Christopher Buser, LCSW-C, BCD
Chief Social Worker, VA Maryland Health Care System
Mr. Buser is the Chief of Social Work for the VA Maryland Health Care System, and oversees the clinical practice of over 190 staff working in a robust and dynamic health care setting including: outpatient and inpatient medicine; mental health; long-term care; services for returning combat Veterans; and homeless services. He earned his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Maryland. He is a Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work.
Mr. Buser also served as a Captain in the US Army Reserve from 2002 – 2011. During his military service, he was called to active duty twice in support of the Global War on Terrorism. His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Army Achievement Medal.
Christine Callahan, PhD, LCSW-C
Research Assistant Professor, University of Maryland School of Social Work
Dr. Christine Callahan is Research Assistant Professor with the Financial Social Work Initiative (FSWI) at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. She joined the FSWI in July 2012 and conducts research to grow the FSWI as a national leader in financial capability. Dr. Callahan received her MSW from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1993 and her PhD in social work from the Catholic University of America in 2012. She worked as a clinician for 20 years at the NIH
Clinical Center in Bethesda, MD. Much of her work involved financial distress and financial burden with people who were in medical and psychosocial crisis. The topic of her dissertation was financial quality of life in a cross-section of cancer patients from two hospitals in the Washington, DC, metropolitan region, and it was funded by a doctoral training grant in oncology social work from the American Cancer Society. Since 1999, Dr. Callahan has presented regularly at national conferences, including AOSW, SSWR, CSWE, and SWHPCN General Assembly, and has written steadily on psychosocial issues related to cancer and social work practice and financial capability, including in The Journal of Social Work Education, Social Work in Health Care, and The Journal of Psychosocial Oncology.
Angelina Anthony Sills LCSW-C, DrPh
Baltimore City Public Schools
Dr. Angelina Anthony Sills is a School Social Worker with Baltimore City Public Schools. She earned her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Maryland School of Social Work and her doctorate degree from Morgan State University – Public Health Program. A Licensed Certified Social Worker in Maryland, Dr. Sills has been a Field Instructor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work for the past 25 years and takes great pride in the students she has taught and mentored.
She attributes her mentor, the late Dr. Ruth Young as one of her biggest supporters while attending University of Maryland Baltimore County and University of Maryland School of Social Work.
With 41 years of social work experience, Dr. Sills experience ranges from child welfare, public school system, hospitals, mental health settings, and residential child settings. She has 27 years of administrator experience and was previously the Director of Campus Life at the Board of Child Care and Assistant Director at Florence Crittenton Services of Baltimore before coming to work for Baltimore City Public Schools.
Dr. Sills has been interviewed on topics such as sexual harassment, teen pregnancy, child sexual abuse, and sexual assault, presenting at the American Association Public Health and the National Association of Social Work conferences. She has served on the Maryland State Child Fatality Review Board, Maryland Foster Care Review Board, Child Abuse, and Teen Pregnancy Prevention.
She was a recipient of the National Association of Social Workers Social Worker of the Year for Maryland award and received the “Service Above Self” award from the Rotary Club of Woodlawn. She is a member of the nationally recognized, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
MSW Student at Cornerstone Montgomery, Anticipated Graduation, May 2019
Quiana Wade is an advanced MSW student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) and is conducting her internship at Cornerstone Montgomery where she provides individual therapy to clients. The leadership and support she receives at Cornerstone Montgomery is helping to propel Mrs. Wade towards her goal of becoming a therapist and assisting her to develop a peer postpartum support group for women of color.
Mrs. Wade’s passion is to help members of under-served communities to live empowered lives despite mental health challenges they may face. Quiana is driven by the belief that every person has the right to a meaningful life and equal access to quality, culturally relevant mental health services. This guiding belief and her experience at UMB has led Mrs. Wade on a path towards advocacy and pursuing her doctorate degree in the area of mental health in the African American community.