Meet the Social Work Alumnae

Maira Ready 11 REAL Services

Maira Ready '11, REAL Services

Beginning at a very young age, I have had a passion for helping others. The experiences of having very special relationships with my grandmother and elderly neighbor and of working in a retirement complex helped me develop a particular love for helping older adults. It wasn’t until I came to Saint Mary’s that I realized I could choose a major that would allow me to serve others as my profession. With this realization, I decided to pursue geriatric social work and make a difference in the lives of this population. By helping older adults maintain their dignity and independence, yet recognizing their unique and special needs, I will be using both my love of helping and my gift of compassion.

Hannah Snyder 11 REAL Services Guardianship Program

Hannah Snyder '11, REAL Services Guardianship Program

For as long as I can remember, I have always known I want to work with the elderly population in some way. With a passion for improving the quality of life for older adults, I knew that social work was the profession for me. In this field, I will be able to fully use my ability to listen to others, strengths of compassion, empathy, and passion to advocate for this population-at-risk. Finally, I have a sense of social responsibility and longing to make serving others my profession; by taking this responsibility in my own hands, I will question current systems and traditions to work enhance the lives of the millions of boomers approaching their elderly years.

Katherine Kohler 11      The Activity Center

Katherine Kohler '11, The Activity Center

My love for humanity has caused me to passionately strive to promote peace, social justice, and diversity; I believe that humanity (and each member) is beautiful and so I want to spend my life serving it and promoting its beauty to others I have always wanted to do social work; it was not until I met a Social Worker that I realized that doing what I had always loved could be my job. Saint Mary’s Social Work Department has educated me in my greatest passion, has shown me all of the hidden beauties within it and has unlocked doors to expand my view of the social work profession.