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Social Work Department Awards

Dorothy Gallagher Award

Amanda Eisenmann

Amanda Eisenmann received the 2017-2018 Dorothy Gallagher Award which is presented to the student who best represents the ideals of students in social work education. She is pictured with Dr. Origanti.

Outstanding Social Work Student Award

Shelby Lines

Shelby Lines received the Outstanding Social Work Student Award for the 2017/2018 school year. 

Social Work Field Instructor of the Year

Laura Gilman, MSW, is the 2016-2017 recipient of the Social Work Field Instructor of the Year Award

Social Work

Blakely Adams and Daniel Hutabarat

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 and Corinne Kritikos

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.


Dorothy Gallagher Award

Pedro Argumedo

Pedro Argumedo, 2017 recipient

The Dorothy Gallagher Award is presented to the student who best represents the ideals of students in Social Work Education. 

Department Awards

Crystal Gordon

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

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 to honor Dorothy Gallagher's memory. Each year, a student who exemplifies social work values is chosen to receive the award. 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 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 makes the selection from students who are approaching graduation.

Emily Jooste

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

Past Recipients

  • Amanda Eisenmann, 2018
  • Pedro Argumedo, 2017
  • Sarah Owsley Townsend, 2016
  • Kaitlyn McLaughlin, 2015
  • Emily Jooste, 2014
  • 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

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