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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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2016 Diversity Conference - Respondent Bios

Diversity and Alumni Event

JANUARY 8, 2016
8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Detailed schedule
McGuinn Hall 121 Auditorium, Chestnut Hill Campus. See maps and directions.
Parking available in the Beacon Street Garage. See parking rates and information.
3.25 CEUs


Andrea Perry
Andrea Perry

Andrea Perry, MSW '99
Executive Director, YouthConnect

Andrea Perry is the Executive Director of YouthConnect, a program of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston in partnership with the Boston Police Department. In early 2012, Andrea was named by the White House as a "Champion of Change" for youth violence prevention.

Andrea has over 20 years of experience working directly with Boston's at-risk youth in various neighborhoods of the city, including her work as a VISTA volunteer creating mentoring programs for Boston Public Schools, in a juvenile court clinic, with a teen parenting program, and as a member of an on-call trauma response team. She received her undergraduate degree at Smith College, and her MSW at Boston College School of Social Work in 1999. Andrea also completed Boston University's Institute for Non-Profit Management and Leadership program, and is a 2015 YWCA LeadBoston alumna.

YouthConnect places clinical social workers in police stations across the city to provide police-referred high risk and proven risk young people and families with voluntary, comprehensive clinical and case-management services.

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Melanie Robinson Findlay
Melanie Robinson Findlay

Melanie Robinson Findlay, MSW '09
Mental Health Director, Suffolk County House of Correction

Melanie Robinson Findlay has worked at the Suffolk County House of Correction since she graduated from Boston College with her MSW in 2009. Months after beginning as a per diem clinician in 2009, Melanie joined the team as a full time clinician and was later promoted in 2012 to become the Mental Health Director. Her work is centered around fostering empowerment and promoting advocacy for a population of people that feel powerless within the system that provides their care. Melanie and her team provide individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, and overall support during what may be one of the most vulnerable moments of the offenders' lives. Their belief is that, though they cannot predict outcomes, they can foster personal understanding and growth that allows their clients a better opportunity to obtain change. Melanie is also an outpatient clinician at Codman Square Health Center, a Faculty Field Liaison at Wheelock College, and a member of the Board of Registration of Social Workers.

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