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 »
Teams of first-year social work students in the Macro: Social Innovation and Leadership (SIL) track will gather for a daylong series of presentations and collaborative exercises to apply the concepts they have learned this semester in a hands-on lab. Team members will conceptualize creative and sustainable solutions to societal issues and then present their solutions to a panel of experts for feedback.
The day will culminate in an awards ceremony for the winning prototype from the student presentations. The ceremony and plaque are sponsored by the first SIL graduating cohort, the class of 2013.
The 2014 winning team is first year macro students Ian Witherby, Joel Danforth, Kristle Sylvester, and Megan Van Ness, who developed the project "MYVIEW – Mentoring Youth Via Internet & Electronic Worlds." The project capitalizes on the technological savvy of today's youth to promote a supportive community for questioning, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth ages 13 to 21.
Michael Moloney, President and CEO of Horace Mann Educational Associates, a Massachusetts nonprofit serving 3,500 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Moloney was named "Master Social Innovator" by the Center for Social Innovation at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work for his innovative work in leveraging sustainable partnerships among leaders from the nonprofit and for-profit worlds. He is a member of the Board of Directors and incoming Chairperson of the Provider's Council, which represents 220 organizations and over 100,000 staff, and he provides leadership for the Caring Force, a grassroots effort advocating for better economic conditions for direct support staff.
Suzin Bartley, Executive Director of the Children's Trust
Humberto Camarena, Assistant Director of the Boston College Center for Social Innovation
Laura Foote, Adjunct Lecturer on Social Enterprise and Crisis Leadership in the Carroll School of Management
Daniel Nakamoto, Executive Director of Administrative Services, North American Family Institute