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Faculty & Staff

Tohoro Akakpo

Tohoro Akakpo

Associate 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 »

Jeanne Berg

Jeanne Berg

Student Status Examiner
RH 320A

Sara Greenwood

Sara Greenwood

MSW Field Coordinator/Lecturer
RH320F

Joan Groessl

Joan Groessl

Associate 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 »

Heather Lawrence

Heather Lawrence

Lecturer & Child Welfare Coordinator
RH 320F

Theresa Mullen

Theresa Mullen

Academic Department Associate
RH 320

Nina Powell

Nina Powell

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 group therapist with children and adolescents in a day treatment program. She also... Read more »

Stephanie Rhee

Stephanie Rhee

Assistant Professor
RH 320K

Research Interests

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 »

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 »

Jennifer Schanen-Materi

Jennifer Schanen-Materi

Lecturer & Bsw Field Coord
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 »

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 »

Sherry Warren

Sherry Warren

Assistant Professor
RH 320M

Sherry joined the UWGB 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 »