Alumni Notes

These Alumni Notes were sent to us by Crown Family School alumni.

If you are a Crown Family School alum and would like to update us on a new job or promotion, a career move, a book that you wrote, or if you are aware of an alum who has passed, please send us a note by filling out the Alumni Notes form.

We received the following notes during Summer Quarter, 2022:

Thomas D. Scott II, AM '75 received the Housing Champion Award from the San Diego Housing Federation on June 16, 2022 honoring him for 20+ years of leadership, innovation and impact in the affordable housing field.

We received the following notes during Winter Quarter, 2022:

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Betsy Lehman, AM '00 was named a Notable Nonprofit Board Leader for 2021 by Crain’s Chicago Business. Lehman is the Board chair for the James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy.

Christopher Huff, AM '14 was recently appointed to the new role Diversion and ReEntry Policy Analyst for Access Living. In this role, he will lead all policy efforts centered on supporting men and women with disabilities reentering society after incarceration. He will also lead a group of formerly incarcerated fellows with disabilities to help them develop their leadership and policy advocacy skills at the local, state, and national level.

Deborah Borman, AM' 01 recently started a private therapy practice based out of River Forest, Illinois. She works with adult clients, couples, families, and college students all over the Chicago area virtually via tele-therapy.

Sameena Azhar and Susan Klumpner received, with fellow co-authors Antonia R.G. Alvarez and Anne S.J. Farina, the 2021 Distinguished Feminist Scholarship and Praxis in Social Work Award from the journal, Affilia: Feminist Inquiry in Social Work for their article, "You're so exotic looking": An Intersectional Analysis of Asian and Pacific Islander Stereotypes."

Eddie Bocanegra, AM '15 has been appointed as a senior advisor for community violence intervention to the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) at the U.S. Department of Justice. A national leader in violence prevention, Eddie most recently served as the Director of READI Chicago, a leading gun violence prevention program focused on cognitive behavioral interventions, employment, and skill building. Read the press release from Heartland Alliance.

Luke Shaefer, AM '05, PhD '08 will receive the 2021 President's Award for Public Impact on April 11, 2022 from the University of Michigan. This award honors individuals whose research and expertise tangibly addresses a major public-sector challenge. Read the press release from the University of Michigan.

We received the following notes during Autumn Quarter, 2021:

Sav Felix, AB '09, AM '16 is currently the Legislative Coordinator at Cook County Government as a member of the Justice Advisory Council. Sav was also accepted into the 2022 class of the University of Chicago's Civic Leadership Academy (CLA).

Katha Blackwell in front of white backgroundKatha Blackwell, AM '07 has been named CEO of the Atlanta-based Partnership Against Domestic Violence (PADV), effective January 1, 2022.

After years of seeing women in her family go through abusive relationships, Katha knew that abuse was wrong and decided to make it her goal to help women. Katha attended Michigan State University (MSU) and became a field researcher for a Violence Against Women Initiative. In 2003, Katha graduated from MSU with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science. In 2004, Katha started graduate school at the University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice. While attending school, Katha maintained full-time employment at a local domestic violence shelter, serving as counselor and therapist. After graduating from the Crown Family School with a Master's in Social Work, Katha and her family relocated to Atlanta. In 2015, Katha was hired at Partnership Against Domestic Violence where she served as the Vice President of Shelter Services and Supportive Housing for 6 years. In 2019, Katha received the Woman of Influence Award from the Atlanta Business League. Katha is the author of Not Another Victim: A Woman's Guide to Avoiding Bad Relationships, and speaks about domestic violence on various radio shows and podcasts.

Laysha Ward's LinkedIn photo and brandingLaysha Ward, AM '03, Executive VP & Chief External Engagement Officer at Target writes a regular column "Laysha's Lessons from the C-Suite: A Life & Leadership Learning Journey" on LinkedIn. Her latest article, "The Great ReConnection: Deepening Relationships in an Uncertain Hybrid World" urges us to start our journey to reconnection today.

Reginald Lewis, AM '94 was recently appointed to dual roles as Executive Director of the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership and Adjunct Professor at Seton Hall University. He was recently cited among the state of New Jersey's Power 50 Educators for his work to improve Newark, New Jersey's college-going culture and percentage of residents earning degrees and other high-quality credentials. He also served as an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in the Rutgers University-Newark School of Public Affairs and Administration, where he taught Servant Leadership in the Public Sector.

Renita White, AM '93 is the Founder and Executive Director for Of Color, Inc. She brings more than 35 years of social services experience to Of Color, Inc. and also holds a professional license in social work from the State of Illinois.

Philip Hall, PhD '80 is Professor Emeritus of Social Work at Our Lady of the Lake University. The San Antonio chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) presented Professor Hall with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.

Barry Goldman-Hall, AM '78: Following his 30-year career as both teaching faculty and administrator (i.e. MSW Field Director and MSW Admissions Director) in San Jose State University's School of Social Work (1988-2018), Barry was awarded the "2019 Behavioral Health Educator Community Hero Award," by the Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Board.

Pamela Brewster, AM '76 was recently promoted to Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH. Pamela primarily functions as the Data Manager and Statistician for the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine.

In Memoriam

Diane Adele Lewe AM '73 of Chillicothe, Illinois, died on February 12, 2021. Diane was a professional social worker whose 35-year professional career included positions at Virginia Beach Social Services, New Orleans Catholic Charities, and for 25 years at the Scioto Paint Valley Mental Health Center, where she held numerous clinical and administrative positions culminating in nine years as Executive Director. Following her retirement in 2000, she became a 20-year Board member of the Hopewell Health System serving as President for a significant period. Diane was thankful for her many significant friendships at the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice, including Marge Twiname-Dugan AM '73 and Diane Gonzales AM '73.