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LEADERSHIP

Caroline Macke

Caroline Macke

PhD, MSW

School of Social Work Interim Director, Professor

mackec1@nku.edu

Bio

Education: MSW & PhD in Social Work from the University of Kentucky

Credentials: PhD, MSW

Teaching, Research, and Practice Interests:

  • Teaching: Human Behavior Theory, Applied Research, Ethics
  • Research: Campus climate, diversity/inclusion, pedagogy, food insecurity among college students, educational opportunities among justice-involved individuals, partner violence & sexual assault intervention/prevention
  • Practice: Community organization and program/policy-development related to the above topics

Year Started at NKU: 2008

Fun Fact! I have 4 awesome kids and an amazing husband. My husband & I love to be outdoors and recently summitted Mount St. Helens. It was an AMAZING experience. 

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers

Tara McLendon

Tara McLendon

PhD, MSW

BSW Program Director, BSW Field Program Director, Professor

mclendont1@nku.edu

Bio

Education: BSW, MSW, & PhD from the University of Kansas

Credentials: PhD, MSW

Teaching, Research, and Practice Interests: I love teaching Field! It is a privilege to share a bit in this part of students' journeys. I am also currently involved in developing and maintaining police social work programs in Kentucky and across the country. This includes researching and developing best practices in this field.

Year Started at NKU: 2010

Fun Fact! I hiked rim-to-rim of the Grand Canyon in July 1999. It was 123 degrees at the bottom of the Canyon - UGH!

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers

Katherina Terhune

Katherina Terhune

PhD, MSW, LCSW

MSW Program Director, Associate Professor

terhunek1@nku.edu

Bio

Education: MSW & PhD in Gerontology from the University of Kentucky 

Credentials: PhD, LCSW, MSW

Teaching, Research, and Practice Interests:

Teaching: Mental health diagnosis, mental health and aging, group theory and practice, human behavior and the social environment, clinical decision making

Research: Mental health impacts of dementia caregiving, gerontological literacy

Practice: I still practice as a mental health therapist specializing in adult mental health, including depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, bipolar disorder, and issues relating to aging and caregiving

Year Started at NKU: 2016

Fun Fact! I am the mother of 7 children and two cats! 

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers 

Kelly Fallon

Kelly Fallon

MSW, LISW-S, LCSW

MSW Field Director

fallonk2@nku.edu

Bio

Education: MSW from the University of Cincinnati

Credentials: MSW, LISW-S, LCSW

Teaching, Research, and Practice Interests: Social Work Education, Social Work Practice

Year Started at NKU: 2020

Fun Fact! I ran my first Ultra Marathon in 2021.

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Faculty

Nycole Brundidge

Nycole Brundidge

MSW

Clinical Assistant Professor, PCWCP Site Coordinator

brundidgen@nku.edu

Bio

Education: BSW & MSW from NKU

Credentials: MSW

Teaching, Research, and Practice Interests: I enjoy teaching in person! I love having discussions about social work. I have also been a Transitions Inc. Board Member since 2017.

Year Started at NKU: Adjunct in 2018, Full Time in 2021

Fun Fact! I have seen the WEBN fireworks every year since 1980. 

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers

Suk-hee Kim

Suk-hee Kim

PhD, COI, MSW

Associate Professor

kims16@nku.edu

Bio

Education: Joint PhD in Social Work from University of Louisville & University of Kentucky, MSW from Boston University, & B.A. in Social Welfare from Hanil University & Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Credentials: PhD, COI, MSW, BA

Teaching, Research, and Practice Interests: Gerontology, Aging and Mental Health, Opioid Epidemic, Healthy Brain and Cognition, Multiculturalism & Diversity, Research, Social Policy & Advocacy, Social Entrepreneurship & Social Work, Community Development & Engagement, Primary Care & HIV/AIDS

Year Started at NKU: 2014

Fun Fact! I enjoy Family Travel, Kayaking, Running, Playing Tennis, Cooking & Baking, Gathering & Fellowship

Megan Lindsey

Megan Lindsey

Ed.D, LCSW, LISW-S

Assistant Professor

lindseym4@nku.edu

Bio

***bio coming soon!***

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Kevin Lotz

Kevin Lotz

PhD, LISW (Ohio), LCSW (New York), LICDC, ICADC, ACSW

Assistant Professor

lotzk1@nku.edu

Bio

Education: PhD from New York University- Silver School of Social Work, MSW from Washington University in St. Louis- The Brown School of Social Work and Public Health, & BSW from Missouri State University School of Social Work

Credentials: PhD, MSW, BSW, LISW (Ohio), LCSW (New York), LICDC, ICADC, ACSW

Teaching, Research, and Practice Interests:

Teaching: Student Centered Education; Social Work Practice; Evidence Based Practices; Trauma-Informed Practice; Adult Learning & Non-Traditional Students; Social Work Field Education; Social and Economic Justice; Multicultural Diversity & Oppression

Research: African American Women's Health Issues; COVID-19; Health Disparities & Social Determinants of Health; Women Injection Drug Use; Heroin, Opioid, Substance Use & Abuse; Homelessness & Housing Insecurity

Practice: Nonprofit Administration, Management and Supervision; Organization and Program Development; Program and Practice Evaluation; Mental Health; Trauma; Substance Abuse; Homelessness; Criminal Justice Involvement, Incarceration & Forensic Social Work; Health Disparities; Bereavement, Grief & Loss

Year Started at NKU: 2019

Fun Fact! As I was completing my MSW degree, I moved to New York City (Manhattan) to launch my professional social work career, where I would then spend the next 16 years managing two of the nation's largest drug/alcohol rehabs while also founding and directing a homeless youth shelter. Just before I left NYC to join NKU, I completed a 32-mile walk around the entire island of Manhattan! 

Preferred Pronouns: he/him/his

Reiko Ozaki

Reiko Ozaki

PhD, MSW, LISW-S

Assistant Professor

ozakir1@nku.edu

Bio 

Education: PhD from the University of Kentucky, & BSW and MSW from The Ohio State University

Credentials: PhD, MSW, LISW-S

Teaching, Research, and Practice Interests: My practice area has been gender-based violence (mainly intimate partner violence), mental health, anti-oppression, and refugee/immigrant communities.  These practice interests touch all that I do in teaching and research.

Year Started at NKU: 2017

Fun Fact! I am good at cooking something GOOD out of nothing (e.g., leftover veggies, things about to expire, bare fridge). 

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers

Holly Riffe

Holly Riffe

PhD, MSW

Professor

riffeh@nku.edu

Bio

***bio coming soon!***

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Karen Tapp

Karen Tapp

JD, MSSW

Associate Professor

tappk@nku.edu

Bio

Education: BSW from University of Kentucky, MSSW from University of Tennessee, and JD from NKU Chase College of Law

Credentials: BSW, MSSW, JD

Teaching, Research, and Practice Interests: Field Education, Service Learning, Duty to Protect, Ethics, Beyond Guilt Initiative

Year Started at NKU: 2012

Fun Fact! I am an ardent supporter of Beyond Guilt

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers

James Taylor

James Taylor

MSW

Lecturer

taylorj29@nku.edu

Bio

Education: BSW from University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) & MSW from the University of Alabama

Credentials: MSW

Teaching Interests: I teach primarily SWK 303 Professional Interactional Skills, SWK 392 Research Methods, and SWK 407 Social Welfare Policy at the undergraduate level. However, I have also taught multiple other classes over the years at NKU (SWK 106, SWK 105, SWK 304, SWK 406, SWK 408, etc..). I have also taught several classes at the graduate level.

Year Started at NKU: 2012

Fun Fact! I am obsessed with music.

Preferred Pronouns: he/him/his

Jessica Taylor

Jessica Taylor

PhD, MSW

Associate Professor

taylorj28@nku.edu

Bio

Education: PhD from the University of Alabama

Credentials: PhD, MSW

Teaching, Research, and Practice Interests:

Teaching: Research, social welfare policy, community organization, professional social work communication skills, BSW and MSW field experiences, social work and the community

Research: Food insecurity; poverty and social determinants of health; social supports; access and inclusion in higher education; pedagogy; leadership and mentorship

Practice: Community organization and macro social work; reproductive health and social determinants of health; poverty and food insecurity; access and inclusion in higher education; leadership and mentorship

Year Started at NKU: 2012

Fun Fact! I am a major bookworm, and love to read across genres including social and cultural histories, public health, and fantasy (both high-fantasy and pure candy).

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers (for more information, please visit the GLSEN pronoun guide )

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Neisha Wiley

Neisha Wiley

Ed.D, MSW, LSW

Assistant Professor

wileyn1@nku.edu

Bio

Education: Associates, Bachelors, and Masters Degrees from the University of Cincinnati & Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from NKU 

Credentials: Ed.D, MSW, LSW

Teaching, Research, and Practice Interests: Future research interests include factors that contribute to attrition in the field of social work, women and self-care, equity, and access for underrepresented populations. 

Year Started at NKU: 2018

Fun Fact! I love football! I am a BIG Cincinnati Bengals and University of Cincinnati Bearcats fan! 

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers 

David Wilkerson

David Wilkerson

MSW, LCSW-S (KY), LISW-S (OH)

Senior Lecturer

wilkersond1@nku.edu

Bio

Education: MSW from the University of Cincinnati

Credentials: MSW, LCSW-S (KY), LISW-S (OH)

Teaching, Research, and Practice Interests:

Psychotherapy, Group Treatment, Assessment/Diagnosis, Children/Families, Behavioral Health Techniques, Agency Administration, Substance Use Disorders

Research interests: Opioid use disorder, Multi-system Service Issues, Program Development, Use of Self in Therapy, SBIRT

Year Started at NKU: 2008

Fun Fact! I was once the only passenger on a commercial flight and was out numbered 4:1 by the flight crew.

Preferred Pronouns: he/him/his

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Staff

Melanie Hall

Melanie Hall

Academic Coordinator

hallm10@nku.edu

Bio

Title: Academic Coordinator

Job Responsibilities: Budget, personnel, reporting, and course scheduling.

Year Started at NKU: 2013

Fun Fact! I have a polydactyl (or Hemingway) cat with extra toes.

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers

Deborah Henry

Deborah Henry

Advisor, Senior Lecturer

henryde@nku.edu

Bio

Title: Advisor/Senior Lecturer

Job Responsibilities: Academic Advising for BSW students with 30 or more credit hours.

Year Started at NKU: 2000

Fun Fact! At one point, I owned 12 dogs, ranging in size from 15  to 165 lbs, and a tarantula.

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers

Gabrielle Karwath

Gabrielle Karwath

Graduate Assistant

karwathg1@nku.edu

Bio

Title: Graduate Assistant

Job Responsibilities: Assist in a variety of BSW programmatic tasks including the design and updating of the BSW website, brochure, recruitment materials, student handbook, accreditation materials, and field documents. 

Year Started at NKU: Undergrad in 2016, Grad School for Clinical Mental Health Counseling & School Counseling in 2020, and started with the BSW Program Spring 2021!

Fun Fact! When I’m not studying or working you can find me outside somewhere! I love everything outdoors- hiking, rock climbing, camping, etc. 

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers

Jasmine Riddlespriger

Jasmine Riddlespriger

Academic Advisor

riddlesprj1@nku.edu

Bio

Title: Academic Advisor

Job Responsibilities: I advise MSW and MSN/DNP students with enrollment. Within advising an advising session the student and I will discuss their educational goals and develop an individualized plan to degree attainment.

Year Started at NKU: October 2020

Fun Fact! The most exciting trip I took last summer was to Telluride, Colorado. I went off-roading on Imogene pass with friends and reached an elevation of 13,000+ ft. It was an amazing view!

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers

Tina Wagner

Tina Wagner

Academic Assistant

wagnerc11@nku.edu

Bio

Title: Academic Assistant

Job Responsibilities: Assist SOSW Program Directors and all SW Faculty with administrative duties

Year Started at NKU: January 2020

Fun Fact! I have three daughters: an artist who also loves psychology, an actress/model, and a future MMA fighter (hopeful) and we all love to travel (hence the picture of my husband and I at the Grand Canyon from summer 2021).

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers

Heidi Waters

Heidi Waters

Graduate Coordinator

watersh2@nku.edu

Bio

Title: MSW Graduate Coordinator, School of Social Work//CHHS and Counseling Graduate Coordinator, School of KCRS//CHHS

Job Responsibilities: As graduate coordinator I typically interact with students from inquiry through graduation and licensure.  Admissions, curriculum, advising, registration, student advocacy, program certification for graduation, licensure forms, etc.  Involves being part of a dynamic team of administrators, program directors, faculty, staff, and students to make the transition into and progress through professional graduate degrees as meaningful and enlightening as possible. 

Year Started at NKU: 2005

Fun Fact! I showed and trained jumpers for over 20 years and taught English Hunt Seat and Basic Dressage.

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers

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