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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:


Cuyahoga County Conference on Social Welfare at CWRU on March 11

Mar 4 2016

Snip of conference artworkThe Mandel School and Case Western Reserve University are thrilled to host the 6th Annual Cuyahoga County Conference on Social Welfare (CCCOSW), the area’s largest social work conference, on Friday, March 11. This is your opportunity to join hundreds of social workers and other human service professionals as they explore interdisciplinary approaches to social change. Don’t miss this unique chance to learn about new ways for human services to collaborate effectively!

This year’s conference will take place in Tinkham Veale University Center on the campus of Case Western Reserve University from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To register for CCCOSW, click here.

Registration is $50 for working professionals and $20 for social work students as well as retired or unemployed social workers. This cost includes parking, refreshments and lunch. 5.5 social work CEUs are available for an additional $10 but are free for presenters and NASW members. 5.5 PD hours are available for Mandel School students.

The conference theme is “Everyone at the Table: Engaging Communities in Social Change.” Conference sponsors are NASW Ohio, Cleveland State University School of Social Work, the Mandel School at Case Western Reserve, Center for Community Solutions, and the Murtis Taylor Human Services System. The conference coordinator this year was the Mandel School’s own Lori Longs Painter, MSSA 1987.

The keynote is “A Partnership to Build Trust” presented by Andre Gonzalez, Chief of Police of the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority, and Jenni Bartholomew, MSW, PhD 2015, a research associate at the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education at the Mandel School.

The closing plenary speaker is William M. Denihan, Chief Executive Officer of the Alcohol Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County, who will discuss issues surrounding mental health.

Presenters: Alumni

  • Jenni Bartholomew, MSW, PhD 2015
  • Rosemary Creeden, MSSA 1994
  • Angela D’Orazio, MSSA 2011
  • Edna Fuentes-Casino, MSSA 2010
  • Joann Hall, MSSA 1989
  • Victoria Marion, MSSA 2003
  • Stacey O’Brien, MSSA 1988
  • Mamadou M. Seck, MSSA 1992, PhD 2007
  • Rachael Sommer, MSSA 2008
  • George S. Tsagaris, MSSA 1976
  • Susan Weaver, MSSA 1977

Presenters: Students

  • Malcolm Burton
  • Gina Collander
  • Rebekah Koduru
  • Erica Sabados

Presenters: Faculty

To get or share the latest updates from CCCOSW, use the hashtag #AtTheTable or tag @CCCOSW, @MandelSchool, @NASWOhioChapter or @CLE_State.


Alumna hosts Deans Gilmore and Milligan on radio show

Feb 19 2016

Leadership Hour snipDean Grover “Cleve” Gilmore and Associate Dean Sharon Milligan were guests on “The Leadership Hour,” the national VoiceAmerica internet radio show hosted by alumna Christine Cowan-Gascoigne, MSSA 2004. The show’s topic was “Leading to a More Just World” and they discussed the Mandel School’s 100-year legacy of creating leaders in social change. Listen online: http://bit.ly/1Qwgmra


Network With Alumni and Get Resume Advice at Career Connections on February 24

Feb 18 2016

alumni networkOne of the most popular student events of the school year, Career Connections Night for Students, is scheduled for Wednesday, February 24, at 5:30pm-7:30pm in room 115 at the Mandel Center.

Here is your opportunity meet and network with Cleveland-area alumni in a variety of fields, plus bring your resume to be reviewed and critiqued by representatives from the Case Career Center. Free and open to all first and second year MSSA and MNO students, this event includes dinner and 1.5 PD hours. Career Connections is presented by the Mandel School Alumni Association Board and is chaired by alumna Annette Iwamoto, MSSA 2012.

To attend, RSVP to 216.368.0113 or email Edna.Wade@case.edu by Tuesday, February 23.

At Career Connections, meet and network with the following MSSA and MNO alumni:

Yolanda Armstrong, MSSA 1994 – Big Brothers Big Sisters

Mary Beth Cernoia, MSSA 1980 – Family & Personal Counseling Services

Paulette Crayton, MNO 1995 – Friendly Inn Settlement House

Alison Diegel, MSSA 2015 – Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center

Nina Holzer, MSSA/MNO 2016 – Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development

Annette Iwamoto, MSSA 2012 – Providence House

Beth Kuckuck, MSSA 1991 – ADM Board of Summit County

Glenda Kupersmith, MSSA 1993 – Northern Ohio Clinical Social Work Society

Nancy Lowrie, MSSA 1995 – Nancy Lowrie & Associates

Victoria Marion, MSSA 2003 – Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Stacy Simera, MSSA 1996 – Gary Robinson & Associates

Lemuel Stewart, MSSA 1995 – Cuyahoga Community College

Rachel Truelsch, MSSA 2015 – The Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland