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School of Social Work Alumni Association Board

Karla Howard, MSW


Karla has served on the School of Social Work Alumni Board for more than five years. She began as a member, transitioned to an officer position, then progressed to vice president and currently serves as president of the board. She works full time for the School District of Philadelphia and part time as a behavioral health field coordinator at Alvernia University. Karla considers herself a champion for children, youth and families.




Amina Mayazi-Saunders, MSW

Vice President

Amina is currently an adjunct professor in the School of Social Work. She is committed to being a voice for SSW alumni and to collaborating with the current social work student population to assist in meeting their needs. Her interests include working with children and families, mentoring and advocating for those who are less fortunate in impoverished communities to ensure fair and equitable access to resources. Amina is married to her husband of 19 years and has one daughter.



Ohenewaa White-Ra, MSW

Vice President

Ohenewaa earned her bachelor of social work in 1994 and her master of social work in 2001 and has spent over 20 years in child welfare and adolescent prevention services. She is a full time instructor in social work and serves as the BSW field director at Alvernia University. Her research interests includes intergenerational community health, health disparities and adolescent prevention. Ohenewaa hopes her contribution to the SSW Board of Directors will continue the legacies of hospitality, mentoring and support that she experienced as a student.



Benita Williams, MSW


Benita is a Pennsylvania licensed social worker with 26 years of experience in the field. She earned her bachelor and master of social work degrees from Temple University. Benita is currently the vice president of CUA and child welfare services for Bethanna.




Sheila R. Anderson, MSW


Sheila earned her MSW in 1999, and she has worked for 17 years at PHMC as a clinical evaluator in the Philadelphia courts and prisons. She has served on the SSW alumni board for one-and-a-half years. Sheila is also a mentor in the Philadelphia Health Services Akoma Rites of Passage program for girls aged nine to 16.




Dr. Ginneh L. Akbar, DSW, LSW, MSW

Extensive practice experience has reflected Dr. Akbar's commitment to and passion for child welfare and families who have been impacted by trauma. Her work has primarily focused on children and families, providing clinical services in various settings including community mental health and child welfare agencies. Currently, Dr. Akbar serves as an assistant professor of graduate social work at West Chester University.





Mary E. Ammon, MSW







Ronald Bailey Ford, MSS

Ronald earned his bachelor of social work in 1995; he also holds a master in social service and master in law and social policy. He has worked in case management and public health for two-and-a-half decades. Ronald currently volunteers on boards at several organizations: the Youth Aid Panel, Lansdowne Parks and Recreation, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, and Chester Alumni Foundation, among others.




Delvia Y. Berrian, MSW

Delvia has been an advocate for children and youth for the past 25 years. She currently works in the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Human Services. Her goal is to ensure children have a safe and loving environment in which to maximize their potential.





Valarie Clemmons, MSW

Valarie has worked at the School of Social Work since 1997 and is currently the director of field education. She is a former SSW Alumni Association president and is the Association's current school liaison. She has remained active within the alumni community and loves the university where she met and married her husband.




Barbara J. Davis

Barbara has worked for 15 years as a student support coordinator at Temple University's Center for Community Partnerships. She works with the WELL Program, which assists students seeking their high school equivalency, transitioning into college, employment or seeking employment. She also teaches a customer service class at Career Link, which helps students with resume writing, interviewing skills and budgeting.





Andrew Dziedzic, MSW

Andrew currently works as a supportive housing case manager at the Veterans Multi-Service Center in Philadelphia.






Pete Dillard, LSW







Patricia Farraday, LCSW







Samuel B. Harrison III, MSW







Monique M. Harvey, MSW, MEd







Iris J. Lapsley, MSW

Iris is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker; she currently works in a Philadelphia Charter School and is an in-home therapist for at-risk youth in New Jersey.





Cortney Lyons, MSW

Cortney has spent the past 10 years of her career serving veterans. She currently works at the Veterans Multi-Service Center where she is the program manager for a $2 million grant dedicated to rapidly re-housing homeless veterans within Philadelphia. Previously, she has served as a field instructor for Temple MSW students.





Gail Middleton, MSW

Gail is the director and CEO of Hearts That Matter Most Adult Day Services, LLC. She is interested in enhancing the lives of aging adults and educating women about breast cancer awareness, as she is a two-time breast cancer survivor. Prior to her current position, Gail has worked in hospice care, crisis case management and substance abuse therapy.



Brenda Rivera, MSW







Ronald J. Toole Jr., MSW, MEd

Ronald currently works as a learning support teacher at Reading Senior High School in the Reading School District. He earned his MSW from Temple University in 1999 and his Master in Education, Special Education Certification from Arcadia University in 2006.





Carl Tyndle, MSW






Kristin Wells, LCSW