2009 Alumni Awards

Distinguished Alumni Award

Gladys Gonzales-Ramos

Dr. Gladys González-Ramos, MSW '77, PhD '85

Dr. Gladys González-Ramos is an associate professor at the New York University Silver School of Social Work and adjunct associate professor of neurology at the New York University School of Medicine. She received her master's and doctoral degrees in social work from NYU. She holds a certificate in psychoanalytic psychotherapy with adults from The Institute for Mental Health Education and a certificate in psychoanalytic psychotherapy with children and families from The Postgraduate Center for Mental Health.

Dr. González-Ramos is a consultant to the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) on national educational and outreach initiatives. Along with Ruth Hagestuen (RN, MA), she serves a co-director of Community Partners for Parkinson Care (CPP), a national community outreach program that seeks to form national and community-based partnerships to raise awareness and help medically underserved families to access specialty medical care. She has received awards for her work from the NYC chapter of the NASW/Latino Social Work Task Force, the Florida Movement Disorder Society and the Puerto Rican Family Institute.

Mary Greene

Mary Pender Greene MSW, '74

Mary Pender Greene is an assistant executive director at the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services (JBFCS), the largest voluntary mental health and social services agency in the country. The JBFCS serves 70,000 families of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds each year in 160 programs with a staff of 3,400. She joined the JBFCS in 1984 and has been chief of social work services and the director of group treatment since 1993. She was appointed assistant executive director and a member of the Executive Management Team in 2007.

Ms. Pender Greene is being honored for her years of service at JBFCS, and her work to enhance our profession, including leadership in NASW-NYC, and for her work in family and group therapy, multiculturalism, and antiracism efforts. Ms. Pender Greene is the co-editor of Racism and Racial Identity: Reflections on Urban Practice in Mental Health and Social Services (Dec. 2006) and the author of Beyond Diversity and Multiculturalism: Towards the Development of Anti-racist Institutions and Leaders, article in The Journal of Non-Profit Management (2008).

Outstanding Recent Alumni Award

Teresa Pasquale

Teresa Bennett-Pasquale, MSW '07

Teresa Bennett-Pasquale, works at the Department of Veterans Affairs at the Secaucus Vet Center. The Vet Center program focuses on the treatment of Combat Veterans and survivors of Military Sexual Trauma with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. At the Vet Center, Ms. Bennett-Pasquale created a Multimedia Group entitled "Telling Stories" which incorporates various mediums of creative expression as a means of clients processing and healing from trauma. She has also launched a pilot yoga program at the Vet Center, which she is analyzing for an academic article on the use of yoga as a therapeutic treatment.

Ms. Bennett-Pasquale is currently working on a model for training in PTSD and holistic treatment modalities. She recently gave a training session on trauma at Restore, an organization that works with women who are survivors of sex trafficking.

Donna Friedman

Donna Demetri Friedman, MSW '93, PhD '05

Donna Demetri Friedman received master's degrees in social work and psychology, as well as her PhD in social work, from NYU. In 2006, Dr. Friedman was named deputy executive director of Riverdale Mental Health Association, an outpatient mental health facility in the Bronx where she started in 1992 as a social work student at NYU.

In 2005, she completed her dissertation entitled Four-month Infant Vocal Quality in Face-to-Face Interaction: Postpartum Depressive Symptomatology and Infant Gender. She continues to conduct infant research with Dr. Beatrice Beebe at New York State Psychiatric Institute, and also is part of the September 11, 2001 Mothers and Young Children Project: A Longitudinal Primary Prevention Project for Mothers Pregnant and Widowed in the World Trade Center Tragedy of September 11, 2001, and Their Children. Dr. Friedman is also an assistant adjunct professor at the Silver School of Social Work at NYU.