Cohort I Fellows (2012-2014)

Steven Ball

Steven Ball graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 2006 with
a bachelor of arts in philosophy and a bachelor of science in environmental economics.
After graduation, he began working for a small faith-based nonprofit providing direct service to
chronically homeless adults in San Francisco’s Tenderloin and SOMA neighborhoods. Steven’s
commitment to the field of social welfare grew over the next five years as he got to know the
unique strengths of his clients and found the development and knowledge required for successful
practice to be incredibly rewarding. During his last three years there, he served as a case manager
at a supportive housing program for adults who were chronically homeless. Here, he had the
opportunity to assume a leadership role within interdisciplinary service teams to design and
implement specific interventions, as well as broader change in program policies. This experience
showed him the extent to which social work is inherently a team-based activity and the importance
of leadership in bringing people together to identify and work toward solutions to shared problems.
Steven chose the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School’s Leadership Fellows Program because he believes it is exceptionally
suited to help him develop his clinical skills and leadership potential. He also believes it will
enable him to continue to best serve individuals suffering from acute co-occurring mental health
and substance abuse disorders in the years to come.

Jennifer Borovica

Jennifer Borovica graduated summa cum laude from Cleveland State University
in May, 2012, with a BA in psychology. By attending graduate school at the age of 37, she wants to
make sure she can apply all of her prior work and life experience to her new career. When
she discovered the Leadership Fellows Program, she was delighted to know that she
had found a program that would serve her needs. Her work includes 17 years of
restaurant experience, as a supervisor, manager and trainer. At her current place of employment,
she has been responsible for opening 21 restaurants and training more than 800
people over the last six years. Jennifer has worked with many strong leaders who have invested a
great deal of time in her development. Her goal is to work in the field of substance
abuse. She has volunteer experience, co-facilitating group therapy for adults with substance abuse
problems at Recovery Resources and Oakview Behavioral Center. She currently leads a group
at the Jean Marie House, a sober living facility in Cleveland. Over the last year, she has
been spending a great deal of time with Leader Within, a program for high school-aged youth
that teaches them leadership skills through exercise and classroom learning. She also volunteers
with Youth for Christ, Campus Life, where she mentors high school students.

Margot Nevin

Margot Nevin received a BA in psychology from Wittenberg University in
Springfield, Ohio. She graduated summa cum laude in May, 2011. She has a variety of
volunteer experiences in the human services field. She is currently a crisis hotline volunteer at
the Coastal Horizons Center in Wilmington, N.C. Margot was also an intern at Oesterlen Services for
Youth in Springfield, where she helped at-risk teenage girls learn coping mechanisms. Prior to
that, she volunteered at the Caritas Homeless Shelter in Vienna, Austria, and at Silver Hill
Hospital in New Canaan, Conn., where she helped a recreational therapist assist clients who
were facing addiction challenges. Margot developed a wide range of experience assisting crisis
hotline volunteers to increase efficiency and productivity. She also implemented a number of
activities for at-risk teenage girls at Oesterlen Services for Youth. As a Wittenberg supplemental
instructor, Margot conducted 90-minute review sessions twice a week for those
learning introductory psychology. For Kappa Delta sorority at Wittenberg, she served as
the Open House Recruitment Chair in which she planned, organized and executed various events.
Margot chose the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School not only because of its excellent reputation as one of the best
graduate schools in the nation for social work, but also because she was encouraged by its
expansive array of field placement opportunities in diverse settings. In addition, Margot was
impressed with the opportunities that the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Leadership Program will offer along with
accomplished social work professionals in Cleveland.

Brian Newton

Brian Newton received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati in
2009. He graduated with high honors in psychology and a minor in sociology. As an undergraduate,
Brian conducted senior thesis research on the below-average academic success of African American
minority college students, the results of which are now being published in the
Journal of College Student Retention. While involved in academic study, Brian
also became employed as a crisis/suicide hotline operator at Centerpoint Health’s
281-CARE program in Cincinnati. After graduation, he transferred to the Substance Abuse/Mental
Illness (SA/MI) Adult Case Management program, where he completed certification as a Chemical
Dependency Counselor’s Assistant. He helped facilitate the outpatient care and community
stabilization of an intensive caseload of clients with dual diagnoses in mental health and
substance abuse. He later assumed a clinical position at Summit Behavioral Healthcare, an Ohio
Department of Mental Health psychiatric hospital located in the Cincinnati area. There he gained
experience working with an inpatient population of acute and high-risk civil and forensic adults
diagnosed with mental illness while facilitating treatment group sessions and exercising techniques
in crisis de-escalation and intervention. Throughout his career, Brian has strived to serve as an
exemplary leader and role model within the mental health and substance abuse community. He chose to
advance his career through the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School’s Leadership Fellows Program based on its strong
reputation and focus on leadership and evidence-based practice. He hopes to lead communities in
implementing clinical mental health care best practices and improve the quality of life for

Jillian Rogers

Jillian Rogers received her BA degree in psychology at Syracuse University in May,
2012. While at Syracuse, Jillian was vice president of the Psychology Club from 2010-2012,
president of the Syracuse University chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness from
2010-2012, a member of the Psi Chi National Honor Society and of Active Minds, and a research
assistant studying the cognitive processes of healthy older adults. Jillian has also worked as a
resident advisor, student peer advisor, and a teaching assistant for a freshman foundation course.
She served as a student representative at various recruitment events and has helped students and
parents navigate their way around campus during orientation. Off campus, Jillian interned at the
St. Camillus Health and Rehabilitation Center. She worked one-on-one and with groups of older
adults who were living with cognitive impairment and mental illnesses. She also volunteered at the
Hutchings Psychiatric Center outpatient facility and observed and assisted a wide variety of
outpatient group therapy sessions for adults living with serious and persistent mental illnesses.
Jillian applied to the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School because of the school’s commitment to evidence-based
practices, its passion for social change and the opportunities available to graduate students. She
wanted to be able to utilize her research-oriented psychology background in a way that would
benefit the groups and organizations for which she will be working. She is excited to see what
Cleveland and the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School have to offer.

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