2019 Continuing Education Instructors

Wendy Volz Daniels, MSW, LCSWWendy Volz Daniels

Wendy Volz Daniels is the Multidisciplinary Internship Coordinator in the Social and Cultural Science Department at Marquette University where she oversees undergraduate student internships in the fields of social welfare and justice, criminology and law studies, anthropology and sociology. She teaches course including internship seminars, introduction to social welfare and justice, social welfare policy and direct practice skills.

Nicholas P. Smiar, PhD, ACSW, CISWNick Smair

Dr. Smiar has been presenting ethics workshops for continuing education of social workers since Chapter 457 was enacted in the late 1990’s. He is Professor Emeritus of Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and former Chairperson of the Social Worker Section of the MPSW Board. Dr. Smiar is Chairperson of the Eau Claire County Board and County Board Supervisor for District 15, and former Vice Chairperson of Eau Claire County’s Human Services Board. He continues to teach at UW-Eau Claire in the Honors Program and also works internationally on regular basis in South Africa, Germany, and Austria. 

Debbie Minsky-Kelly, LCS

Minsky Kelly

Debbie Minsky-Kelly, LCSW, is Field Director and Clinical Assistant Professor at the Carthage College school of social work. Debbie’s 20+ year career as a social worker includes leadership in mental health and addiction treatment with children, teens and families, most recently as Director of Operations at Rogers Memorial Hospital in Kenosha. Debbie’s background includes work in child welfare, domestic violence, homeless healthcare, private practice and childhood trauma. Debbie has presented at local, national and international conferences and has published research in the area of the healthcare system’s response to domestic violence. Debbie has a strong interest in the area of ethical practice related to technology, as she was the leader who implemented telemedicine for a mental health system to address access to psychiatrists for patients in underserved areas.

Christina Reardon, MSW, LCSWC. Reardon photo (110617)

Christina Reardon has a unique combination of professional experiences in writing, social work and research. In her work at Temple University’s Network of Evaluation, Services & Training (NEST) in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, she contributes to multiple evaluation projects and coordinates community outreach and training initiatives. A former full-time journalist, she continues to write on a freelance basis. She is an editorial advisor at Social Work Today magazine and has written articles on a variety of topics, including behavioral health, aging, technology and social work education. She earned her master’s degree in social work from Temple University and her bachelor’s degree in journalism from 

Jeanne Wagner, LCSW

Jeanne Wagner

Jeanne Wagner is a Clinical Associate Professor and the Director of Social Work Field Education Programs at the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare at UWM-Milwaukee. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with extensive clinical, management and administrative experience. She currently teaches courses in social work and child welfare and develops and presents continuing education programs covering social work ethics and boundaries, leadership and supervision, case management and safety in the field. She has served in the role of Ombuds for UWM since 2007. She has worked in a variety of social service settings prior to her appointment with UWM which include: child welfare, adoption, mental health, cognitive disabilities, geriatrics, AODA, and private practice. In her management role, she has addressed numerous issues related to professional liability and conflicts within programs including staff complaints and a variety of legal matters. Ms. Wagner also has 10 years of experience in Quality Assurance.



DSG headshotDottie Saxon Greene, PhD, LCSW, LCAS, LADAC II, CCS, QCS, RYT

Dr. Dorothy Saxon Greene is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work at East Tennessee State University and the Coordinator of the graduate Certificate in Clinical Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling Studies. Dr. Greene is a licensed clinical social worker, licensed clinical addiction specialist, certified clinical supervisor, and a register yoga teacher. Her practice experience has been in the areas of mental health, addiction, trauma, and clinical supervision. Dr. Greene’s scholarship interests include impairment and well-being of recovering addiction professionals, practitioners, and social work students.

Martell Teasley, PhDMartell Teasley

Martell Teasley is Dean of the College of Social Work at the University of Utah. He was elected President of the National Association of Deans and Directors of Social Work in 2017 for a three-year term. Martell was awarded the 2011 Gary Lee Shaffer Award for Academic Contributions to the Field of School Social Work from the School Social Work Association of America.  From September 2013 until December 2018, he served as Editor-in-Chief of the NASW Press journal Children & Schools. His primary research interests include school social work practice, African American adolescent development, cultural diversity, social welfare policy and Black Studies.

 Steven L. Brewer Jr., PhDDr Brewer Photo

Dr. Steven L. Brewer Jr., is an Assistant Professor in the Administration of Justice Program. He holds a B.A from Lock Haven University and a M.A and Ph.D from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Prior to working in the Administration of Justice program, he served as a research assistant at the Mid-Atlantic Addiction Research and Training Institute. He also worked as a research consultant at Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Applied Research Lab. His consulting experience includes assisting faculty and students with various stages of the research process, including methodological design and survey development, statistical assessment, utilizing NVIVO, SPSS, and Qualtrics. He also consulted the FBI on a project regarding 9/11. His areas of interest include qualitative and quantitative analysis, research methods, and criminological theory.

 Brad Forenza, MSW, PhDB Forenza (002)

Brad Forenza, MSW, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of social work and child advocacy at Montclair State University. His research foci include child welfare, youth development, and civil society. His academic career is accentuated by direct practice at youth and family development agencies, as well as public policy analysis and advocacy.



Matt Mattila, MSW, CISW

Matt Mattilla

 Matt has over fifteen years practice experience with children and families in child welfare and family court services agencies, and many years of experience as a social work lecturer and trainer. His practice interests include child welfare, forensic social work and adult education. He is committed to helping prepare the next generation of social workers to  meet the challenges of effective practice.



Laurel Iverson Hitchcock, PhD, LICSW, MPHIverson Hitchcock

Associate Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Social Work

 Dr. Hitchcock’s research and pedagogical interests include social work education, technology and social media, social welfare history and public health social work. Her current research projects include an examination of simulation in social work education; the effectiveness of technology-infused assignments in social work courses; and the role of technology in social work education.  In 2012, Dr. Hitchcock received the SAGE/CSWE Award for Innovative Teaching for her work incorporating social media into social work pedagogy.  She blogs about teaching and learning in social work at www.laureliversonhitchcock.org.


Melanie Sage, PhD, LICSWMsage (002)

Assistant Professor, University at Buffalo School of Social Work

 Dr. Sage’s research focuses on the intersection of technology and child welfare. She is currently exploring concepts of digital resilience and healthy digital relationships for youths in the foster care system. She has presented nationally and internationally on teaching social work with technology and is the current APM Technology Track chair, a co-chair of the Grand Challenge of Harnessing Technology for Social Good, and board member of the international nonprofit husITa, which focuses its efforts on the ethical and effective use of technology in the human services. She co-authored Teaching Social Work With Digital Technology (CSWE Press, 2018) with Nancy Smyth and Laurel Hitchcock.


Joseph T. MonahanMonahan

Joseph T. Monahan is the founder of Monahan Law Group, LLC and one of the preeminent mental health law attorneys in Illinois. Under Mr. Monahan’s direction, Monahan Law Group, LLC provides legal services to over 78 hospitals and numerous mental health clinics, child welfare agencies, and social service agencies. In addition to professional clients, the firm also represents individuals at all levels of administrative and judicial proceedings.Mr. Monahan has tried countless guardianship, mental health, and child welfare cases over the past 33 years. From confidentiality of mental health records to same-sex adoption, Mr. Monahan has successfully argued cases at every level of the Illinois court system, including the Illinois Supreme Court. He has been appointed by the court to represent persons with disabilities in complex or extraordinary mental health cases. His background as a social worker makes him acutely aware of the legal issues that impact social service professionals and the people they serve. He currently serves as President of the Board of Directors of the NASW Risk Retention Group, the malpractice insurance company for social workers, and has been an active member of NASW for decades.Mr. Monahan has been an engaging member of the legal community throughout his career and has played an integral role in developing important policies and legislation to assist individuals with disabilities and those involved in their care. As a recognized leader in his field, he is frequently invited to teach courses and provide trainings to law students, attorneys, medical and mental health professionals, and family members. Mr. Monahan is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where he has taught mental health law for over 25 years. He has also taught at Northwestern University School of Law. Mr. Monahan has repeatedly served as Chair of the Illinois State Bar Association Mental Health Law Section Council and has been appointed to numerous other leadership positions in state and local not-for-profit groups throughout his longstanding career.Mr. Monahan is a steadfast advocate for persons with disabilities, their families, and the professionals who serve them. He cares deeply about each of his clients and strives to represent them with principled advocacy and practical legal advice.


 Karen Clark Hoey, PhD, LCSWClark Hoey

Dr. Clark Hoey is an Assistant Professor at Springfield College School of Social Work in Springfield, MA. She was previously on the faculty at Monmouth University School of Social Work before relocating with her family to Massachusetts in 2005. Dr. Clark Hoey has a private practice where she works with families who are involved with the Department of Children and Families, focusing primarily on foreign born families adjusting to child rearing practices in the United States.

Dr. Clark Hoey received her PhD from The Catholic University of America in 2004 and her MSW from New York University in 1993. She was a Peace Corps Volunteer and Fulbright Scholar in Romania in the years 1994-1997 where she taught social work at Babes Bolyai University and was involved with building a network of social work placement opportunities on behalf of the newly formed department of social work. During her time in Romania, Dr. Clark Hoey saw the first generation of social workers graduate and begin to build the systems of care that are in place today. She leads an annual study abroad trip to Babes Bolyai University with her students.

During the five years that she lived and worked in Washington, DC, Dr. Clark Hoey worked at the U.S. Department of State and at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Migration and Refugee Services. Her work brought her across the United States where she visited local refugee resettlement programs providing technical assistance and cultural orientation training. Dr. Clark Hoey also served as an appointed member of the National Cultural Orientation Workgroup with members of refugee serving non-profits and government agencies working with the U.S. Department of State on issues of refugee resettlement capacity and local needs.

Elana KahnElana Kahn

Elana Kahn is director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, which works to create a just community that reflects the best of American and Jewish values by convening and mobilizing the Jewish community through education, advocacy, social justice and support for Israel. She is chair of the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee, a board member of We are Many: United Against Hate, and serves on the governing committee of the Lux Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology. An award winning writer and editor, she was formerly editor of The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle and president of the American Jewish Press Association. She has spoken locally and internationally on a wide range of topics, including anti-Semitism, hate crimes, and how to build a just community.