IUSSWAA Annual Alumni Conference Speaker Bios

Meet the Speakers

Allison (caregiver) is a wife, mother, and daughter. She is also a caregiver, a role she did not easily embrace. Her caregiver role requires her to wear many hats and juggle the many needs of her husband and her entire family. She is proud to say her priorities are first and foremost her faith and family, yet she learned how vital it is to also attend to her own self-care. A scientist by nature and training, it has become her passion to understand early-onset dementia and the best way to care for her husband.

Joseph Bartholomew, MSW, is a doctoral student at the Indiana University School of Social Work. His research interests include addiction stigma, Interprofessional Education (IPE), Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT), and substance abuse disorders. Bartholomew’s past work experience includes over 18 years of experience in the community mental health and substance use treatment fields with clinical, program development, education and training, and advocacy work.

Deborah Beckman, MSW, LSW, ACSW, is the owner and executive coach at Imagine More, LLC, where her work focuses on nonprofit consulting and professional and life coaching. In addition, she is an adjunct professor of social work at the Indiana University School of Social Work and the University of Saint Francis. Her professional experience has focused on macro social work in a leadership role for multiple nonprofit organizations. She retired from YWCA Northeast Indiana where she served as president and chief executive officer for over 10 years. Beckman graduated from Indiana University with an Associate of Arts in Accounting, Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, and a Master of Social Work. She is a graduate of the Coaches Training Institute (CTI). She is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers and a licensed social worker.

Kathy Byers, PhD, retired five years ago as associate professor and program director of the BSW program at the Indiana University School of Social Work in Bloomington. She continues to be involved in local, state, and national advocacy efforts, particularly through the advocacy Facebook page that she and another social worker started. Byers was instrumental in the development of LEAD at the Indiana State House, the formation of Influencing Social Policy, a national organization of social work educators who are involved in teaching policy, and the initiation of a voter engagement program for social work educators. This year she is being honored by NASW as a Social Work Pioneer.

Joan Carlson, PhD, is an associate professor at the Indiana University School of Social Work, Indianapolis campus. She has extensive research and practice experience with ethnically diverse adolescents and adults in urban settings working as senior research associate and project coordinator on a number of National Institutes of Health (NIH) randomized controlled behavior health risk prevention trials. Most recently, she has worked to integrate screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) training into Indiana’s health care and allied health care education systems.

Francine Carter, MSW, LCSW, PCC, is an assistant professor of social work at the University of Indianapolis and the owner/president of Action Coaching & Training, LLC. She is a professional certified coach and trainer specializing in exploring how your truth and transparency leads to transformations. Carter received her BSW and MSW from Indiana University and is a licensed clinical social worker. She also is an Energy Leadership Index–Master Practitioner (ELI-MP) trained International Coach Federation (ICF), Licensed Coaching Clinic Facilitator from Coach U.

Beryl Cohen, MSW, has served as the executive director of the National Association of Social Workers, Indiana Chapter since April 2017. Cohen’s background includes over 25 years of work experience focused on program planning and implementation, advocacy, public policy, and legislative work. Cohen worked as a registered lobbyist for over seven years focusing on low income issues that impact children, families, and individuals and over two years representing NASW Indiana. In addition, she worked for Governors Frank O’Bannon and Joseph Kernan as deputy director of the Bureau of Family Resources, which was responsible for running 22 different statewide programs, including TANF and Food Stamps.

Rebecca Coleman, DSW, MSW, LCSW, is the MSW program director at Southeastern University, Lakeland, Florida. Her research interests are interprofessional education and mutual aid groups. She earned her MSW from Indiana University in 1982 and her DSW from St. Catherine University–University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 2017. Her clinical practice specializes in work with children, women, and families experiencing trauma, child abuse, and interpersonal violence. Her academic work focuses on curriculum development, assessment, professional self-care, and leadership through empowerment.

Susan Glassburn Larimer, LCSW, PhD, assistant professor, has been a clinical social worker for more than 30 years. She has been teaching at the Indiana University School of Social Work for the past 15 years in the MSW program. She has worked as a mental health clinician, a clinical manager in home health care, and a bereavement coordinator in a hospice program. She currently sees clients at a local mental health agency. Her research interests include teaching and learning, study abroad, and health care social work.

Nicole Goodson, JD, joined Kids’ Voice as an attorney at the Children’s Law Center of Indiana in 2018 after representing families in special education and guardianship matters at Disability Legal Services of Indiana for eight years. Goodson is also an adjunct professor in the Child Advocacy Law Clinic at Indiana University McKinney School of Law. She received her undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Michigan State University, and her law degree from the University of Michigan Law School. Nicole serves on the Civil Rights of Children Committee of the Indiana State Bar Association, is a member of National Association of Counsel for Children, is a volunteer court-appointed special advocate (CASA) with Child Advocates, and is an Adopt-a-Block captain for Keep Indianapolis Beautiful.

Susan Hunter, JD, founded Hunter Estate & Elder Law in 2001, and currently has offices in Fishers and Rockville, Indiana. Licensed in both Indiana and Illinois, Susan has dedicated her career to helping families through life’s difficult transitions. A national coach and speaker in the fields of estate planning, elder law, medicaid, probate, team building, and practice management, she is also the author of Breaking Through: Busting the Generational Barriers. A graduate of Hanover College (BA) and Salmon P. Chase College of Law (JD), she is also a member of the American, Indiana, and Illinois bar associations, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Indiana State Guardianship Association, Wealth Counsel and Elder Counsel. Hunter has had the privilege of helping raise the industry standard by developing innovative and state-of-the-art programs for attorneys and their support teams who are pursuing a purposeful practice that focuses on the needs of the families they serve. One of five children, Hunter grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, moving to Indiana as a teen. Her large extended family instilled a strong sense of values that have infused her mission as a business owner and lifetime learner. Hunter and her husband, Mark, enjoy traveling, golf, and scuba diving, and make their home in Noblesville, Indiana, with their rescued dogs, Wilbur and Wrigley.

Katherine Meger Kelsey, JD, is the director of the Children’s Law Center of Indiana and joined Kids’ Voice as an attorney for the Guardian ad Litem Program in October 2009. In March 2013, Meger Kelsey began working in the Children’s Law Center and is the co-author of the 2014 Cumulative Supplement to the CHINS Deskbook. Meger Kelsey received her undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from Canisius College, and her law degree, cum laude, from Indiana University Maurer School of Law. She serves as vice chair of the Children’s Rights Committee of the Indiana State Bar Association and is a member of the Family Law and Juvenile Section of the Indiana State Bar Association. Meger Kelsey presents at conferences and to child service organizations on many family law and juvenile law topics and has authored papers and articles that are part of the Kids’ Voice educational website. She is also a court-appointed special advocate (CASA) for Child Advocates, a new volunteer attorney for the ACLU, and has recently begun involvement with various clinic and immigration organizations.

Kathy Lay, PhD, received her doctorate in social work from the University of Louisville with a certificate in Women’s Studies. She has been a clinical practitioner, working in mental health and substance abuse with individuals, couples, and families for over 20 years. She has extensive training in family/couples therapy, narrative therapy, and working with individuals who have experienced trauma. Her research interests include substance use disorders with an emphasis on recovery. She is a co-investigator on research projects with an interprofessional team researching screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT), tobacco cessation education for mental health professionals, and alternative practices used to facilitate recovery from addictions. She is also a registered yoga teacher (RYT 200), has been trained in mindfulness meditation and transcendental meditation, and has special interests in brain-based therapy and teaching.

Jessica Euna Lee, PhD, is an assistant professor at the Indiana University School of Social Work. Her research and practice focus on health care social work, refugee and global health, research ethics, and community practice. Lee chairs the Health Practice Area at the school and teaches health and community practice courses. She has worked in refugee health and community-based programming in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Indianapolis, Indiana. Lee served on the board of the United Nations Association (UNA) of Greater Philadelphia and coordinates opportunities for IU social work students to attend the UNA Global Engagement Summit at the UN Headquarters. She received a PhD from Bryn Mawr College and a Master of Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Bruce Martin, PhD, was born in Gary, Indiana, and grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He has worked at Indiana University Bloomington since 1979. Martin received a BA in physics from Rice University and a PhD from Indiana University. His first 20 years at IUB was spent doing mainly research and the second twenty years teaching. He teaches physiology to medical and nursing students, and an undergraduate course in psychoactive drugs.

Kim Moffett, MSW, LCSW, LAC, has been with the Indiana University School of Social Work for 12 years as a full-time lecturer and prior to that had worked as an adjunct lecturer for 12 years. She received her BS and MSW from Indiana University. Her professional experience includes working with child welfare, juvenile justice policy and programming, mental health research, school social work, and both clinical and community practice. Because of the lecturer role, she originally taught courses across the spectrum at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. In recent years, she has concentrated on graduate courses that have focused on mental health policy, community and global practice, and diversity, human rights, and social justice. Moffett is married with four adult children and six grandchildren. She also serves as the vice president of the board of directors at the Hawthorne Community Center in Indianapolis.

Lisa Marquette Porat, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, FAOSW, has over 30 years of experience in the health care industry as an oncology social worker, health communications/marketing executive, clinical director, graduate school professor, organizational leadership consultant, health educator, and strategic planning consultant in both private and public settings. With a primary expertise in the field of oncology, Marquette Porat’s practice focus is oncology patient education, advocacy relations, clinical trial recruitment, health education, and organizational leadership.

Lynn Shaw, EdD, MSW, LCSW, LCAC, is an assistant professor of social work at the University of Indianapolis. She is a licensed clinical social worker, licensed clinical addictions counselor, and a certified intrinsic coach. She has worked with social workers in professional development for over 35 years and has social work experience in addictions, mental health health care, field education, and professional development. Her areas of research include laughter therapy for stress resiliency, adult learners, and critical self-reflection. She holds an MSW from Indiana University and a Doctoral of Education from Ball State University.

Christine Turo-Shields, ACSW, LCSW, LCAC, is co-owner of Kenosis Counseling Center, Inc. a community-based outpatient practice. She maintains a successful private practice with specialized training in trauma, including CISD and certification as an EMDR therapist. She earned her BSW from Penn State University and her MSW from Indiana University. She is a member of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s Family Advocacy Outreach Network as well as a state board member of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (Indiana Chapter). These affiliations have solidified her integration of faith and spirituality into her practice as she walks alongside her clients as they journey through life. Additional specialties include anxiety management, women’s issues, marital enrichment, and working with gifted and profoundly gifted children, teens, and families.

Jane Zobel, MSW, LCSW, retired in 2016 after 30 years as a social worker in the Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS). She is currently president of the Indiana School Social Work Association. She has been actively involved with the association for more than 20 years, advocating for school social workers throughout the state and Midwest. In the IPS, Zobel worked in pilot programs for positive behavior supports, peer mediation (Project Peace), and full partnership schools, coordinating with community services in her schools. She served on the district Bully Prevention Planning Committee, planning school-wide services that continue to be provided in IPS schools. Zobel used social emotional learning techniques in her practice as a school social worker with her students, especially in her work with students identified for special education services. She currently is an adjunct lecturer for Indiana University School of Social Work.