School of Social Work

No. 28 M.S.W. Program in the U.S.

Congratulations to two VCU School of Social Work alumni who were selected as winners of the Social Work Circle of Care Awards 2021, along with 14 other alumni who were finalists.

The awards recognize outstanding social workers in a variety of healthcare settings. The winners are: 

  • Social Worker of the Year in a Hospital – Elizabeth Walsh (M.S.W.’92/SW), Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center
  • Social Worker of the Year Legacy Award – Dana King Rivera (B.S.W.’02/SW; M.S.W.’06/SW), Sitter & Barfoot Veterans Care Center

You can view remarks by Rivera in a video announcing the award winners.

The following VCU social work alumni were also finalists: 

In a hospital

  • Lemmie M. Downs Jr. (M.S.W’07/SW), Bon Secours Maryview
  • Alexandra Little (B.S.W.’17/SW; M.S.W.’19/SW), Memorial Regional Medical Center
  • Whitney Burton Meleski (B.S.’11/H&S; M.S.W’13/SW), VCU Massey Cancer
  • Donshea Smith (B.S.W.’00/SW), Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital
  • Shannon Stewart (M.S.W.’12/SW), HCA Chippenham Hospital
  • Megan Stucke (M.S.W.’11/SW), VCU Health System
  • Shelby Ward (M.S.W.’11/SW), Bon Secours Mercy St. Francis Medical Center

In community-Department of Social Services or geriatric care manager

  • Ashley Love (M.S.W.’97/SW), Bon Secours Mercy Health
  • Colleen Manion (M.S.W.’94/SW), Virginia Cancer Institute

In a hospice

  • Chelsea Cassidy (B.S.W.’09/SW;M.S.W.’10/SW), AT Home Care Hospice
  • Lisa Mooney (M.S.W.’12/SW), Hospice Community Care

In home health company

  • Sascha Wallace (M.S.W.’98/SW), Interim Healthcare

In a managed care organization

  • Lisa O’Shea (M.S.W.’03/SW), CareMore

Legacy Award

  • Carrie Bennett (B.S.W.’80/SW), Pittsylvania County Department of Social Services

The event was sponsored by Care Advantage and benefited the VCU Massey Cancer Center.

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