The Catholic University of America

NCSSS Alumni Association

13th Recipient of the Annual NCSSS Alumni Achievement Award

JOHN J. KENNEY, Ph.D., is the Chief of  Aging and Disability Services, at Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services

 Jay has a B.A. (Psychology) from Southern Illinois University, Masters of Arts (Theology), Masters and Social Work from The Catholic University of America and an M.B.A. from Southeastern University

  Dr. Kenney has over 25 years experience in providing and administering services to older adults and people with disabilities. Jay was appointed chief of Aging and Disability Services in the newly created Department of Health and Human Services.  With an annual budget of $30 million and 150 staff, the overarching goal of all its programs is to ensure that seniors, individuals with disabilities and their families are fully participating members of our community.

In his leadership role within the Department of Health and Human Services, Jay works closely with the Commission on Aging, Commission on People with Disabilities, the Commission on Veterans’ Affairs and numerous nonprofit partners, advocacy, stakeholder and consumer groups.

 Dr. Kenney also serves as the Chair of the County’s Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security’s Community Services Group which is responsible for Federal Emergency Support Functions (ESFs):

 For over ten years Dr. Kenney chaired or co-chaired the departments Clinical Ethics Review Committee which gained national recognition and awards as one of the first ethics review committees in a public human services agency.

. Prior to joining the County, he was the associate director of Social Work at the Washington Hospital Center and a member of the hospital’s Bio-Ethics Committee.  Jay is a member of the Advisory Board of the Center on Global Aging, affiliated with the National Catholic School of Social Service, The Catholic University of America.   

 Jay and his family reside in Rockville and are active members of St. Mary’s Catholic Community. Jay has served as a volunteer shopper in the Senior Connections (previously Red Cross) Grocery Shopping Program for over ten years. 

 Join me in recognizing Dr. John Kenny as the recipient of our 13th Annual NCSSS Alumni Achievement Award.





Virgil J. Patterson III Receives NCSSS Alumni Achievement Award at 2010 Homecoming Conference

Dr. Virgil Patterson received his bachelor and master of science degrees from Brigham Young University and his MSW from the University of Utah. In 1983, he received his PhD in Social Work from NCSSS at The Catholic University of America while simultaneously completing his fellowship Program in Child and Family Studies at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Professional positions within the US Army Health Services Command at Ft. Sam Houston, TX include:

  • Chief, Family Support Division;
  • Chief, Alcohol & Training Branch, and;
  • Chief, Alcohol & Policy Branch.

From 1997-2000, Dr. Patterson served as Chief of the Department of Social Work at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

In 2000, he assumed the position of Social Work Consultant to the Army Surgeon General. I would prefer to use Dr. Patterson’s words to describe this position:

"I was responsible for the Army Social Work program throughout the US Army."

He held this position for 5 years. From 2006 to the present, Dr. Patterson has held 2 positions at Ft. Sam Houston as Clinical Social Worker for the PTSD Clinical Team and currently as the Director of Training, Social Service, Department of behavioral Medicine for the Brooke Army Medical Center.

Let me conclude by saying whenever and wherever the need arose, Dr. Patterson has answered the call. Please welcome Dr. Patterson as our recipient of NCSSS’ Alumni Achievement Award.

(Introductory remarks by Dr. Marie Raber, Associate Dean, NCSSS)



Dr. Marie Raber, Dr. John Kenny (Alumni Award Recipient) and Dean Will Rainford at the 13th Annual NCSSS Homecoming Conference


ADr. Marie Raber, Alex Robinson (outgoing NCSSS president) and Dean Will Rainford.