Alumni & Friends
C. Michael Savage, Social Entrepreneurship: (2008) BS Social Work-1974 (awarded posthumously)
As CEO of Access Community Health Network - a nonprofit group providing healthcare services to low-income and uninsured residents in the Chicago area. Mike advocates for the disadvantaged and disenfranchised in order to ensure access to quality medical care regardless of one's neighborhood or ability to pay. He networked and organized multiple,stakeholders across the city, state and nation, which enabled a financially struggling organization to become this country's largest community health care network. During his tenure (1994-2004), Access Community health Network erased its multimillion-dollar deficit, grew from none to 41 health centers, and increased its annual budget from $19 to almost $70 million (now more than $100 million). The organization annually provides over 600,000 primary care visits to 200,000 patients in a 1,700-square mile region. Access services roughly 11 percent of all Medicaid recipients living in Cook County and 7 percent of all Medicaid recipients living in DuPage County.
J. Thomas Moehn, Social Entrepreneurship: (2007) BS Psychology, Sociology 1965, MSW 1967
For almost 50 years, Challenge Unlimited Inc. has been successful in helping persons with disabilities become more independent. And for more than three decades, Saint Louis University alumna Tom Moehn has been at the helm of the Alton-based nonprofit organization, providing opportunities for persons with disabilities. Mr. Moehn has led the organization's growth from originally serving six men and women by two staff members in 1960 to employing and serving over 1,100 people in a three-state area, with more than 40 community sites, four company-owned work sites and 12 residential homes. Under Mr. Moehn's leadership, the organization generates more than $26 million in annual revenue, helping to boost the economy by providing vocational training and employment opportunities for persons with disabilities and decreasing their dependence on government assistance. From its humble beginning to multimillions in revenue, Mr. Moehn has kept the company focused on its mission of community integration and independence for individuals with disabilities. he has built Challenge Unlimited and its affiliates into nationally renowned organizations respected by their peers for a proactive and innovative philosophy.
P. Scott Hummel, MSW 1988 and Kathleen A. Hummel, MSW 1988, Social Entrepreneurship Award (2010) From the John Cook School of Business
Executive and Therapeutic Directors, Our Little Haven
Bob Vogler (MSW, 1963) recently received the Indiana Region 8 Social Worker of the Year Award. Each year the NASW recognizes one of its own who demonstrates leadership qualities; effectively integrates experience with education, shows a willingness to take risks for improved social services; has the capacity to contribute to the public's knowledge of social work in a particular area of expertise; and represents the professional ethics of social work as defined in the NASW Code of Ethics. Bob has been a leader in social work for many years. He has worked in child welfare, marriage and family counseling, in mental health. He has served the community on numerous boards and committees addressing mental health and substance abuse problems. He is currently working as counselor for students at the Jasper campus of Cincennes University. This semester he organized multiple Lunch and Learn sessions for students that varied in topics, from the legal issues of divorce to the challenges of attending a commuter campus titled,"University: What does it mean on a commuter campus?"
Herbert Bernsen (MSW, 1975)
Herb was chosen as a Mark Moses Social Work Fellow in April 2008by the National Network of Social Work Managers. Herb has worked for St. Louis County Department of Justice Services for 37 years. He served as Assistant Director for the last 17 years, and recently was promoted to Interim Director. Herb was chosen for the Social work Fellow award in part for initiating a municipal mental health court in St. Louis County and a jail diversion program for inmates with mental health issues.
Kathy Chipperfield (MSW, 1976) recently received the alumni award from the School of Social Work at the College's Professional Development conference on March 19, 2010. Kathy received the award for her outstanding contributions to medical social work, for her substantial volunteer work with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, and for her many contributions to the School of Social work. She is a charter member of the executive Advisory board of the School, she co-chaired the fundraising campaign for the School from 2002-2007, and she sponsors the Kathryn Chiperfield Scholarship for MSW Students in gerontology.
Rich Hennicke, (MSW, 1977) Adjunct Professor and SLU Alum, has been selected as the 2009 Social Worker of the Year by NASW-Missouri. He was honored at the annual NASW Show Me Conference March 15. Richard has worked as a Grant Manager for the Nurses for Newborns Foundation since 2003. Richard was chosen for this award for exemplifying the ideals of the National Association of Social Workers.
Tamitha Price (MSW, 1998) was selected by the NASW for the Outstanding Chapter Executive Director award in 2009. Tamitha is the Executive Director of the NASW-Missouri Chapter. She is a registered lobbyist with the state of Missouri and has successfully lobbied for loan forgiveness and mental health parity. Tamitha has worked diligently to ensure that clinical social workers are reimbursed for their work and has put significant effort toward mental health insurance initiatives.
Kate Tansey (MSW, 1998) was awarded the Child Advocate of the Year Award in 2008 by the Council on Child Abuse and Neglect. She also received the Pioneer Award from the St. Louis Chapter of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. Kate received these awards for her leadership role in the St. Louis County Putting Kids First-Proposition 1 Campaign. This was a successful county-wide initiative that created a quarter cent sales tax devoted to funding for mental health and substance abuse services for children, youth and their families. She currently is the Interim Executive Director of the St. Louis County Children's Service Fund, which evolved from the Kids Campaign.