Patricia K. Cronin, LCSW-C, MSW ’79 - Alumni of the Year
Ms. Cronin is Executive Director at The Family Tree, Maryland’s leading child abuse prevention organization. With upwards of forty years of social work practice in the private sector, her scholarship, training and service focus is on the wellbeing of families and children. Cronin is a recognized subject expert and leader in the arena of child abuse prevention and family support. She served as the long-term Chair of Maryland’s Governor Appointed State Council on Child Abuse and Neglect; and is currently co-leading Maryland’s Essentials for Childhood. Recently, in collaboration with partners, she launched a state-wide training effort aimed to disseminate to the public scientific information about the biology of stress and resiliency. Cronin has presented and trained on diverse topics at state and national arenas. Prior to coming to The Family Tree, Cronin served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Woodbourne Center in Baltimore.
Mark E. Greenberg, LCSW-C, MSW ‘77- Emeritus Award
Mr. Greenberg joined Catholic Charities of Baltimore in 1974 he began as a live in Houseparent at one of the two residential childcare facilities in Baltimore County that comprised the Children’s Division of the agency. By the time Mark retired in 2013 from his position as the Director of Catholic Charities’ Child and Family Services Division, it consisted of 33 separate programs, employed 900 staff and was delivering behavioral health, child welfare, child development and special education services to thousands of children, adults and families all across the State.
Mark and the team he led introduced many state of the art, innovative programs and services and received numerous State and National awards in recognition of their commitment to; outcome driven-evidence based practice, continuous performance improvement and a full partnership with the families they served. They were the first Behavioral Health and Social Service agency in Maryland to be selected for the U.S. Senate Productivity Award for excellence in organizational performance.
Since his retirement Mark has maintained a part time executive consulting and clinical practice and he volunteers two days per week as a companion to Hospice patients, as an end of life doula and as a bereavement outreach worker.
Lisa Morris, LCSW-C, MSW ’94 - Field Instructor of the Year
Ms. Morris received her Master of Social Work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work in 1994. After receiving her Masters, she worked at the Whaley’s Children’s Center as the Director of Foster Care and Adoption. Ms. Morris also taught Human Service Classes at Baker Community College in Flint, Michigan and provided clinical services through several outpatient clinics. She has worked at Catholic Charities’ St. Vincent’s Villa as the Program Director of the Ambrose Unit, a residential program for adolescent girls, since 2007. Ms. Morris has provided mentorship and guidance through clinical supervision for numerous graduate and undergraduate interns since 1999. She has often said that it was the supervision she received through the valuable internships she had during her time at the University of Maryland that have helped to make her the clinician she is today.
Stephanie Klapper, LGSW, MSW ’14 – Innovation in Social Work Award
Ms. Klapper has been working to elevate communities’ and patients’ voices in healthcare since 2010. She is the Deputy Director at Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative (MCHI), and helps oversee the Maryland Health Care for All! Coalition of over 1200 faith, business, labor, policy, community, and health organizations working together toward quality, affordable healthcare for all Marylanders. Since joining MCHI in 2014, she has worked on increasing access and affordability for health coverage and prescription drugs, and has built the Maryland Faith Health Network to create stronger connections between health systems and faith congregations. In addition, Ms. Klapper serves as a consumer representative on state workgroups. Prior to joining MCHI, Ms. Klapper developed Patient Reported Outcomes measures for clinical trials. She graduated with a 4.0 GPA from the UMB School of Social Work and received national and departmental awards for her research at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
Matt Quinlan, MSW ’14 - Outstanding Recent Graduate
Mr. Quinlan is the Manager of Public Policy at Family League of Baltimore, leading the organization’s legislative advocacy on infant and maternal health, youth homelessness, school readiness, public education and community schools, college and career readiness, and out-of-school time opportunities for youth. Prior to joining Family League, Matt worked as a labor organizer for the campaign for paid sick leave with United Workers. In his free time, Matt organizes with Housing Our Neighbors, a community group led by people impacted by homelessness and building toward a vision of housing for all. He is also on the advisory board for the Youth Empowered Society (YES), the only drop-in center for homeless youth in Baltimore City. Matt is driven to increase the shared potential of community organizing and public policy change, and believes that this ground-up approach is the most effective model of systems change. Matt graduated from University of Maryland School of Social Work in 2014. He had a Macro focus with a specialization in Social Action and Community Development.
Jessica McCarthy Rice - Outstanding Student of the Year
Ms. Rice advanced year clinical behavioral health student, was drawn to the helping profession as she pursued her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Communication Studies at Towson University. During this time, she completed a year-long internship at the Anne Arundel County Crisis Response System as a Crisis Phone Counselor, where she was employed for six years. Jessica sought more hands-on clinical experience and pursued employment at Sheppard Pratt Health System. Ms. Rice has also completed an internship as a social worker in a Baltimore City public school, and is currently completing an internship at an outpatient mental health clinic, providing individual and group therapy to adults. She uses strength-based approaches, while incorporating cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness to enhance her patients’ journey toward wellness. Jessica has been working as a TMS Technician and Consultant for Greenbrook TMS NeuroHealth Centers for over two years and will continue there after graduation.