650 Reynolds Alley
West Chester, PA 19383
701 Market Street, Concourse Level
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Christina Chiarelli-Helminiak, MSW, PhD
Program Director, Department Chair, Assistant 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, 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
"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."
Pablo Arriaza, MSW, PhD, LCSW
"I enjoy walking along with students, side by side, as I encourage and show them how to look at the world from different perspectives and question reality and the truth."
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."
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."
Linda Ello, MSW, PhD, LCSW
"Currently working on a research initiative regarding infusing gerontology content into all MSW foundation courses."
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."
Angela Lavery, MSW, PhD, LCSW, FT
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."
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."
Kathleen Coyne, LCSW
Aury (Aurora) Garcia, MSW, LCSW
Samantha Giusti, MSW
Noel Ramirez, MSW, MPH
Cindy Scott, MSSW
Betty Surbeck, PhD
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
"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."
"It is truly inspiring to work with the faculty, staff, and students here at West Chester University."
Theresa Sullivan, MSW
Director of Field Education for Philadelphia
"I came to social work seeking a career path that addressed human service work from a social justice perspective. I found a vocation rooted in this philosophy, with a unique attention to the feminist perspective, constantly examining how the personal and political are intimately connected, in all of the issues we face."