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Executive Committee

President, 2012-15

Chris Vaughan, Ph.D. '06

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Chris is currently in private practice in Washington, DC, with a focus on group and couples therapy as well as private supervision/consultation and teaching. He has been writing and presenting on group composition and difficult outcomes. His theoretical foundation continues to be in relational/psychodynamic theories with a feminist metaperspective. Increasingly, he is interested in how psychodynamic theories work with other traditionally oppositional theories such as CBT and evidence-based practice, as well as advances in psychoneurbiology. He views his role on the Executive Committee as continuing a critical relationship with the School and the profession at-large.

In his free time, Chris is an avid triathlete competing in Ironman events. Because of this, he has a growing interest in the role psychological factors play in the internal life of the athlete.

President-Elect, 2014-2015

Gabrielle Holder, M.S.W. '03

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Gabrielle is the school counselor at the College Prepatory School in Oakland, California. She previously served as a school social worker at the Horace Mann School in New York, New York and King and Low-Heywood School in Stamford, Connecticut. She has extensive experience working with a multitude of age groups from young children through adolescents and young adults. She has developed a range of workshops that bridge school and family life through parenting partnerships in independent schools. Gabrielle remains keenly interested in issues concerning ethnic and racial identity development, maternal mental health and mindfulness training. She is certified to teach children’s yoga and has utilized mind/body awareness practices with clients. She is an avid runner and an enthusiastic culinary creator.

Vice President 2013-16

Cole Hooley, M.S.W. '09

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Cole HooeyCole Hooley spends his weekdays as a school social worker at Harlem Village Academies in New York City. He works with middle-school children as well as oversees the district's internship program. He enjoys mentoring MSW students in his role as a field instructor with Columbia University and Smith. A few nights a week he is at an outpatient clinic where he primarily works with adults and couples.

When Cole is not working, he is adventuring with his wife and two-year-old daughter. This fall they will be welcoming another baby girl to their family. He loves theater, wandering through museums, reading things that make him pause, eating desserts of all types, and walking with no particular destination in mind. 

Treasurer, 2013-16

Renee Lindquist, M.S.W.'03

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Renee LindquistRenee Lindquist is an '03 graduate with her MSW and an incoming 1st year in the SCSSW PhD program. Professionally, she is the Director of an Adult Mental Health non-profit in San Francisco. In addition she has a small private practice in Oakland, California. Renee is excited about being a member of the SSW Alumni Association Executive Committee as it will enable her to continue to support the School in its mission.

Chair of Development

Yvette Colon, M.S.W. '90, Ph.D.

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Yvette Colon is a Psychosocial Specialist at the MetaCancer Foundation, a non-profit national resource and support organization serving people affected by metastatic/advanced cancer. She teaches at the Eastern Michigan University School of Social Work and the S.S.W. Certificate Program in End of Life Care. A long-time supporter of the School, Yvette has served on the Alumni Association Executive Committee twice before, as the Region I Representative (New England) and as Chair of the Alumni of Color Standing Committee. She is currently serving as the Chair of Development.

Chair, Nomination Committee, 2012-15

Phoebe Harris Millman, M.S.W. '03

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Phoebe is the Assistant Program Director for Oakland Public School Programs at the Seneca Family of Agencies in Oakland, California. Since graduating from Smith College School for Social Work in 2003, she has worked in the field of school-based mental health, with experience providing services to children, teens, and families within public school settings in the Bay Area. In her current role, in addition to administrative and clinical oversight of the program, she focuses on the importance of mental health consultation to school partners, with the goals of improving individual outcomes and overall school climate.

Chair, Alumni of Color Standing Committee, 2013-16

Emely Velez, M.S.W. '10

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Emely VelezEmely Velez graduated from the School for Social Work in 2010 and is currently working in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan, New York as a School Social Worker. She manages the school counseling program with a team of clinical and administrative professionals. Emely served on the SSW Alumni of Color Standing Committee as the African Diaspora representative from 2012-2013. She is an avid reader, life longer learner, and writes for Vivrant Magazine as a freelance professional in her spare time. 

Region I Representative, 2013-2016 (New England)

Carol Fizer, M.S.W.'72

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Carol Fizer is in full time practice in Newton, MA. Her clinical practice is focused on couples that are experiencing infidelity within relationships. Since being in Manhattan post 9/11, she has had a strong interest in trying to define what constitutes a trauma, an interest that has taken her into a variety of clincal settings. In addition, Carol earned an MBA from Simmons College, Graduate School of Management. She consults to businesses around a variety of strategic issues as well as internationally for the U.S. Government in Germany and the U.K. in military settings.

Carol is an avid photographer with a love of portraiture as a way of captuing an individual's essence. Her love of travel has taken far and wide. Her favorite place --- Burma.

Region II Representative, 2014-2017 (Mid-Atlantic)

Keshia Williams, MSW'08

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Region III Representative, 2014-15 (South)

Tierra Watkins, M.S.W. '07


Region IV Representative, 2011-14 (Mid-West)

Erin Matthews, M.S.W. '05

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image of Erin MatthewsErin currently works as a School Social Worker for Chicago Public Schools. Since graduating in 2005, she has worked in schools in Napa, CA and Chicago, IL, focusing on youth with PTSD and setting up mental health systems to ensure that services are available to impoverished children and families in public schools. Additionally, she takes on a few practice clients each year.

Region V Representative, 2013-15 (West)

Daniel Sapoznick, M.S.W.'03

Dan SapoznickDaniel is a School for Social Work MSW Class of 2003 graduate currently working in San Francisco, California.  He manages a team of clinicians who run San Francisco's 24 hour parental stress warmline (a program of the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center).  Daniel is an avid runner, rollerblader, and aspiring bee-keeper.