Meet the Social Work Alumnae

Jennifer Kline 12 Southfield Village

Jennifer Kline '12, Southfield Village

From a young age, my parents instilled the importance of human relationships in my mind. I was raised, not only thinking of my own growth, but the growth of others and where I stood in that journey. I feel there is no greater triumph than seeing someone overcome obstacles and work towards their goals, whether it is crossing the finish line at a marathon or fighting through an illness. Those moments of happiness are fleeting and empowering for all involved, no matter if the person is a loved one or complete stranger. So here I find myself overwhelmed by Social Work, not that I chose the profession, but it simply chose me and I could not be more fortunate.

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.