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Dr. Francis Origanti

Chair and Associate Professor of Social Work


A native of india, Dr. Origanti was born and brought up in Chennai, fourth largest city in India with a population of 7 million.  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.

After graduation in 2004 he moved to Creighton University as an Assistant Professor in the department of Social Work.  His primary teaching areas include Human Behavior and the Social Environment (I & II),

Welfare Policy, Introduction to Social Welfare, Economics Politics and Social Welfare.

His teaching philosophy is based on collaborative learning, creating opportunities, both inside and outside the classroom that focus on developing and applying existing student knowledge and skills, and fostering the development of critical thinking skills.  He believes that students should be able to bridge all three areas of practice - micro, mezzo, and macro skills in social work.  They do so from a developmental, social, psychological, economical, political, cultural, and spiritual perspective.

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.


Lindee Petersen Wilson, BSW, MSW, LSCSW

Assistant Professor of Social Work
Director of Field Education

(816) 501-3648

B.A. (Journalism), B.S.W.,

M.S.W., University of Iowa
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois since 1991 (currently inactive status)
Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker in Kansas since 2007

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 nineteen years of teaching experience in schools of social work.

For eighteen years Lindee served as a family social worker and clinical supervisor in a juvenile delinquency 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 previously administrated an undergraduate social work program, was the chairperson of a social and behavioral science department at a midwestern university, and has a wide variety of teaching experience in practice classes at both the undergraduate and graduate levels of social work. She has served as Field Coordinator/Director in two BSW programs during the past fifteen years. In addition, she has been a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Illinois, where she ran a small clinical social work private practice until coming to Avila.

For two years, Lindee participated in one of the first Basic Training Programs in Internal Family Systems (IFS) with IFS founder Richard C. Schwartz in Chicago. Lindee has offered many introductory presentations about this model of intervention, speaking regularly at the IFS national/international annual conference.. Lindee is also a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker (LSCSW) in Kansas with a small private practice specializing in IFS treatment.

Special interest areas: Family-based social services, adolescents, Internal Family Systems therapy, treatment of anxiety disorders and depression, spirituality, women's issues and life span development.



Corinne Kritikos, MSW

Assistant Director of Field Education

(816) 501-2947

B.A. Journalism, B.S. Psychology, University of Kansas

M.S.W., Specialization in Leadership Development in the Social Services, Loyola University Chicago

Corinne Kritikos joins the Social Work department at Avila as the Assistant Director of

Field Education.  Corinne earned her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Kansas and her Masters in Social Work with a specialization in Leadership Development in the Social Services from Loyola University Chicago.  While at Loyola, Corinne served as a graduate assistant in the Student Services and Internship office, where she gained experience organizing academic events and trainings, analyzing student survey data, and assisting the field education office in placing students in practicum.  Corinne has 3+ years of experience running youth development after-school programs at three separate organizations, including 826CHI, a nonprofit tutoring and creative writing center in Chicago, Illinois.  She also has experience serving as a school social worker in Kansas City and served for one year as an AmeriCorps*VISTA at the KU Center for Service Learning.  Corinne has a particular interest in administrative social work, including organizational development, strategic planning, program evaluation, and community partnerships.  She is a proud Canadian and, stereotypically, does play hockey.



  Maureen Carr

  Office Manager, Social Sciences


Maureen Carr joined the Avila staff in Fall 2010 as Office Manager for Social Services. She

has a  Bachelor of Science degree from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. One of nine children, Maureen has a large extended family that enriches her life. She and her husband, Bob Miller, have two children and two grandchildren. Their son Casey and his wife and two little ones live in Florissant, Missouri, and their daughter Shannon, her husband and their daughter live outside of Houston, Texas.

Maureen belongs to a book/film club called Loosely Bound. She is a fan of foreign and independent movies, musical theater, pop culture and all things Irish.  She recently became an Associate of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Carondelet.