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Check out the latest achievements and happenings in the post-graduation lives of our alums.
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To read the Memoirs of Mable Rumberg-Meites, click on 1940-49.

Jennifer FirstJennifer First, MSW '12
"I am currently working as the Disaster Mental Health Program Manager at the Terrorism and Disaster Center at the University of Missouri- a category II center within the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. We focus on enhancing mental and behavioral health preparedness, recovery, and resilience in children, families, and communities affected by disaster. I am grateful for my years of study and practice as an MSW student in the MU school of social work and I am currently enjoying being able to work on the MU campus."

Amber Moodie-DyerAmber Moodie-Dyer, PhD '11
"I graduated a little over a year ago from the PhD program and since then I've been adjusting to life as a new faculty member at The Ohio State University College of Social Work. I have taught three different courses in our MSW program, a poverty immersion course, social and economic justice, and a Community and Social Justice Integrative Seminar. I've really enjoyed teaching the MSW students here and imparting my knowledge and experiences regarding community practice and social justice. Also, I've been doing a lot of research exploring access to quality early childhood education and care in Ohio and service and delivery systems of various child and family related issues. To read some recent work that was published from my dissertation, check out the latest issue of Families in Society."

Ila MorrowIla Morrow, MSW '12
"I graduate on December 15, 2012 from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Masters of Social Work. Presently, I work as an Academic Probation Counselor/Adjunct Professor at Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri. Additionally, I work at Hope Center (Arthur Center) on a PRN basis. Hope Center is a facility that addresses the needs of mentally-ill adults (forensic and non-forensic) as they work to re-enter society and reclaim their lives."

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Cynthia BakerCynthia Baker (formerly Smith), MSW '01
"I work as a Staff Clinician for Deer Oaks Behavioral Health. The organization is based in San Antonio, Texas and has been providing therapy for persons in Long Term Care since 1992. I joined the organization in October, 2013 when recruited as a part of Deer Oaks' recent expansion to Missouri. Deer Oaks Behavioral Health contracts with Skilled Care Organizations in 18 states throughout the United States. In Missouri, Deer Oaks provides psychological services skilled facilities in Central, Southwest and St. Louis area. I am one of several social work clinicians on staff and in addition to a majority staffed PhD level Psychologists that routinely take clinical positions in Long Term Care contract services. In addition, I have been an Adjunct Instructor for Columbia College since 2008. Although I have periodically taught other courses, my primary focus is an undergraduate course called Case Management, which Junior or Senior Level students complete for their undergraduate degree in Human Services. This course has an agency observation component that is part of a final project paper. This observation and interview provides students with focus and prepares them for post graduate employment at an agency."

Kelly Bristol (formerly McWilliams), MSW '06
"I am currently working as a School Social Worker with the Saint Joseph School District."

Lisa Goldberg (formerly Rothstein), BSW '02
"I work at Ivy Tech Community College in Sellersburg, Indiana in a dual role--academic advising and disability services. I love working with students with disabilities to help them realize their dreams of attending college. My office is proudly decorated in Mizzou stickers! Matt and I welcomed our second daughter, Molly Shoshana, on February 26, 2017. She joins her big sister, Rachel, who is now 3."

Lisa Horner, MSW '03
"I am currently working as the SATOP Administrator for Phoenix Programs, Inc., in Columbia, Missouri. I am also the clinical supervisor for the Health Care for Homeless Vets (HCHV) program. "

Lynn Joyce, MSW '08
"In 2011, I opened a private practice where counsel children ages 3 and up."

Orvin KimbroughOrvin Kimbrough, MSW '00
"I was recently selected as the President and CEO of the United Way of Greater St. Louis. I've been serving the United Way as Senior Vice President of Major Gifts and Executive Vice President since 2007. Before joining the United Way, I worked with a number of not-for-profits including serving as the Executive Director for Interfaith Partnership/Faith Beyond Walls."

Meghan LeachMeghan Leach, BSW '02
"After graduating with my BSW from MU in 2002, I received my MSW from The University of Michigan in 2004. From there I moved to London, England where I worked for many years as a social worker with children with disabilities. I was able to spend my 20's traveling the world and enjoying life to the fullest. When I decided to move back to the states, I figured I should check out the more clinical side of social work and moved to the western slope of Colorado where I worked as a wilderness therapist with juveniles in the correctional system. After exploring the clinical side, I knew for sure that my heart laid in case management. In 2007 I moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota where I've worked in the Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center for the past five years. As a social worker case manager, I've assisted our veterans and active duty personnel that have suffered traumatic brain injuries as well as other traumatic injuries. I married my best friend and former colleague, Staff Sergeant Darick Leach in 2011. We hope to soon return to Missouri and start a family. Life is good!"

Andrea ReynoldsAndrea Reynolds (formerly Shaw), MSW '06
"I was recently elected as the School of Social Work Alumni Board President. I am looking forward to representing the school and alumni in various ways in the coming year!"

Shelby Schroeder, BSW '04
"I graduated with a dual degree in Social Work and French in 2004 from Mizzou and a Master of Social Work degree in 2008 from Washington University in St. Louis. Currently, I live in St. Louis working with the OASIS Institute on a health promotion and obesity prevention program called CATCH Healthy Habits. Most recently I traveled to Washington DC to attend the Partnership for a Healthier America Summit where First Lady Michelle Obama was the keynote speaker. I enjoy connecting people and resources to improve community health and my education at Mizzou gave me a great foundation to be successful in my current and future career. "

Cathee Wolford, MSW '08
"I am a senior vocational rehabilitation counselor for deaf and hard of hearing in Kansas City. I was also appointed by the Governor to the Board for the Certification of Interpreters."

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Tammy FreelinTammy Freelin (formally Wortmann), MSW '96
"I went through the MU MSW program as a part-time student and completed the Clinical & PPA tracks. I started as the School's 1st Student Services Coordinator in 1998 and have been here ever since. I truly enjoy working with college students and watching them develop into professionals. "

Christina MooreChristina Moore, BSW '95
"After graduating from MU with a BSW, I completed my MSW at UNC in 1996. I'm currently a school social worker at Smith Middle School in Chapel Hill, NC. I was recently named the 2012-13 Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School District's Exceptional Children/Student Services staff member of the year. "

Leanne PeaceLeanne Peace (formally Garnett), MSW '90
"I am the Director of the Missouri Kidney Program in Columbia, MO. I also serve as the current National Chair on the Council of Nephrology Social Workers (CNSW), a professional organization under the National Kidney Foundation. CNSW has 800+ MSW members who work in the dialysis or kidney transplant field."

Brenda SitesBrenda Sites, MSW '98
"Since graduating in 1998, my career has taken me in a variety of directions and each one has been a valuable experience. I am currently privileged to be a program manager for the Safe at Home Address Confidentiality Program at the Secretary of State's Office. I never dreamed I would be in this type of setting with this type of program, but the tools I gathered in my social work education have made all the difference. I am proud to be a social worker from Mizzou!"

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Patricia Blanchard, MSW '82
"I am employed as a medical social worker at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia, MO."

Vonneva Hobbs, MSW '89, BSW '87
"I am a proud graduate of the MU School of Social Work. I have recently relocated from Ft. Lauderdale, FL where I held positions with the Florida State Protective Services Unit, Village Elementry School as a guidence counselor, and at Oakland Park Elementary School as an assistant principle. I was able to attain these positions because of the excellent education I recieved at the School of Social Work."

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Timothy T. Law, FACFE, MS '63

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Mable MeitesMable Rumberg-Meites, MSW '46
Mable Rumburg-Meites earned her BA in Social Sciences and Social Work from the University of Missouri in 1942, as well as a Masters in Medical Social Work from Washington University in 1946. She has written her memoirs and we are very pleased that she has allowed us to share them on our website. They provide a glimpse into not only her life, but the early years of medical social work as well. Mrs. Meites was raised on a farm in Southeast Missouri and reflecting on her life she said, "It’s amazing what you can do in life with a college education!" She attributes many of her accomplishments to her education at Mizzou. Mrs. Meites met her husband, Dr. Joseph Meites, at the University of Missouri, where he obtained an undergraduate degree and a PhD in neuro-endocrinology. They settled in East Lansing, Michigan, where Dr. Meites was on the faculty at Michigan State University. Mable pioneered medical social work at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. We hope you enjoy reading her memoirs!

Life's Journey Through Almost a Century: The Memoirs of Mable Rumburg-Meites

© Copyright 2010, Mable Rumburg-Meites. All rights reserved.

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