of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Institutional Review Board. The IRB, based in the Office of the General Counsel but operating independently, reviews research on behalf of the institution in accordance with federal regulations, and protects the rights and welfare of subjects involved in research activities conducted under the jurisdiction of DOHMH. She also has worked with the Alden March Bioethics Institute at the University of Albany Medical College; the American Journal of Bioethics; and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In addition to obtaining an MSW from SP2 in 2003, she received a Master of Bioethics degree from the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine in 2004; she also was a Project Director/Co-Investigator at the School of Medicine’s Center for Bioethics.
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Halcyon Francis is an Interdisciplinary Team Social Worker for Heartland, working with assisted facilities and families in coping with various quality assurance issues related to patient care. Previously, she was Regional Vice President of Volunteers of America Chesapeake, where she managed ten social service programs and directors and coordinated programs with government agencies; a Staff Associate with the Baltimore City Public School System; and a Family Intervention Specialist with Universal Counseling Service. Halcyon, who resides in Baltimore, received her MSW from SP2 in 2003.
Laurie is currently in the Social Work PhD program at Bryn Mawr. In addition, she is an adjunct professor at Temple and Rutgers and an outpatient therapist with Presbyterian Children's Village. Laurie graduated in 2003 from the School of Social Work. While at Penn, she helped organize a MLK Teach In to educate the Penn and larger community on issues concerning poverty and human rights. She is a licensed social worker as well as a certified child care worker and a member of the Notre Dame Alumni Club of Philadelphia. She is also a board member of the Cedar Park Neighborhood Association in West Philadelphia and has served on the SP2 Alumni council since 2010.
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Steve Wilmot is a 1997 graduate of the School of Social Policy & Practice and currently works in Practice Management at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia where he has been employed for over ten years. A former Director at Camp JOY and the Variety Club Camp & Developmental Center, Steve has spent a great deal of his career working with children and young adults with chronic disability and illness. In addition, Steve has worked with the homeless population and is one of the co-founders of the Safe Harbor Homeless Shelter located in West Chester, PA, where he is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Maternal and Child Health Consortium of Chester County. Steve serves as Chair of the Alumni Council at SP2, and, in this role, he is an ex-oficio member of the School’s Board of Overseers. In addition to teaching Advanced Direct Clinical Practice at SP2, Steve is an Adjunct Faculty in the Undergraduate Social Work Department at West Chester University where he has taught Advanced Social Policy. Steve can be found at most SP2 functions providing "ice breakers" and ideas for experiential teaching tools.
The following are some of the projects undertaken by the Council over the last year:
Alumni Council/Student Happy Hour
An Alumni Council / Student Happy Hour was held at the New Deck Tavern. All students were invited to network with Council members.
An alumni reception was sponsored at the Union League of Philadelphia, In addition to celebrating reunion year alumni, former winners of student and faculty awards were honored. In addition, the second “Second Century” Jazz Brunch was held on campus for grads of the School 55 years and older.
Virginia P. Robinson Publication Prize
Alumni Council members chose among the top student submissions for the Virginia P. Robinson Publication Prize, and forwarded the finalist essays to Social Work Today for a final selection. The winning student, Lizza Robb ‘12, won a $500 prize.
A letter informing the alumni of the work of the Alumni Council - including information about SP2’s upcoming events, LinkedIn and QuakerNet, and a thank you to all supporters of the School – was sent to all alumni in March.
Nicole Gant Alumni Council Leadership Award
The Alumni Council took the lead in recognizing the graduating student who has been a leader in the SP2 community and has contributed to the advancement of the School. The winning student, Kelly Winters’10, received a $250 prize.
The Council continued the tradition of welcoming new students to campus in the fall of each year.