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Executive Committee

President, 2012-2015

Chris Vaughan, Ph.D. '06

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Chris is currently in private practice in Washington, DC, with a focus on group and couples therapy as well as private supervision/consultation and teaching. He has been writing and presenting on group composition and difficult outcomes. His theoretical foundation continues to be in relational/psychodynamic theories with a feminist metaperspective. Increasingly, he is interested in how psychodynamic theories work with other traditionally oppositional theories such as CBT and evidence-based practice, as well as advances in psychoneurbiology. He views his role on the Executive Committee as continuing a critical relationship with the School and the profession at-large.

In his free time, Chris is an avid triathlete competing in Ironman events. Because of this, he has a growing interest in the role psychological factors play in the internal life of the athlete.

President-Elect, 2014-2015

Gabrielle Holder, M.S.W. '03

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Gabrielle is the school counselor at the College Prepatory School in Oakland, California. She previously served as a school social worker at the Horace Mann School in New York, New York and King and Low-Heywood School in Stamford, Connecticut. She has extensive experience working with a multitude of age groups from young children through adolescents and young adults. She has developed a range of workshops that bridge school and family life through parenting partnerships in independent schools. Gabrielle remains keenly interested in issues concerning ethnic and racial identity development, maternal mental health and mindfulness training. She is certified to teach children’s yoga and has utilized mind/body awareness practices with clients. She is an avid runner and an enthusiastic culinary creator.

Vice President 2013-2016

Cole Hooley, M.S.W. '09

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Cole HooeyCole is the Director of Social Work and Counseling Services at Harlem Village Academies in New York City and also oversees the district's internship program. He enjoys mentoring MSW students in his role as a field instructor with Columbia University and Smith. A few nights a week he works at an outpatient clinic where he primarily works with adults and couples.

When Cole is not working, he is adventuring with his wife and two daughters. He loves theater, wandering through museums, reading things that make him pause, eating desserts of all types, and walking with no particular destination in mind.

Treasurer, 2013-2016

Renee Lindquist, M.S.W.'03

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Renee LindquistRenee is an '03 graduate with her MSW and an incoming 1st year in the SCSSW PhD program. Professionally, she is the Director of an Adult Mental Health non-profit in San Francisco. In addition she has a small private practice in Oakland, California. Renee is excited about being a member of the SSW Alumni Association Executive Committee as it will enable her to continue to support the School in its mission.

Chair of Development, 2014-2017

Yvette Colon, M.S.W. '90, Ph.D.

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Yvette is an Assistant Professor at Eastern Michigan University School of Social Work where she teaches practice and theory courses for both BSW and MSW students. She has taught the School's Social Work Practice in American Health Care elective for several years. She is the President of the Center for Clinical Social Work. A long-time supporter of the School, Yvette has served on the Alumni Association Executive Committee twice before, as the Region I Representative (New England) and as Chair of the Alumni of Color Standing Committee. She currently is serving as the Chair of Development.

Chair, Nomination Committee, 2012-2015

Phoebe Harris Millman, M.S.W. '03

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Phoebe is a Clinical Quality Coordinator at the Seneca Family of Agencies in Oakland, California. Since graduating from Smith College School for Social Work in 2003, she has work primarily in the field of school-based mental health, with experience providing services to children, teens, and families within public school settings in the San Francisco Bay area. In her current role, she oversees clinical documentation standards for the agency, working closely with programs to support collaborative, client-driven assessment and treatment planning to improve overall treatment outcomes.

Chair, Alumni of Color Standing Committee, 2013-2016

Emely Velez, M.S.W. '10

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Emely VelezEmely graduated from the School for Social Work in 2010 and is currently working in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan, New York as a School Social Worker. She manages the school counseling program with a team of clinical and administrative professionals. Emely served on the SSW Alumni of Color Standing Committee as the African Diaspora representative from 2012-2013. She is an avid reader, life longer learner, and writes for Vivrant Magazine as a freelance professional in her spare time. 

Region I Representative (New England)


Region II Representative, 2014-2017 (Mid-Atlantic)

Keshia Williams, M.S.W.'08

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Keshia is a clinical social worker and passionate social work educator. Her focus on issues of diversity, racism, oppression and privilege as they manifest in family and community violence and school based practice. She continues to develop her interest in relational psychodynamic frameworks as well as post modern modalities such as narrative therapy, the use of reflecting teams and open dialogue. Her work has led her across the globe and granted her many opportunities to work with diverse ethnic, racial, sexual and religious communities around the world. She strives to provide services and social work education that is attentive, collaborative and driven by forward movement towards all forms of liberation.

Region III Representative, 2014-2015 (South)

Tierra Watkins, M.S.W. '07

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Tierra currently works in the Washington Metropolitan area as an independent contractor. Since graduating from the School for Social Work in 2007, she has worked in schools, hospitals, and residential treatment centers, providing mental health services to children, teens, and families. Additionally, she is an associate within a group private practice, with a focus on individual, group, and family therapy with children, teens, and young adults.

Region IV Representative, 2011-14 (Mid-West)

Erin Matthews, M.S.W. '05

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image of Erin MatthewsErin currently works as a School Social Worker for Chicago Public Schools. Since graduating in 2005, she has worked in schools in Napa, CA and Chicago, IL, focusing on youth with PTSD and setting up mental health systems to ensure that services are available to impoverished children and families in public schools. Additionally, she takes on a few private practice clients each year. In her free time, you can see Erin and her daughter around Chicago eating suchi, coaching volleyball or taking a much needed girl's trip.

Region V Representative (West)