Suzanne Shatila, MSW, 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 program, she was an associate professor with University of Tennessee College of Social Work (UTCSW). Shatila has held numerous director-level positions, including working in antipoverty programs in both nonprofits and state governments.
Shatila has held numerous director positions and managed programs such as:
- Case management for households experiencing homelessness and moving to permanent housing
- Legal clinics (immigration and family law)
- Individual Development Accounts for households under 200% Federal Poverty Level
- Car repairs for low-wage workers
- First-time home buyer, foreclosure prevention, reverse mortgage, and home rehab counseling
- Financial literacy workshops and education
- Tenant education workshops
- Volunteer income tax clinics
- SNAP outreach and nutrition education
- Food insecurity
- Family assistance in food stamps/SNAP/TANF and Medicaid
- Fiscal support services for people receiving home and community-based services
- Ryan White Needs Assessment for people living with HIV and AIDS in middle Tennessee
Shatila also served in direct-service positions at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, The Arab American Community Center for Economic and Social Services in Cleveland, Ohio, the Carol Robertson Center for Learning in Chicago, as well as other nonprofit agencies in Ohio, Illinois, and Tennessee.
Shatila earned her Master of Science in Social Work from UTCSW and her B.A. in Sociology from Antioch College.