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Joseph Woods, BSW’52, JD’63, is a retired attorney from Woods & Woods, P.C.  Joe lives in Indianapolis with his wife Avis, MBA’57, and recently celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary.  Joe and Avis have three children, a daughter who is a former manager at Arthur Anderson Consulting and current wife and mother, a son who is an attorney, and a son who is a teaching golf professional.

Margaret Sheets Fleming, BA Social Service’59 is a writer/editor and contributor to her blog HEN BACKTALK on medically related issues and the patient's experience.  Margaret taught elementary education briefly   before transitioning to writing and editing, which earned her an award from CAP.  She has written on the psychology and practical side of clutter, and is currently working on a book that highlights her years growing up in The Region and living in Indiana.  When time allows, she volunteers as English tutor for women who have graduated from universities in other countries.  She has lived in Texas since 2012.

Eldon Killian, BA’60, MA Social Service ’62 fell in love with California while working at Stanislas County Welfare during the summer of 1961. As part of a National Institute of Mental Health scholarship agreement he returned to California after graduating from the IUSSW. He worked at the Stockton State Hospital for ten years and later at the Napa State Hospital. Obtaining his LCSW Eldon developed a private practice. Following the completion of two very energetic and enlivening volunteer projects he became a publisher managing Killian Graphic Productions for 25 years. Selling his business in 2007 he now is enjoying life to the fullest with the loves of his life, wife Marian and 17 year old daughter Claire. Her high school basketball career (a Hoosier at heart) as a point guard brings an enormous amount of excitement to his life.  Eldon enjoys cycling, gardening, movies, concerts, traveling and walks with his Marian and dog Lucy, all in beautiful Sonoma County.

Mario Schreiber, BA Social Service ’65 works in the seniors market helping individuals with Medicare issues and end of life planning.  Early in his career he worked primarily in management, once serving as a nursing home administrator.  He later served as the Business and Admissions Manager for an alternative therapies clinic.  Mario resides in North Carolina with his wife, and is the father of three grown children who live throughout the United States.

Pearlann Gould, MSW ‘65 Pearlann grew up in Gas City, Indiana as one of six children. After high school, she worked at the Veteran’s Hospital in Marion, Indiana for 3 ½ years. Encouraged by the VA staff to attend college, she enrolled at Ball State University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social Studies with a minor in English. She pursued her graduate studies at the IU School of Social Work in Indianapolis and earned her MSW in 1965.

During her time in the MSW Program, Pearlann completed practicums at the Indiana Department of Public Welfare in Indianapolis, and the Fort Wayne Child Guidance Clinic. After graduation, she was asked to return to the VA Hospital in Marion where she served in many capacities throughout her 35 year career at the VA. Pearlann was a supervisor at the VA when she retired in 1997. She enjoyed doing individual, group and family therapy as well as admission summaries and discharge planning. She served as a field instructor during Mary Houk’s tenure as Dean of the IU School of Social Work. She also is a past president of the Grant County Mental Health Association, and served as a guest lecturer at Indiana Wesleyan University in Indiana. Pearlann’s keen interest in finance and investments led her to serve as President of the local Federal Employees Federal Credit Union. After retirement from the VA Medical Center, Pearlann worked part time at George Junior Republic in Gas City. She is a member of NASW and ACSW. An interesting fact about Pearlann: She was a member of a flying club, and flew solo prior to leaving to go to college.

William Kaster, 1965, Social Service Bill Kaster grew up on a farm in Waldron, Indiana as the oldest of four children.

He received an ROTC Commission for eight years in the Chaplaincy Program. While at IU, Bill started on the math and science track taking core classes in his first two years. Like many others, Bill found himself connecting with the School’s student advisor and professor, Theodora Allen, and professor Evelyn Von Hermann. The Social Service program also aligned with Bill’s growing call to be a pastor. During his time in the program, Bill met his wife Susan Grier in the Social Service department. They were married while studying at Indiana University Bloomington. After graduation, Bill entered a Methodist seminary in Ohio and earned his graduate degree in 1968. His first assignments as an Associate Pastor were in Evansville and Indianapolis, Indiana. He ministered to a Methodist congregation in Valparaiso, Indiana for 13 years before moving to Hobart, Indiana as a Senior Pastor. He retired in 2008. Bill served as the Finance Chair on the Board of Directors of the Caring Place, a domestic violence shelter serving Lake and Porter counties. He also served on the boards of the Youth Service Bureau and Habitat for Humanity, and a United Way working group in both Lake and Porter counties Indiana. Bill is the father of four children. He enjoys wintering in Florida each year.

Margaret (Peggy) Moore, MSW’68 maintains a private practice in New Mexico where she works with individuals and families who suffer from PTSD.  She is an Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) trainer and has traveled around the world training others in this specialty.  Her children are grown, and she has two granddaughters ages 11 and 8.

Teddie L. Ramsey, MSW’71 began his social work career at the Logansport State Hospital as a community based social worker, and part-time practitioner in a private psychiatric office.  He then worked for six years in this private setting. In 1977, he transitioned to the local Comprehensive Community Mental Health Center in Lafayette, IN opening a satellite office in rural Carroll County. In 1978 he transitioned to the Menard Psychiatric Center in Chester, Illinois, which was a 400 single celled maximum security facility in Illinois for prisoners with mental illnesses and also served as the treatment facility for an intensive sex offender treatment program. He served as the Clinical Services Supervisor until his promotion to Chief of Counseling Services for the Illinois Department of Corrections in which position he oversaw Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Correctional Counseling services for juvenile and adult prisons in both male and female facilities. During his tenure there, he set up a statewide mental health system within the DOC that provided follow-up treatment and services to prisoners transitioning from the prison’s mental health facility, back into the general prison populations.   Ted would later serve as the Director of Psychiatric Programs at the Caylor-Nickel Medical Center in Bluffton. IN. This position was connected with a 30 bed inpatient psychiatric program including intensive comprehensive outpatient services. These were programs within a multi specialty diagnostic medical clinic and hospital. In that capacity he managed, supervised and provided in and outpatient treatment to children, adolescents, and adults, families, and couples.  Much of his time here was spent in providing mental health consultation and treatment to acutely and severely medically Ill patients of all ages including the terminally ill. He also served as the mental health consultant to a large comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Clinic for 13 years at this facility.  This facility would later become part of the Lutheran Health Network headquartered in Fort Wayne, IN and he transferred in 2006 to an outpatient Psychiatric Office as part of the Lutheran Health Physicians Group, from which He retired in 2013.  Ted and his wife Bonnie have been married for 48 years and are the proud parents of two sons and grandparents of two boys.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the local Family Center Services Agency, and was a candidate for Bluffton, Indiana City Council in November 2015.

Penny Warren, BSW’75, MSW’76 retired in 2013 after serving 27 years as a Cobb County (Georgia) School System social worker.  A practicum at the Indiana School for Girls led to her first job in the Cobb County Juvenile Court, where she counseled juvenile offenders.  Almost three years later, she transitioned to the Cobb County Superior Court where she ran a program for adult felon offenders for eight years.  Penny is a tireless advocate who is known for her contacts, and resourcefulness in her community.  She was named the 2011 YWCA Women of the Year, in recognition of  her career and volunteer work at the Cobb County Rape Crisis Center, Civitan Club, and Cobb County Commission on Children and Youth, to name a few.  Retirement has provided her the time and opportunity to volunteer as a Cobb County School Mentor, working with high risk teens.  She also is a founding member of 10 Women of Hope which offers support and assistance to single mothers experiencing a financial crisis. When taking a break from her volunteer activities, Penny enjoys vacationing on St. George Island in Florida with her husband.

Peggy Eagan, BSW’78, MSW’80 is the Director of the Department of Social Services of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.  She manages a $177 million budget, a staff of more than 1,300, and serves over 250,000 people in this community annually.  Prior to taking the helm as DSS Director, she served as the Director of the Children & Family Services Center in Charlotte for 11 years.  She previously resided in Indianapolis, Indiana where she ran Prevent Child Abuse Indiana, and lobbied state legislators for child welfare laws.  Recently, she had the opportunity to take a four month sabbatical.  Peggy chose to drive across the United States and simulate the Lewis and Clark tour.  Peggy is a former member of the IUSSW Alumni Board and Hoosiers for Higher Education.  She currently resides in North Carolina and enjoys the beaches and mountains. 

Adele Kush, MSW 1978, received her BA from Hanover College in Sociology. Originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana, Adele was interested in the clinical/counseling side of social work.

She completed her first graduate practicum at the Indianapolis VA drug treatment program. Her second practicum was at St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She graduated in 1978 with her MSW from IUSSW and worked for United Health Services in South Bend, a nonprofit healthcare umbrella organization. She worked in a case management/counseling position until 1980. She temporarily stopped working full time to raise her two daughters, Gwen and Charlotte. From 1984-1986, she was employed first at the Saint Joe County Department of Public Welfare, and then Visitor's Hospital (a head injury hospital) in Buchanan, Michigan. While there, Adele worked in the Social Services department with the rehabilitation and psycho/social teams. In 1990, Adele moved to the St. Joe Regional Medical Center in South Bend, Indiana. She worked with all hospital units and home health care, compiling psycho/social assessments, providing discharge planning and conducting patient advocacy. Adele moved to Catholic Charities in 2000 as the school social worker at three Catholic grade schools. The last ten years of her social work career before retiring was as a renal social worker. During her career, Adele maintained her LCSW and ACSW. She has never had a problem finding employment and describes her social work degree as the "best degree ever."

In retirement, Adele volunteers for Meals on Wheels, visits the home bound elderly, volunteers at Fernwood Nature Center, enjoys book club, and maintains a fabulous home garden.

Lisa Herbert-McKean, MSW’83 currently resides in Sarasota, Florida where she maintains a private practice with her husband of 31 years, Paul L. McKean, JD, LCSW.  Lisa earned her LCSW in 1984, followed by her LMFT & CAP.  She has been self-employed since 1983, practicing for 4 ½ years in Burlington, VT and six years in Hendersonville, NC.

Sarah Hunter, MSW’87 is the Associate Director for Admissions and First-Year Experience at the University of Tennessee. She joined the Chancellor’s Honors and Haslam Scholars Programs in December 2012 following a 25-year career as a health care clinician.  She enjoys working with high-achieving students as they embark upon their college careers. A native of Indiana, Ms. Hunter resides in Wears Valley in Sevier County.

Kristina Hartnett Pettingill, BSW’92 is the Executive Director of the Maine Public Health Association advocating for state and federal public health policy.  She also is a national leader in the smoke-free environments movement with special emphasis and experience in multi-unit housing.  When not working, Tina enjoys spending time with her family and exploring the rugged beauty of Maine.

Barbara Lyon, MSW’92 retired from Indianapolis Public Schools in June 2014.  She is spending her time enjoying her grandchildren, gardening, traveling and friends.

Vicki Buratti, BSW’90, MSW’93 has worked primarily as a medical social worker in settings such as hospital, home health care, long-term care, rehab and dementia.  She moved to Jerusalem, Israel almost five years ago because a serious illness made her reevaluate her priorities.  Her fourth grandchild had just been born in Israel, and she needed to have her grandchildren in her life.  Now, her health is great and she really loves living and learning in Jerusalem.  She now has six grandchildren from one to ten years old.  Vicki is not officially a social worker in Jerusalem, but she has had several jobs as a caregiver for English speaking older persons with such needs for care as dementia, terminal illness, post surgical, declining abilities, etc. She has a tendency to help sort out conflicts among friends, which has earned her the nickname, “the Social Worker of Nachlaot.”

Jeannie Cipolla-Van Scyoc, MSW’01 works in Miami, Florida as a Senior Social Worker for the HUD-VASH Program.  She also works for Henderson Behavioral Health as a crisis clinician on PRN basis.  Jeannie is in the process of obtaining her CAP license because an overwhelming number of vets and clients that she assists have substance abuse problems.  She volunteers at a local nonprofit that delivers food to the needy.  Jeannie is married and has two grown sons.

Kenneth “KJ” Green, MSW’05 has served our country in uniform for almost four years as an officer in the Commissioned Corps of the US Public Health Service.  He was stationed at a U.S. Army Installation in southern Arizona for 18 months providing services to soldiers wounded in the line of duty. For the past two years, KJ has been stationed on a U.S. Army installation in the Washington, D.C./metropolitan area of northern Virginia, providing services in the emergency department of a Joint Task Force military hospital. As he moves forward in his career as a U.S. Public Health Services Officer, KJ continues to explore additional ways of serving others.  Most recently, he started a scholarship at his high school alma mater to encourage and support students to pursue careers in the health professions (including social work).