Ever since she was a little girl, Linda Elizabeth Nee knew she wanted to go into social work. She really cares about other people, and thought the field presented a good opportunity for her to make a positive difference. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Russell Sage College in 1961, and immediately obtained a position as a social worker in the Social Service Department of the New York Neurological Institute at the New York Presbyterian Hospital. In 1967, Ms. Nee left to become a medical social worker in the Tuberculosis Center of the Medical College of Virginia, and in 1968, she furthered her professional standing with a Master of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. From that point on, she advanced rapidly to roles like clinical social worker in the Social Work Department of the Clinical Center of the National Institutes of Health, clinical research social worker in the Section on Experimental Therapeutics at the Laboratory of Clinical Science for the National Institute of Mental Health at the National Institutes of Health, and clinical genetics research associate of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke at the National Institutes of Health. Her final jobs before she retired in 2017 were member of the ethics committee for the Board of Social Work Examiners at the Maryland Department of Health and social science analyst at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke at the National Institutes of Health.
Over the years, Dr. Nee connected with her community in a variety of ways. She authored “War, Changeable Weather and Respect, Henrietta Paul Terry World War II Navy Officer Aerologist,” edited the Journal of Social Work of Metropolitan Washington,” and was a columnist for “The Bulletin” through the National Association of Social Workers. She also served that group as the chairman of the ethics and grievances committee and as the president of the Metropolitan Washington chapter, and was featured in “Search for a Killer,” by David Van Biema. Between 1979 and 1999, she was an adviser, organizer, and the president of the Metropolitan DC Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.
Certified as a social worker in the state of New York, Susan Matorin is celebrating more than five decades of excellence in her field. She is currently serving as the treatment coordinator of the Affective Disorder Team of the Cornell Psychiatry Intensive Outpatient Program, where she’s been since 2000, and as a member of the Advanced Council and the 2nd Vice Chair of the Columbia School of Social Work, where she’s been since 1994.
Previously, Ms. Matorin garnered experience as the program director of the Cornell Psychiatry Intensive Outpatient Program, the director of social work at the Payne Whitney Clinic at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, the chief of ambulatory social work in psychiatry at the NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, and the chief of social work for Washington Heights Community Service at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Other positions include adjunct associate professor of the Columbia School of Social Work and member of the board of trustees of the Martha K. Selig Educational Institute.
Education | Social Work
Deeply committed to women’s issues, Dr. Mieko Kotake Smith has led an impressive and prestigious career as an educator in the field of social work. She has always enjoyed both research and working with students, and she is proud to have been able to successfully merge her two interests. Dr. Smith feels it is important to chase dreams and do everything possible to achieve them. With that in mind, she started her journey by earning a Bachelor of Arts from Tsuda College in Tokyo in 1964 and has continued to further her academic knowledge over the years. In 1972, she obtained both a Master of Arts from Kent State University and an educational specialist degree, and in 1980, she obtained a PhD from Case Western Reserve University. She is also a licensed clinical social worker in Ohio.
Through years of professional excellence, Dr. Smith has lent her services to roles like research associate at Case Western Reserve University, director of aftercare at Murtis H. Taylor Multi-Services Center, director of research and training at Hill House mental Health Rehabilitation and Research, Inc., independent consultant in Beachwood, Ohio, and consultant for the Summit County Children Services Board in Akron, Ohio. Every position allowed her to grow even more, and she progressed rapidly through the field. She has been most recently affiliated with Cleveland State University and the University of Akron.
Fine Arts | Social Work
Poet, musician, social worker: Kathleen Duyck has done it all. She started her professional journey by earning a Bachelor of Science from Oregon State University in 1954 and a Master of Social Work from the University of Washington in 1956. She also became certified to work in Oregon by the National Organization of Social Workers.
Immediately after college, Ms. Duyck began as an adoption worker for Catholic Welfare in Portland, Oregon, and in San Antonio, Texas. She held the title for six years before deciding to pursue her passion for music. She worked as a musician for the Tucson Symphony from 1963 to 1965 and as the principal cellist for both the Phoenix College Orchestra and the Scottsdale Symphony. Her positions led her to be very involved in her communities, where she enjoyed using her skills for the benefit of others. She served the Phoenix Art Museum League in a number of roles, and was the chairman and vice president of Family Friends Service. She remains the vice president of the Phoenix Youth Symphony Board and a member of the executive board of the Symphony Guild, among other positions.
Patricia Ann Pape has had a passion for social work since she was 5 years old. She pursued her dreams, beginning with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from Northwestern University in 1962 and continuing with a Master of Social Work from George Williams College in 1979. Along the way, she also became certified as an addictions counselor and licensed as a clinical social worker and school social worker, all in the state of Illinois.
Now recognized by her peers as an expert in substance abuse treatment, psychotherapy, mental health and life transitions, Ms. Pape is thrilled to be a pioneer in the field she spent so long admiring and chasing. Since 1982, she has been a principal at Pape & Associates, a substance abuse rehabilitation center with a goal of providing all individuals and their families with a confidential resource to help them resolve personal problems, leading to an improved quality of life for people both at home and at work. Ms. Pape’s main responsibilities at the facility are counseling individuals with opiate and alcohol addiction in both individual and group settings and mentoring on women’s issues. Some of her other current professional endeavors include serving as the owner and CEO of a private practice in family counseling since 1979, as a Chicago affiliate of the Employee Assistance Program since 1982, and a member of the alcohol and drug task force of the Illinois Synod Lutheran Church of America since 1985.
Psychology | social Work
Passionate and driven, Bertha Kondrak has known she wanted to be a therapist since high school. She pursued her dream, earning a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Texas in Austin in 1971 and a Master of Science in social work in 1984. In 1985, she became certified as a licensed clinical social worker, and in 1989, she opened her own private practice. There, Ms. Kondrak provides direct services, including interventions focused on interpersonal interactions, intrapsychic dynamics, and life management issues. This consists of assessment, diagnosis, treatment (including psychotherapy and counseling), client-centered advocacy, consultation, evaluation, and prevention of mental illness, emotional, or behavioral disturbances. Ms. Kondrak believes in empowerment, helping her clients understand that they can make the changes they want. In her practice, she treats clients from all walks of life, including veterans and members of the LGBT community.
In addition to her clinical work, Ms. Kondrak has been a professor at Central Texas College in Killeen since 2003. She has also garnered experience as a case supervisor at the Meridell Achievement Center in Austin, Texas, from 1972 to 1989, president of the Central Campus Faculty Senate at Central Texas College from 2011 to 2012, and president of Systems Centered Training and Research Institute in Austin, Texas, from 2003 to 2010. Keeping up with her profession, she is a member of the Texas Community College Teachers Association.