Where Are They and What Are They Doing
Kristina Whiton, MSW, LICSWClass of 94
Kristina is the Director of Continuing Education and Clinical Issues at the Massachusetts Chapter of National Association of Social Workers (NASW). While at Providence College Kristina did her internship in the Adoption Unit at the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth, and Families. She was recognized for her professional promise.
Her first job as a baccalaureate social worker was as a Recruitment Coordinator at Adoption Rhode Island, the state’s special needs adoption exchange. Realizing that she wanted to develop her capacity for clinical work with children and families, she decided to pursue an MSW degree at Boston University . Since obtaining her MSW, she has served as a clinician and program manager in the area of adoption in a non-profit child welfare agency and more recently worked as the Adoption Contract Manager at the MA Department of Social Service’s Central Office.
Lisa Guillette, BA, MBAClass of 1993
Lisa Guillette is the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Foster Parents Association (RIFPA), an organization that works with local, state, and national child welfare, government, and community organizations to coordinate program development and advocacy on behalf of Rhode Island foster families and the children for whom they care. Through her work, she helps to ensure that Rhode Island foster parents and children receive the supports necessary to retaining quality foster families and to successfully recruiting new foster families. Recently, Lisa was selected by Congressman Patrick Kennedy from Rhode Island to receive the 2005 Angels of Adoption Award for outstanding work on behalf of children in the state of Rhode Island. She was honored along with 170 other Congressional Angels of Adoption selected by United States Representatives and Senators on September 13, 2005, at a national ceremony hosted by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) in Washington DC.
Rebecca Barry Anthony, BA, MSWClass of 04
Becky graduated from Providence College with her baccalaureate degree in Social Work in 2004. She is currently working as a social worker in a non-profit organization that facilitates international adoptions.While at PC Becky did her practicums in agencies that provided services to home-bound elderly. She was given advanced-standing at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with her MSW in May 05.
Amber Chesebrough Massad, BAClass of '04
Without the Social Work department I wouldn't have been so prepared to go right into a job. The best decision I ever made was to go to PC for social work.
Amber graduated from Providence College in 2004. She is currently working as a social work case manager with the Children's Intensive Services (CIS)(program at Gateway Healthcare, while studying for her MSW at Rhode Island College. She did her junior internship at the Paul Cuffee School, an elementary charter school, located in Providence. In this setting she provided supportive counseling to individual students and led a social skills group for second and third graders. In her senior year Amber interned at the Department of Children Youth and Families where she served as a case manager for families in the child welfare system.
Jenna Buco, BAClass of 04
My experience in the Social Work program was amazing.
Jenna graduated in May 04. She did her junior internship at the Department of Children, Youth, and Families where she worked with children in the child welfare system and their families. In her senior year Jenna interned at the Metropolitan Career and Technical Center (The Met), an innovative, inner-city, alternative high school where she worked with students around personal and family issues. Jenna has accepted a position at a small alternative school program near her home in New Hampshire.
Desiree Pero, MSW, LICSWClass of '01
Desiree graduated from Providence College in 2001. She is currently a clinician with the Youth Trauma Program at St. Anne's Hospital in Fall River, MA. In the fall of 07 she will begin doctoral studies in social work at Simmons. She also serves as a field instructor for our program. Desiree earned her MSW at Rhode Island College. While at Providence College Desiree did her junior-year internship at the Sexual Assault and Trauma Resource Center and her senior-year internship at Mt. Hope High School.
Jennifer Buckley, MSW, LICSWClass of '02
Jennifer graduated from Providence College in 2002. She did her graduate work at New York University at the advanced-standing level and earned her MSW in 2003. She is currently working as a clinician in the Acute Residential Treatment Services (ARTS) program at Gateway Healthcare.Immediately following her graduate students she was employed as a clinician with Network Resources, a program of Child and Family Services of Newport. She worked with children and youth transitioning from residential treatment to community placement. While at Providence College Jennifer did her internship at the Department of Children, Youth, and Families. Jen is also a member of our Community Advisory Board.
Jillian Rose, BAClass of 04
Jillian graduated in May 04 with a double major, Social Work and Health Policy Management. Jillian completed graduate studies in social work at Columbia University in 2005 and is currently pursuing her doctorate in Public Health at Yale University. While at PC Jillian did her junior internship at Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Rhode Island in the Behavioral Case Management Unit where she was a member of the Coordination of Care team. She was a strong advocate for her clients' health care needs. In her senior year Jillian interned at the Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center (The Met) an inner-city alternative high school where she worked with students from Brown Medical School in establishing a Student Health Center at the Met. She also organized wellness programs for students around issues such as HIV/AIDS, sexual health, and violence in relationships. She also counseled several individual students and served as a mentor for students applying to college.