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.


Fran Omodio (Class of 1993, Former President) is a Certified Social Worker at St. Luke Institute in Silver Spring, Maryland, a residential facility for treatment, education, and research, specializing in promoting the health and well-being of women and men, religious, clergy, and others involved in church ministry. After a successful career in education in Catholic Schools as a teacher, principal and then as a counselor, she attended NCSSS for a Masters in Social Work as a full time student. Upon graduation in 1993, I worked at various agencies to include Alexandria Mental Health as the Coordinator of the Homeless Program and after licensing, as an Emergency Services therapist and at the Department of Child and Family in the District of Columbia. Her background as an educator, and then as a mental health therapist, prepared her for her current position as a Continuing Care therapist working with additions and all mental health issues.


Teri Fuller (Class of 2002) received her Master of Social Work from NCSSS in 2002.  She has been working as a social worker at the High Road Middle School of Washington DC since August 2002, providing individual and group therapy for the student in the school.  The High Road School is a private school for students with behavioral and learning challenges and serves children from age 6 to 22.  Recently she was promoted to Associate Director of the middle school ED program.  Teri also volunteers at the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing.  She volunteers in the summer at Camp Forget Me Not as a group counselor and during the school year, facilitates weekly groups for children who have lost a loved ones to homicide.


Anita H. Reed, LCSW, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical social worker and therapist who specializes in the treatment of adolescents, adults, and families.  She has more than 21 years of experience serving at-risk youth and families as a direct service provider and also as a developer and analyst of programs and policy.  She worked for Arlington County Department of Human Services for 14 years as a program manager and supervisor of child welfare staff.  Currently, she works as a therapist for Arlington County Public Schools.  She has also been an adjunct professor at Catholic University’s National School of Social Services (NCSSS) for 5 years, with a specific focus on child welfare policy.  Dr. Reed graduated from Vassar College with a B.A in Sociology, received her Masters in Social Work from Columbia University, and completed her doctoral studies in Social Work at the National Catholic School of Social Services at Catholic University.


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, MSW, LGSW, graduated with my Master of Social Work degree from NCSSS in May 2007. After finishing my 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 IV – TR 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.


Melissa Sellevaag (Class of 2002, Former President), LICSW received her MSW from NCSSS in 2002, as well as an MA from Marist College. She is currently the education/training/outreach coordinator for the STD Control Program in the District of Columbia’s Department of Health. In this position she is responsible for creating and disseminating prevention and education materials/information to the community with the goal of reducing the impact of STDs on the Washington DC community, using community health fairs, trainings for providers, presentations and programs for youth, as well as the provision of educational materials to local organizations. Prior to working for the DC Department of Health, Melissa was the Deputy Director of an HIV/AIDS permanency planning project in Washington, DC,  and she has presented both nationally and locally to train other social workers on how to engage families in the permanency planning process. Melissa has conducted research at the NIH’s Pediatric AIDS unit with a nationally known researcher, and is an adjunct faculty member in the MSW program at NCSSS. She is also a national trainer for the National Association of Social Workers HIV/AIDS Spectrum: Mental Health and Education Project. Prior to her work in the field of STDs and HIV/AIDS Melissa provided individual and group therapy for persons living with a chronic mental illness in a partial hospitalization program.


Paul Tewksbury, After several years working as a professional musician, Paul returned to the academic world to earn his MSW at NCSSS, which he completed in 2008.  While an NCSSS student, Paul chose the Combined (clinical/macro) Concentration and developed an interest in the field of Employee Assistance (EAP).  Paul served as a social work intern at the EAP with the US House of Representatives during his advanced year in the program.  Upon graduation, Paul obtained a position with the EAP for Adventist HealthCare in Rockville, where he worked for two years.  In May, 2010, Paul began a new position as an EAP Counselor with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda.  Paul earned the CEAP credential in May 2010, designating him a Certified Employee Assistance Professional. 

Adam Rocap, LICSW received his MSW from NCSSS in 2007. He is the Director of Social Services at Miriam’s Kitchen, where he provides direct services to homeless individuals, manages the social services team, oversees program improvement strategies, and has participated in developing and implementing the agency’s new strategic plan focused on ending chronic homelessness in the District. He is passionate about the growing advocacy efforts at Miriam’s Kitchen, from fostering a client-led advocacy group to broader agency-driven advocacy efforts.

Erika Buehler, MSW, LICSW, received her B.A. in Social Work and MSW from CUA in 2008 and 2009, respectively. She is a Clinical Social Worker for the Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Institute of Catholic Charities in Washington DC, a school for children ages six to twenty-two with intellectual disabilities. She provides individual and group therapeutic and case management services to the students and their families as designated on their Individualized Education Plans. Erika has shown a passion for working with people with disabilities, through field placements and Kennedy Institute and Children's National Medical Center and participation in the Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities program through CNMC.

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

James Zabora, Dean NCSSS, Ex-officio member

Marion Gosney, Ex-officio member