2016 winners L to R: Michael Lindsey, Jim Bernardo, Rod Rutkowski, Carol Brackett, Ben Bishop
In 2016, the School of Social Work Alumni Society Work recognized its outstanding alumni in the following categories:
Distinguished Alumni – Social Work Education
Michael Lindsey (PhD ’02)
Associate Professor, New York University
Credited with inspiring the reformatting of Pitt Social Work’s doctoral program, Michael Lindsey has accomplished a tremendous amount in a relatively short period of time. Michael’s work is focused on at-risk young people, particularly African American males. Dr. Lindsey has published 28 journal articles and six book chapters and has received significant funding from private foundations and federal grants, including a $12 million dollar grant from NIH. He is a standing member of the NIMH Services Research Committee and a board member-at-large for the Society for Social Work and Research.
Distinguished Alumni – Social Work Practice
James Bernardo (MSW ’76)
Executive Vice President and COO, Presbyterian Senior Living
Jim Bernardo is responsible for the operational and expansion-related activities of 25 senior-living communities, 11 continuing care retirement communities, two long-term skilled care centers, two personal care communities and a number of rental-assistance housing complexes. Jim’s commitment to and impact on aging services is further stressed by his past receipt of the prestigious Paul Haas Lifetime Achievement Award from LeadingAge PA.