The Catholic University of America

NCSSS Alumni Association

Board of Directors 


Nancy Fox (Class of 1987, President), MSW, received her MSW at CUA in 1987. After field placements working with renal transplant patients and domestic violence in the military, she has spent most of her career in medical social work. This includes seventeen years at the Washington Hospital Center where she worked with burn and trauma survivors and served as a member of the Bioethics Committee, as well as a SW supervisor and coordinator of their large field placement program. Other related activities include some private practice as well as serving as a crisis hotline counselor. Currently she is a social worker for Holy Cross Homecare and Hospice and teaches in the undergraduate program at CUA-NCSSS.


Ellen Thursby (Vice-President), PhD, LICSW is the Manager for Mental Health and Disabilities at the Edward C. Mazique Parent Child Center, a program serving children birth to five and their families.  Using a multidisciplinary model, the program provides specialized services to children with developmental delays and social emotional issues, teen parents, and families affected by substance use.  Ms. Thursby has presented at national conferences about these models of intervention.  Ms. Thursby completed the doctoral program at the National Catholic School of Social Service at The Catholic University of America.  Her dissertation research was a narrative analysis of the decision making processes leading to motherhood during the teen years.  Ms. Thursby is the Assistant Director of Field Education at NCSSS and teaches a foundation year integrative field seminar in the master’s program.


Patty Prince (Class of 2002, Former President) received her MSW from NCSSS, and then started work at the Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Her work for the Social Work Department centers on working with patients going through clinical trials involving peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) transplants.  From a research perspective, she is an associate investigator on two protocols. The first study investigates the quality of life for patients looking at their lives from the time point starting three years after their transplant. In conjunction with this study, a recent focus of national and international presentations is on the spiritual well-being of Hispanic and Non-Hispanic PBSC transplants patients. The second protocol investigates the outcomes of providing an intervention of problem-solving education for caregivers of PBSC transplant patients.


Alex Robinson,Alex Robinson, MSW, LICSW, graduated with his Master of Social Work degree from NCSSS in May 2007. After finishing his advanced year placement at the Office of the Public Defender in Rockville, MD, he was hired as a forensic social worker at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia.  As a forensic social worker, he is part of an interdisciplinary team comprised of attorneys, investigators, and social workers.  The team assists clients who have pending court cases in the judicial system. He primarily performs  psychosocial assessments of clients, utilizing DSM  V diagnostic criteria, develops individualized programs to assist in the rehabilitation of ex-offenders by using community based resources, provides psychotherapeutic services for clients in crisis, creates sentencing memorandum reports for the court explaining the client’s psychosocial condition and mental health concerns, provides a treatment plan to the court to address the client’s mental health needs, and provides allocution during client’s sentencing.  He has been an associate professor at NCSSS since 2009, and currently teaches in the MSW program both on campus and in NCSSS’ online MSW program.


Paul Tewksbury, LCSW-C, CEAP, currently works as an Employee Assistance Counselor with the U.S. House of Representatives Office of Employee Assistance in Washington, DC, assuming this position in early 2015 following almost five years with the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD.  Prior to serving NIH, Paul worked with the EAP serving Adventist HealthCare and numerous mid-sized organizations in the greater Washington metropolitan area.  He has maintained a variety of significant responsibilities regarding the clinical, administrative and promotional aspects of employee assistance practice in each position he has held.  Paul completed his Masters studies in social work at Catholic University in 2008 with a combined clinical/macro concentration, and is currently credentialed as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Maryland and a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP).  He has been a two-time president of a local chapter of the Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA), and is the current president of the Alumni Advisory Board of Catholic’s School of Social Service.  Additionally, Paul now serves on the Employee Assistance Certification Commission, the international board within EAPA responsible for oversight of the CEAP credential.

Adam Rocap, LICSW, is the Chief Program Officer at Miriam's Kitchen, a community agency working to end chronic homelessness in Washington, DC. He supports the Social Services, Advocacy, and Permanent Supportive Housing programs. He is active in DC’s Interagency Council on Homelessness, particularly in efforts to end veteran and chronic homelessness and build a strong coordinated entry system in DC. Before starting at Miriam’s Kitchen in 2007, Adam worked as a case manager at Green Door, a community mental health center in Washington, DC, and as a case manager at a homeless services agency for seniors in Oakland, CA. He received a Master of Social Work degree from NCSSS, where he currently loves serving as a Field Liaison in addition to serving on the Alumni Association Board.

Erika Rodke, MSW, LICS received her B.A. in Social Work and MSW from CUA in 2008 and 2009, respectively.  She has spent the last six years working as a clinical school social worker for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Washington, D.C. She holds a clinical license in the district and her clinical practice and research agenda is focused on improving quality of clinical services to people with intellectual disabilities and increasing education on disability issues in graduate education.  Erika is currently completing coursework for her PhD in Social Work at CUA and teaching foundation year classes in the Online MSW Program.  She enjoys being a part of the NCSSS community as both a student and an alum.

Dr. Marie Raber, Associate Dean, MSW Program Chair, Faculty Advisor

Dr. William Rainford, Dean NCSSS, Ex-officio member

Marion Gosney, Ex-officio member