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Meet the BPD Board and Staff
Dr. Catherine Gayle, Ph.D., LCSW, CCFC, MFLAC, MAC
Chair, Department of Social Work
Savannah State University, Savannah, Georgia
Dr. Lorri McMeel, Ph.D., LCSW
Director & Associate Professor of Social Work
Lewis University, Romeoville, IL
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. 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. 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.
Dr. Peg Pittman-Munke, PhD, MSW, M.Ed, MLS
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BSW Program Director
Murray State University
DaJuana L. Diggins-McMurray, BBA
BPD, Program Manager
Dr. Norma Love-Schropshire, DSW, LMSW
Assistant Professor, Teaching
BSW Program Director
Wayne State University ~ School of Social Work
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. DaJuana has been honored to serve as BPD Program Manager since February 2021.
Norma Love-Schropshire joined Wayne State University’s School of Social Work as a part-time faculty member in Fall 2012. Presently, she serves the School of Social Work as a Lecturer and BSW Program Director. She received a Doctor of Social Work (DSW, 2020) degree from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN. She received a Master of Social Work (MSW, 2000) from the University of Michigan with a concentration on interpersonal practice with children, youth and families in society. She received a Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSW, 1998) and Certificate in Human Resources (2012) from Eastern Michigan University. Love-Schropshire holds a dual macro and clinical license as a master level social
work practitioner with the State of Michigan. She practiced more than eighteen years as a case
manager, assessment specialist, medical and clinical social worker and school social worker in the Detroit Public Schools among other Michigan public school districts.
BPD Program Director
BPD Non-Program Director
Dr. Cora S. Jackson, DSW, LMSW
Assistant Professor, Social Work
Mississippi Valley State University
Dr. Kimberly Gallegos, Ph.D., LCSW
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Associate Professor, BSW Program Director
Worden School of Social Service
Our Lady of the Lake University
San Antonia, TX
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.
Kimberly Gallegos, Ph.D., LCSW is an Associate Professor and the BSW Program Director at Our Lady of the Lake University’s Worden School of Social Service which has three campuses - San Antonio, TX, La Feria, TX, and Online. Dr. Gallegos' areas of expertise in research and practice include human trafficking, healthy relationships, the military, and program evaluation. She has held academic positions at Baylor University, the University of Mary Hardin Baylor, and Temple College. She received both her MSW and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, where she also completed a Post-Doctoral Research
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
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.
Gary E. Bachman, MSSW
Professor Emeritus of Social Work
Park University, Parkville, Missouri
Gary Bachman has 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, his 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 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."
Mary Landriau, MSW, LCSW
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Faculty Associate/ Director of BSW Field Education
Seton Hall University
South Orange, New Jersey
Dr. Tammy Faux, MSSW, Ph.D.
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Professor and BSW Program Director
Department of Social Work
Dr. Tiffany Lane, Ph.D., MSW
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Associate Professor, BSW Coordinator
School of Social Work -University of North Carolina Wilmington
"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. Tammy Faux, a Professor of Social Work and BSW Program Director at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, has worked in social work education since 1998. Her academic interests include community-based research, campus, and community food security, emphasizing experiential and community-engaged learning, and curriculum development. Dr. Faux’s professional experience includes working with children and families, disabilities, and foster care.
Dr. Tiffany Lane is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW). Before her appointment at UNCW, Dr. Lane held a two-year appointment at Norfolk State University in the Ethelyn R. Strong School of Social Work as the BSW program director and Program Chair in the Social Work Department at West Chester University, PA. She has over 13 years of experience in social work education in various administrative roles. Her interests include child welfare services, issues impacting youth who age out of foster care, and African American youth academic and
social success in low-resourced communities. Dr. Lane earned her Bachelor of Social Work from West
Chester University, PA, Master of Social Work from Howard University, Washington DC, and a Ph.D. from Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD.