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Distinguished Alumni Honored for 2016

JANUARY 21, 2016

The Distinguished Alumni Awards honor Boston College School of Social Work MSW or PhD alumni who have made significant contributions to the social work profession. This year, two awards were handed out during a ceremony held on January 8th at McGuinn Hall, to  Daniel Gill, MSW '06, and  Judith S. Willison, MSW '87.

Daniel D. Gill is currently employed by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs' VA Maryland Health Care System as a Team Lead in the HUD-VASH (Veterans Affairs Supported Housing) program.
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Judith S. Willison is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Bridgewater State University. She teaches social work practice courses, Dynamics of Diversity and Oppression, and an elective focused on a multisystemic approach to addressing violence.  See bio »  

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2014 Distinguished Alumni Awards Recipients

Erin McAleer
Erin McAleer

Distinguished Recent Alumni Award
Erin McAleer, MSW '05

Erin McAleer currently serves as Director of Cabinet Affairs in Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick's office, working on policy issues for his Secretariats. Most recently, she was legislative director for the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS), providing legislative strategy to the Secretary and the fifteen agencies under the Secretariat. Prior to that, McAleer served as chief of staff to the Department of Transitional Assistance advising the Commissioner in deciding strategic, policy, program, budget, and service provision issues.

Prior to her roles in state government, McAleer worked at Charles Group Consulting, a firm that specializes in providing government affairs consulting to non-profits and community-based organizations. She also worked for the Executive Office of Administration & Finance serving as a Fiscal Policy Analyst for several agencies under EOHHS and in the Massachusetts Legislature as Research Analyst for the Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse.

McAleer is a licensed social worker and holds a Master's degree in Social Work from the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work with a concentration in community organizing, policy and planning, and administration. She holds a BA in History from the College of the Holy Cross.

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Amy Vosburg-Casey
Amy Vosburg-Casey

Distinguished Alumni Award
Amy Vosburg-Casey, MSW/JD '01

Amy Vosburg-Casey works primarily as an advocate for justice for those in the criminal system in Georgia. She currently works as an attorney at the Georgia Appellate and Educational Resource Center in Atlanta. The Georgia Resource Center (GRC), as it is known, is a nonprofit organization charged with assuring that all people sentenced to death in the State of Georgia receive effective legal representation for the duration of their appeals and clemency proceedings.

Prior to GRC, Vosburg-Casey was a Mitigation Investigator, and then Deputy Director of Mitigation at the Georgia Capital Defender, the division of the public defender that provides legal representation to those facing death penalty prosecution.

Vosburg-Casey's first position after graduation from Boston College was as an attorney with the Georgia Justice Project (GJP), defending indigent clients in criminal cases in the metropolitan Atlanta area. GJP provides holistic representation for clients, with attorneys and social workers teaming up to advocate for clients in both legal and social service arenas

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