Social Work (M.S.W.) Spotlight

The Bridge Builder
"I feel passionate about being the instrument of change in a family’s struggle to achieve a satisfying and productive outcome. Building bridges for families is the cornerstone of my life and career." Growing up in Hartford, CT, Journee LaFond (they/them) and their sister were familiar with...
The Collective Experience
Raised in New Mexico, Laurel Christensen knows how to handle the heat but the COVID pandemic brought with it unexpected personal and academic challenges. On a broader level, however, it deepened her understanding of the resulting, universal stress and grief that has affected the entire global...
Triathlon
Angela Boswell knows what it means to train hard. A former Pearl iZUMi triathlon team member, she conquered the triad of athletics – swimming, running, biking - by overcoming her fear of water, teaching herself to power walk, and building endurance. Boswell became an ambassador for GOTribal, an...
The Dandelion
A New Hampshire native, Gina Apgar was raised in economically challenging circumstances but she has worked steadily to improve her destiny. Starting with her first babysitting class at age eleven, her education has culminated in a master’s degree in social work from UNH in 2021. “I’ve always wanted...
Making hard days a little brighter
Patricia (Trish) Cox radiates passion when speaking about her career in social work, painting a clear picture of deep commitment and strong values.  After college Cox accepted a job in the pediatric cancer ward at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Witnessing first-hand ...
Learn, Earn and Be Healthy
As Director of Community Impact at Granite United Way in Manchester, New Hampshire, Aimee Kereage lives and works by these three words, which represent the mission of the organization. Her dynamic vision is to bring together local businesses and nonprofits and pool their resources to enhance...
Many Gifts
Kelley MacDonald builds her life around a community of family, friends, colleagues, and fellow students. Her well-being is nurtured through contact with people she values, helping a child recover from trauma, shopping with her mother, or walking the beach with a friend. Although her undergraduate...
The Road to Tranquility
Patience and quiet dedication are the earmarks of Jamie Vander Velden’s spirit when she talks about her work. A resident of Wisconsin, Jamie travels long distances, navigating dirt roads and harsh winter weather to visit patients’ in their homes in nearby rural Minnesota. “I do car yoga,” states...
Many Milestones
Her strong sense of purpose shines forth when Michelle Gagne talks about all phases of her life: childhood, education, career, family, goals. Growing up in rural New Hampshire, horseback riding was a touchstone for Michelle. Inspired by these memories, she and her husband have purchased land to...
Convenience is an added bonus of the social work degree program. But convenience doesn't sacrifice quality. Learn more about our first group of graduates from our Online Master of Social Work Program.