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Sharon Brown, Johnson County Department of Corrections, KU M.S.W.

Gravitated towards corrections as she felt there was a strong need for social workers in this setting.

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Annie Olsen-Meehan, Ewing Marion Kauffman School, KU M.S.W.

Annie remembers sitting in a social work class at KU and deciding this is what I want to do. It wasn't just about helping people, but it was also appealing to her that she would have multiple career paths or avenues after graduation.

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John Sergent, Ambulatory Social Worker, Mercy Hospital, KU B.S.W. and M.S.W.

I choose Social Work because it gave me an opportunity to understand the hardships of my past much better and change the trajectory of my future. Social Work is one of the most universally recognized professions in the delivery of both national and international social service programs.

Michelle Levy, Research Associate, KU School of Social Welfare, KU B.S.W.

The social worker that I met that day helped my family navigate through those challenging times. I am forever grateful for her support and for introducing me to the profession of social work.

Kellie Henderson, 2014 M.S.W.

Kellie was one of twenty students who began KU master’s classes the summer of 2013 with the launch of KU’s new western Kansas-based M.S.W.

Molly Tye, 2006 B.S.W.

Molly’s interest in social work began with a desire to mentor youth in the inner city. She was able to sharpen her skills during her practicum at an inner city school district.

Venida Chenault, 1986 B.S.W., 1990 M.S.W.

In December 2004, Chenault was named Haskell’s vice president of academic affairs, which gave her administrative oversight of a $3-$4 million budget and supervisory responsibility for all academic programs, budgets, faculty and staff within the Division of Academic Affairs.

Laura Moriarty

Laura Moriarty, 1993 B.S.W.

Instead of writing down her own thoughts, she decided to write the stories from the perspectives of the patients.

Sam Finke

Sam Finke, 2004 M.S.W.

Sam Finke graduated from the B.S.W. program in 2003 and the M.S.W. program in 2004.

Joel Karman

Joel Karman, 1996 M.S.W.

Currently, Karman is the associate hospital director at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System where he manages 35 departments and roughly 400 employees.

Paul Gutierrez

Paul Gutierrez, 2009 M.S.W.

Since graduating, Gutierrez has worked in direct therapy and counseling at the Mattie Rhodes Center in Kansas City.


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