We are thrilled to highlight the 2016 winners of the Jannette Alexander Foundation Scholarships. The Jannette Alexander Foundation for Clinical Social Work Education is a subsidiary non-profit education foundation of the California Society for Clinical Social Work. Each year, the Foundation awards $500 scholarships to graduating MSW students who demonstrate excellence in clinical studies and practice. Congratulations to our inspiring 2016 winners who have already made wonderful contributions to the field of social work! We are so excited to follow your continued success and contributions.
Hira Khanzada provides psychotherapy and case management services to adult survivors of trauma, as well as emergency therapeutic support to survivors of sexual assault, at the University of California, San Francisco/San Francisco General Hospital Trauma Recovery Center. Hira completed her Master's of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley with a focus in Management and Planning. Prior to her work in trauma, Hira interned in the department of Palliative Medicine at Stanford Health Care. In the past, Hira has served as a counselor for trauma-exposed women and families on CalWORKS. She has also worked with children of homeless families, individuals with developmental disabilities, and teens. Hira is an active member of the Bay Area Muslim Mental Health Professionals and is involved in bridging the gap between mental health services and stigma in the Muslim community. Hira is passionate about providing holistic, therapeutic care to underserved groups. She provides services in English, Urdu, and Hindi. Hira graduated with a B.A. in Psychology with Honors from UC Berkeley in 2012.
Priscilla Tseng Hefley has partnered with social work agencies and advocacy groups in order to provide for the unique needs of international adoptees, foster children, and their respective families. She recently began working for the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services after completing her MSW at the University of Southern California, where she was on the Dean’s List for the duration of her time there. She completed her undergraduate studies in film and television production in 1994. After transitioning to project management, she went on to complete her MBA in 2008. Following a year of AmeriCorps service in 2013, Priscilla discovered that the power of the narrative was the unifying factor between team management, the visual arts, and social justice. In order to better equip herself for the clinical needs of families and children in the public child welfare system, she decided to pursue a career in social work.
Christian Glover’s passion for social work began during her undergraduate career at the University of California, Riverside. During her final year of college, she was accepted into the Criminal Law Internship Program for the Public Defender Service in Washington, D.C., where she interned as a criminal investigator for felony cases. This experience helped her examine intersectionality and how people can be oppressed in several ways at the same time, thus making them more vulnerable to commit crime. Through this internship, she developed a passion for working with people in low-income and otherwise vulnerable communities. As a graduate student in social work at California State University, Long Beach, Christian was an intern and the first case manager at Pomona College, where she facilitated a multi-disciplinary team to discuss serious student issues, such as misconduct and mental illness. The following summer, Pomona hired Christian as a wellness coordinator. Christian is also a counselor for Peace Over Violence, through which she has established a passion for working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Christian has received numerous scholarships and awards.
Carlos Paul Duarte II has impressive clinical experience working with at-risk youth and patients with severe mental illness in non-profit organizations, governmental agencies, and hospitals. After recently graduating from the University of Southern California with his MSW, he began work as a Psychiatric Social Worker with the Los Angeles County Department of Health. Carlos looks forward to a life committed to serving those who suffer from mental illness, co-occurring disorders, and homelessness. He is determined to work to reduce stigma around mental illness and to help create equal opportunities for all. Carlos is a first generation college student with a B.A. in English Literature from the University of San Diego. He credits his family and Capuchin Franciscan education for providing an early foundation for his career in service and social work. Carlos and his wife, Jessica, have a 2-year-old son named Luca.
Amy Huynh’s passion is helping other people, which motivated her to pursue a career in clinical social work. She earned her MSW from the University of Southern California in 2016 and discovered her love of medical social work while interning at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she recently began working full-time as a Clinical Social Worker. Amy was born and raised in Los Angeles to immigrant parents who fled Vietnam during the country’s political chaos. As a first generation college student, she attended the University of California, San Diego and graduated in 2014 with a degree in Human Development and a minor in Health Care-Social Issues and Global Health. Amy has extensive volunteer experience working with vulnerable populations, such as the chronically homeless, people living in rural Honduras, and men with substance abuse issues.