With more than 7,800 alumni in all 50 states and 41 countries, our extensive alumni network is a force for positive social change throughout the world and right here at the Mandel School through their generous involvement and leadership.

The compassion and commitment of our alumni is essential to the advancement of our school and the lives our students – from their work on the Alumni Board (which works diligently to organize and participate in Career Nights, Commencement, and other student events) to the Campaign Committee (which is leading the fundraising for our Building Renovation Campaign) to alumni support of the Annual Fund (which is earmarked entirely for student scholarships).

Alumni in the News:

Centennial Salon at Upcycle Parts Shop on January 28

Jan 25 2016

Upcycle Part Shop imageAlumna Devon Fegen-Herdman, MSSA 2005, is hosting a Centennial Salon at the Cleveland start-up she co-founded, Upcycle Parts Shop, on Thursday, January 28, at 6:30 p.m. Associate Professor Mark Joseph, co-author of the new book Integrating the Inner City: The Promise and Perils of Mixed-Income Public Housing Transformation, will be there to discuss “Effective Neighboring: A Key to Successful Diverse Neighborhoods.”

The event is free and open to all alumni and friends. To attend, RSVP to Marianne Lax at Marianne.Lax@case.edu or 216.368.1832.

Centennial Salons are informal yet informative events discussions that bring together alumni and friends. This salon, which offers 1 CEU, is also an opportunity to learn how Upcycle Parts Shop makes more art and less waste, plus attendees will have the opportunity to create their own art using upcycled materials ($5 material cost payable at the event).

SSWR 2016: Faculty, Student and Alumni Presenters

Jan 13 2016

cramptonThe Mandel School is proud to be participating in the Society for Social Work Research’s 20th Annual Conference, beginning today in Washington, D.C. In addition to having a booth at the conference (#201 – see us for a special Centennial gift to SSWR attendees!), two of our faculty honored as 2016 SSWR Fellows, and Dr. Claudia Coulton’s participation on the Grand Challenges for Social Work, several faculty, students and alumni are doing the following presentations at the conference.


Claudia Coulton, PhD: Harnessing technology for social good: A grand challenge for social work.

David Crampton, PhD (pictured); Francisca Richter, PhD; and Claudia Coulton, PhD: Integrated data system analysis for the design of a pay-for-success intervention in foster care.

Claudia Coulton, PhD: Meeting the grand challenge of big data in child welfare program and policy research.     

Accepted Poster Presentations:

David Biegel, PhD: Social support and recovery: The mediating role of mattering.

Michael Gearhart, MSSA (PhD student); Dan Flannery, PhD; Mark Singer, PhD; Jeff Kretschmar, PhD; and Fredrick Butcher, PhD: ADHD, comorbidities, and trauma symptoms: Predictors of functioning in juvenile justice involved youth.

Jill Kobulsky (PhD student) and David Hussey, PhD: Demographic patterns of early use and initiation of substances among youth in the child welfare system.

David Crampton, PhD, and Susan Yoon (PhD student): Increasing adherence to team decision-making through improved family participation.

Susan Yoon (PhD student): Heterogeneity in developmental trajectories of internalizing behavior problems among children who have experienced early childhood maltreatment.

The following alumni are also presenting at SSWR 2016:

  • Margaret Adamek, PhD 1989
  • Suzanne Brown, PhD 2012
  • Moon Choi, PhD 2010
  • Julian Chow, MSSA 1984, PhD 1992
  • Janet Hoy, MSSA 1999, PhD 2008
  • Derrick Kranke, PhD 2009
  • Heehyul Moon, PhD 2013
  • Youngsam Oh, PhD student
  • Minso Paek, PhD 2013
  • Maureen Riley-Behringer, MSSA 1994, PhD 2015
  • Phyllis Solomon, PhD 1978
  • Shanta Pandey, PhD 1989


Join Us and Alumni Presenters at NASW Ohio Annual Conference

Nov 9 2015

wilkesJoin the Mandel School at one of the biggest events of the year for Ohio social workers, NASW Ohio’s 2015 Annual Conference, on Thursday, November 12, and Friday, November 13, in Columbus. Also mark your calendar for “When Art Meets Social Justice,” a special Centennial Salon Series event on November 11, on the eve of the conference.

While at the conference, be sure to check out the impressive line-up of alumni presentations:

Scott Wilkes, PhD 2013 (pictured), Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs at the Mandel School – Models of Supervision: Theory and Application

Samantha Bechtel, MSSA 1996 – The Healing Power of Life Review

Jenny Hartman, MSSA 2012 – Helping Children Heal from Exposure to Domestic Violence

Janet Hoy, MSSA 1999, PhD 2008 – Co-Presenter: Don’t Be Afraid, We’re Here To Help: Community Health Workers in Ohio

Shirley M. Keller, MSSA 1981, PhD 1999, and Stephanie Rhee, MSSA 1999 – Co-Presenters: Culturally Competent Social Work Practice with Korean Immigrant Elders

Thelma Silver, PhD 1995 – Co-Presenter: Integrating Spirituality into Culturally-Responsive Biopsychosocial Assessments

Stacy Simera, MSSA 1996 – Changing How We View and Advocate for Client Sleep

Beth Thompson, MSSA 2008 – Effective Interventions for Working with Clients on the Autism Spectrum: All Behavior is Communication