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Social Work Alumni Network (SWAN)

The Social Work Alumni Network (SWAN) offers opportunities to fulfill continuing education requirements, network with social workers in your practice and/or geographic area, and stay connected to the Steve Hicks School through special events.

SWAN membership is automatic upon graduation and there are no dues or fees for membership.

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Austin chapter


  • Annual tailgate party
  • Ethics workshop offered by the Office of Professional Development
  • Annual alumni reunion and recognition of the Alumni of the Year
  • Co-sponsoring of graduation picnic
  • Social networking events for alumni
  • Annual student scholarship awards
  • Fundraising activities


  • President: Courtney Stollon, LCSW, LCDC
  • Vice-President: Kcie Driggers, LMSW
  • Treasurer: Lina Palomares, LMSW
  • Secretary: Sara Tucker, LMSW
  • Members:
    • Jocelyn Chamra-Barrera, LCSW
    • Will Francis, LMSW
    • Dorothy Garza, LCSW
    • Adam Jimenez, LMSW
    • Rose Lewis, MSSW
    • Colleen Maher, LCSW
    • Liz Nowicki, LCSW, ACSW
    • Georgina Petronella, LMSW
    • Danielle Redhead, BSW
    • Kayla Richards, LMSW
    • Nadia Velasquez, LCSW, ACHP-SW
    • Anna Wasim, LMSW
  • Ex-Officio:
    • Jennifer Luna, MSSW
    • Robin Smith, LCSW-S

Become a member

Become a Board Member
  • Board members are asked to attend at at least three out of four board meetings annually.
  • Board meetings are held quarterly for two to three hours.
  • Some committee work is expected between meetings.
  • Board members are asked to contribute to the SWAN fund once a year.
Become an At-Large Member

At-large members represent the SWAN general membership, assist with SWAN activities such as the graduation BBQ or the alumni reunion but are not required to attend board meetings.


We love volunteers! Please consider volunteering for your favorite SWAN activity.

For any of these options, please contact Jennifer Luna at jennifer.luna@austin.utexas.edu or austinswanboard@gmail.com

Charles I. Wright Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award

Each year, SWAN and the Steve Hicks School of Social Work honor an alum with the Charles I. Wright Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award.

Previous awardees: 2016 Becky Morales, MSSW ’03; 2015 Terri Spahr Nelson, MSSW ’88, BSW ’87; 2014  Ruth McRoy, PhD ’81; 2013  Susan Milam, PhD ’94, MSSW ’83; 2012  Wally Wingfield, MSSW ’83; 2011  Andrea Colunga Bussey, MSSW ’93, BSW ’82; 2009 L. Sue Hoffman; 2008 Dan Adams and Eric Metcalf; 2007 Mary Rychlik; 2005 Robert Girling, III and Bettie Girling; 2004 Amy Chandler; 2003 Deborah K. Webb; 2002 Diane Hardy-Garcia; 2001 Nancy Crowther; 2000Ruth Howard and Joe Jenkins; 1999 Deena Mersky; 1998 Kathy T. Rider; 1997 Karen Haynes; 1996 Elliott Naishtat; 1995Barbara Davis; 1994 James Payne; 1992 Augustus (Gus) Swain; 1991 Ronald Jackson; 1990 Charles Wright.

SWAN Student Scholarship

Each year, SWAN awards scholarships to deserving social work students.

  • 2019 Maryam Jelvehi Moghaddam
  • 2018 Africa Ibarra, Aranda Salazar, James Rowell
  • 2017 Jessi Duran, Jodi Kozelsky, Carly Turner, Samantha Weaver
  • 2016 Marilyn Adams, Sara Goodman, Savannah Cipriano, Angelica Clark, Abigail Oduro
  • 2015 Maya Williams and Samantha Synett
  • 2014 Stephanie Glass
  • 2013 Lindsey Peters
  • 2012 Grace Weiss
  • 2011 Elizabeth Culbertson