Lenard W. Kaye ’82PhD recently edited the Handbook of Rural Aging (2021, Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group) and is the recipient of the 2022 Outstanding Public Service Award of the University of Maine College of Natural Sciences, Forestry & Agriculture.

Daniel Melore ’82 has joined Williamsburg Northside School as a consultant. Daniel also has a private practice in Forest Hills, NY.

Laurel Thompson ’82 retired in August, 2020, and was asked to write a blog post reflecting on her experience, titled, What I Learned in 31 Years Practicing School Social Work.

K. Schwartz (“Kate”) ’85 recently moved to the Palm Springs, CA area. She has a private psychotherapy practice and is with CA Telemedicine Associates, Telehealth Clinical Social Work Services. Kate has one child, Jeremy (27), who graduated from UC Berkeley in 2016 and is a civil and environmental engineer. Kate was the 2020 Democratic Party endorsed candidate for CA Assembly District 75. She is an elected trustee for Fallbrook Regional Health District, and a delegate for the CA Democratic Party.

Shulamuth (“Lala”) Straussner ’86PhD retired as professor of social work from New York University where she had been teaching for the last 35 years. In June 2022, various Israeli academic institutions honored her for her accomplishments. Her most recent publication in March 2022, It Takes a Village to Raise a Child: Understanding and Expanding the Concept of the “Village” (co-authored with A. Reupert, B. Weimand & D. Mayberry), can be found in Frontiers in Public Health. In 2021, she was selected as a social work pioneer by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) for her contributions to the social work profession.

Jay Levy ’88 had a recent speaking engagement at the Homelessness and Inclusion Health International Symposium 2022 – titled, “Pretreatment In Action: Creating Healing Relationships and Productive Dialogue with the Most Vulnerable Among Us.” He was invited to speak based on his latest publication Pretreatment In Action: Interactive Exploration from Homelessness to Housing Stabilization.