Social Work Alumni

Stephanie Scott named Alumna of the Year

Stephanie ScottDean Johnson, Stephanie Scott, and Joni Chester

Stephanie Scott was named the Social Work Alumna of the Year by the Social Work Alumni Network. Stephanie serves as the Director of Quality and Training at the St. Louis Arc and is responsible for ensuring that the services provided to over 4000 individuals are of the highest quality, meeting or exceeding local, state, and federal standards. In 2016, Stephanie helped St Louis Arc achieve CQL's highest honor, Accreditation with Distinction, only the 8th agency worldwide to receive this level of accreditation.

According to her supervisor, Mark Keeley, “Stephanie is a big picture thinker. She sees the entire agency and is able to help each individual department establish benchmarks and track outcomes and overall quality. In my 30 years as a social worker, Stephanie has been the most outstanding colleague and coworker. She consistently works to ensure people with intellectual and developmental disabilities live their best possible life. She is highly respected not just by those she serves but by her colleagues, our Board, our funders locally and statewide and she is an internationally recognized leader in quality.”

Congratulations, Stephanie! You continue to make us proud!

Social Work Alumna Ashley Johnson among 5 recipients of 2019 UMSL Trailblazers Award

Ashley Johnson receives Trailblazer award

Ashley Johnson (BSW 2017) has again made UMSL news! She was one of five 2019 UMSL Trailbalzer recipients. The award is given annually during Women's History Month to honor outstanding contributions to UMSL or the honoree's profession. Ashley became UMSL's first full-time case manager after graduating with her BSW and has been instrumental in establishing UMSL's Food Pantry to address issues of food insecurity here on campus. To read more about Ashley and the other Trailblazers, see this 3/25/19 UMSL Daily blog.

Alumna Ashley Johnson Taking Part in 2019 Homecoming Festivities

Alum Ashley Johnson at Homecoming

Alumna Ashley Johnson, BSW 2017 and current case manager for UMSL Student Services, judged entries in the CANstruction competition in which students competed to build the best structures in the Rise of the Red and Gold theme of Homecoming. Student Services collected over 4700 cans of food to benefit the Triton Food Pantry and Pagedale Support Center.

For more coverage of UMSL's 2019 Homecoming, see this 2/25/19 UMSL Daily Blog.

Social work alumna takes seat on St. Louis County Council

BSW Alumna Lisa Clancy

Lisa Clancy (2008 UMSL BSW alumna) was a long shot to win the District 5 County Council seat in her challenge to a two-term incumbent, but she won the race by a wide margin and took the seat as of January 1 of this year. Read about her journey in this UMSL Daily blog post.


Alumna Kellyn Holliday embraces the analytical side of social work

Kellyn Holliday

Kellyn Holliday (BSW 2014 and current adjunct instructor) works with the Housing Authority of St. Louis County where she serves as the public housing services coordinator and is taking on a data management role with Section 8 housing. She also worked to help create a "Garden of Hope" so the community near the Housing Authority would have an additional source of fresh food. Read about Kellyn and her love of UMSL and social work in this UMSL Daily blog.


Alumna Elizabeth Fuchs Advocates for LGBTQ+ Rights at PROMO Missouri

Social Work alumna Elizabeth Fuchs (BSW 2012, MSW 2013) was recently profiled by the UMSL Daily for her work advocating for LGBTQ rights in Missouri. Elizabeth was chosen as the 2017 recipient of the Outstanding Alumna Award by the UMSL Social Work Alumni Network.

Read about Elizabeth's drive, her love and support of our Social Work program, and the work she's been doing as the Manager of Public Policy at PROMO in the UMSL Daily blog, "Social worker Elizabeth Fuchs follows a dream formulated by UMSL."

Elizabeth Fuchs



Alumna Christy Horton working with Under the Same Tree Helping End the Cycle of Poverty in Africa

Alumna Christy Horton (BSW 2015, MSW 2017, pictured on the right) has been named director of development for the non-profit Under the Same Tree, founded by UMSL psychology alumna Kaitlyn Gresham. The program works to end the cycle of poverty in Kenya and Uganda. Read more about their amazing work by clicking the headline above.

Under the same Tree (Kaitlyn Gresham and Christy Horton)


 Alumna Melissa Douglass' New Tele-health Online Counseling Practice

Alumna Melissa Douglass (BSW '12, MSW '14) has started an online counseling practice called "Goal-Driven Counseling." Melissa has been very involved in the School of Social Work's Alumni Network Association. We are very appreciative and proud of Melissa!

Read about Melissa and her new program at the UMSL Daily's blog profile.

Melissa Douglass