Listee Features — Social Work

Melanie Kennedy


With a passion for helping others, particularly children, Melanie V. Kennedy first earned an associate degree from the Pennsylvania State University in 1976. From there, she completed firefighting training at Red Rocks Community College and certification as an advanced state instructor in CPR procedures and qualified medication administration personnel. In 1977, she became the first woman firefighter in Federal Heights, Colorado, a role she held until 1981, and also served the fire department as an emergency medical technician and first aid and CPR instructor. During this time, Ms. Kennedy joined Park County Public Health as the WIC director and early periodic screening diagnosis and treatment case manager. For the next 14 years, Ms. Kennedy worked providing support for families on

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Coming from a military family, Terry L. Dixon, MS, MSW, LPC, LCSW, was greatly inspired by her father and brothers, all of whom served in various military branches. First earning a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Valdosta State University in Georgia in 1994, she went on to complete a Master of Science in mental health counseling from Fort Valley State University in 1997. She was licensed as a professional counselor in 2002 and returned to Valdosta State University to pursue a second master’s degree in social work, which she achieved in 2005. In the early days of her career, Ms. Dixon served as a behavioral health professional at a therapeutic residential treatment facility and as a counselor in both

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Katherine Haile


Having devoted 37 years of professional work to the United States government, Katherine Haile specialized in substance abuse counseling until her retirement in 2014. She commenced her career serving on active duty in the United States Army from 1975 to 1978. From there, she contributed to the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace as a docent and was also active as a coordinator at a domestic abuse shelter. Between 2002 and 2005, Ms. Haile garnered expertise as a work coordinator of the chemical addiction rehabilitation program for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Most recently, Ms. Haile excelled substance abuse counselor for the United States Army for many years. In this capacity, she was appointed as the point-of-contact for drug and

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Vicki Schmall


Starting out in the field of education, Vicki L. Schmall, PhD, began her career as an instructor at the Wilsall Consolidated Schools in 1969 while a student at Montana State University. She graduated in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science, specializing in family and human development issues. When she was asked to run sex education programming, she decided to return to school to further her knowledge of the field and became a teaching assistant and field supervisor at Oregon State University from 1971 to 1975 while conducting her graduate studies. During this period, Dr. Schmall took several courses in gerontology, a field of study that was just starting to emerge in the 1970s, and realized that this was truly where

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Rosalind Russell


Capt. Rosalind L. Walton-Russell is a clinical social worker in the United States Air Force Medical Corps and an associate professor in the department of social work at Texas College, where she has taught for nearly 30 years. Capt. Walton-Russell holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from San Francisco State University and had initially hoped to pursue a career in clinical nursing. Due to the lack of available nursing coursework, she instead pursued a Master of Social Work in social welfare, mental health, and pupil personnel at the University of California Berkeley, graduating in 1977. Throughout her career, she has continued to prioritize professional development with a variety of business development courses, and she recently started studying toward her

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Angelene Vinson


Angelene McCoy Vinson, BS, has excelled as the owner and operations manager for AA&G Group Homes, LLC since she joined the company in 2005. Through AA&G Group Homes, Mrs. Vinson and her team provide care to intellectually disabled individuals who require either additional support throughout the day or 24-hour care. She splits her time between her home office and the primary office and continues to ensure that everything is running smoothly as she and her team provide support services to group homes, which are active 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and work one-on-one with intellectually disabled individuals to help them learn money management skills and how to be careful buyers. In 2019, Mrs. Vinson brought AA&G Group

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Theresa Pringle


A proven leader in the nonprofit sector, Theresa Pringle has dedicated her life’s work to helping people escape homelessness and become self-sustaining individuals. Having personally experienced homelessness, she is devoted to educating and empowering her New Jersey community through training and educational opportunities, speaking engagements and more. Inspired by a very intense personal experience, Ms. Pringle experienced several degrees of homelessness, including street homelessness, couch surfing and the shelter system. She notes she and her two underaged children fell through many unaddressed cracks within the system but overcame many barriers that many homeless individuals and families face daily. Desiring to start an organization to advocate and help those in desperate need of assistance, her goal was to assist other individuals

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Chanel Weathers


An experienced service professional of more than 10 years, Chanel D. Weathers, MPA, is distinguished for her skill across multiple channels. Hailing from a service-oriented family, she envisioned a similar career path for herself but in her own right. In 2011, she graduated from Albany State University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and subsequently took on her first professional role as a residential specialist with SafeHorizon, a victim services nonprofit organization providing social services for victims of abuse and violent crime. One year later, she joined Women In Need, Inc., the largest provider of shelter and supportive housing for New York City’s homeless families, especially women and children, as a case manager and employment specialist. In 2014, Ms.

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Louise Doss Martin is an accomplished mental health and public health social worker who spent more than 50 years as a clinician, academic researcher and international consultant. Embarking on her studies at the University of Chicago, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in history and political science in 1959, followed by a Master of Arts in psychiatric social work in 1963. Notably, she was one of the youngest members of her class and one of the first African American women to receive a graduate degree from the University of Chicago. Ms. Martin was recognized for her achievements with the Top Alumni Award in 2022. Early on in her career, Ms. Martin served as the director of social work for the

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Gale Mitchell Hinson, MSW, began her career as a paraprofessional before studying social work at Farmingdale State College and earning a Bachelor of Social Work from Molloy College. She joined Nassau University Medical Center in 1973 and also spent time working at a local VA hospital, where she was inspired by her supervisor to earn her master’s degree and become a social worker. Matriculating at Adelphi University, she graduated with a Master of Social Work in 1986 and was certified as a social worker in New York in 1988. Ms. Hinson has also been certified as a criminal justice specialist as well. Remaining with the Nassau University Medical Center as a clinical social worker until 2002, Ms. Hinson held the

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