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Tulane School of Social Work Alumni Association and Alumni Engagement

The Tulane University School of Social Work Alumni Association is made up of all graduates from the MSW, DSW, DRLA, and Duel-Degree programs of the School. Alumni engagement events and endeavors are facilitated by the Director of Alumni Relations and the Alumni Board who is focused on promoting and supporting the Tulane School of Social Work in its mission and programs. 

Alumni Board members must be alumni of Tulane’s School of Social Work and must abide by the code of ethics of the National Association of Social Workers. New nominations for the TSSW Alumni Association Board are welcome and will be considered on a rolling basis. Nominations must be submitted through the nomination form below.

Nomination Form

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Emeritus Members:

  • Samuel L. Bradley, DSW, LMSW (SW *13, SW *19)
  • James B. Jones, LCSW (SW *81)
  • Tira Jones, LCSW-BACS (SW*01)
  • Dorothy "Dottie" Reese, LCSW, MPH, CCDP (SW*79, PHTM*80)
  • Ariel I. White, LCSW (SW *13)


    Active Board Members:

    Kimberly Johnson Alvarez, LMSW

    Service Coordinator, Communities in Schools of Houston (SW *12)
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      Kimberly Alvarez, Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) is currently a Service Coordinator with Communities in Schools Houston at Lone Star College.  She was born and raised in Rhode Island, but has also lived in New York, Tijuana, New Orleans, and is currently a proud Texan. Kimberly is passionate about working with youth and young adults and has over 10 years of case management experience. Her previous work experience includes working with the homeless and with refugees, asylees, and survivors of trafficking. Kimberly successfully helped expand the Survivor’s of Trafficking Program from Austin to Houston in order to fill a gap in services and connect clients to proper benefits. She is a strong advocate of being a 'global citizen' and working towards a better world. Kimberly graduated with her Bachelor of Social Work from Long Island University in New York and received her Masters of Social Work from Tulane University with a certificate in Global Social Work.

    Rock Anderson, Jr.

    Executive Coach/HR Consultant, Rock Anderson Executive Coaching (SW *85)
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      Rock Anderson, Jr. is currently Senior Vice President, Human Resources/Chief People Officer with AutoNation, America’s largest automotive dealership company, with revenues exceeding $21B.  In his current position, he is responsible for all Human Resources functions for +22,000 employees, including providing oversight for Corporate/Field HR Operations, Total Rewards, Change Management, Employee Relations, Diversity and Inclusion, Leadership Development and Organizational Effectiveness. Anderson spent 12 years with Cox Automotive, a division of Cox Enterprises, prior to joining AutoNation where he was Global Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. 

      Prior to the formation of Cox Automotive, Anderson was the Regional Vice President (West) for Manheim’s operations, leading 35 operating locations, which included 13 states, 7,000 employees and over $950M in revenue. He also held the position of Vice President People Strategies at Manheim. 

      Anderson has held leadership positions with companies including Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Siemens, Wachovia Bank (now Wells Fargo) and INROADS, Inc. 

      Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, he is a graduate of St. Augustine High School, Dillard University and Tulane University.

      Anderson is affiliated with numerous academic, professional and community organizations, and was named one of the Atlanta Business League’s “Men of Influence”. He served on the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Strategic Implementation Committee for the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta. Anderson is also a Member of the Governing Body of the Chief Human Resources Officer Summit. 

      Additionally, he serves as Chairman of the Benefits Committee and is a member of the Finance Committee for the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta. He is a Leadership Atlanta Alumnus and a member of the One Hundred Black Men of America. Anderson currently serves as President of the Finance Committee for St. Anthony Catholic Church. Anderson is currently a Board of Trustee at Dillard University, member of the MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Leadership Class and Advisory Board Member for Elite Women of Excellence (EWOE). 

    Jessica R. Bagneris

    By!-LA! Program Facilitator, The Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies (SW *16, SW *17)

    Sarah McAllister Basinger, LMSW, JCTC, JCDC

    TSSW Alumni Board Secretary & Career Coach, Tulane University (SW *11)
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      Sarah Basinger earned her Bachleor’s in Psychology from Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, North Carolina in 2005 and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Tulane University in 2011. Sarah currently works as an Alumni Career Counselor for Tulane University’s Office of Alumni Relations and is passionate about working with young alumni as well as Social Work alumni. Sarah loves teaching salary negotiation and helping alumni build professional confidence to secure and excel in their careers. With over 10 years of professional experience in higher education, Sarah has worked with female identified undergraduate students through the Newcomb Institute as well as Newcomb alumnae before moving over to the career services world. Sarah currently serves as the Secretary for the Tulane School of Social Work Board of Alumni. 

    Almarie Ford

    (SW *75)
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      Almarie Ford has over 40 years of social work experience in direct services, human services administration, and program development implementation and evaluation. Long time community organizer and child family advocate. Employed by Healthy Blue Louisiana, a Managed Care Organization contracted by the LA Department of Health since 2015 as a Senior Business Chance Manager in behavioral health. A Southern University at New Orleans Adjunct Professor in the School of Social Work since 2012 teaching a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses. Served as the LA Office of Mental Health’s statewide Cultural Competence Officer from 2005-2012. Served as interim faculty for Brandeis University Heller School Center for Human Resources National Academy on Teen Parents and Self-Sufficiency issues from 1990-1994 while Director of the City of New Orleans Mayor’s Office of Human Resources Policy and Planning (Human Services) from 1986-1994. Ford is also a certified field instructor for Masters level social work and counseling student interns at Southern University at New Orleans, Clark/Atlanta, LA State, Grambling, Tulane, Xavier, and Layola.

      Ford has been a LCSW since 1979 and received her MSW from Tulane University in 1975 with a concentration in Community Organization and Planning and specialization in mental health. She also received her BA from Southern Illinois University in 1971 with a Sociology major and Psychology minor.

    William J. Knecht, LCSW

    Couples, Sex Therapies at Knecht and Associates (SW *73)
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      Bill Knecht has worked in mental health, substance abuse and program management since 1967. He is the Former Director of New Orleans Methadone Clinic and Touro Infirmary Chronic Pain Program and Former Chairman of ERACE (ERACISM). He was also an Adjunct Professor at the Tulane School of Social Work and has been a Field Supervisor for both Tulane and SUNO School of Social Work students. He has a private practice specializing in couples work, sex therapies. Bill's primary interest is in supporting currently enrolled students.

    Valerie M. Morgan

    Career Advisor & Career Development Instructor, Tulane University (SW *13)
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      Valerie Morgan earned a Bachelor's in Family Studies from Mississippi University for Women in 2008 and a Master's degree in Social Work from Tulane University in 2013. Maintaining a focus on the importance of family and youth development, Valerie's experience includes non-profit community development, military family support services, and higher education student support. She is currently a Career Educator with Newcomb-Tulane Career Services where she teaches the course Majors, Internships & Jobs, as well as providing career coaching for Tulane undergraduate students. Valerie sees career development as a valuable tool to improving the quality of life for individuals, as well as fosteing essential economic development in diverse communities. When not working, Valerie serves as the President of the Tulane School of Social Work Alumni Board and represents the School of Social Work on the Tulane Alumni Association Board.

    Amy L. Sandridge, MSPH, PhD, MSW, LCSW

    TSSW Alumni Board President & Psychiatric Social Worker (SW *15)
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      Dr. Sandridge earned her Master in Social Work in 2016 from Tulane University School of Social Work. Prior to that, she earned her doctorate in 2007 in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and her Master of Science from the University of Massachusetts, at Amherst, in Epidemiology. She was also a student in the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine from 1987 to 1988 in the Departments of International Health and Epidemiology. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Bryn Mawr College in Sociology and Anthropology. 

      Dr. Sandridge has investigated psychosocial health of New Orleans Police Officers and institutionalization of children in Armenia, supported by the Lumos Charity. Her PhD dissertation explored risk factors for congenital heart defects and she is an expert on the cultural practices of the Middle East, particularly the Gulf, specifically, the practice of consanguinity. For her work, she was awarded the 2008/2009 Doha International Institute for Family Studies and Development Fellowship Award which was renewed for 2009/2010. Dr. Sandridge has authored peer-reviewed publications and has extensively presented her work at international, regional and local scientific meetings and conferences. 

      Prior to her return home to New Orleans in 2012, Dr. Sandridge, was an Assistant Professor at the American University of Armenia, on the faculty of Weill Cornell Medical College, a Research Scientist with the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center and Head of the National Health Service of Scotland’s Cancer Surveillance Unit. She has also been a Research Assistant on the Navajo Reservation (New Mexico, USA) with a project looking at cervical and breast cancer and she worked with the Johns Hopkins University program in Cite Soleil, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuberculosis prevention program in HIV affected individuals. 

      Currently, Dr. Sandridge is a counselor at Odyssey House of Louisiana in the medically assisted detoxification unit. Her current research interests include the best strategies for working with individuals who have recently entered the Recovery Process and children of parents with mental illness/substance abuse issues.  Additionally, she has served on several Institutional Review Boards.

    Danielle Wright, DSW, LCSW, MPH

    Division Director, Navigate NOLA (PHTM *08, SW *10, SW *18)
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      Dr. Danielle Wright is a licensed clinical social worker and public health practitioner with over 10 years of experience in the areas of trauma, toxic stress, infant mental health, social and emotional learning and disaster mental health. She has a Doctorate degree of Social Work from Tulane University. She also has master’s degrees in both Social Work and Public Health from Tulane University. Dr. Wright was trained in Infant Mental Health through LSUHSC Department of Psychiatry’s Harris Infant Mental Health Fellowship. She also has a certification in Disaster Mental Health from Tulane University.  

      Dr. Wright has worked across various clinical mental health settings, public health settings, school settings and early childhood learning centers. She also served as an adjunct clinical field faculty member at Tulane University School of Social Work for four years.   

      Dr. Wright has experience in program development, implementation and evaluation. She is the Founding Director of Navigate Nola, the child well-being division of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice.  Through this role, she is responsible for the oversight of the development and implementation of the social-emotional and community wellness programs that fall under the Navigate Nola Division.
      In addition to her role at Navigate NOLA, Dr. Wright is also a therapist, in private practice, at Atlas Psychiatry. 

      Dr. Wright is committed to making a difference in her community and enriching the lives of the New Orleans citizenry. She is a member of several volunteer service organizations such as the Links Inc., Crescent City Chapter. Danielle is a board member of Communities in Schools of the Gulf South, Inc. and a board member of the Tulane University School of Social Work Alumni. 

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