Faculty & Instructors

Social Work Faculty

  • Dr. Francis Origanti

    Dr. Francis Origanti

    Chair and Associate Professor of Social Work
    Phone: 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 a 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. He joined the social work faculty at Creighton University before moving to Kansas City.

    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 and 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. 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 serves on the Commission on Accreditation for Council on Social Work Education, is a Peer Reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission, and Vice-Chair of the National Planning Committee for the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors.

  • Lindee Petersen Wilson

    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 Petersen Wilson joined the Social Work department at Avila University in the fall of 2002. She has extensive social work experience in child and family services, as well as more than 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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