Karen Hirschman, MSW’96/PhD’01, was promoted to Research Associate Professor and was awarded the 2013 University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences Junior Faculty Research Award for recognition of her significant outstanding interdisciplinary contribution to nursing scholarship. Recent publications include: “Burden among Caregivers of Elders who were Cognitively Impaired at the time of Hospitalization: A Cross-Sectional Analysis,”  Journal of the American Geriatrics Society; “Engaging older adults in their transitional care: What more needs to be done?,”  Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research;  “Health Related Quality of Life: Expanding A Conceptual Framework to Include Older Adults Who Receive Long-term Services and Supports,” The Gerontologist; “Validation of the Family Confusion Assessment Method (FAM-CAM),” Journal of the American Geriatrics Society; “Factors associated with health discussion network size and composition among elderly recipients of long-term services and supports,” Health Communication; “Advance care planning among elders receiving long-term care services,” Journal of the American Medical Directors Association; “THE CARE SPAN The Importance Of Transitional Care In Achieving Health Reform,” Health Affairs; “Cognitive impairment among older adults in the Emergency Department,” Western Journal of Emergency Medicine; and “Advance care planning and hospice enrollment: Who really makes the decision to enroll?,” Journal of Palliative Medicine.


Maureen Sullivan, MSW’03, received her Master’s in Business Administration from Yale University School of Management’s MBA for Executives: Leadership in Healthcare Program in May 2013.


Yaalieth Simpson, MSW’04, works with PennPAC, a pro-bono alumni consulting firm in New York City, NY. Penn alumna Jackie Einstein Astrof, CAS’93, founded PennPAC in 2010 as a way to engage Penn alumni together in rewarding, socially impactful work. Jackie envisioned that, via PennPAC, alumni could utilize their intellectual and professional skills to assist nonprofits that would not otherwise have the resources to complete the task. PennPAC is project and team oriented and allows alumni to develop deeper relationships with fellow alumni while working together on short-term projects. The program started through Penn’s alumni club in New York in 2010. PennPAC actualizes the values of Penn’s eminent founder, Benjamin Franklin, a successful entrepreneur and political leader who was known for his practical spirit and intense commitment to the public good.


Rebecca Hicks, MSW’05, will be a social worker for a new residential program with the Philadelphia VA Medical Center. The program was noted in an October Daily News Article.

Anne M. Garcia, MSW’05, LCSW, is Vice-chair of DC Commission for Women Graduated from the National Hispana Leadership Program, October 2013. Garcia received a Certificate for Executive Leadership from Harvard University.


Kelly Jude, MSW’08, transitioned from Outpatient Unit Director to Full Time Psychotherapist at FPC and completed DBT Clinical Training.

Tiffany Southerland, MSW’08, is Associate Director of Admissions at Villanova University School of Law. Southerland received a JD from Penn Law in 2011. Prior to coming to Villanova she practiced law at Pepper Hamilton LLP in Philadelphia. She is also the volunteer child advocate attorney with the Support Center for Child Advocates.


Noel B. Ramirez, MSW’09, is Program Coordinator with Philadelphia FIGHT. Ramirez recently bought a home in West Philadelphia and has been mentioned in Edge Philadelphia, Philly.com, and EPGN. Ramirez has worked on the following presentations and workshops: “Elephant in the Room: HIV Stigma. AIDS Education Month,” Prevention and Outreach Summit, 2013; “HIV Stigma and Men who have sex with Men,” AIDS Education Training Center Medical Case Management Training Series, 2012; “Positive and Proactive: Implementing empowerment based programming to engage Urban Young Men who have Sex with Men of color (UYMSMC) in HIV primary care settings,” American Public Health Association’s annual meeting, Washington D.C., 2011; and “Positive and Proactive: Implementing empowerment based programming to engage Urban Young Men who have Sex with Men of color (UYMSMC) in HIV primary care settings,” Roundtable presentation given at the CDC’s National HIV Prevention Conference, Atlanta, GA, 2011.

Yoon Shin Lee, MSW’09, works at the Ministry of Health and Welfare in Korea.

Rorujorona Ferrell, MSW’09, is a 2013-2014 Clinton Fellow with the American India Foundation, William Jefferson Clinton Fellowship for Service In India.


Kaylin Lydia Morrissey, MSW’10, has completed the process to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New Jersey. Morrissey is now married and living in Cape May County, NJ where she works as a medical social worker.

Cecilia Ramirez, NPL’10, is Senior Producer, of the Hispanic Choice Awards which celebrated its10th anniversary on Saturday, October 5, 2013. The prestigious event took place at the Merriam Theater on Broad Street in Philadelphia. Over 1,000 guests attended to see the big show which honored 6 leaders from NJ, DE and PA areas from all industries. The Living Legend Award was presented to international salsa star and Grammy-Award winning icon, Eddie Palmieri, who surprised the sold-out audience with an impromptu performance with all-star band, Ocho y Mas. Other performers included a number from Tony-Award winning musical, In The Heights; local chamber music sensation, Dolce Suono Ensemble and the rising Latin artist, J'Martin. The show began with an outdoor Red Carpet on the Avenue of the Arts and was followed by an After Party at the Double Tree Hotel by Hilton directly across the street. The program will air on CBS3/CWPhilly in December.    For photos or more information visit: www.hcaphilly.com

Guneeta Singh, MSW’10, is working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual offenders and is supervising MSW interns and volunteers. Singh recently started painting.


Aviva Joffe, MSW’12, is the Continuous Quality Improvement Coordinator at Einstein Healthcare Network’s Immunodeficiency Center.

Robin Burkert, MSW’12, recently accepted the Director of Quality Assurance position at First Home Care in Philadelphia. FHC is the largest Treatment Foster Care agency in Philadelphia that also serves youth in the surrounding counties.

Angela Hollar, MSW’12, is a second year Master of Divinity student at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California.


Katie Tente, MSW/MPH’13, was promoted to Patient and Family Experience Specialist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Tente was also accepted as a presenter at the American Public Health Association’s Annual Conference about her work with Community Health Workers in Kenya, Africa.


Doris Baker Kersten, MSW’64, has been a volunteer chaplain at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, NY two days a week for the past 34 years.


Janie E. Baily, MSW’72, retired June 30, 2013 after serving 18 years as President and CEO of Columbus Ohio’s oldest, and one of its largest, comprehensive behavioral health organizations.


Rosyln Horn Schaffer, MSW’76, in addition to earning her MSW, has an MBA from Drexel University, graduated Summa Cum Laude, and was inducted into the National Honor Society for Business, Beta Gamma Sigma. Schaffer is active in the Society for Human Resource Management, a professional association for human resources. She has served 10 years on the board of the local SEPA SHRM chapter, most recently as the chapter president. The chapter received the highest level of recognition, platinum, from SHRM and was named Pennsylvania Chapter of the Year of Pennsylvania State Council of SHRM. In addition to her position as Director of Human Resource for the Barnes Foundation, she is Adjunct Professor of Human Resources at Philadelphia University.


Deborah Halpem, MSW’79, recently began a new position at the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation.  Halpem has worked mainly in the nonprofit health field, providing support and services to patients and families who are coping with a diagnosis of cancer. In her new position, she will be working with families of pediatric patients in a part-time capacity. She looks forward to the arrival of her first grandchild, a girl, in November 2013.


Monica Shore, MSW’80, retired from the Waterford Township Public Schools in New Jersey to begin a private practice in Play-Family Therapy. In 1992, after being a school social worker in Waterford Townships, Shore developed and initiated the School Family Counseling Program within the school district. Shore recently joined the South Jersey Collaborative Divorce Group.

Treacy Ziegler, MSW’80, is an artist who graduated from Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Ziegler’s exhibitions have been mentioned in several articles and reviewed in the Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The New York Times, and included in several catalogues of published artwork. Ziegler recently won the Puffin Grant Award in 2013 and 2011 in social activism and art. She was also awarded the New York Partnership award in printmaking and painting. Ziegler also developed a nonprofit project affiliated with Cornell University for art in prisons.


Audrey Sussman, MSW’85, has two offices, one in New Jersey and one in New York City. Sussman has written and self-published four books: Power of Thought: Secrets of Healing Using the Unconscious Mind; Stress Relief in 10 Minutes; E-Book More than Stress Management: A Mind-Body Approach to Stress Management, written for social work professionals; and her newest book coming out in January 2014, Quieting the mind: More than just managing stress. Her e-book on stress management was written for social workers and others in the field because she wants to share her “tool box” of career skills for anxiety relief. After graduating from Penn, Sussman worked in many different social work positions. After getting her doctorate in the Philosophy of Clinical Hypnosis for the American Pacific University, she added hypnosis and NLP to her private practice. Her clinic now has a program targeted towards people suffering with stress, anxiety, phobias, fear, grief, anger, and two health conditions, IBS and migraines.


Wendell Evans, MSW’87, is Director of Social Work at Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital & Nursing Facility and has been social work director of New York City’s largest long-term care facility for the past five years.

Loree Burke Zeif, MSW’87, is Director of Communications for Island View Residential Treatment Center and Aspen Institute for Behavioral Assessment.


Hedy R. Cardozo, MSW’91, has a Certificate in Jewish Communal Studies from Gratz College. July 2013 marked 22 years as a social worker at The Hebrew Home at Riverdale. Cardozo lives in Rye Brook, NY with husband, Michael Rosenblut and nine year old twins, Lucy & Joshua. Cardozo is involved in the PTA and her synagogue.


Krista D. Rores, MSW’95, is Manager of the Accessibility Program at the Smithsonian Institution. Rores published curriculum in California called Violence Against Women with Disabilities: Creating a Culturally and Physically Accessible Program, a Statewide Curriculum. For the past five years Bores has served as an invited presenter to a world-wide audience on best practices for increasing accessibility in cultural arts programs.  She has created a nationally recognized program for cultural arts organizations to increase access to individuals with cognitive and intellectual disabilities and creates guidelines and standards for museums to comply with federal accessibility laws.


Betsy Albers, MSW’97, obtained a BSN in 2007 and works as an intensive care nurse. Albers has been a Naval Officer for six years and was deployed to Afghanistan from July 2012 to April 2013 with 28 other Navy Personnel to a Role 2 forward operating base in Tarin Kowt.

Kimberly Cohens, MSW’97, accepted a new position as Veterans Support Case Manager at Community Action of Delaware County where she assists veterans and their families with support housing in Delaware County.


Roderick J. Johnson, MSW’98, recently became the Sensei at the Aikkai of Philadelphia at 2100 Chestnut Street after the death of his Sensei, Henry Clay Smith, also a Penn graduate. He teaches Aikido to a varied group of Penn and non-Penn graduates.

Karen Spalter Shapiro, MSW’98, is a Senior Fiscal analyst at MI House Fiscal Agency.

Jeffrey Jin, MSW’98, will be presenting at the National Kidney Foundation’s Spring Clinical Meeting in April 2014 in Las Vegas, NV. Jin’s presentation is “Beyond Tolerance: Creating an Equal Dialysis Unit for LGBT Patients and Staff.” He currently serves on the Executive Diversity Council for Kennedy Health System in south New Jersey.


Marc Korn, MSW’99, works in management and private practice.


Aimee Beth Prange, MSW’00, was recently certified as a Mental Health First Aid Instructor. Prange also volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Southeast Pennsylvania Chapter. Prange is working on a pilot of sub-concept of a Motivational Interviewing with Co-Founder Stephen Rollnick, PhD.