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Meet the BPD Board and Staff

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Dr. Catherine Gayle,

Dr. Catherine Gayle, Ph.D., LCSW, CCFC, MFLAC, MAC

Chair, Department of Social Work

Savannah State University, Savannah, Georgia

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Dr. Lorri McMeel, Ph.D., LCSW

Director & Associate Professor of Social Work

Lewis University, Romeoville, IL


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Dr. Ebony L. Lang, Ph.D., MDIV, LMSW

Program Director & Associate Professor

Tarleton State University, Stephenville, Texas


Dr. Lang absolutely loves the social work profession and what the core values represent.  Her faith encourages and emboldens her to advocate for others while equipping students and faculty to do the same. She strives to always hold herself and others accountable for the Social Work discipline. Dr. Lang has practice experience as a Medical Social Worker for seniors and has over a decade of clinical experience working with children and families in psychiatric and addiction settings.  She currently offers her services with Mesa Springs Psychiatric Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas.  Dr. Lang has been in academia since 2011 and is in her second term as BPD Secretary. 

Dr. McMeel has been teaching in higher education and serving as a BSW Program Director for over 13 years. She is extremely passionate about undergraduate social work education and advancing the profession. Her main areas of interest are in social work pedagogy, mental health, suicidology, and at-risk children and adolescents. She received her BA in Psychology from Georgia State University, a MSW from University of Georgia, and her Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is honored to serve on the Board of Directors of BPD in the role of Vice-President.

Dr. Gayle heads the Department of Social Work, Savannah State University. She brings more than three decades of experience in higher education and clinical settings to her role at the university. Prior to her appointment, Dr. Gayle served nine years as Chair of the Department of Social Work at Tuskegee University in Alabama. Over her career, she has held administrative and/or academic positions at West Georgia Technical College, Miles College, Lawson State Community College, Talladega College, Voorhees College, and Denmark Technical College. Dr. Gayle earned her Bachelor of Social Work degree from Tuskegee University, Master of Social Work degree from Florida State University, and Ph.D. in Social Work from Clark-Atlanta University.

BPD Treasurer
BPD Program Manager
BPD Program Director
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Dr. Peg Pittman-Munke, PhD, MSW, M.Ed, MLS 

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BSW Program Director

Murray State University

Murray, Kentucky

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DaJuana L. Diggins-McMurray, BBA



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Dr. K Scherrer, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor & BSSW Program Director 

Metropolitan State University of Denver

Denver, Colorado


Dr. Munke has been an outspoken advocate for BSW social work education for nearly 50 years. She brings a background in organization and administration in higher education and in nonprofit leadership. Her interests are social work education and its history, social work program administration, rural social work education and practice, social welfare history, accreditation issues, social and economic justice issues, diversity issues, HIV/AIDS, macro practice, and housing issues. She has held positions in social work education at Our Lady of the Lake University, Concordia College, Southeastern Louisiana University, Tulane University, and Texas A&M International University.

DaJuana Diggins-McMurray is a graduate of Bowie State University with a Bachelor of Administration, Concentration in Management. She is also a licensed and Associate Minster
at Mount Jezreel Baptist Church of Alexandria, VA, where the Pastor is Rev. Anthony T. Oliver. She has served as the assistant church clerk, president of the youth choir and dance ministry for many years. She is married to Corin McMurray with 3 beautiful children. Her social work interests came about when she worked at the City of Alexandria Department of
Human Services for 3 years. She also has been an advocate for Youth in the Community for many years, working for ALIVE! CDC and with the Youth of Mount Jezreel Baptist Church
of Alexandria, VA. Both are nonprofit organizations and she worked very closely with the 
leadership of both organizations. She is enrolled in Cornerstone Bible College to further her
studies in Christian Education.

Dr.  Scherrer's areas of expertise in research and practice include GLBTQ+ identities, gender, social inequalities, families, gerontology, and intergenerational issues. She brings a spirit of collaboration, community building, and investment in infusing anti-oppressive practice into all of the board's work together. Dr. Scherrer received a BA in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and conducted her graduate work at the University of Michigan where she received an MSW, a MA in Sociology, and a Ph.D. in Social Work and Sociology.

BPD Non Program Director
BPD Program Director
BPD Non-Program Director
Dr. Cora Jackson,

Dr. Cora S. Jackson, DSW, LMSW

Assistant Professor, Social Work

Mississippi Valley State University


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Dr. Don L. Kurtz, Ph.D., LMSW

Head, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work, Professor of Social Work 

Kansas State University

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Dr. Brian. E. Anderson, Ph.D., LMSW

Professor of Social Work

Jackson State University



Dr. Anderson is a huge supporter of undergraduate education and the efforts of BPD.  He currently serves on CSWE's Commission on Educational Policy and is an active CSWE site visitor.  Dr. Anderson has also served as a member of CSWE's Council on Leadership Development.  He received a BA degree in Sociology at Tougaloo College, an MSW degree at Louisiana State University, and Ph.D. degree in Social Work at Jackson State University.  

Dr. Jackson's professional training is deeply rooted in the field of Social Work where she has gained over 22 years of direct practice experience serving families and communities. Dr. Jackson has worked in various practice areas including mental health, medical social work, Head Start, child welfare, and academia. For the past eight years, she has served as an Instructor and Field Director training bachelor-level students about the fundamentals of Social Work and supervising graduate-level social work students in their field practicum.

Dr. Kurtz has more than two decades of direct practice experience work with juveniles and families including employment with Kansas Children’s Service League, Riley County Community Corrections, Penn State University Research and Extension, and Sunflower CASA Project.  He served the last 12 years in K-State Social Work Program teaching courses in the social work practice and social policy content areas.  Dr. Kurtz’s research interests include juvenile delinquency, narrative criminology, police storytelling, and police stress.   He is published in Crime and Delinquency, Feminist Criminology, Criminal Justice Review, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Critical Criminology, Victims and Offender, and Women and Criminal Justice, to name a few.  

BPD Program Director
BPD Field Director
BPD Non-Program Director
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Amanda Rachel Jones, MSW, LCSW

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Social Work Program Director & Assistant Professor

Department of Psychology and Social Work

Meredith College, Raleigh, North Carolina

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Dr. Darrin E. Wright, LMSW, MAC

Associate Professor/Director of Field Education

Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social Work

Clark Atlanta University



Amanda Jones received a Bachelor of Social Work and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Meredith College and her Master of Social Work at East Carolina University. Jones is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker practicing in Raleigh, NC. Her clinical interests include working with individuals experiencing major life transitions including partnering, parenting, relocation, terminal illness, grief, etc. As a Program Director at a smaller BSW program, Jones is passionate about student engagement and support. Jones teaches introductory social work, practice, trauma and crisis intervention, and play-based intervention courses. She is proud to serve BPD and Meredith College as a social worker and academic.

Dr. Darrin E. Wright is an Associate Professor at Clark Atlanta University-Whitney M. Young, Jr., School of Social Work. Where he has served in his current position as Director Of Field Education for the past 14 years, teaching and mentoring BSW and MSW social work students to become effective practitioner-scholars.  Dr. Wright has served on social work education committees both Nationally and Internationally. Dr. Wright served as a member of the Baccalaureate Program Directors-Field Education Committee, where he served as the committee’s Co-Chair from 2017-2019.  Dr. Wright is also a Path to Licensure Institute Scholar through the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB). The Institute is part of ASWB’s Path to Licensure program, designed to help schools of social work infuse professional licensing and social work regulation into their curriculums.

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Gary E. Bachman, MSSW

Professor Emeritus of Social Work

Park University, Parkville, Missouri  




I have practiced as a generalist social worker and educator for 46 years. (BSW-Kansas State'75 & MSSW - U. Texas at Austin.'81) After serving as a field instructor for four universities over a period of 20 years, my move to Park University in 2003 to build a social work program from scratch was a dream come true.  BPD and the many remarkable friends and colleagues I've met here have been instrumental in my growth and success in the classroom.  Service to this association, it's members and our profession is a notable and valued honor.

BPD Non-Program Director
BPD Field Director
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Dr. Lisa Moon,
BPD Program Director
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Mary Landriau, MSW, LCSW​

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Faculty Associate/ Director of BSW Field Education

Seton Hall University

South Orange, New Jersey

Dr. Lisa Moon, LCSW PhD

Dean, The Barbara Solomon School of Social Work

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Walden University




Tammy Molina-Moore

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Director of Field Education/Associate Lecturer

Texas A&M University, Central Texas



My passion and commitment to undergraduate social work education fuels my desire to mentor the next generation of social workers. I bring to the BPD Board of Directors my extensive educational, clinical, and supervisory experience, teaching across the social work curricula, supervising hundreds of BSW students, and providing direct clinical services and supervision for over 27 years.  I am committed to BPD’s Mission of increasing organizational value through resources and membership engagement, supporting leadership development in undergraduate social work education, promoting the unique identity of BPD within and beyond the organization’s membership, furthering excellence in undergraduate social work education, and securing adequate resources to support expanding organizational infrastructure. 

Dr. Moon received a BSW from the University of Louisiana-Monroe, an MSW from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a Ph.D. in social work from Louisiana State University. She believes in the value of education to create social workers for the future. She has been involved in social work education as a faculty member, field director, program director, and dean. She has served on the BPD Board and is a member of the CSWE COA. 

My contributions to the board include experience as a field director (11 years), site visitor for CSWE (3 years), and member of the Phi Alpha Honor Society Board (3 years). With each decision we vote on, I try to look at the larger impact for our organization and its members.

Generalist Social Work Practice: Work with individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations in a variety of social work and host settings. Generalist practitioners view clients and client systems from a strength's perspective in order to recognize, support, and build upon the innate capabilities of all human beings. They use a professional problem solving process to engage, assess, broker services, advocate, counsel, educate, and organize with and on behalf of clients and client systems. In addition, generalist practitioners engage in community and organizational development. Finally, generalist practitioners evaluate service outcomes in order to continually improve the provision and quality of services most appropriate to client needs.

Generalist social work practice is guided by the NASW Code of Ethics and is committed to improving the well being of individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations and furthering the goals of social justice.
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