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Master of Social Work Faculty

At Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, we are committed to providing you with an academic community of instructors and fellow students who enrich your learning experience with learnings from their own practitioner background. Our faculty members will help promote your personal and professional growth so you can achieve your goals both academically and in your career.

Faculty devote themselves to help develop ethical, empathetic leaders for clinical practice. They're here to support you through email, as well as virtual office hours through Zoom and more. Meet your MSW faculty below.

 

  • Program Director

    Suzanne Shatila, MSSW, LGSW brings vast experience to her role as a Program Director for Saint Mary's online Master of Social Work program. In addition to her work as a field liaison for social work students enrolled in a distance education...

  • Adjunct Instructor

    Sheri Hixon, MSW, has worked in Human Services for over 30 years. Hixon has dedicated her career towards listening to, supporting, working with, uplifting and empowering diverse and marginalized communities.

  • Adjunct Instructor

    Darrin Krenz has been part of the Adjunct faculty at Saint Mary’s University for the past 5 years.

  • Adjunct Instructor

    Alma Mena, LCSW completed her MSW from New York University in 2000. Since then she has been practicing in Austin TX. She has worked in medical, school, non profits, and behavioral health settings over the past 20 years.

  • Adjunct Instructor

    Emily Johnson, holds her Masters of Social Work from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and Bachelors of Social Work from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire. Emily holds her Social Work License with Minnesota.

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor

    Cary is a licensed social worker currently living in Chicago, IL.

  • Associate Professor

    Dr. Michael Lee is a writer, researcher, and educator with more than fifteen years experience in community organizing, volunteer management, and fundraising in human services.

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor

    April Mallory, LCSW, MAC, is a clinician and social work educator. She is part of a team that evaluates physicians and other professionals for fitness for duty at the Vanderbilt Comprehensive Assessment Program.

  • Adjunct Instructor

    Robin Ostermann-Raj has worked for the State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services for 30 years.

  • Faculty Member

    Sylvester Amara Lamin is a graduate from The Ohio State University College of Social Work, in Columbus Ohio, where he earned his Ph.D., MSW, and a Certificate in AIDS education.

  • Adjunct Associate Professor

    Dr. Consoler Teboh, is an adjunct Associate Professor of Social Work at Saint Mary’s University, Minnesota. Both his Master’s and Doctoral were earned from the University of Texas at Arlington in the field of Social Work. He also holds a B.Sc.

  • Faculty Member

    Shelly Statz is the Field Education Director and a Core Faculty member of the Master of Social Work program. Shelly has been practicing clinical social work for over 20 years.

  • Adjunct Instructor

    Marit Appeldoorn is a social worker, supervisor, and trainer who has been in practice for 25 years. She received her B.A.

  • Adjunct Instructor

    Beth Johnson is originally from the Black Hills of South Dakota, she has called Minnesota home for 15 years now and quite enjoys the wide array of culture, outdoor activities and diverse experiences the Twin Cities has to offer.

  • Adjunct Associate Professor

    BA, Psychology, DePaul University

    MS, Counselor Education, UW-Madison

    PhD, Institute for Clinical Social Work, Child-Adolescent Specialization

  • DSW, LCSW, MTS

    Julie Franks, DSW, LCSW, MTS is both a licensed clinical social worker and social work educator. Dr. Franks came to social work after earning her B.A.

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor

    Dr. Jennifer Gervais developed a passion for working in the field of mental health in her undergraduate social work internship at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

  • Instructor

    Maima Fant, MSW, LICSW is a core faculty member of the Master of Social Work program at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

  • Adjunct Instructor

    Lisa began her career in the human services field as a two year member of Americorps working with youth and families in the Frogtown neighborhood of Saint Paul, Minnesota.

  • Faculty Member

    Dr. Knipe began her career in social work as a child protective services worker, practicing in both Oklahoma and Wisconsin. Within the CPS system, she has engaged in investigations, ongoing permanency work, and prevention services.

  • Adjunct Associate Professor

    Dessalegn N. Guyo (Ph.D.) is an Associate Professor of Social Work at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. He is an adjunct professor at Bowie State University College of Professional Studies (August 2017- Present).

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor

    Dr. Hepscher is a social work educator with 17 years’ generalist practice experience. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from The University of Florida in 2001.

  • Adjunct Associate Professor

    Kelly Harding (she/her), MSW, LISW, has worked for over 15 years in the nonprofit sector and for 7 years as a licensed social worker.  She received her BA from the University of St.