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Field Education Team

Field Education Staff Title & Biography

Jamie Parker, LMSW

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jparker@central.uh.edu

713-743-9658

GCSW 207

Director of Field Education

Jamie Parker received her Master of Social Work degree from the University Of Houston’s Graduate College of Social Work in 2006 with a concentration in Political Social Work.  She became a clinical assistant professor, and the Director of Field Education in 2014, after working in the College for 7 years. Jamie was selected to serve on the National Council of Social Work Education, Council on Field Education and is a leader with the Texas Field Educators Consortium. Jamie shares she has a passion for nonviolent social action and macro level social work, and appreciates being a small part of guiding student’s social work educational journey.

Shelley Gonzales, LCSW
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sagonz12@central.uh.edu

713-743-7848

GCSW 205

Assistant Director of Field Education

Shelley Gonzales received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Houston’s Graduate College of Social Work in 2008 and joined the Field Office Staff team Spring 2018. Shelley has accrued 10 years in a community nonprofit as a field instructor and executive director working with adolescents on the transition to adulthood, leadership development, and experiential education. A few of the things she loves most about social work is the adventure of working with humanity at a very core level, the opportunities for her own growth, and the breadth and depth of the roles that social workers can fill.

Nivisha Shah, MSW
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nshah8@central.uh.edu

713-743-0701

GCSW 204

Field Coordinator, Hybrid/Online Programs

Nivisha Shah received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Texas at Arlington’s School of Social Work in 2012, and has worked as part of the Field Office Staff team since 2015. She is a macro social worker and has 5 years of experience in working with Individuals with Disabilities. Nivisha highlights her love of Field Education because it is a space where students transition from being a learner to being a social worker.

 

Jacqueline Griffin
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jfluelle@central.uh.edu

713-743-8088

GCSW 206

Field Office Executive Secretary, IPT Administrator
Jackie Griffin has been a part of the Field Office Staff time since 1994. She explains that she truly enjoys working with the GCSW students and watching them grow into the social work profession. Jackie says that as a freshman in school, her first week was difficult working with the administration and she made a promise to herself that if she ever worked in the academic arena at a university, she would work towards easing the student experience into field placement.

 

Field Liaisons Biography
Tony Aucoin, LCSW, LCDC
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Tony Aucoin received his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Houston’s Graduate College of Social Work in 2010. He is a clinical social worker specializing in men’s issues, sexuality and trauma. Tony shares that thanks to field education, he is exposed to a variety of social work services offered throughout schools, hospitals, and other public service agencies. He also shares that before serving as a Field Liaison, he couldn’t appreciate just how many lives are touched throughout the city of Houston.

Kathy Clark, LMSW
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Kathy Clark received her Master of Social Work degree from the Ohio State University College of Social Work in 1981. She explains her experience has been that she is a champion of the most vulnerable populations: Children and Seniors, and has 10 years of experience as a supervisor with Child Protective Services and 14 years of experience as a Field Coordinator within the Child Welfare Education Project (CWEP) at the university, and now continues to work with the Geriatric community. Kathy shares that she loves serving as a Field Liaison because she gets to see the growth in skills and knowledge of the students from beginning to end and is amazed by how wonderful Field Instructors teach and grow our students in the midst of doing their agency work. She notes it is truly magical to witness.

Sergio Cruz, LCSW
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Sergio Cruz received his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Houston’s Graduate College of Social Work in 2008. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with professional experience in mental health, psychotherapy, management, residential, and outpatient programs. Sergio has worked with children and families, couples, veterans, and unaccompanied children. He shares he loves field education because it is where a student is able to connect and transition knowledge to practice with the support of experienced practitioners that care about the development of our students. Sergio explains that he loves social work because it has supported and has provided him with a framework of his personal core value of service to others.

Stephanie Ebarb, LMSW
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Stephanie Ebarb received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Houston’s Graduate College of Social Work in 2013 with a specialization in Gerontology and was an AGIFT Fellow. As a Field Liaison and Instructor, Stephanie shares she has discovered a passion for working with students and remembers that it wasn’t long ago that she was the student herself feeling anticipation and uncertainty. She also shares she enjoys hearing about student experiences and witnessing their genuine love for the field as they grow over time.

Shubhra Endley, LCSW
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Shubhra Endley received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Texas at Austin’s Steve Hicks School of Social Work in 1999. Endley currently works in private practice and is a Board Approved Clinical Supervisor. She has 20 years of experience providing services to adolescents and adults in school-based settings. As a Field Liaison, Shubhra shares the best experience is seeing social work students flourish as they operationalize the skills and knowledge gained from their coursework at the GCSW.

Joy Malbrough, Ph.D., LMSW
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Joy Malbrough received her Master of Social Work degree from Louisiana State University’s School of Social Work in 2002. She received her Ph.D. in Social Work from The University of Houston’s Graduate College of Social Work program in 2014. Dr. Malbrough is an LMSW with varied experience in the world of healthcare, leadership, and mentoring and serves as a Field Liaison for Online and Hybrid Students. She shares that she loves social work because of the ability to effect real change in communities and other areas of influence.
Vaughn O'Neal, LCSW
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Vaughn O’Neal received his Master of Social Work degree from Tulane University at the Tulane School of Social Work in 1994, and has accrued 20+ years’ experience as a psychotherapeutic practitioner and administrator. Of social work field education, Vaughn says he loves watching and guiding students as they mature from nervous ducklings to the point that they soar across the lake to the opposite shore that is their first LMSW position.

Maria Wilson, LMSW, LVN
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Maria Wilson received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Houston’s Graduate College of Social Work in 2013. She is an LMSW with a clinical background in medical social work and nursing and has experience as research staff serving as a Clinical Project Coordinator and Program Manager.  A few of her areas of interest include underserved populations, mental health, and enhancing interdisciplinary collaboration. Maria shares that one thing she loves about social work is the opportunity to educate others that social work is more than social services, and then sharing that knowledge with new students and recent graduates.

Vanessa Shippard, MSW
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Vanessa Shippard received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Houston's Graduate College of Social Work in 2003. Vanessa is a Field Supervisor with the University of Houston's Child Welfare Education Project and serves as a Field Liaison. She retired from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services in Region 6 in 2013 after 28 years of service in investigations, Family Based Safety Services, conservatorship, and foster/adoption work.