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Aponte  

Carmen Aponte

Assistant Professor
174 Albert W. Brown Building
p: 585.395.5508
e: caponte@brockport.edu

Dr. Carmen Aponte earned her bachelor's and master's in social work from the University of Puerto Rico; and a doctoral degree from Ohio State University. She has developed courses and teaches in the areas of multiculturalism and research. As a researcher, she has been working on tools for assessing cultural competency in human services and education. She has been in the forefront for the NYS Office of Mental Health’s policy implementation on cultural competency, standards and guidelines; served as a consultant for SAMHSA’s federal project entitled "Cultural Competence Performance Measures for Behavioral Health-care Programs"; developed and delivered training in cultural competence to various colleges and agencies; and served as main investigator in various ‘self-assessment cultural competence’ research projects.  She served as a consultant to St. John Fischer College’s campus climate audit. She is actively involved with the college’s initiatives in diversity, assessment, and the campus climate assessment task force.

Jason  Dauenhauer  

Jason Dauenhauer

Associate Professor & Chair
170 Albert W. Brown Building
p: 585.395.5506
e: jdauenha@brockport.edu

Dr. Jason Dauenhauer, Chair of the Department and Co-Director of the GRC MSW program, joined the faculty in 2004. He holds a BS from the College at Brockport, an MSW/Specialist in Aging certificate from the University of Michigan, and a doctoral degree in Human Development from the University of Rochester. Prior to teaching at Brockport he was project coordinator of the Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center at the University of Rochester. In this position Dr. Dauenhauer was responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of continuing geriatric education programming for health care professionals.
His primary areas of research include family caregiving in long-term care settings, elder abuse, program evaluation, and the scholarship of teaching. Dr. Dauenhauer coordinates the Aging Studies minor and teaches a variety of courses including Research Methods in the undergraduate and graduate social work program, Human Behavior and the Social Environment II, Issues of Aging in America, the Aging Family, and Field Instruction.

Faria  

Debra Fromm Faria

Clinical Associate Professor
College at Brockport, Metro Center
p: 585.395.8455
e: dffaria@brockport.edu

Debra Fromm Faria joined the Brockport faculty in 2001. She is Director of Field Education for the Social Work Department and has administered training grants focusing on child welfare, gerontological social work, health and mental health services. As co-director for the Center for Excellence in Gerontological Social Work, Professor Faria coordinates the MSW Graduate Certificate program in Gerontological Social Work, and develops/implements continuing geriatric education programming for students and health care professionals.    Research areas include field education, scholarship of teaching, collaborative interprofessional geriatric assessment models, and international social work education. She serves on a number of professional and advisory boards including:  the National Advisory Board of the Council on Social Work Education's (CSWE) Gero-Ed Center, CSWE Field Council, State Society on Aging, NYS National Association of Social Workers, and Linkages of Rochester. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, her clinical and administrative practice is in the areas of gerontological and medical social work.

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Kristin Heffernan

Associate Professor
175 Albert W. Brown Building
p: 585.395.5504
e: kheffern@brockport.edu

Dr. Kristin Heffernan joined the College at Brockport as an assistant professor in 2008. She holds a MSW degree from Fordham University and a doctoral degree from Boston College. Prior to coming to the College at Brockport, Dr. Heffernan was a faculty member at Royal Holloway, University of London as a social work lecturer in their Health and Social Care Department where she also served as the Director of the BSc Social Work (Hons) Program for four years. Dr. Heffernan’s specific research interests lie in social justice, promoting social work education, leadership, domestic violence, sex trafficking and women's issues. She is currently working on developing best practices for social workers working in Human Trafficking using a Trauma Informed Lens. Dr. Heffernan teaches Social Work Methods I & II as well as Human Behavior in the Social Environment I & II.  Her community-based practice has included clinical and administrative work with at risk youth and families in both New York and Boston.

Hermann  

Ken Herrmann

Associate Professor
179 Albert W. Brown Building
p: 585.355.5507
e: kherrman@rochester.rr.com

Ken Herrmann, Jr. received his MSW from SUNY Buffalo. He joined the faculty in 1978 after, among other posts, teaching and social work in Bogota, Colombia (1964), civil affairs work with an infantry battalion in the US Army in Vietnam (1968-69), teaching seventh-grade in an inner city school, and administration and casework in public and private child welfare agencies. He has been the president of a US branch of an international children’s rights organization, a consultant for a variety of news organizations and international human rights organizations, and a guest on media programs around the world. He has completed commissioned studies for UNICEF (the first UNICEF study on child sex trafficking) and the Hague Conference on Private International Law and has published four books, as well as dozens of articles, book chapters, and book reviews. He has served as a member of the NYS Board for Social Work, with the World Federation of Mental Health, as President of a chapter for the NYS Society of Clinical Social Work Psychotherapists, and as the director of a veterans’ counseling center. He has guest lectured and presented at a variety of local, state, and international conferences and professional meetings.  He serves in a variety of service roles, including directing an NGO that serves the poor in Vietnam (The Danang/Quang Nam Fund, Inc.) and the first study abroad program of its kind in Vietnam, Brockport's Vietnam Program, that places American students in Vietnam for a blend of study and service. He teaches courses in international social work, methods, child welfare, social policy, and social justice.

   

Julie Hunt

Department Secretary
171 Albert W. Brown Building
p: 585.395.2324
e: jhunt@brockport.edu

Julie Hunt earned her BS in Organizational Management from Roberts Wesleyan College. Prior to joining the Social Work department, she worked in the Criminal Justice at the College at Brockport. Julie also handles the office responsibilities for her husband's electrical business. She and her husband have been married for 30 years, and have 3 children.

Jutzin  

Carl Jutzin

Associate Professor
179 Albert W. Brown Building
p: 585.395.5780
e: cjutzin1@rochester.rr.com

Professor Jutzin joined the faculty in 1998. After receiving his MSW from SUNY Buffalo, he worked for many years for the New York Division for Youth (currently NYS Office of Children and Family Services), serving as the Director of the NY State School at Industry for 15 years. His administrative social work experience enhances his teaching of Methods 1, HBSE 2, and Social Policy courses.

Kasper  

Barbara Kasper

Associate Professor
172 Albert W. Brown Building
p: 585.395.5509
e: berthabk@aol.com

Barbara Kasper holds a BA in Social Welfare, from Antioch College, 1974; MA in Social Welfare Policy, from Goddard College, 1977; and an MSW  with a concentration in Social Work Administration from Syracuse University, 1984. Her major areas of interest include feminist practice (particularly violence against women), migrant women farm workers, radical social work practice and community organization. She also is an activist both locally and nationally in the movement to end poverty.  Professor Kasper teaches field instruction; HBSE I, Social Work Methods III, and an elective, Women's Lives. Professor Kasper is a founding member of the Women's Center and the faculty advisor to the Student Social Work Organization and has been involved in organizing such events as the Take Back the Night March, Rochester Slut Walk, and Reality Tours. She is a member of the National Steering Committee of the Social Welfare Action Alliance, an organization of progressive human service workers. She also co-chairs the Rochester SWAA chapter.

Saunders  

Margery Saunders

Assistant Professor
173 Albert W. Brown Building
p: 585.395.2625
e: msaunder@brockport.edu

Dr. Margery Saunders, with a BPh from Thomas Jefferson College at Grand Valley State University, and a MSW and PhD from the University of Albany, is Assistant Professor at the College at Brockport. Dr. Saunders has over 30 years of experience in community organizing, crisis and family counseling, advocacy and public policy work at the local and state level, and teaching at the graduate and undergraduate level. As Director of Policy Education at the Center for Women in Government in Civil Society, she oversaw the Fellowship on Women and Public Policy, as well as other educational programs in nonprofit management and leadership. Her research centers on empowerment, advocacy and social change processes in the nonprofit sector, particularly regarding anti-poverty and anti-violence programs, and on policy analysis. Dr. Saunders has served on the board of directors of several advocacy and human service organizations, and is currently serving on the Community Action Committee of the Monroe Country Domestic Violence Consortium. Dr. Saunders has taught courses in nonprofit advocacy and lobbying, public policy and human service systems, and is currently teaching courses on social and economic justice, social policy and research courses. She uses service learning projects to help introduce students to the NYS policy making process.

 

GRC-MSW Faculty and Staff

 Trevor Gates  

Trevor Gates

Assistant Professor 
College at Brockport, Metro Center
p: 585.395.2672
e: tgates@brockport.edu

Dr. Trevor Gates holds the PhD in Social Work with an interdisciplinary certificate in gender and women's studies from University of Illinois at Chicago. He completed the MSW at Norfolk State University and BA at Christopher Newport University in Virginia. Dr. Gates is a clinical social worker and substance abuse counselor with over 12 years of experience in Chicago and Dallas in community-based and hospital settings. His clinical specialty is practice with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. His current research focuses on social justice issues with LGBT communities, organizational behavior, and strengths-based practices. He is currently doing research on the impact of workplace stigma-related experiences on LGBT people and the correlation of organizational tolerance for heterosexism and workplace wellness. He is also interested in the use of online education and study abroad in social work education. Dr. Gates teaches human behavior, practice, and field seminar.

 Margy Meath  

Margy Meath

Clinical Assistant Professor
College at Brockport, Metro Center
p: 585.395.8450
e: mmeath@brockport.edu

Margy Meath joined the GRC faculty as an adjunct professor in 2009 and a full time Visiting Assistant Professor in 2011. She received her BSW from Nazareth College and MSW from Syracuse University, and has over 30 years of experience working in the health and mental health field in a variety of administrative, supervisory and direct service positions. Professor Meath also works as a consultant and trainer providing a wide range of workshops and trainings to public and private not-for-profit professionals, organizations and teams across New York and beyond. Professor Meath has a special interest in the topics of mental health recovery, person-centered planning, organizational development, supervision, leadership and hospice. Professor Meath currently teaches Practice I, Interdisciplinary Health Practice III and IV, Diagnostic Process, and Advanced Standing Integrative Seminar.

 Brad Snyder  

Brad Snyder

Coordinator of Admissions, Registration and Student Services
College at Brockport, Metro Center
p: 585.395.8452
e: 

Brad Snyder joined the GRC MSW Program in 2010. As the Coordinator of Admissions, Registration and Student Services for the MSW Program, he assists students with registration, represents the MSW Program at various information sessions, and ensures student success through working with faculty and collaborating with various departments on both the Nazareth College campus and the main campus. He was previously the Facility Assistant and Events & Outreach Coordinator at the Metro Center. He received an AAS from Monroe Community College in Liberal Studies, a BS in Sociology and an MPA from The College at Brockport in 2008.

 Pamela Viggiani  

Pamela Viggiani

Assistant Professor
College at Brockport, Metro Center
p: 585.395.8460
e: pviggian@brockport.edu

Dr. Pamela Viggiani joined the Brockport faculty in 2013.  She received her MSW and PhD from the University at Albany, SUNY. Prior to the College at Brockport, she was appointed in the BSW program at Nazareth College.

 

Emeritus Faculty

Dwyer  

Diane Dwyer

Associate Professor Emerita
e: ddwyer@brockport.edu

Diane Dwyer was the Associate Dean for the School of Education and Human Services. She served as Chair of the Department of Social Work from 1998-2010. She received her MSW from SUNY Buffalo's School of Social Work where she also pursued PhD studies. After teaching at SUNY College at Buffalo and D'Youville College, she joined the SUNY Brockport faculty in 1981. Diane Dwyer taught across the social work curriculum in both the graduate and undergraduate programs. Her research interests center around innovation in social work education, partner violence and juvenile justice. Her work resulted in many publications and numerous presentations at national conferences.

  

Richard Russell

Associate Professor Emeritus
e: rrussell@brockport.edu

Dr. Richard Russell was a member of the GRC-MSW faculty.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Contemporary Humanities from St. John’s University in Minnesota, and an MSW, a certificate in Gerontology, and a PhD from Syracuse University. Prior to teaching in the GRC-MSW program, he taught as adjunct at Syracuse University and, for 15 years, worked as a chemical dependency counselor and mental health therapist in the Unity Health System in Rochester, New York. As a chemical dependency counselor, he co-founded the Older Adult Chemical Dependency Program, and, as a mental health therapist, founded the Senior Outreach Program.  His primary area of research is in the area of late-life masculinity, specifically the experiences of elderly men caregivers who care for wives and partners with cognitive impairment. An additional research interest is in the area of visual sociology. In the GRC-MSW program, he taught a variety of courses, including HBSE, diversity, policy, research and Masters Project.

Last Updated 7/22/14