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Alumni in the News

Brett Balduf Named Principal

Congratulations to Brett Balduf (MSW 2000). The Park Ridge-Niles District 64 school board approved his appointment as principal of Carpenter Elementary School in Park Ridge effective July 1. Balduf's most recent appointment is as assistant principal at Indian Grove Elementary School in River Trails School District 26. While with the district, Balduf facilitated all special services programming for students and served as pre-school coordinator for its Early Childhood Program. He also utilized technology to help build an effective response to intervention program at the school. He previously served as a social worker for District 26 and as a case manager and family educator for Maryville Academy in Des Plaines.

2012 Pioneer Award Recipient Dian Powell

The Jane Addams College of Social Work Pioneer Award was established to recognize alumni who have made significant, pioneering, or standout contributions to a community, state, or nation consistent with the mission of the college. The 2012 award recipient is Dian M. Powell (MSW '85),who serves as president and chief executive officer of Roseland Community Hospital (RCH) in Chicago.

Ms. Powell was recognized for her sustained and vital contributions to the health and well-being of the Roseland community of Chicago, including the significant role she played in advocating for the newly designated "Roseland Medical District," the state of Illinois' fourth medical district. This enables health care advocates to develop new medical research and treatment facilities for a historically disenfranchised community.

Ms. Powell is a 38-year resident of Chicago's far south side. She is the former executive director (retired) of the Calumet Center of Metropolitan Family Services. During her leadership, a multi-million dollar facility was built to provide increased service to families and individuals in the greater Roseland community.

Ms. Powell's awards and honors include the prestigious Kizzy Award, the Distinguished Social Worker Award, the YMCA Outstanding Community Leadership Award, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Chairman's Award and a Black Women's Expo Phenomenal Woman Award.

Ms. Powell is active in a variety of professional and civic organizations and serves on several boards. She currently chairs the Board of Trustees of New Life Christian Ministries of Greater Chicago and the Board of Directors of Dorothy Sutton Branch Head Start. She formerly chaired the Board of Directors at Roseland Community Hospital and the Illinois African-American Family Commission's Legislative Committee. She served as president of the National Association of Black Social Workers-Chicago Chapter for three terms.

Ms. Powell earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Social Work degrees from Roosevelt University and the Jane Addams College of Social Work, respectively. She is a State of Illinois Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

2011 Pioneer Award Recipient James H. Williams


The 2011 Pioneer Award recipient was James H. Williams, MSW '93, PhD '03. Dr. Williams was recognized for his outstanding commitment to the mentally ill in the criminal justice system, and for his overall sustained leadership and commitment to social justice and social reform.

Williams, a native of Louisville, KY, worked as a labor and community organizer after obtaining his BA in Political Science from University of Louisville. He became a steelworker at the US Steel South Works plant in Chicago, and helped to organize a food bank and other social services when the mill closed. He later became a substance abuse counselor at Martha Washington Hospital in Chicago.

In 1990, Dr. Williams entered the MSW program at the Jane Addams College of Social Work while working as a supervisor in the Cook County Pretrial Services Department. Upon licensure, he became supervisor of the Cook County Adult Probation Mental Health Unit. In his role as supervisor, Dr. Williams advocated for increased funding from the state, and eventually achieved Medicaid Certification for the unit, allowing reimbursement from the state for mental health services provided to the clients.

After receiving a PhD from the Jane Addams College of Social Work, Dr. Williams moved to Savannah, Georgia to teach at Savannah State University. While there, he worked with the court system and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to establish a Mental Health Court in Chatham County, Georgia. Mental Health Court aims to reduce recidivism for criminal activity and psychiatric hospitalization of individuals with mental illness who are involved in the criminal justice system. Mental health court brings together the necessary resources to meet the complex needs these individuals bring to the criminal justice system.

Dr. Williams presently lives in Tacoma, Washington, where he teaches Social Work and Criminal Justice courses at the University of Washington Tacoma, and continues to be active in NAMI advocating for services for the severely mentally ill.

Stephanie L. Kutzen Honored


Congratulations to Stephanie L. Kutzen (PhD 1995), adjunct professor at the College, who was honored recently as the NASW Illinois Northeastern District Social Worker of the Year. Dr. Kutzen is founder and director of Employee Consultation Services, a Chicago area human resources consulting firm. She specializes in designing, managing, and evaluating services related to corporate social responsibility, specifically the relationship between corporate activity and social issues. A nationally certified employee assistance (EAP) professional, she has 40 years as a trainer and consultant, and has managed over 20 EAP programs in the private and public sectors. She consults actively on leadership, human system dilemmas, and change management.


Alumni Named Emerging Leaders


Two alumnae of the college, Ms. Shelley Milosevich (MSW '05) and Ms. Amy Terpstra (MSW '06) have been recognized as 2011 Emerging Leaders by the National Association of Social Workers Illinois Chapter. Ms. Milosevich and Ms. Terpstra are two of four individuals being honored with this award, which will be presented February 4, during a luncheon at the quarterly NASW Illinois Chapter Board Meeting.

Ms. Terpstra currently serves as associate director of Heartland Alliance's Social IMPACT Research Center, where she has worked for the past five years. Amy has focused her work on researching and disseminating knowledge on poverty, income, and housing-related issues. As an agency spokesperson, Amy educates decision-makers at all levels, as well as media, about economic hardship and solutions. She conducts research for and jointly authors the Social IMPACT Research Center's annual Report on Illinois Poverty, leads the Illinois Self-Sufficiency Standard project, and conducts quantitative and qualitative research for a variety of IMPACT's studies, which currently includes an evaluation of Illinois' Recovery Act-funded subsidized work relief program, Put Illinois to Work. Amy is also an adjunct professor at Trinity Christian College in the Sociology Department.

Ms. Milosevich has been an active member NASW Illinois' International Activities Network SIG for five years and presently serves as chair. She has participated in five exchanges both locally and internationally. Shelley is currently Director of Health Community Relations for Aunt Martha's Youth Service Center, which provides health and social services to medically underserved and at-risk children, youth, and families throughout Illinois. In this position, Shelley directs the agency's community, foundation, and corporate relations. Previously, she served as program director at Youth Network Council. Presently, she is pursuing a Certificate in Fundraising Management from North Park University.

Alumni Profiles


School Social Worker Helps Young People


Gwyn (Brooks) Eggestein (MSW '03) sent the College this update on her career as a school social worker:

"When I graduated from UIC I was hired at my internship for the Salvation Army Children's in Shelters Intiative but my position was budget cut. I went on to temporary work at New Mom's in Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood. Then in 2004 I was hired full-time as Mental Health Therapist for Community Counseling Center of the Fox Valley in Aurora. I worked with MISA adults until 2007. In 2007, I went back to school get my Post MSW type 73 at Aurora University so I could work in schools as a Social Worker. After that I worked as a Teacher's substitute and substitute for School Social Workers. In July 2008 I married David Eggestein. We currently reside in Bolingbrook, Illinois. I have a 5 year old son who will be starting Kindergarten in the fall. In 2009, I got a full time School Social Work job at Byrd Elementary School which is part of the Burbank School District #111. I run two afterschool programs called Game Buddies and Peace Makers. Game Buddies is where older students teach younger kids on how to play board games. Peace Makers is where we do community service projects together."

Ms. Eggestein's school Web site: http://www.burbank.k12.il.us/schools/byrd/classes/sw/.


College Grad Transcends Gun Violence


Byron Taylor (MSW '07) was featured on the front page of the Chicago Tribune on December 13, 2009. The story described how he was affected by the killing of a classmate in 1993, and how he was inspired to make something of his own life. After graduating from the Jane Addams College of Social Work, he went on to work as an addictions psychotherapist at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, and is studying for a doctorate in counseling psychology.

You can read the full Tribune article about Taylor - Click here.