Meet the Social Work Alumnae

Jennifer Leakakos 12 American Red Cross

Jennifer Leakakos '12, American Red Cross

I came to Saint Mary’s knowing that I wanted a career in the health care field. After taking a few Social Work classes, I quickly realized that this was the right choice for me. With my degree in Social Work, I will be able to pursue my passion for working in the medical field while being able to reach out to people during vulnerable moments in their life.  With the skills that I have gained, I will be able to improve the quality of life for my clients and am confident that I will make a difference in the lives of those that I encounter.

Jane McNaughton 12 Family Justice Center

Jane McNaughton '12, Family Justice Center

I grew up in a military family. My dad was in the Army along with my grandfather and my brother is in the Navy. I have seen firsthand how a Social Worker’s expertise, compassion, and empathy can be so important to the veterans and their families. I want to be a Social Worker so that I can help veterans and their families like others have helped me and my family.

Jill Meert 12 REAL Services Guardianship Program

Jill Meert '12, REAL Services Guardianship Program

Social work was not my first choice for a major when entering college, mainly because I had no idea what a social worker did.  I researched the basic roles of a social worker and after having a general idea I decided to talk to Dr. K.  She was very upbeat and had nothing but positive things to say about the program.  I decided to take the Introduction to Social Work course to better understand what social work was really about.  I absolutely loved the class and learned so much about the career and myself.  I knew immediately from that class that I was meant to be a social worker.  I enjoy helping people who are in need of help.  I enjoy figuring out problems and helping find ways to solve them.  I enjoy helping populations in need.  I enjoy working with all age groups.  I care about the future of our world and making it the best possible life for every person.  I believe in social justice for all.  And to me, these things are different scenarios that a social worker’s job could consist of.  Overall, I want to help in making the world a better place, and that is why I chose social work.