Distinguished Alumni

2017 CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

The School of Social Work Alumni Society Work is pleased to announce the categories for its awards program:

  • Outstanding Contributions to Social Work Education
  • Outstanding Contributions/Career in Social Work Practice
  • Outstanding Alumni Award
  • Outstanding Field Instructor Award
  • Rising Star Alumni Award

Nominees for the Distinguished Alumni Awards should have the highest standards of professional integrity and personal conduct; advance knowledge of the profession; and support public and social policies that ensure equal rights for all regardless of race, creed, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, income, or disability.

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2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards

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.

Outstanding Alumni Award

Rodney Rutkowski (MSW ’80, BASW ’75)

Director of Health Management, UPMC St. Margaret

Rod Rutkowski is responsible for the management of a 25 member care management team, providing administrative oversight and management of St. Margaret’s community health needs assessment and management of the hospital’s “bed fund” in conjunction with the St. Margaret Foundation. He is a longtime field instructor and adjunct professor at Pitt Social Work. Rod is lauded by his colleagues for his expertise, warmth and compassion.

Outstanding Field Instructor Award

Carol Brackett (MSW ’79)