Lakia Downs, MSW '12
Maintaining good mental health can be difficult for some in these unprecedented times. But alumna Lakia Downs has successfully made the transition from in-person to teletherapy sessions for her clients.
Shelby Thornhill, BSW '18, MSW '19
When Shelby Thornhill graduated with her Master of Social Work degree last May, no one could have predicted some of the unusual experiences in her professional and personal life.
Faison Covington, MSW '91
The College of Social Work was the easy choice when alumna Faison Covington wanted to honor her aunt. Not only did her aunt introduce finger painting to the United States as an art education medium, but she also used her talents as a form of therapy.
Kimberly Tissot, MSW '07
COVID-19 has not stopped executive director Kimberly Tissot and her staff at Able South Carolina to provide their normal services, even though they are now virtual.
Chynna Phillips, MSW, MPH '18
Through advocating for policy and working with community leaders, Chynna Phillips is dedicated to ensuring a positive future for Columbia and the Midlands region.
Theresa Arnold, MSW '85
The coronavirus has not stopped Teresa Arnold and her staff and volunteers at AARP SC from continuing their responsibilities of serving individuals and communities.
Carl Maas, MSW '01
From student, graduate assistant, professor and now director of the Center for Child and Family Studies, Carl Maas has come full circle at the College of Social Work.
Bodequia Simon, BSW '17, MSW '18
A simple idea during one of alumna Bodequia Simon’s lunch breaks has become an online and in-person space for networking, self-care, empowerment and more.
Bettianne (Anderson) Davenport, MSW '71; Forrest (Hemphill) Yanke, MSW '71
Two of the first 22 students who were present for the first day in the history of the College of Social Work returned to campus to recall their time at the college's inception.
Carrie Draper, MSW '09; Ashley Page, MSW '15
Alumnae Carrie Draper and Ashley Page are working to implement and evaluate a wide range of policy, system and environmental change strategies to increase access to healthy eating.
Breanna Neely, BSW '17, MSW '20
Breanna Neely's unexpected path to the College of Social Work has led to a fulfilling career.
Michelle Thome-Kaufman, MSW '15
Michelle Thome-Kaufman grew up in Wisconsin and earned her bachelor's degree from Northern Michigan University. But she knew she belonged in South Carolina following a trip to Charleston during her undergrad.
Antwan Aiken, MSW/MPA '13
Antwan Aiken decided to take advantage of the college’s dual degree program in social work and public administration.
We are proud of our alumni who work in various social work positions locally, nationally and internationally. Throughout the year, we will feature alumni in articles or Q&A's.