Social Work Alumnae
Maureen Donovan, '00
Following graduation from Saint Mary's College, I spent a year as the Treatment Coordinator and Chemical Dependency Counselor at Asumbi Treatment Centre in Nyanza Province, Kenya. After returning to the States, I moved to Chicago and became a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) and worked primarily with disabled individuals who are also struggling with a dual diagnosis of drug/alcohol addiction and psychiatric illness. In 2005, I completed my Masters of Social Work with a Healthcare Concentration from the University of Illinois-Chicago Jane Addams College of Social Work and began working in the local hospitals. While I have enjoyed working with many diverse populations and advocating for the medically underserved - my true passion has been specializing in crisis intervention for victims of violent crime, inner city violence & trauma. For the past couple of years, I have been a field instructor for several students in the Chicagoland area, continued to work at a Level One Trauma Hospital on the West Side of Chicago and am looking forward to expanding my practice to a private setting in the near future.
Barbara Burlingham, '70
Having a St. Mary’s student intern is like moving back in time, calling forth memories of what it was like to be in a real life agency setting for the first time. Catholic Charities has worked with at least half a dozen interns over the years and they have all been well prepared. Their enthusiasm, energy and eagerness act as a renewal for me of why I am still in social services after four decades!
Andrea Verteramo, '08
As a Social Work field instructor, one has the unique advantage of being able to help students put their learning into practice in a very real way. As an alumna of Saint Mary’s College, it is wonderful having a Saint Mary’s senior intern work with me because it not only allows me to reach back into my college roots, but also urges me to move forward in my own practice and help another to do the same. Saint Mary’s College will always hold a dear place in my heart, even more so knowing that the Social Work department is doing so much to give back to the community by turning out the best and the brightest social workers. It is a real honor knowing that I will continue to be a part of that mission as one of their field instructors.
Katherine (Katie) Putz, '09
Katie Putz is now a healthcare social worker at Molina Healthcare in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She graduated with her M.S.W. in 2010 from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, after receiving advanced standing. Katie's job includes completing bio-psycho-social assessments and planning interventions with members. She works with medical provider offices, nurses and other social workers to ensure that member's healthcare needs are being met. Katie is also responsible for tracking her results and, through her skills learned in Social Work Research Methods, was able to help her team set up their tracking tools. We wish Katie continued success!