Listee Features — Social Work

MIRIAM D. DAVIS

If Miriam D. Davis had the chance to live her life over, she wouldn’t change a thing. Everything she went through in her younger years led her to social work, her true calling. She genuinely loved her career, and is proud to have helped so many people. Ms. Davis began her journey wanting to pursue religion, but felt unfilled after two years in the field. She wasn’t sure what to do until a chance encounter with her sister’s friend led her to social work. At the time, all that was required was a college degree and a desire to better the lives of others, and Ms. Davis definitely qualified. She proceeded to apply for and obtain a position as a

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ARLEEN EVANS O’REILLY

Always striving to be the best she can be, Arleen Evans O’Reilly has dedicated her career to ensuring that people have the tools needed to succeed at life. She abhors knowing that others are being taken advantage of, personally or professionally, and decided at a young age that she had to do something about it. She proceeded to obtain a Bachelor of Science in social work from California State College (now the California University of Pennsylvania) and a Master of Science in human services and gerontology from Capella University, and to become certified as a social worker. ​ Over the years, Ms. Evans O’Reilly has become familiar with several different aspects of the field. She started as a medical social

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LINDA ELIZABETH NEE

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

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SUSAN MATORIN

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,

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CATHERINE LYNCH

Interested in knowing the country around her, Catherine Lynch decided the U.S. Census would be the perfect fit. She lived in a rural area, and was frustrated with the lack of perception about the realty of the way things were there. Her main goal is to leave the world a better place, so she enjoyed the opportunity to interact with so many interesting people. During her time with the government agency, Ms. Lynch served as an assistant crew leader. She retired in 2010. ​ For most of her life before joining the U.S. Census, Ms. Lynch was a social work administrator. From 2005 to 2007, she was the director of development services at the Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation, and from

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DELORES L. PARRON-RAGLAND

With expertise in government, academics, social welfare, and mental health, Delores L. Parron-Ragland was a highly-regarded figure in her communities. She championed the concerns of the underrepresented, fought for the rights of those who couldn’t fight for themselves, and was genuinely devoted to using her position to help others. Initially in child welfare as a social worker for the Spence-Chapin Adoption service and an adoption selection social worker for the Child Welfare Division of the District of Columbia Department of Human Resources, Dr. Parron transitioned to the role of psychiatric social worker with the Hillcrest Children’s Center in 1969. ​ The hands-on experiences gave Dr. Parron a wealth of new knowledge, which she sought to share with her peers as

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MIEKO KOTAKE SMITH

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

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KATHLEEN DWYER DUYCK

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.

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PATRICIA ANN PAPE

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

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BERTHA GENNA KONDRAK

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

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