Professional Program in

Social Work

Faculty & Staff

Dana  Johnson

Dana Johnson

Child Welfare Coordinator; Lecturer
RH 310L

Doreen Higgins

Doreen Higgins

Associate Professor (Co-Director)
RH 320K

Doreen has worked as a medical social worker in a hospital setting, in hospital-based home health care in the community, and has worked extensively with older adults and family caregivers. She has also served as a certified psychotherapist in both inpatient and outpatient mental hospital-based settings.

Doreen's doctoral dissertation examined perceptions of older adult... Read more »

Gail Trimberger

Gail Trimberger

Associate Professor
RH 310

Gail has over twenty years of direct practice experience in various medical social work settings including public health, long term care, acute care crisis intervention, and hospice. Gail's background includes direct practice, administration, and supervision in each of those settings. Gail's areas of expertise include older adults, end-of-life, grief and loss, ethics and boundaries, and... Read more »

Jeanne Berg

Jeanne Berg

Student Status Examiner
RH 320A

Jennifer Schanen

Jennifer Schanen

Assoc Lecturer
RH 320

Jen Schanen joined the social work faculty in the fall of 2015 as BSW field coordinator and lecturer.  Jen is an APSW (Advanced Practice Social Worker-Wisconsin), and received both her Masters and Bachelors of Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Previously, Jen worked at a grassroots nonprofit, serving primarily Native American children and families.... Read more »

Joan Groessl

Joan Groessl

Assistant Professor
RH 320N

Dr. Groessl serves students primarily in the graduate social work program. Her social work practice experience included twenty years in county mental health services, supervision, and administration. She has serves as consultant and provides a range of trainings for human services professionals.

Joan currently serves as chair of the Continuing Education Committee and is a former... Read more »

Jolanda Sallmann

Jolanda Sallmann

Associate Professor
RH 320L

Jolanda joined the faculty in the fall, 2004. She teaches in both the BSW and MSW programs, including a general education ethnic studies course offered to undergraduates.

Jolanda completed her Ph.D. in social welfare at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her dissertation examines the lived experiences of women who have exchanged sex for money, drugs, or other material goods and... Read more »

Margaret  Kubek

Margaret Kubek

MSW Field Coordinator; Lecturer
RH 310J

Nina Powell

Nina Powell

MSW Field Coordinator; Lecturer
RH 310M

Nina Powell is the MSW field coordinator and lecturer in the social work program. Nina is an LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker-Wisconsin) with over fifteen years direct practice experience working as a social worker in a variety of settings. These include; residential, in-home therapy, emergency services, foster care, adoption, and child protection. Nina worked four years as an experiential... Read more »

Stephanie Rhee

Stephanie Rhee

Assistant Professor
RH 320K

Theresa Mullen

Theresa Mullen

Academic Department Associate
RH 320

Tohoro Akakpo

Tohoro Akakpo

Assistant Professor
RH 320J

Dr. Akakpo's teaching experience varies from teaching undergraduate courses in public relations and business ethics to master's level social work courses in settings from a small, private university to a large, public university. He is well-versed, with a full range of educational courses in public and social welfare policy as well as social work practice. His work experience is in the... Read more »