Meet the Social Work Alumnae

Maria Kenney 11 Individuals and Families in Transition

Maria Kenney '11, Individuals and Families in Transition

I’ve always admired my parents for the many years they spent working and living in impoverished Peruvian communities and knew that I wanted to follow in their footsteps. They instilled in me the values of service, compassion, and helping others, which I grew to love doing more than anything else. I thought, however, it would always have to be secondary to academics and a job until I met the Social Work professors who helped me realize that Social Work offers me a way to make a career out of my passion. Now, thanks to help from mentors and role models, my passion has grown into something much more real and powerful. I am filled with a drive to fight for social and economic justice, empower those who feel helpless, and make society aware of the needs of those who have been chronically silenced in our world. A career in social work gives me the tools, knowledge, and poise to do just that.  While I know that I may not be able to rid the world of all injustices or help every person living in poverty, I will continue to work towards that goal if it means I can make a positive impact in even one person’s life.

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.