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Shawnise Martin Miller, Ph.D., MSSW she/her/hers
MSSW Program Director

Email Shawnise Martin Miller

O: 502.852.3600 F: 502.852.0422  

As the Director of the MSSW Program, I strive to facilitate an educational environment that prepares advanced social work practitioners as leaders to address the complexities of societal challenges within local, state, national, and global communities. Anti-racism, anti-oppression, trauma-informed care, and social justice are guiding frameworks. I strive to maintain a diverse student population. I utilize equity-based approaches in my decision-making to remove educational barriers to help students achieve their academic goals.

Valerie Tackett Miller, BBA, MA she/her/hers
MSSW Program Manager, Admissions

Email Valerie Miller

O: 502.852.0414 | F: 502.852.0422

As the Program Manager of Admissions for the MSSW Program, I strive to create an inclusive and equitable admissions environment where students from all walks of life feel welcomed, valued, and empowered while beginning their pursuit of a MSSW Degree.


Jennifer Foreman, CSW, MSW, MSshe/her/hers
MSSW Program Manager, Advising

Email Jennifer Foreman

O: 502.852.7336 F: 502.852.0422

As the MSSW Program Manager of Advising, I strategically oversee the fulfillment of programmatic initiatives through cross-functional collaboration to achieve the ultimate goal of effectively supporting all students in their pursuit of academic success.

Connie Cox, MEd she/her/hers

Coordinator Academic Advising, A - L

Email Connie Cox 

O: 502.852.7162F: 502.852.0422

As an Academic Coordinator/Advisor I assist students in reaching their goals. I also have the pleasure to assist and provide guidance to our HBCU Cardinal Express to Success students as they accomplish their academic goals.

Le'Keshia Ellery

Le'Keshia Ellery, BA, MAT she/her/hers

Admissions Coordinator, A - L

Email Le'Keshia Ellery

O: 502.852.8777 | F: 502.852.0422

Louisville native and lifelong University of Louisville sports fan.  I enjoy working with the MSSW Program applicants and helping them to achieve their academic goals.  I like to spend my free time watching documentaries and writing poetry.

Michelle (Chelle) Giese, MEd, she/her/hers

Coordinator Academic Advising, M - Z

Email Chelle Giese

O: 502.852.3606 F: 502.852.0422

As an Academic Coordinator/Advisor, I am committed to assisting students in crafting a meaningful and enriching graduate school experience. I also enjoy fostering an inclusive and equitable environment to ensure that all students receive the guidance and assistance they need to achieve their academic and professional aspirations.

Elle Rich

Elle Rich Cortes, MA she/her/hers

Admissions Coordinator, M - Z

Email Elle Rich

O: 502.852.6517F: 502.852.0422

As an Admissions Coordinator for the Kent MSSW Program, it is my goal to share with students the opportunities and benefits of continuing their education in social work at the University of Louisville. I strive to make the application process and introduction to the program as smooth and accessible as possible in order to help students achieve their educational and career goals.