17th Annual Community Forum Education Enterprise in Transition

 
17th Annual Community Forum Education Enterprise in Transition
17th Annual Community Forum
             Education Enterprise in Transition:
                      A Call to Action
      MARCH 19, 2021 - 8:45 A.M.-4 P.M. - VIRTUAL

The Kutztown University Community Forum, organized by the Department of
Social Work, is a gathering of social work professionals, university community
members, and community leaders. The purpose is to raise consciousness
about—and craft solutions to—community needs, particularly as they pertain to
families.
The 2021 Forum raises awareness of the issues surrounding the Transition of
the Education Enterprise and the impact on families in the social environment
in an effort to promote best practices and a systemic, ethical response to
regional and global needs. Experts identify best practices and social work
professionals serve as catalysts to build and strengthen alliances across the
practice continuum.
17th Annual Community Forum Education Enterprise in Transition
Agenda
             Moderator, Dr. Edward Hanna, DSW, MSW, LCSW, Kutztown University

8:45-9:20 a.m.     Welcoming Remarks,
                          Dr. Kenneth Hawkinson, Ph.D., President, Kutztown University
                          Dean David Beougher, Ph.D., Dean, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences,
                          Kutztown University
                          Dr. Janice Gasker, DSW, LCSW, BSW Program Director,
                          Department of Social Work, Kutztown University
                          Dr. Sharon C. Lyter, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW, DSW Program Director,
                          Department of Social Work, Kutztown University
                          Dr. Darla Spence Coffey, Ph.D., MSW, President and Chief Executive Officer
                          Council on Social Work Education
                   Welcoming Remarks and Introduction of First Speaker,
                         Dr. John Vafeas, DSW, LSW, Chair and MSW Program Director,
                         Department of Social Work, Kutztown University
9:20– 10:10 a.m.   Panel Discussion on Education in Transition
                   The Social Institution of Education in Transition—Demands and
                   Opportunities
                          Dr. John Ward, Dean, College of Education, Kutztown University
                   History of School Social Work
                          Dr. Dee Stalnecker, DSW, School Social Worker, Vice President,
                          Pennsylvania Association of School Social Work Personnel
                   The Current State of Schools and Needs and Opportunities for
                   Social Work
                          Dr. George Ioannidis, Superintendent, Spring Grove Area School District
                   Role of Pennsylvania Association of School Social Work Personnel
                   (PASSWP)
                          Mr. Joseph Werner, President, Pennsylvania Association of School Social
                          Work Personnel, School Social Worker, Pennridge School District
                   Response to Need and Opportunities: The Center for the Study
                   of School Social Work
                          Dr. John Vafeas, DSW, LSW, Chair and MSW Program Director, Founder of
                          the Center for the Study of School Social Work, Department of Social Work,
                          Kutztown University

10:10-10:30 a.m.   Panel: Question and Answer
                          Dr. John Ward, Dean, College of Education, Kutztown University
                          Dr. Dee Stalnecker, DSW, School Social Worker, Vice President,
                          Pennsylvania Association of School Social Work Personnel
                          Dr. George Ioannidis, Superintendent, Spring Grove Area School District
                          Mr. Joseph Werner, President, Pennsylvania Association of School Social
                          Work Personnel, School Social Worker Pennridge School District
                          Dr. John Vafeas, DSW, LSW, Chair and MSW Program Director, Founder of
                          the Center for the Study of School Social Work, Department of Social Work,
                          Kutztown University
10:30-10:45 a.m.   BREAK
17th Annual Community Forum Education Enterprise in Transition
Conference Agenda
              Moderator, Dr. Edward Hanna, DSW, MSW, LCSW, Kutztown University

                     The State of School Social Work In Pennsylvania
10:45-11:15 a.m.     Regulations and Implementation
                           Noe Ortega, Acting Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Education
                           Pam Smith, MSW, Executive Deputy Secretary
11:15-11:45 a.m.    Question & Answer

11:45 a.m.-12 noon Professional Social Work Month Resolution
                           Pennsylvania State Representative Gary Day, 187th Legislative District
12 noon-1 p.m.       LUNCH
                           Networking (DSW information session & Alumni Meetup options)
1-1:15 p.m.          Diversity Prize Awards
                           Dr. FangHsun Wei, Ph.D., MS, Associate Professor,
                           Department of Social Work, Kutztown University

                     Research and Evidence-Based Action
1:15-2:30 p.m.       Disparities in School Safety and Barriers to Mental Health
                     Utilization
                     Interdisciplinary Models to Address Maladaptive Behavior
                     Effects of School Violence on School Based Outcomes
                           Dr. Matthew Cuellar, Ph.D., MSW, Assistant Professor, Department of Social
                           Work and Child Advocacy, Montclair State University
                           Dr. Samantha Coyle, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology,
                           Montclair State University
2:30-3:00 p.m.       School Safety and Threat Assessments
                           Dr. Jonathan M. Kremser, Chair, Department of Criminal Justice,
                           Kutztown University
                           Alicia Chico, DSW Candidate, MSW, LSW
3:05-3:20p.m.        BREAK
3:25-3:50 p.m.       Panel: Question & Answer / All Speakers
                           Dr. Matthew Cuellar, Ph.D., MSW, Assistant Professor Department of Social
                           Work and Child Advocacy, Montclair State University
                           Dr. Samantha Coyle, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology,
                           Montclair State University
                           Dr. Jonathan M. Kremser, Chair, Department of Criminal Justice,
                           Kutztown University
                           Alicia Chico, DSW Candidate, MSW, LSW
3:50-4 p.m.          Closing Remarks
                           Dr. Edward Hanna, DSW, MSW, LCSW, Department of Social Work,
                           Kutztown University
                           Dr. Sharon Lyter, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW, Community Forum Chair,
                           DSW Program Director, Department of Social Work, Kutztown University
17th Annual Community Forum Education Enterprise in Transition
Lunchtime
                         Networking Opportunities
     Alumni Lunch                                                   Doctor of Social Work
        Meet-Up                                                     Information Session
       Let’s get together.                                            Open to current MSW holders
   Join alumni and social work                                      interested in learning more about
    faculty during lunch to                                             the Doctor of Social Work
   network and connect.                                                      program at KU.
   https://kutztown.zoom.us/j/99020568332?             https://kutztown.zoom.us/j/92309211240?
 pwd=K1lhTENxNWkrc0xmLy94WFRIS3dQdz09                 pwd=L2RhL1ZPZCtlTTN1ckFhTm9PRUsydz09

           Meeting ID: 990 2056 8332                            Meeting ID: 923 0921 1240
                 Passcode: 765597                                    Passcode: 186579

                 Moderated by:                                       Moderated by:
    Heather A. LaBarre, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW                  Sharon C. Lyter, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW
         KU Social Work Alum, Asst. Professor,                 Professor, DSW Program Director,
              Director of Field Education                          Community Forum Chair
              Department of Social Work                           Department of Social Work
          Kutztown University of Pennsylvania                 Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

                           Partnership Opportunities
                    Social Work Sustainable Lending Library
            While seminars and CE’s are offered to our community for FREE, we are asking that you
            kindly consider making a donation to our social work department’s fund that among other
            projects is working to develop a Sustainable Lending Library that will facilitate access to
            educational materials/resources throughout social work students’ educational career.

            The library will be operated through the department and provide a lending service
            of essential educational materials to our students. Our goal is to raise enough funds
 within three years to cover the cost of all social work texts in our curriculum.

 For more information on the Social Work Lending Library visit: https://
 www.kutztown.edu/academics/colleges-and-departments/liberal-arts-and-sciences/departments/
 social-work/social-work-sustainable-lending-library.html

 To donate visit: https://www.kuf.org/giving/social-work-giving-

            How can you shape the future of social work?
                Join our diverse team of Field Instructors and Task Supervisors.
                                 Share your knowledge with students.

For more information contact: Professor Bender bender@kutztown.edu or Dr. LaBarre labarre@kutztown.edu
17th Annual Community Forum Education Enterprise in Transition
Conference Implementation Team

                Conference Chair                                     Moderator
    Sharon C. Lyter, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW                 Edward Hanna, DSW, MSW, ACSW,
       Professor, DSW Program Director                      LCSW, Associate Professor
          Department of Social Work                         Department of Social Work
      Kutztown University of Pennsylvania               Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
             lyter@kutztown.edu                               ehanna@kutztown.edu

      Chair, Department of Social Work                         Diversity Prize Chair
        Dr. John Vafeas, DSW, LSW                          Fang-Hsun Wei, Ph.D., MS
         Chair, MSW Program Director                             Associate Professor
           Department of Social Work                         Department of Social Work
       Kutztown University of Pennsylvania               Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
              vafeas@kutztown.edu                               wei@kutztown.edu

            Conference Coordinator                          Alumni Session Moderator
           Rebekah Brossman, BA                         Heather A. LaBarre, Ph.D., MSW,
               Graduate Assistant                              LCSW, Asst. Professor
           Department of Social Work                         Director of Field Education
       Kutztown University of Pennsylvania                   Department of Social Work
        socialworkevents@kutztown.edu                    Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

                   Conference Technical and Organizational Support
             Mary J. Bononno, MBA                       Andrea Snyder
               Management Technician                       Secretary
             Department of Social Work             Department of Social Work
         Kutztown University of Pennsylvania   Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
               bononno@kutztown.edu                  asnyder@kutztown.edu

                         Welcome Social Workers!
       CELEBRATE NATIONAL SOCIAL WORK MONTH

Social Workers are Essential Video from National Association of Social Workers: https://youtu.be/
17th Annual Community Forum Education Enterprise in Transition
Additional Forum Information

                           PANELIST QUESTIONS
1) What is your organization doing to promote awareness of and collaborations with
   other organizations and systems in order to promote a systemic, ethical response
   to issues related to the education enterprise and implications for families/
   communities/children?
2) What policies help or hinder your ability to respond effectively to obstacles?
3) What strategies do you propose to address the issue?

                            FORUM ACTION PLAN
The Kutztown University Community Forum seeks to raise consciousness and
promote critical and ethical analysis of social and political conditions across the
practice continuum. Please strive to craft at least one solution. Sketch out an action
plan—with at least one activity identified to occur within the next month. We will ask
for your feedback on the evaluation instrument, and will distribute an online follow-up
survey to assess progress on the action plans later in the spring.

        CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT CERTIFICATES
A maximum of 6 continuing education credits are available for Social Workers,
Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors. (3 credits for morning
only, 3 for afternoon only, or 6 for full day.)

Continuing education credits will be forwarded via email after the event. Please allow
two-three weeks processing time.

Please note, in order to receive your CE certificate you must complete the
CE verification survey at the end of the Community Forum and provide a
valid email address as well as the verification codes provided during the conference.

         Evaluation Survey                                CE Requests
           Please complete the                       If you are requesting CEs,
            Evaluation survey                    please remember to complete the
      at the end of the conference:                    CE Verification survey:
    https://www.surveymonkey.com/                https://www.surveymonkey.com/
             r/2021CFEval                                  r/2021CFCE
17th Annual Community Forum Education Enterprise in Transition
Speaker Biographies

                         Dr. John Ward, Dean, College of Education
                         The Social Institution of Education in Transition—Demands and Opportunities

                        Dr. John Ward began his career in education as a high school math teacher
                        in Detroit Michigan. He later earned his master’s degree in Special
                        Education and was a special educator in Detroit Public Schools. He earned
                        his doctoral degree at the University of Memphis in Curriculum and
                        Instruction. In 1998 He began his collegiate career as assistant professor at
                        Millersville University in 1998. He was promoted to associate professor in
                        2006 and then chair of the Educational Foundations Department in 2007.
                        He is on the board of directors of the Pa. Association of Colleges of Teacher
                        Education and regularly serves on site visit teams with the Council for the
Accreditation of Educator Preparation. He has served as the Dean of the College of Education at
Kutztown University since December 2017.
His scholarship focuses on philosophies and methods of teacher reflection. His passion in educator
preparation is the integration of innovative clinical experiences with university courses.

                         Dr. Dee Stalnecker, Vice President, Pennsylvania Association of
                         School Social Work Personnel
                         History of School Social Work
                         Dr. Dee Stalnecker is a school social worker at Derry Township School
                         District in Hershey, PA. Her primary role is to connect families to resources,
                         truancy prevention, and addressing food insecurities. She has 30 years of
                         experience working with youth as an investigative caseworker for Children &
                         Youth, a juvenile probation officer, a clinical coordinator in an alternative
                         education setting, and a behavior specialist in a public school. She
                         completed a DSW through Millersville/Kutztown Universities joint program
                         and her dissertation, Revisiting the Visiting Teacher: A Historical Analysis of
School Social work Identity, highlights the role of home visiting, perceptions of school colleagues
about school social work, and how the profession has evolved throughout the last 100 plus years.
She is also an MSW graduate of Temple University and a board certified behavior analyst. She is the
vice-president of the Pennsylvania Association of School Social Work Personnel (PASSWP) and a
board member of the School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA).
                              Doctoral Dissertation, March 2020
        Revisiting the visiting teacher: A historical analysis of school social work identity.
17th Annual Community Forum Education Enterprise in Transition
Speaker Biographies
                         Dr. George Ioannidis, Superintendent, Spring Grove Area School
                         District
                         The Current State of Schools and Needs and Opportunities for Social Work
                           Dr. George W. Ioannidis serves as Superintendent for the Spring Grove Area
                           School District. He began his career with the District in 2009 serving as the
                           Business Manager. He started his career in public school administration in
                           1993 at Donegal School District, taking his experience also to Manheim
                           Central and Harrisburg School Districts. Prior to beginning his service in
                           education, Dr. Ioannidis worked as an acquisition manager for the U.S.
                           Department of the Navy in Washington, DC, and as a project manager for
                           Ferranti International, a multi-national defense firm based in Lancaster,
Pennsylvania. In his professional work, Dr. Ioannidis has held a number of leadership positions.
Dr. Ioannidis currently serves on the boards of directors of the Lincoln Benefit Trust, the Central
Penn Business Group on Health, and Service Access and Management, Inc. He has served as the
chapter president of the Lincoln Area School Business Officials and the Lancaster-Lebanon School
Business Officials. Previously, he led the Lancaster County Tax Collection Bureau as the president of
its board of directors. He is a frequent presenter at local, regional, and national conferences. Dr. Ioan-
nidis earned his Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Aerospace) degree from the University of Michi-
gan and his Master of Business Administration degree from Lebanon Valley College. He has complet-
ed the Leadership Residency Program at Shippensburg University. Dr. Ioannidis is a Pennsylvania
Certified School Business Administrator and a Pennsylvania Education Policy Fellow. In 2012, he
completed the U.S. Army War College National Security Seminar. In 2019, he earned his Doctorate
in Educational Leadership through a program offered jointly by Shippensburg and
Millersville Universities.
                          Mr. Joseph Werner, President, PASSW, School Social Worker,
                          Pennridge School District
                          Role of Pennsylvania Association of School Social Work Personnel (PASSWP)
                          Joe Werner has been a school social worker for the past 17 years. Before his
                          current position at Pennridge School District, he was at Neshaminy School
                          District in Langhorne, PA. Joe started working with young people and their
                          families directly out of college (DeSales University) as a caseworker/youth
                          worker in Doylestown. He moved into the role of a juvenile probation officer
                          for Bucks County Juvenile Court, a position which he held for 7 years, before
                          transferring to the educational system. Joe received his MSW from
                          Marywood University and completed his Home & School Visitor certification
at Bryn Mawr College. Joe continues to work closely with juveniles in the system, working as a
mobile therapist for a private non-profit agency. Joe is currently the president of the PA Association
of School Social Work Personnel (PASSWP). He is a board member of the Bucks County Bar
Foundation and past board member for the Bucks County Children and Youth Community Advisory.
In December of 2019, Joe was asked to serve on Gov. Wolf’s Juvenile Justice Task Force. A final
report on recommended changes to the juvenile system goes to the Governor in March 2021. Joe lives
with his wife and two children, both of whom are in college, in the Lehigh Valley.
17th Annual Community Forum Education Enterprise in Transition
Speaker Biographies

                         Dr. John Vafeas, DSW, LSW, Chair and MSW Program Director,
                         Founder of the Center for the Study of School Social Work,
                         Department of Social Work, Kutztown University
                         Response to Need and Opportunities: The Center for the Study of School Social
                         Work
                          Dr. John G. Vafeas, Chair of the Department of Social Work at Kutztown
                          University of Pennsylvania. He is Professor and Director of the Master of
                          Social Work (MSW) program at Kutztown University. Dr. Vafeas received
                          his undergraduate diploma in social work from the Center for Higher
                          Technical and Professional Education of Heraklion, Crete, Greece, a
                          bachelor's degree in sociology from Winthrop University, and the master
and the doctor of social work degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Vafeas' doctorate
work was related to computer technology and its application in practice. His practice experience
includes work in all levels of practice in the field of disabilities. His research has been varied and
multifaceted and included applications of information technology in clinical practice and program
evaluation, policy research and advocacy, needs assessment methodology, poverty research, and
assessment methodology for agency and academic program accreditation. He has taught at the
University of Pennsylvania, Rider University, and since 1989 at Kutztown University. His teaching
included courses in the area of policy and social administration, information technology, research
methods, and generalist practice. He has developed and provided leadership in the development of
BSW, MSW, and DSW programs. He is acting as a consultant to various social service organizations
in the areas of program evaluation, and non-profit board development and serves in leadership
positions in various boards of directors at local and national levels. Most recently, Dr. Vafeas was
appointed to the board of directors of the National Association of Case Management (NACM).
         Center for the Study of School Social Work
         https://www.kutztown.edu/academics/colleges-and-departments/liberal-arts-and-
         sciences/departments/social-work/institutes-of-social-work/center-for-the-study-of-
         school-social-work.html

                             “Not all essential workers wear scrubs, ties, or hoist
                             defensive weapons. There is usually a hard worker in
                             the background projecting the sunshine’s silhouette in
                             the darkest moments.”

Dixon, S. G. (2021, February 19). As School Social Workers, We Did What We
     Knew to Do. Retrieved from National Association of School Social Work-
     ers: http://www.socialworkblog.org/pressroom/2021/02/as-school-social
     -workers-we-did-what-we-knew-to-do/
17th Annual Community Forum Education Enterprise in Transition
Speaker Biographies
                          Noe Ortega, Acting Secretary of Pennsylvania Department of
                          Education
                          The State of School Social Work in Pennsylvania: Regulation and Implementation
                           Noe Ortega was nominated to serve as Secretary of Education in October 2020.
                           Prior to his nomination, he served as the Deputy Secretary and Commissioner
                           for the Office of Postsecondary and Higher Education (OPHE) at the
                           Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). As commissioner for higher
                           education, he led the work of the agency aimed at closing the postsecondary
                           attainment gaps that have persisted among historically underrepresented
                           populations and communities of color in Pennsylvania. Additionally, Mr. Ortega
                           facilitated the efforts of the department to improve the diversity of
                           Pennsylvania's educator workforce and to ensure that every student of the
Commonwealth has access to educators who have been trained in culturally responsive and culturally
relevant approaches to teaching and learning in the classroom. Prior to joining PDE, Mr. Ortega spent
eight years at the University of Michigan, where he held several academic and administrative roles.
During his tenure, he worked as the Assistant Director and Senior Research Associate at the National
Center for Institutional Diversity and as the Managing Director for the National Forum on Higher
Education for the Public Good. While most of his research focused on postsecondary access and success
for all students, his recent publications examine how public investment in higher education influences
decision-making at colleges and universities. Mr. Ortega spent nearly a decade working in the areas of
financial aid and enrollment management at both public and private universities in Texas, and he also
served as a P-16 Specialist for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Mr. Ortega also spent
nearly seven years as director of a language institute in Japan where he trained teachers in the area of
early childhood language acquisition.
                          Pam Smith, MSW, Executive Deputy Secretary
                          The State of School Social Work in Pennsylvania: Regulation and Implementation
                            Pam Smith joined the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) in July of
                            2016 as a Special Assistant to the Secretary and currently serves as the
                            Executive Deputy Secretary for the organization. In this role, she serves as the
                            chief of staff supporting all aspects of organizational management, internal and
                            external strategic engagement, and facilitation of special projects on behalf of
                            the Secretary. She serves as the department’s primary liaison to the Governor’s
                            Office and ensures alignment of all aspects of PDE’s work with administration
                            priorities. A key tenet of her role is maintaining an organizational vision of
                            prioritizing educational equity and creating the conditions that support schools
and communities in meeting the wholistic needs of youth and families to promote academic success.
Pam’s diverse background as a community and school based mental health clinician, school district
central office leader, and community mobilizer frames her lens in working with members of the PDE
team, other state agencies, schools, and communities. As part of her daily work, she encourages and
challenges stakeholders to strive to keep empowerment, resiliency, collaboration, and impact of trauma
at the forefront of policy and program development for school communities.
Pam holds a Masters in Strategic Leadership from Elizabethtown College, an MSW, and completed her
undergraduate work at Messiah College.
Speaker Biographies

                        Dr. Matthew Cuellar, Assistant Professor, Department of Social
                        Work and Child Advocacy, Montclair State University
                        Disparities in School Safety and Barriers to Mental Health Utilization
                        Interdisciplinary Models to Address Maladaptive Behavior
                        Effects of School Violence on School Based Outcomes
                       Dr. Matthew J. Cuellar is a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the
                       Department of Social Work and Child Advocacy. He earned his PhD in Social
                       Work from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a Minor in Statistics
                       from the Haslam School of Business. He earned a Master in Social Work
                       from The University of Alabama. Dr. Cuellar has served as PI, Co-PI,
Research Scientist, and Program Evaluator on externally funded research projects totaling nearly
$3.6M. Dr. Cuellar’s current research focuses on school safety and barriers to academic
achievement among adolescents, particularly those adolescents in urban and inner-city
environments. He is extremely passionate about his research and working with children, and has
active programs of research in several local school districts in the State of New Jersey. Dr. Cuellar
has extensive experience working with students in higher education and currently teaches in the
CHAD MA and Social Work MSW degree programs .
                               Doctoral Dissertation, May 2016
 Investigating the effects of commonly implemented school safety strategies on school social work
                                          practitioners

                        Dr. Samantha Coyle, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of
                        Psychology, Montclair State University
                        Disparities in School Safety and Barriers to Mental Health Utilization
                        Interdisciplinary Models to Address Maladaptive Behavior
                        Effects of School Violence on School Based Outcomes
                         Dr. Samantha Coyle is an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department
                         at Montclair State University. She received her PhD in School Psychology
                         from Northern Illinois University. She is a Nationally Certified School
                         Psychologist. Her research interests involve investigating the positive and
                         negative features of adolescent social relationships; specifically, social
support and bullying victimization. She is interested in exploring how positive and negative aspects
of adolescent relationships impact student perceptions of the school environment and safety and
how these factors contribute to academic, social, and emotional challenges in youth. Dr. Coyle’s work
has been published in highly regarded journals in the field, including Psychological Bulletin, Journal
of School Psychology and School Psychology Review.
Speaker Biographies
                         Dr. Jonathan Kremser, Chair, Department of Criminal Justice,
                         Kutztown University
                         School Safety and Threat Assessments
                         Dr. Jonathan Kremser is the Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice at
                         Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Kremser publishes widely in the
                         area of school violence, juvenile diversion, and school discipline policies. He
                         is actively involved in juvenile justice and crime prevention policy in
                         Pennsylvania, and is frequently invited to speak at international conferences
                         and symposiums. In addition to his research, he provides school security
                         and violence prevention consultation to educators and juvenile justice
                         policymakers.

                          Alicia Chico, DSW Candidate, MSW, LSW
                          School Safety and Threat Assessments
                          Alicia Chico has been a social worker for 25 years, and fortunate to
                          experience many different environments and roles of the social work
                          profession. She has worked in medical and mental health inpatient units,
                          drug and alcohol, violence prevention, and education. Spending the
                          majority of her career in the education field she has been able to apply her
                          past experience in the school systems.
                           Alicia is currently employed with the Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU), as
                           a school social worker providing consultation services to the non-public
                           schools in Allegheny County. Over the past 16 years of employment at the
AIU, Alicia has had the opportunity to create and implement new programs, provide individual and
group therapy to students, provide suicide prevention trainings and crisis intervention to school
districts and non-public school personnel, and act as a case manager advocating for students and
their families. Early in her career, Alicia had the opportunity to work at a juvenile detention center in
Pittsburgh, PA in the late 90s. During this time, she gained a great deal of knowledge and
understanding of school violence, gang activity, and the philosophy of violence prevention. Over the
years her interest in violence prevention continued to evolve, broadening from the culture of gangs to
the current culture and climate found in today’s schools. While school shootings are rare in schools,
school violence is not. The goal to gain a deeper understanding of school violence and violence
prevention Alicia decided to return to school with a dissertation topic focused on school social
workers and threat assessment teams.
Alicia holds a master’s degree in social work and is currently attending Kutztown University for her
doctorate in social work.
Speaker Biographies
                           Pennsylvania State Representative Gary Day,
                           187th Legislative District
                           Professional Social Work Month Resolution
                           In representing the 187th District in the Pennsylvania House of
                           Representatives, Rep. Gary Day applies his experience in both the public
                           and private sectors to address Pennsylvania’s most critical issues.
                           During the 2021-22 legislative session, he will continue to work toward
                           protecting the quality of life for constituents, including fighting to support local
                           volunteer firefighters and increasing the safety in both suburban and rural
                           neighborhoods. He uses his experience to ensure that everyone he represents
                           has equal access to state services and an equal voice in state policy. This
                           session, he is serving on the following standing House committees: Aging and
Older Adult Services, where he is the majority chairman, and Professional Licensure.
During his tenure in the House, Day served as chairman of the House Select Committee on School
Safety and Security, which helped develop and examine legislation to enhance safety in schools across
Pennsylvania. Day steered the effort in the House to create the committee through successful passage of
House Resolution 53. He has been working since that time to advance legislation to enhance security
within schools in Pennsylvania.
Before his election to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2008, Gary was the director of
marketing and human resources for Service Electric Cablevision, a local cable television and
telecommunications company. Prior to that, he was the executive assistant to the mayor in Allentown,
Pennsylvania’s third largest city. He graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor’s
degree in economics and a minor in business.
Actively involved in his district, Gary is a lifetime member of the Goodwill Fire Company No. 1,
Germansville; a member of the Heidelberg Game Protective Association; and a softball, football and
baseball youth sports coach. He is a member of the National Rifle Association, the Ontelaunee Rod and
Gun Club, and Greenleaf Lodge No. 561.

                                                      For more information visit:
                                                      https://www.nasw-pa.org/page/LEAD
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