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Meet Our Faculty & Staff

They're not only dedicated teachers but also award-wining internationally noted researchers.

Tohoro Francis Akakpo

Tohoro (Francis) Akakpo

Associate Professor & MSW Program Coordinator
RH 320J
(920) 465-2538
akakpot@uwgb.edu

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 »

Sara Greenwood

Sara Greenwood

MSW Field Coordinator/Lecturer
RH320F
(920) 465-2395
greenwos@uwgb.edu
Sara Greenwood joined the UW-Green Bay social work faculty in summer 2020 as Lecturer and MSW Field Coordinator. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a BA in psychology and earned her MSW from the University of Michigan School of Social Work with concentrations in interpersonal practice and management of human services. Sara currently holds a LMSW- Clinical and Macro practice... Read more »
Joan Groessl

Joan Groessl

Associate Professor & Social Work Department Chair 
RH 320N
(920) 465-5011
groesslj@uwgb.edu
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 »
Heather Lawrence

Heather Lawrence

Lecturer & Child Welfare Coordinator
RH 320F
(920) 465-2346
lawrench@uwgb.edu
 
Sheng Lee Yang

Sheng Lee Yang

Lecturer
RH 320F
(920) 465-2179
leeyangs@uwgb.edu
 
Theresa Mullen

Theresa Mullen

Academic Department Associate
RH 320
(920) 465-2049
mullent@uwgb.edu
 
Stephanie Rhee

Stephanie Rhee

Assistant Professor
RH 320K
920-465-2926
rhees@uwgb.edu
Stephanie Rhee is assistant professor of Social Work and teaches graduate social work courses. Her research interests include gerontology, immigrant acculturation on Korean immigrant elders, and social work education.  She completed her Ph. D. in the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky in 2013.  Her dissertation title is... Read more »
Jennifer Schanen-Materi

Jennifer Schanen-Materi

MSW Field Coordinator/Lecturer
RH 320
(920) 465-2867
schanenj@uwgb.edu
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 »
Nicole Schneider

Nicole Schneider

Lecturer
RH 310M
(920) 465-2245
schneidn@uwgb.edu

Hi, I am Dr. Nicole Schneider, your instructor, I am excited to walk with you through this course and your journey towards being a MSW graduate.

I am originally from De Pere, Wisconsin. My extended family lives in rural Wisconsin in a town called Freedom (near Seymour). My roots are in farming. My father was a millwright and my mother returned to college as an adult which eventually... Read more »

Gail Trimberger

Gail Trimberger

Associate Professor
RH 310
(920) 465-2868
trimberg@uwgb.edu
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 »
Sherry Warren

Sherry Warren

Assistant Professor
RH 320M
(920) 465-2773
warrens@uwgb.edu
Sherry joined the UW-Green Bay faculty in the summer of 2019 and teaches in both the BSW and MSW programs. Sherry completed her dissertation in July 2020 form University of Kansas. She earned the distinction of honors on her dissertation which is entitled An Exploratory Study of International Social Work Education in U. S. Social Work Curricula. She has participated in... Read more »
Cary Waubanascum Hawpetoss

Cary Waubanascum Hawpetoss

Assistant Professor
RH 320H
waubanac@uwgb.edu

Dr. Cary Waubanascum joined the faculty in the fall, 2021 and teaches in both the MSW and BSW programs. She is a proud member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, Wakeny^ta (Turtle Clan), with ancestral roots in the Menominee, Forest County Potawatomi, and Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Nations of Wisconsin. Cary and her husband Lance have built an amazing family including a son, daughter and... Read more »