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Executive Committee

President, 2015-2018

Gabrielle Holder, MSW '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, MSW'09

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Cole HooeyCole is currently a doctoral student in social work at Washington University where he is studying the dissemination and implementation of evidence based mental health practices in community settings, with a particular interest in communities impacted by poverty. Previously, Cole was the Director of Social Work and Counseling Services at Harlem Village Academies in New York City and also oversaw the district's internship program. He enjoyed mentoring MSW students in his role as a field instructor with Columbia University and Smith. A few nights a week he worked at an outpatient clinic where he primarily treated adults and couples. In addition to his previous clinical work, he also conducted research with New York University, Columbia University and the University of Maryland.

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.

Chair of Development, 2014-2017

Yvette Colon, MSW'90, PhD

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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, Alumni of Color Standing Committee, 2013-2016

Emely Velez, MSW'10

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Emely VelezEmely graduated from the School for Social Work in 2010 and is currently working in the Bronx, New York as a family therapist for individuals with intellectual disabilities and mental health challenges. She is an avid reader, life longer learner, and writes for several magazines and blogs as a freelance professional in her spare time.