Willing Chin-Ma, MSW '92 and Stella V. Pappas, MSW '91

NYU Social Work Graduates Willing Chin-Ma and Stella V. Pappas Honored as Emerging Social Work Leaders by the NASW

NYU social work alumni Willing Chin-Ma and Stella V. Pappas were among the honorees at the 2007 Emerging Social Work Leaders awards dinner, presented by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) in New York City.

Willing Chin-Ma has worked at the Grand Street Settlement since 1998, and was promoted to Assistant Executive Director in 2004. At the Grand Street Settlement, she was instrumental in the development and completion of the Grand Street Settlement Senior Apartments. Ms. Chin-Ma came with her family to NYC from Hong Kong when she was three years old; during high school, she became a volunteer at Staten Island University Hospital. She earned her bachelors in sociology and counseling in 1990 from Hunter College (CUNY), and later, with a scholarship from the Asian-American Foundation, she was able to complete her MSW at NYU’s Silver School of Social Work in 1992. Ms. Chin-Ma also works as an adjunct field placement professor for the school.

Stella V. Pappas, LCSW-R, ACSW, received her Masters and Advanced Clinical Social Work Certificate at the Silver School of Social Work. Since 2006, Ms. Pappas has served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Institute for Community Living (ICL); she joined ICL in 2000, as Director of the Guidance Center of Brooklyn (a subsidiary outpatient mental health clinic of ICL). In 2001, she led ICL’s response to the September 11th tragedy and Project Liberty programs for Brooklyn and Manhattan, as well as for New York City’s firefighters. From September 2002 through 2005, Ms. Pappas was Senior Vice President of ICL’s Child and Family Services Division.

Congrats to Ms. Chin-Ma and Ms. Pappas for receiving this well-deserved recognition.