2014 Kent School Staff
Responsibilities: Grants Management
Responsibilities: Office Management
Jennifer Bobo, LCSW
Education: MSSW, University of Louisville
Responsibilities: Jennifer is the Project Director for Dr. Sar's SAMHSA grant.
Education: BA, University of Louisville
Responsibilities: Joyce is a Research Coordinator, currently funded under the Child Welfare Training Assessment CWTA and Creating Healthy Adolescents through Meaningful Prevention Services CHAMPS! projects. Joyce is responsible for facilitating and maintaining an on-line evaluation system for the Kent School’s interface with the University Training Consortium; Cabinet for Health & Family Services.
Responsibilities: Program Management for Grants
Sarah Caragianis, MSSW
Responsibilities: Sarah is responsible for recruiting and admissions for the MSSW program, providing support to prospective students during the admissions process, as well as MSSW Orientation coordination.
Responsibilities: Works for the Child Welfare Training project on Shelby Campus. He is responsible for all pcs for staff and programs, which includes updating, upgrading, maintenance, and troubleshooting. Responsible for coordinating all aspects of conferences and training. Orders all equipment and supplies, makes recommendations on all technology purchases, monitors expenditures and processes bills.
Theresa Christopher, MPA
Responsibilities: Coordinate projects and assignments of the Office of the Dean; prepare reports and responses from the Dean’s Office. Provide liaison function with Deans, Directors, Provost’s Office, and other administrative offices. Coordinate the recruitment of staff and faculty positions.
Perform financial reconciliation and management of all sources of funding under the direction of the UMB Intermediate and Assistant Dean of Finance to support the Endowed Chair in Social Work Oncology.
Coordinator of MSSW Academic Affairs
Office: Oppenheimer Hall, Room LL09
Education: BA, Psychology; M.Ed. Student Affairs Practice
Responsibilities: Advise Kent School students on curriculum selection, program selection, degree requirements and registration. Act as a liaison between faculty/staff and students. Identify and assist students in academic jeopardy.
Sharon D. Crook
Education: BS, University of Louisville
Responsibilities: Oversee as well as maintain application process for admission. Primary person for information regarding admission and tracking application process. Responsible for generating reports and maintaining Kent School Admissions Budget.
Shelia Cundiff, LCSW, CADC
Coordinator, Field Education
Office: Oppenheimer Hall, Room LL-08
Education: MSW, Spalding University
Responsible for arranging practicum placements for on-campus and online students. Shelia has been an adjunct faculty member since 2013 teaching Alcohol and Drug Counselor Seminar and Practicum Faculty Liaison for on-campus and on-line students.
Responsibilities: Management and oversight of Academic Affairs and Advising for the MSSW program making sure that the needs of our current MSSW students are being well served.
Joe D'Ambrosio, PhD
Education: PhD, University of Louisville
Responsibilities: The primary function of this position will be to have the responsibility for the overall management and day to day operational aspects of the Agency/ University partnership including coordination, planning and negotiating with the agency program manager, county community organizers, community leaders and health partners.
Education: BS, University of Louisville
Responsibilities: Debra is the lead Tier 1 at the Kent School. If you need help with anything that involves technology, she is the person to contact. She is responsible for maintaining the computer lab in Patterson Hall, for making sure that faculty and staff workstations are kept updated, troubleshooting technology problems, recommendations for equipment purchases and technology needs, creating and maintaining websites for the Kent School and faculty, and assisting students with password and email problems. Debra is the Chair of the Kent Technology Committee, and leads the E-Newsletter Committee.
Education: M.A. in Educational and Counseling Psychology and M.A. in Sociology from the University of Missouri-Columbia
Responsibilities: Provides research, evaluation and logistical support to the cross-age peer mentoring program (TEAM) grant project, manages the overall day to day project activities and serves as primary liaison between all service providers and the local community for the newly established Survivors of Torture Recovery Center grant project, provides research and evaluation support for both the PASS Program (for promoting educational stability in foster care youth) grant project and for the Center for Promoting Recovery and Resilience of Traumatized Children and Youth grant project; Assists with grant writing and research planning.
Assist with special projects for Dean, Associate Deans, Assistant to the Dean and Unit Business Manager. Payroll for Staff and Federal Work Study Students. Oversee and Reconcile Monthly Financials, Travel Arrangements, Procards, Purchasing for Oppenheimer Hall, Assist with International Travel.
Education: M.Ed in Counseling Psychology.
Responsibilities: Katy is a research manager on the CWTA grant with Dr. Anita Barbee. Katy collects, analyzes, and reports data for a follow up survey. She is in constant contact with social workers throughout the state assessing the training they have received and attends regular meetings in Richmond, KY to discuss the results of the survey.
Education: MSW from Spalding University
Responsibilities: Provide consultation to DCBS staff and Behavioral Health staff as it relates to Project SAFESPACE and identifying behavioral health needs in children placed in Out of Home Care
Education: B.A., Rhodes College
Responsibilities: Research Manager on the Emergency Preparedness and Aging contract with the UK and KY Dept. for Public Health to support KY Long Term Care facilities and the Hospital Preparedness Coalitions across the western part of Kentucky in their emergency preparedness and planning activities. She also works on the Ohio Valley Appalachian Region Geriatric Education Center grant for the Standardized Patient program.Email Diana Jester
Responsibilities: Norma has served as the operations manager for the Kent School of Social Work Doctoral Program since its inception in 1997. She is the primary contact for PHD program: including application processes, records and degree matriculation. She is also responsible for generating reports and budget implementation. She serves as the liaison for the doctoral program with Admissions, Graduate Studies and Finance/Budget Offices. She is also the liaison for the doctoral programs at the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky’s for national promoting and recruiting.
Misty Kupka, MSW
Responsibilities: Manage and oversight of the development and implementation of recruitment strategies and the advisement of MSSW prospective students on Kent School’s policies and procedures related to admissions.
Cheri Langley, PhD, MPH, CHES
Education: MPH – Epidemiology and International Health, PhD - Health Behavior
Responsibilities: Cheri is the Program Manager for the teen pregnancy prevention research study with Dr. Barbee as the PI.
Education: BS, University of Evansville
Responsibilities: Provides technology support to the MSSW Online Program
Ramie Martin-Galijatovic, CSW
Education: MSSW, University of Louisville
Responsibilities: Responsible for arranging practicum placements for on-campus and online students. Ramie has been an adjunct faculty member since 2008 teaching Advance Research Practice (SW 668 and SW 669) to MSSW students.
Responsibilities: Manages payroll setup for grant employed staff positions. Process salary cost share as mandated by federally funded awards. Oversees departmental gift and endowment accounts and selected sponsored awards with non operating expense budgets. Oversee and provide problem solving assistance to reconcilers of Kent general fund accounts. Provide statistical support to Dean and Assistant Dean for Finance.
Responsibilities: Robin is the Project Manager for the Women's Health Research Study. Under the guidance of Dr. Seana Golder, we are interviewing over 400 women on probation/parole in Jefferson County over a two year period to look at the interconnected web of substance use, victimization, and involvement in the criminal justice system. Robin supervises our data collection team, maintains our database, sends seasonal mailings to our respondents, and conducts interviews with our participants.Email Robin Moody
Walter L. Murrah III
Responsibilities: Direct and manage the administration of finances, business services, and facilities of the School of Social Work. Oversight includes fiscal management of finances and business functions of all Kent School academic and service programs, gifts and endowments, as well as external funding to support research activities.
Laurie O'Hare, MA
Education: MA, Higher Education, University of Louisville
Responsibilities: The primary function of this position is responsibility for the overall management and day to day operational aspects of the BSW program including admissions, advising, and student services. Laurie teaches Social Work (SW 101) for the Kent School.
Education: BS, University of Louisville
Responsibilities: The position coordinates MSSW practicum placements and practicum student orientation. The Coordinator organizes Field Education online and in-person training and professional development events for agency supervisors of Kent practicum students. The position maintains the practicum database and generates reports as needed. The position also monitors and reconciles budgets related to Field Education.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, University of Louisville
Responsibilities: Her responsibilities include managing all day-to-day business operations including: enrollment, student registration and transferring of classes. Budget implementation, monthly reconciliations and tuition collection. Serves as the CFL liaison for the Graduate School, Registrar's Office, Bursar’s Office and the grant sponsor.
Education: Masters in Social Work
Responsibilities: Assist with BSW program. Manage and reconcile monthly financials, maintain program databases; tracking student and practicum information. Process travel arrangements, procards, purchasing and coordinate with field instructor workshops, orientation for students and manage meetings for field events.
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Office: Brigman Hall, Room 109A
Betty Shiels, LCSW
Responsibilities: Institutional Director of the OVAR Geriatric Education Center at the University of Louisville, Kent School of Social Work. Betty is the Principal Investigator for two contracts in conjunction with the Geriatric Education Center at the University of Kentucky. The Emergency Preparedness & Aging Program at Kent School is funded through the Kentucky Department for Public Health with funds from the Asst. Secretary for Preparedness and Response (DHHS) for the KY Hospital preparedness Program.
Jenny Taylor, MSW
Responsibilities: Jenny has worked on several grant projects, some of which include training local DCBS workers on coping skills and resiliency, working with adoptive parents around the state on enhancing their communication skills, and in developing and facilitating a youth mentoring program. What stands out most about her work with the Kent School is her ability to work with a variety of community providers, youth and parents by providing a wide array of services aimed at improving relationships and, for the at-risk youth, their connection to school. Jenny recently began supervising current Kent School Master’s students
Education: MS in Counseling, Campbellsville University
Responsibilities: Danielle is the Research Manager for CHAMPS! (Teen Pregnancy Prevention grant). Her primary role is to oversee the data collection process which includes survey administration, data entry, and data cleaning. She assists with Data Daze and Clean Up to ensures all participants are reached through clean-up efforts so that 90% of participants complete all phases of the research data collection.