See how students of the School of Social Work and Human Services are making a difference in their lives and the lives of others.

June 2014

Alice Walters, a Ph.D. in Human Services student, was appointed chair of the American Evaluation Association's Distance Education and Other Education Technologies interest group in April. In March, she and Irena Glover, a Ph.D. in Human Services student, co-presented about nonprofit development at the Midwest Organization for Human Services in Marion, Ind.

May 2014

DeAundra “Dee” Deruelle, an M.S. in Human Services student, was named the Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) Volunteer of the Month in March for her work at JBLM Fisher House near Fort Lewis, Wash. She’s volunteered there since June 2013, first arriving to restock the kitchen and organize incoming donations. She continues to perform housekeeping tasks like these while also preparing meals for the seven families who call the Fisher House home while loved ones receive care at Madigan Army Medical Center. JBLM is one of 62 locations where servicemembers, veterans, and their families can stay at no cost.

November 2013

Brian Feely, a Ph.D. in Human Services student, gave a poster presentation, “Single Black Custodial Fathers in Washington, D.C.,” at the National Organization for Human Services conference in Baltimore in October. Feely is a resource development specialist for the District of Columbia Child and Family Services Agency, where his work involves finding youths suitable placements in foster care, kinship care, teen parent programs, and pre-adoption homes.

October 2013

Ora Starks, a Ph.D. in Human Services student, was named the warden of the Bolivar County Regional Correction Facility in Cleveland, Miss., in August. In her new role, she plans to promote public safety, enhance the treatment for correctional facility’s population, and deter offenders from recidivism. She previously served as a correctional officer at the facility.

August 2013

Brian Feely, a Ph.D. in Human Services student, will present at the National Organization for Human Services (NOHS) conference in October about black custodial fathers in Washington, D.C. He is a placement specialist at Child and Family Services Agency in Washington, D.C.

April 2013

Sha-Rhonda M. Davis, a Ph.D. in Human Services student, published Inspirational Thoughts on Being a Wife, Mother and a Woman (CreateSpace, 2013), a series of essays that address the emotional health and wellness of women. She runs a private practice, Empowered2Change Counseling Center, in Hiram, Ga.

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  • “I am the founder and CEO of It Takes a Village. We provide safe, interactive, and educational activities for children in Detroit. In Walden’s Ph.D. in Human Services program, I’m learning to develop effective programs and services for my organization.”

    Irena Glover
    Ph.D. in Human Services Student