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Social Work department Awards

Blakely Adams

Blakely Adams, LMSW, Medical Case Manager of the Good Samaritan Project, was awarded the 2014 Social Work Field Instructor of the Year award. She is pictured here with Senior Daniel Hutabarat.

Shawna Super received the 2014 Best Capstone Project award for her project entitled, "Pilor Support Group for Nonoffending Caregivers."  The award was presented by Director of Field Education, Corinne Kritikos, MSW.

Crystal Gordon receives the 2014 Outstanding Social Work Student Award from Dr. Francis Origanti, Department Chair.

See Outstanding Social Work Student Award page

The Dorothy Gallagher Award is given in honor of Dorothy Gallagher. Miss Gallagher taught at Avila predecessor, St. Teresa's Academy, from 1949 to 1962. Miss Gallagher had an MSW from Washington University in St. Louis and had worked for the Jackson County Welfare Office. At St. Teresa's, she helped develop the sociology program and continued to be active in social work in the Kansas City area. Her family endowed the Guadalupe Center and, in the tradition of Jane Addams, Miss Gallagher and her sister lived at the Center. She was fluent in Spanish, and worked with Hispanic Americans in that area without pay.

Avila's Social Work department established this award with the intent to honor Dorothy Gallagher's memory by annual selection of a student who exemplifies social work values. The student must have at least a 3.5 GPA in social work courses, and demonstrate maturity, self-awareness, personal and social responsibility, the ability to think and reason critically and analytically, and has demonstrated growth in these areas during his/her time in the BSW department at Avila.

Beginning in 1976, the Dorothy Gallagher Award has been presented to Avila BSW students who best represented the ideals of social work education.  Full-time social work faculty make the selection from students who are approaching graduation.                 


Emily Jooste is presented with the 2014 Dorothy Gallagher Award by Social Work Chair, Dr. Francis Origanti.

Past Recipients

  • Kendra Hough, 2013
  • Kelley Pierson, 2012
  • Norman Gunn, 2011
  • Jennifer Cardinal, 2010
  • Jennifer Spiegel, 2009
  • Valerie Marshall, 2007
  • Jadda I. Boarman, 2006
  • Elizabeth Guerrero, 2005
  • Crystal L. Criddle, 2004
  • Adrianne J. Mason, 2003
  • Jacqueline Brown, 2002
  • Megan Lawrence and Mari Lynn Garcia, 2001
  • Colleen R. Pleiss, 2000
  • Carla M. McCarty, 1999
  • Steven R. McCullough, 1998
  • Christina Czarev, 1997
  • Jamie Kieffaber Christoffersen, 1996
  • Jan Elayne Hope, 1995
  • Karen E. Burns, 1994
  • Sharon Lynn Rider, 1993
  • Leslie Ann Cochran, 1992
  • Joyce A. Logan, 1991
  • Deloris E. Phelps, 1990
  • Adrienne Vogel and Rosella Wheeler, 1989
  • Mary Hunter, 1988
  • Marilyn "Lyn" Alexander and Lisa D. Dasbach, 1987
  • Geri Hoerman, 1986
  • Mary Kay Tillman, 1985
  • Joan Bengtson, 1984
  • Suzanne Russ, 1983
  • Susan Frenzen, 1982
  • Kathleen Henggeler, 1981
  • Wendy Park, 1980
  • Maxine O. Tivis, 1979
  • Sr. K. M. Cefolia, 1978
  • Robert H. Phelps, 1977
  • Paula Snodgrass, 1976