Faculty members are all social workers involved in myriad areas of interest and expertise.
Full Time Faculty
|Charles Baker, MSSW, Charlie Baker is a Lecturer in the Social Work Dept. at Spalding University. A 35 year veteran of children’s work, Baker has a wide range of experience – he has taught music in public school and been the headmaster of a school for delinquents, a foster care worker in a state agency and a live-in child care parent in a private children’s home. In 2004, Baker retired as the President/CEO of the Presbyterian Child Welfare Agency where, over his 21 years in that role, the agency grew from a budget of $400,000 to over $19 Million. He also served three terms as Mayor of the Village of Buckhorn. As an advocate for children, Baker has testified before committees of the US Senate and House and has published a number of Op-ed, child advocacy pieces in newspapers in Kentucky and Ohio. He has presented at several international conferences and led workshops on education, child welfare and management in states across the US. He is a Board Member of Gateway Children’s Services and Kentucky Youth Advocates.Baker is the author of a book chapter on rural child welfare work, and been the co-editor of a special rural Child Welfare Journal. Over the past few years, he has published a series of articles on Non-Profit Management. In addition, he occasionally serves as a consultant and coach to Non-Profit Managers and Boards.Charlie and his wife, Sally, now live in Louisville near eight of their ten grandchildren.|
|Kevin Borders, PhD, MSSW, MDiv, Interim Chair, earned his MSSW and PhD from the University of Louisville, Kent School of Social Work, and his MDiv from a local seminary. His areas of interest are in advocacy with older adults, community and organizational practice, program evaluation, and effective teaching. When not teaching research, critical thinking or working with field practicum students, Kevin works with local agencies around program evaluation. Kevin is married, and has one daughter and three cats. Contact Kevin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 502-873-4474.|
|Shannon Emory Cambron, MSW, Director of the BSSW Program, earned her MSW as a part of the first masters’ cohort at Spalding University. After graduation, Shannon worked as a clinical therapist/site director for CLASP, a non-residential treatment program administered through Maryhurst, Inc. in Louisville, Kentucky. With over 11 years of experience in the areas of clinical practice, family preservation and community engagement, Shannon serves on the advisory boards of numerous local agencies and consults with regional faith communities on women’s and children’s issues. Shannon is currently pursuing her doctorate in educational leadership. She and her husband Terry are the doting parents of two children, Caroline and Tyler. Contact her at Shannon Cambron, email@example.com or 502-873-4475.|
|Barbara Carter, MSSW comes to Spalding from Administration at Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ Department for Community Based Services. She is currently the Coordinator for the PCWCP (Public Child Welfare Certification Program) in the BSSW program and is the Director of Field Education for both the BSSW and MSW programs. Contact her at Barbara Carter, firstname.lastname@example.org 502-873-4476.|
|Stacy Deck, PhD, MSSW earned her MSSW and PhD from the University of Louisville, Kent School of Social Work, and she has a BS in Education. Her areas of interest include poverty, welfare reform, affordable housing, homelessness, aging, health social work, advocacy, policy and applied research/program evaluation. Stacy serves on the Board of Directors for the Coalition for the Homeless and the Emerging Workforce Initiative, and she is a consultant to the KY Cabinet for Health and Human Services. She is actively involved in political organizing at the local, state and national level. Stacy and her husband, Steve Wirth, are parents of four children. Contact Stacy at email@example.com or 502-873-4477.|
|Erlene Grise-Owens, EdD, MSW Director & Professor earned both a Master of Religious Education (MRE) and a Master of Social Work (MSW) from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS), as well as an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Spalding University. Previously, Erlene taught in the Carver School of Social Work – SBTS where she also served as the Director of Field Instruction and Associate Director of the Gheens Center for Family Ministry. Holding a LCSW and LMFT, Erlene has worked in both direct practice and administrative roles, including child welfare, behavioral health, community centers, and religious-affiliated contexts. Other areas of professional interest include clinical practice, leadership, gender and sexual orientation, wellness, and spirituality. Complementing her ongoing service commitments and passion for social work education, Erlene has substantive scholarship, particularly in Scholarship of Teaching-Learning (SoTL). Contact her at Erlene Grise-Owens, firstname.lastname@example.org or 502-873-4478.|
|Jennifer Jewell, PhD, MSW earned her Ph.D. from the University of Louisville, Kent School of Social Work and her MSW from Spalding University. Her areas of interest focus on social justice, grassroots organizing, international social work and the intersection between race, class, and gender. This is evident in her teaching, research, and practice. In 1998, she assisted in the development of Women In Transition (WIT), a grassroots organization run by and for poor people, and continues to be an active member and volunteer. Jennifer is also engaged in the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC), a national poor people’s movement. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Jennifer continues to serve as an in-home therapist with families and children. To top it off, Jennifer is also busy raising three children. Contact Jennifer at email@example.com or 502-873-4480.|
|Justin (Jay) Miller, MSW Justin “Jay” Miller currently teaches in the undergraduate and graduate programs in the School of Social Work. Jay has previously worked as a social worker at the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Louisville’s Crimes Against Children Unit, and the Ireland Army Hospital at Fort Knox. Jay is dedicated to social issues and community outreach, a passion which he brings to his work as an educator and scholar. His research and academic interests focus on child welfare, particularly outcomes related to foster care and adoption. Jay is actively involved in several community endeavors and has served as the co-founder/past president of the Louisville Association of Social Workers, and the founder of the Jefferson County Foster Care Peer Support Program and the Kentucky Chapter of the Foster Care Alumni of America. Jay is a past recipient of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ Paul Grannis Award, and was recently recognized as an International Graduate Scholar by the Global Sustainability Conference at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand. Jay is a Doris Duke Fellow (University of Chicago Chapin Hall and Doris Duke Foundation) and is a doctoral candidate at the University of Louisville. Last but not least, Jay is a proud foster care alum! Contact Jay at firstname.lastname@example.org or 502-873-4481.|
Part Time Faculty
Tiffany Cole Hall, MSW, CSW, CADC, earned her MSW from Spalding University. Her areas of interest are in chemical dependency, women and family issues, and advocacy for and work with individuals with mental retardation and developmental disabilities. In addition to teaching part-time, Tiffany has a part-time practice and works full-time for Volunteers of America, as Director of Intellectual/Developmental Disability services in Southern Indiana. Tiffany is married and is the doting mother of their son. They live in Louisville.
Pamela Cotton, MSSW is currently the Executive Director of St. Joseph Children’s Home. Ms. Cotton has over 30 years of experience in various fields of Social Work. Currently her main concern is providing the mission of “Giving Children a Home” to over 200 children a day in St. Joe’s Residential Treatment Program, Therapeutic Foster Care and Adoption Program, and Child Development Center, with an emphasis on Child Protection and Child Advocacy. Previously she was the Vice President, Director of Social Services at New Hope Services in Jeffersonville, Indiana, and she has experience as a Medical Social Work at a Home Health Agency. She continues to keep herself involved in humanitarian work along with raising two teenage boys.
Kimberly Garts Crum, MSW has her MSW from the University of Iowa (1980) and her MFA (in writing) from Spalding University (2003). She has practiced social work in medical and psychiatric settings, including the University of Iowa Hospitals Burn Center and in the Norton Hospital Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic. Her experience in a University medical setting convinced her of the importance of writing as a tool for education and persuasion. Currently, Kimberly is a freelance writer and a writing and Literature instructor at the Schools of Liberal Studies and Social Work at Spalding University. But in her heart, she is always a social worker!
Laura Escobar-Ratliff, MSW, CSW, CPRP. Laura is an alumna of the MSW program at Spalding University. She completed her BA, focus in political science and women’s studies, at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. When not working as an adjunct professor at Spalding, Laura works full-time as the director of the Welcome House program with Seven Counties Services, Inc. The Welcome House is a therapeutic rehabilitation program for adults with severe and persistent mental illness in Shelbyville, Kentucky. Additionally, Laura works as a contract counselor for LEAP, Inc. (Let’s Eliminate a Problem) which is an outpatient alcohol and drug treatment program in Louisville, Kentucky. Laura lives in Louisville with Robbi, her husband.
Ron M. Jackson, MSSW earned his social work degree from the University of Louisville, Kent School of Social Work. Ron has worked in the field of social work for over 20 years and brings a deep knowledge of social service systems and collaboration through his intense involvement with Neighborhood Place in direct service and administrative roles. Ron’s passion for children and families manifests in his work with Financial Education, Community Collaboration and Racial Healing initiatives. He continues to broaden his scope in Social Services Leadership Dynamics as an Annie E. Casey Foundation Fellow. He is currently involved in the greater Louisville community on the Race, Community and Child Welfare Advisory Board, the Metropolitan Housing Coalition Board and the Bridges of Hope Neighborhood Place Community Council. Ron is now now working as the Director of Student Leadership and Development. Ron is married, with 3 children. Contact Ron at email@example.com or 502-873-4479.
Cathy Lester, MSSW Cathy graduated from Transylvania in 1985 with a BA in Biology. She taught high school biology and math at Doss High for 2 years and then moved into Child Welfare at Home of the Innocents. She worked there for approximately 6 years and then moved to DCBS in CPS Investigations in 1991. While at DCBS, she worked in investigations, family court, and adoptions, as well as with medically fragile foster children. She joined the EHDI program at the Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs in September 2011. As the EHDI Health Program Administrator, she works within KY CHILD and CCSHCN’s database to ensure accuracy of data, assist families and providers with information and programming technical assistance. She has her Master’s degree in Social Work and 35 hours post Master’s work. She has also taught Research and Statistics at Kent School of Social Work and Social Work Practice at Spalding School of Social Work.
Laneshia McCord, MS Laneshia earned a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Georgia and her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from the University of Kentucky. In addition to being a doctoral candidate at the University of Louisville Kent School of Social Work, Laneshia is the Part Time Faculty Coordinator for the Kent School as well as an adjunct faculty member in the research sequence at Kent School where she has taught for the past three years. Previous practice experience includes positions as a case manager for Child Proctective Services for the Gwinnett County Department of Families and Children Services and as a geriatric care manager for Emory Healthcare at Wesley Woods and Visiting Nurses Health System in Atlanta, Georgia. She is the student representative for the Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work (AGE-SW). Her areas of interest are HIV sexual risk behaviors and older adults, health disparities, and culturally sensitive HIV/STD prevention interventions for older adults and people of color.
Caroline Reid, Ph.D, MSW, earned her MSW and Ph.D from the University of Kentucky. Her areas of interest are in addictions, fatherhood policy, ethics, social work practice with individuals and families, and violence prevention. Caroline has worked in a variety of social work fields including mental health, prevention, and research. Caroline lives in Lexington, KY.
Jennifer Dunckley, LCSW, CADC, MSSW, MPA. Jennifer earned a Master’s in Social Work and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Louisville and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor in the state of Kentucky. In addition to her adjunct professor duties at Spalding, Jennifer is also a Medical Management Trainer for a local non-profit and works as a counselor/therapist for an outpatient alcohol and drug treatment program in Louisville, Kentucky. Previous experience includes positions as Manager of Clinical Standards and Professional Development in a clinical setting and Program Manager of a licensed residential treatment facility for women who were pregnant, postpartum and parenting and their children. Contact Jennifer at (502) 296-4907 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shelly Werts, MSW, LCSW earned her BSSW and MSW at Spalding University in 2006. Shelly was working for Kentucky Correctional Institute for Women during the master’s program and after graduation also worked at Our Lady of Peace as an Admitting Clinician. Shelly moved on to working at the Robley Rex VAMC as a Trauma Therapist and transitioned to the Department of the Army as a Social Worker working in the Integrated Disability Evaluation System, assisting fellow Psychologists and Psychiatrists with assessments of soldiers seeking disability. Shelly started out her career joining the Navy directly after high school working as a Hospital Corpsman and specializing in mental health as a Psychiatric Technician. Shelly has worked at a variety of mental health facilities in varying capacities since 1996. She and her husband Bryan are the parents of an exuberant toddler, Zachary. Contact Shelly at Michele.email@example.com or 502-552-0452.
Donna Trabue, MSW, earned her MSW from the Carver School of Church Social Work from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and her Bachelor’s Degree in Special and Elementary Education from Murray State University. She taught as an Adjunct Professor at the Carver School of Social Work and also served as a Field Education Practicum Liaison there. She has served as Minister of Social Work for Baptist Tabernacle church and is employed full-time at Volunteers of America of Kentucky, working in the area of housing and services to homeless families and individuals. Her areas of interest include poverty and homelessness, spirituality, and aging. She is married to Dan Trabue and has two children (Jordan and Sarah), a dog, and four cats.