650 Reynolds Alley
West Chester, PA 19383
701 Market Street, Concourse Level
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Christina Chiarelli-Helminiak, MSW, PhD
Program Director, Department Chair, Associate Professor
"In order to live together as a global society that appreciates peace, we must become aware of what limits peace."
Stacie M. Metz, MA, MPH, MSW, PhD
Department Vice-Chair, Graduate Coordinator - West Chester Campus, Professor
"I vividly remember dreaming of opening a community mental health center in order to help those in need. I envisioned a blend of preventive and tertiary services to improve not only emotional health, but also social, physical, and spiritual health."
Ginneh L. Akbar, MSW, DSW, LSW
Graduate Coordinator - Philadelphia Campus, Assistant Professor
"It's my charge to make my personal and professional time relevant and significant. West Chester is a good place for that because the school's values align well with my teaching philosophy. WCU genuinely cares, and it comes through in every facet of student interaction."
Nadine Bean, MSSA, PhD, LCSW
"There is an oft- quoted sentiment about the field of social work that I truly believe applies to me and my passion for the field, "Social work is a 'calling,'" not simply a profession. The field has been 'calling' me for over 30 years."
Casey Bohrman, MSW, PhD
"What I love most about being a social work educator is that I never stop learning. My students constantly inspire me. Together we learn constantly new things from each other."
Page Walker Buck, MSS, PhD, LSW
"The first day I drove into the parking lot of my MSW program, I knew I was home. It was exactly where I belonged and has been so ever since."
Wan-Yi Chen, MSW, MPhil, PhD
"As much as I enjoyed working in the field, I realized very early on that I could make a bigger impact as a professor; as a professor I could develop programs and set the pace for future social workers."
Amber Holbrook, MSW, PhD, LSW
"I first became interested in issues of social justice during my undergraduate education, when I worked for the campus women's center and volunteered with the local Khmer refugee population."
Terrence O. Lewis, MSW, PhD, LICSW
"We should embrace the beautiful and transcendent complexities of life and relationships. After all, relationships are the heart of our existence."
Kerrie Ocasio, MSW, PhD
"I'm thrilled to work in a department that consciously and deliberately works to support the students, while also providing them with a high-quality education that will prepare them to be leaders in the social work field."
Mia Ocean, MSW, PhD
"…I know it will take all of us working together to create positive change. Social work practice, whether in the field, classroom, or figurative laboratory, creates opportunities to fight for social justice in awesome and small ways, every day. We just need to join the fight."
Gwenelle O'Neal, MSW, DSW, LSW
"My interest in social work stems from the NAACP in the seventh grade during the civil rights movement. My community focus on democracy and economic development can be connected to that experience."
Julie Tennille, MSW, PhD, LSW
"As a gay kid growing up in the 1970s and 80s, I learned a lot about what it was like to be an outsider. I've always connected to outsider identities. This led me to my profession and continues to shape the way I see the world and the depths of oppression and privilege that go unexplored."
MA, MSW, LSW
MSW Program Secretary
"As social workers labor to aid in the vital needs of humanity, it is so wonderful for me to work with these best of persons for the best of causes!"
Lisa G. Allen, MSW, LSW
Director of Field Education, West Chester Campus
"It has been an honor in my role as a social worker over the years to be a part of my clients' lives, working to facilitate positive changes."
Jeanean Mohr, MSW
"As a first-generation college graduate, I am intimately familiar with the value of higher education. I am thrilled to transfer my passion for education and social justice to the university setting and be surrounded by individuals dedicated to combating social and economic inequities."
Tangela Harden, MSS
Director of Field Education, Philadelphia Campus
"My life journey has always given me an indication that fighting the good fight is my life's purpose. I remember one day in the library an old man tapping me on the shoulder whispering, "Bad things happen when good people do nothing." I have carried this experience with me ever since and now know it occurred to guide me towards my professional goal of becoming a social worker. My professional commitment is to always use my voice to combat social inequities and to always fight the good fight!"