Ph.D. Student Biographies 2009

Jenni Bartholomew graduated from Syracuse University, College of Human Ecology School of Social work in 2009 with a focus in Community Organizations Policy Planning and Administration (COPPA). In pursuit of her degree, she held intern positions with Toomey Residential, a nonprofit providing residential care to young boys with serious emotional disturbances, and United Way’s Nonprofit Leadership Center.

Since 2001, Jenni has been employed in the Community Impact Division of United Way of Central New York. Always passionate about organizational development, issues regarding Board fiduciary responsibility, and program evaluation, she coordinated board/agency trainings, developed two community needs assessments as well as three volunteer-driven funding allocation processes, and oversaw the on-going monitoring of all community investments. As part of her role with United Way, she collaborated with local funders, city and county government, and human service agencies to address community needs and support agency capacity building. Additionally, due to her professional affiliation, she served as the Local Board Chair of FEMA Emergency Food and Shelter Program, and participated as a member of the Syracuse Community Geographer steering committee. Jenni is also a graduate of Binghamton University, State University of New York, with a B.A. in Political Science, special interest in the development of sub-Saharan African nations.

Ching-Wen Chang did her internship in the mental health program at Asian Human Services, Chicago, IL in 2003. In her seven-month full-time internship, she provided on going individual psychotherapy at the outpatient mental clinic, facilitated therapeutic groups at the psychosocial rehabilitation program and performed community outreach.

Before coming to the US, she served as a psychiatric social worker in the Continuing Day Treatment Program at Municipal Wan Fang Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan, where she engaged in helping individuals with mental illness manage their psychiatric symptoms and improve their social and emotional functioning in community.

Ching-Wen Graduated from Soochow University, Taipei, Taiwan with BA in Social Work in 1999. She received her MSW from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a clinical focus in community mental health in 2003. Her research interests include adult mental health issues and evidence based practice in mental health field. She is also interested in exploring effective social work interventions with an emphasis on cultural differences.



Michael Salwiesz obtained his BSW from the University of Toledo in 2005. He then attended the University of Michigan where he was named a Dean’s Scholar and received a full tuition scholarship. Michael received his MSW (2006) with an emphasis on Social Policy and Evaluation with Communities and Social Systems. Upon graduating from the University of Michigan, Michael joined Teach For America in the Las Vegas Valley. As a part of Teach For America, he taught fourth grade in a Title I school and obtained a M.Ed. with an emphasis on Elementary Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (2009). The successes and failures, triumphs and challenges, and the joys and disappointments that accompanied this experience, along with the stories of incredibly resilient children, parents, and teachers have deeply impacted him personally and professionally, and continually guide his work. Michael’s research interests surround the examination of the interplay between families, schools, and communities; family, school, and community assets that promote success; the impact of parent and community involvement on schools and communities; resiliency in individuals and communities; and characteristics of high achieving schools and highly functioning communities.
James Andrews is a clinical social worker with expertise in forensic social work. During the past twenty-five years, he has been practicing in the behavioral health field as a clinical social worker, therapist, administrator, consultant and educator. He has presented workshops at regional and national conferences, is an adjunct faculty at the University of Pittsburgh in the School of Social Work, and has taught at Seton Hill University’s undergraduate Social Work program. His clinical practice has included work in the states of Rhode Island, Massachusetts, West Virginia and Pennsylvania and he has consulted nationally as a forensic social worker and legal consultant.

James holds degrees in general management, psychology and social work from Rhode Island College in Providence, RI. He also holds advanced licensure in social work including the LCSW in Pennsylvania, LICSW in Massachusetts and West Virginia. He holds national certification as a Board Certified Diplomate (BCD) with the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work. In forensics, he holds credentials in Forensic Counseling, Sentence Mitigation and is a Forensic Fellow with the American College of Forensic Examiners. Additionally he is an Internationally Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professional at the Diplomate level with the Pennsylvania Certification Board and a Certified Investigator with the Office of Public Welfare in Pennsylvania.

James’ current non-academic employment includes a full time position for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center as the Manager for Quality Assurance and Risk Management at affiliate Mon Yough Community Services, Inc. in McKeesport, PA. He operates two private consulting practices. Forensic Behavioral Associates, a forensic consulting practice where he provides expert witness services in both civil and criminal cases involving such issues as malpractice, wrongful death, sexual abuse allegations and sentence mitigation in capital punishment. James also operates Conscious Core, a consulting practice where he provides personal and career development coaching and management consulting services to other social workers and professionals. He is very active in the National Association of Social Workers, having held several leadership positions over the past several years, including President (2007-2009) NASW-PA Chapter. He is presently the Chair of the NASW-PA Public Policy Committee (2009-2011) advising chapter leadership on policy and legislative issues. His interests include juvenile justice, community violence and risk assessment.

Louis Weigele has social work experience encompassing clinical practice, clinical supervision and program administration. He has specific experience in the areas of severe and persistent mental illness, forensics, trauma, dual diagnosis (substance abuse and mental illness), and drug dependency and other addictions. He has a background in collaboration with partner organizations working with specific program challenges and stabilizing troubled programs. He has had a leadership role in several successful mergers of organizations. Louis maintains a clinical social work practice in Lakewood, Ohio.

Louis currently serves as the President of the Ohio Council on Problem Gambling, is First Vice President of the Ohio Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, is a member of the governing boards of the Domestic Violence Center and the May Dugan, Multi-purpose Center in Cuyahoga County, and is the Ohio Affiliate Representative to the National Council on Problem Gambling.

He has served as the executive director and clinical director of several agencies providing treatment for mental illness and substance use disorders. In a former position with the Cleveland Department of Public Health, Louis oversaw two substance abuse treatment programs, substance abuse prevention services, and worked for the greater integration of behavioral health policy and services with public health policy and services. In his most recent position as the Director of Behavioral Health at The Free Clinic of Greater Cleveland, he directed the mental health and substance abuse programs and worked to integrate the treatment for substance abuse disorders, mental illnesses, and physical health disorders.

Louis graduated from Oberlin College with a B.A. in psychology and sociology-anthropology. He received his M.S.S.A. from the School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University.

Maureen Riley-Behringer, MSSA LISW has been a social worker for the past 15 years and is currently partnered in a private practice in Cleveland, Chagrin Counseling Associates. She specializes in supporting the developmental needs/milestones of child/adolescent adoptees. Prior to private practice work, Maureen was a hospice social worker for several years and enjoyed working in the many diverse communities of Cleveland. She also served as a trauma social worker on the Burn Intensive Care Unit at Metro Health Medical Center as well as a research assistant at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. Maureen received her MSSA from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School at CWRU in 1994 and has a BS in Psychology/Biology from Youngstown State University. She has congruently served as an adjunct faculty member in the MSSA program at the MSASS for the past six years teaching child, adolescent, and adult developmental coursework.

She is currently working with a team of adoption specialists from Children’s Hospital in Boston, the International Adoption Program at the Cleveland Clinic, and the Rainbow Center for International Child Health at University Hospitals of Cleveland on a multi-series, post-adoption education project for families living in Massachusetts (September-November, 2009) and Ohio (January-March, 2010). Her research interests lie in the domestic/international adoption systems, with a focus on the development of strong post-adoption services and supportive policies for adoptive families. For the past year, she has been involved in CWRU faculty research projects relating to family preservation in low resource countries, child/family human rights, global child health, and bicultural socialization of international adoptees in the U.S. with related publications in process. In May, 2009, she presented aspects of this research entitled, “A Review of Interventions Impacting Education Outcomes of Children Living in Preserved Families/Kinship Care or are Orphaned & Vulnerable in Low Resource Countries” at the International Adoption Conference in Oslo, Norway, sponsored by the University of Oslo.

Will Koehler is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Pennsylvania. His current clinical experience involves working with traumatized and abused children and adolescents in Erie, PA. Will works as a clinical therapist through the Child Advocacy Center’s Safe Start Program and through the Post Adoptive Support Services (PASS) Program, both in Erie, PA. Additionally, Will serves as an Erie County Mental Health Designee and Program Evaluator for the newly implemented High Fidelity Wrap-Around Initiative.

Previous work includes in-home family therapy with the Sexual Abuse Family Education and Treatment of Youth (SAFETY) Program and the Multi-Systemic Therapy program through Family Services of Northwestern PA. Prior to his work in the Social Work field, Will was involved with campus ministry and abstinence education (1998 – 2004), and Civil Engineering (1993 – 1998). Will graduated with an MSW from Edinboro University of PA in 2006. His Bachelor’s degree, interestingly enough, is in Civil Engineering from Penn State University in 1993.

Donald A. Caserta graduated from John Carroll University in 1997 with a BS in Psychology, received his MSSA in 2000 from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, and earned his MA in clinical psychology from Kent State University in 2008. A native of the Cleveland area, he has worked in the ADHD Center for Evaluation & Treatment (ACET) at the Children’s Hospital – Cleveland Clinic since 1999 and provides behavioral consultation, assessment, and both individual and group therapy for children, adolescents, adults, and their families. As sub-investigator and research coordinator for a number of clinical trials and studies conducted through the ACET program, he is actively involved in ongoing research in the treatment and assessment of ADHD and other disruptive behavior disorders. He has enjoyed part-time teaching at the undergraduate level at John Carroll University and Kent State University and has presented didactics to pediatric, psychiatry, and neurology residents since his tenure at the Cleveland Clinic.

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