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Dr. Francis Origanti

Dr. Francis Origanti

Chair and Associate Professor of Social Work

Phone: 816.501.3647

Dr. Origanti is the Chair of the School of Sciences and the Program Director for Social Work. He also serves as the Program Coordinator for the Saint Louis University MSW at Avila.

Dr. Origanti joined Avila University's Social Work Program as the Chair in 2011. After graduating with his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Loyola College, in Chennai, India, he went on to graduate with his Masters in Social Work, specializing in Medical and Psychiatric Social Work. Before coming to Avila, he served as a social work faculty member at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.

Dr. Origanti received 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 “Human Rights Issues,” 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. Dr. Origanti 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 currently serves as the vice chair on the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation, and a Peer Reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission.


Lindee Petersen Wilson BSW, MSW, LCSW, LSCSW

Lindee Petersen Wilson BSW, MSW, LCSW, LSCSW

Assistant Professor of Social Work and Director of Field Education
Phone: 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 18 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.

Field Instructors

Avila's Social Work department thanks the 2017 - 2018 Field Instructors who are committed this academic year to teaching tomorrow's social work practitioners in their agency settings!

The Field Experience is what makes a social work major such a unique and respected professional helping degree. Our Field Instructors are one of our best resources for our students! Thank you for your hard work and dedication!

2017 - 2018  Academic Year

Foster Adopt Connect

-Kristen Robinson

Rose Brooks

-Eva Vlach, MSW

Adult Protective Services

-Michelle Ross, LBSW

Genesis School

-Suzanne Rein, LCSW, LMSW

Child Protective Services

-Amy Ervin- LBSW, MPA

The Whole Person

-Katie Crump

University Academy

-Brianne Phillips, MSW, LCSW, LSCSW

Raymore-Peculiar High School

-Janet James, MSW

St. Michael's Veterans Center

-Brian O’Malley, MSW

Journey to New Life

-Susie Roling, MSW

DeLaSalle Center

-Christina Kohn, LCSW

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