Seven Educators Join CSWE’s Board of Directors and Mildred Joyner Begins 3-Year Term as President


For Immediate Release
Carrie Murdock deGuzman

June 9, 2010 – ALEXANDRIA, VA—The Council on Social Work Education welcomes seven new members to its Board of Directors on July 1, 2010. Denise Montcalm is CSWE’s new treasurer and offering new perspective on BSW and MSW programmatic functions are Ann Rosegrant Alvarez, Charlotte Goodluck, Maria Brave Heart, Wynne Korr, Noe Ramirez, and Matthew Theriot.

Board members are elected annually by CSWE members to replace those who have completed their 3-year terms of service. Votes for board members were tallied this year after a 1-month electoral period. July 1 also marks the beginning of Mildred “Mit” Joyner’s 3-year term as CSWE president. A professor and chairperson of the Undergraduate Social Work Department at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, Joyner has been shadowing current President Ira C. Colby for the customary 1-year period before beginning active service.

Denise Montcalm, a baccalaureate program representative on CSWE’s Board of Directors (2007–2010) begins her 3-year term as treasurer with a variety of leadership experiences. Since 2004 she has been director of the School of Social Work at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she has been a faculty member since 1993 and served as BSW program coordinator. Montcalm is a former vice president of the NASW Nevada Chapter.
Charlotte Goodluck, Noe Ramirez, and Matthew Theriot bring new insight to CSWE from the baccalaureate perspective. Active in the American Indian Community, Charlotte Goodluck is BSW program director at Portland State University and has 23 years of experience working in administration and education and serving rural and indigenous populations. Noe Ramirez, assistant social work professor at the University of Texas-Pan American, has 16 years of experience in rural and socioeconomic development, mental health, substance use, and clinical supervision in psychiatric settings. Matthew Theriot, the University of Tennessee’s BSSW program director, serves on the CSWE Commission on Curriculum and Educational Innovation and is very active in the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors.

Ann Rosegrant Alvarez and Maria Brave Heart, assuming positions as graduate program representatives, and Wynne Korr (elected Graduate Faculty Member Representative) bring important related programmatic expertise to CSWE’s Board of Directors. A current member of CSWE’s Commission for Diversity and Social and Economic Justice, Ann Rosegrant Alvarez is director of Eastern Michigan University’s School of Social Work and has experience serving as a community practitioner, agency administrator, macro concentration chair, distance education director, and MSW program chair. Maria Brave Heart, a Columbia University associate professor, is active in the American Indian community and sat on the board of the National Association for Rural Mental Health and the editorial board of Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work. Wynne Korr, dean of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Social Work, has taught at the BSW, MSW, and doctoral levels and served on the CSWE Commission on Accreditation and the Women’s Council.

CSWE’s Board of Directors meets twice each year and oversees all organizational programs, plans, and budgets. It is responsible for the activities and accountability of all governance and program units and commissions, including final decisions to adopt or reject accreditation standards and educational policies prepared by CSWE’s Commission on Accreditation and the Commission on Curriculum and Educational Innovation. CSWE’s Board of Directors also undertakes new programs, reviews resolutions, shapes the affirmative action plan, establishes membership dues, conducts the executive director's annual performance evaluation review, and reports to the membership on its activities.

The Council on Social Work Education is a nonprofit national association representing more than 3,000 individual members as well as graduate and undergraduate programs of professional social work education. Founded in 1952, this partnership of educational and professional institutions, social welfare agencies, and private citizens is recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as the sole accrediting agency for social work education in the United States. 


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