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Dr. Francis Origanti

Chair and Associate Professor of Social Work

(816) 501-3647

Dr. Origanti joined the Social Work Program as the Chair in 2011.  After graduating with his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Loyola College in 1996, he went on to graduate with his Masters in Social Work from Loyola College in 1998. For the next two years, he worked as social worker in an adoption agency dealing with in-country and inter-country adoptions before coming to the United States in 2000 to get his Ph.D. in Social Work from the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C.  During this time he worked as a research assistant in the Office of Accreditation with the Council on Social Work Education. 

His primary teaching areas include Human Behavior and the Social Environment, Social Welfare Policy, Introduction to Social Welfare, and Social Work Research.  He also teaches Issues of Social Justice, an interdisciplinary travel course to India.  His teaching philosophy is based on collaborative learning.  He believes that students should be able to bridge all three areas of practice - micro, mezzo, and macro skills in social work. Dialogue, discussions, and role plays are some of the tools he uses to enhance knowledge and understanding of social work issues.  He brings with him a global perspective on understanding several social issues. He believes that we as a community need to address these social issues and there is no better place to begin this dialogue than in the classroom.  Dr. Origanti is a member of National Association of Social Work, Baccalaureate Program Directors group, and Council on Social Work Education.  He also serves as a site visitor for the Office of Social Work Accreditation at CSWE.



Lindee Petersen Wilson, BSW, MSW, LCSW, LSCSW

Assistant Professor of Social Work and Director of Field Education

(816) 501-3648

Lindee Petersen Wilson joined the Social Work department at Avila University in the fall, 2002. She has extensive social work experience in child and family services, as well as over 20 years of teaching experience in schools of social work. Lindee is a licensed specialist clinical social worker in the state of Kansas, where she has a small clinical social work private practice, specializing in Internal Family Systems (IFS) treatment.  She is a member of National Association of Social Workers and Baccalaureate Program Directors association.
For eighteen years Lindee served as a family social worker and clinical supervisor in a juvenile delinquency diversion and prevention agency. In addition to providing supervision and family social work services, she designed and implemented an early identification program for young children who had a first-time arrest.  The program organized families, schools, older youth in detention facilities, and police departments to prevent further delinquency behavior and to strengthen family units.

Lindee teaches Generalist Social Work, and three social work practice courses focusing on individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations.  She also teaches special topics courses on child maltreatment, child protection, and resiliency and trauma recovery, as well as grief and loss, and crisis intervention at the individual and community levels.  As Director of Field Education, Lindee oversees the Field Education component of the curriculum and places students in agencies to complete their 500 hours of field experience.