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. Members of the SP2 Alumni Council Santo D. Marabella, DSW’91 Chair Olivette Burton, MSW’03, MBE’04 Administrative Staff Analyst, NYC Maternal Infant and Reproductive HealthFormer Chair of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Institutional Review Board “Being actively interested in world affairs, I founded my own humanitarian organization, Sweet Nation and utilize the knowledge and skill set gained via my education and field work with disenfranchised and multicultural populations. The design of the dual degree program was the beginning.” Lynell Crawford, MSW’97 Director of Admissions and Student Services, Year Up Inc. Baltimore “Having a degree from one of the most respected schools of social work has opened up doors for me that otherwise would have remained closed. The knowledge and skills that I gained in Penn’s MSW program have been instrumental in my career and in my current position as a Director of Admissions and Student Services.” Leticia Egea-Hinton, MSW’00 Janice Ferebee, MSW’98 Iris Leon, NPL’10 Suzanne Lyons, MSW’05 Erin McQuade, NPL’08 Noa Padowitz, MSW’08 Sara Bieber Shulman, NPL’07 Emily Wengrovius, MSSP’08 County Liaison, Colorado Department of Human Services “The MSSP Program gave me the tools and confidence to pursue a career in international development/policy work. I am grateful for the time my professors invested in me and for the relationships I developed through my time at SP2 and beyond.” Emily R. Sutcliffe, MS’11 Assistant Director, Toll Public Interest Center, Penn Law & Doctoral Student at Penn’s Graduate School of Education “I utilize skills gained in the NPL program on a daily basis – both personally and professionally. The NPL program helped me to access an invaluable and unconventional understanding of action-based leadership. This unique approach to leadership is greatly appreciated in my work place where I am frequently called upon to provide innovative perspectives and counter-hegemonic methods for addressing long-standing challenges.” 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. 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, Erica Zaveloff ’13, received a $250 prize. Welcome Breakfast Sponsored by the SP2 Alumni Council, this event serves as a welcome from both the Council and the Office of Institutional Advancement. Held each fall on the first day of classes, students are treated to a hot breakfast to get their day started. This event has become an SP2 tradition and is open to new students from each of the School’s 5 degree programs.