2014 Alumni Awards

Outstanding Recent Alumni Award

Chris Gates

Chris Gates, BS '09

At the age of 5, Chris Gates proudly announced to his kindergarten class on career day that he wanted to be an exotic animal veterinarian in the Serengeti National Wildlife Park. He made his grandmother, Janada L. Batchelor, promise to take him on a wildlife safari when he was a teenager. When his 15th birthday arrived, Janada stuck to her promise, but the bargain had a twist. She required her grandson to perform community service in Tanzania, before his prized safari. Chris Gates grudgingly agreed, only to fall in love with the country and the people.

After three summers of volunteering at a Tanzanian boy’s home, Gates realized there were very few options for young girls living on the streets. He decided to start his own non-profit, the Janada L. Batchelor Foundation for Children or JBFC, named for his grandmother. Gates started the organization before his freshman year at New York University and managed it from abroad, until he graduated in 2009 and moved to Kitongo, Tanzania.

After observing the inadequate education available in his village, Gates started his own school in 2010. JBFC’s Joseph & Mary Schools now educates nearly 300 primary and secondary students and is ranked in the top 100 schools in the country. In 2012, Gates innovated yet again. Constantly striving to make the organization as sustainable as possible, JBFC opened an on-campus restaurant with the profits going to support the organization’s home for abused and abandoned girls. In 2013, JBFC received an East African Philanthropy Award for its work.

Amanda Raposo

Amanda Raposo, BS '11

Amanda graduated in May 2011 from New York University with a B.S. in Social Work and a minor in Social Entrepreneurship. During this time, she was a teaching assistant for NYU Stern/Wagner courses in Social Entrepreneurship. Amanda is the founder of Powerhouse NYC, a non-profit organization that helps moms in need achieve economic empowerment. This mission is sustained by its fundraising arm, Project Playdate, a social enterprise that specializes in drop off playdates and pajama parties for kids. As the Executive Director of Project Playdate, Amanda has successfully planned hundreds children’s events and used these funds to help moms in need. In recognition of her work, Amanda was published in The New Yorker 2014 Weddings Edition for her expertise in child care and received the 2013 Red Tricycle Totally Awesome Award on behalf of Project Playdate for “Best drop off child care service in New York.” She is also a Certified Red Cross Instructor in Adult/Pediatric CPR. Amanda is very passionate about creating sustainable social impacts and serving families across the spectrum of need.

Distinguished Alumni Award

Dr. Irene Chung

Dr. Irene Chung, PhD '00

Dr. Chung worked in various clinical and social service settings as administrators, supervisors and practitioners with a wide range of client populations for twenty years before entering the PhD Clinical Social Work program at NYU Silver School of Social Work. After graduating in 2000, Dr. Chung joined the faculty at the Silverman School of Social Work of Hunter College. She is currently one of the few scholars who has done extensive research and writing on suicide among Asian Americans. She has received grants to design and conduct culturally relevant mental health and suicide prevention workshops targeted toward the Asian elders and adolescents who have shown high rates of suicidal behavior. Dr. Chung’s other scholarship accomplishment is in the area of cross cultural practice. She applied her expertise of teaching clinical practice to co-author a book that expanded Eurocentric psychodynamic concepts and skills in an Asiacentric context. The book, entitled Contemporary Clinical Practice with Asian Immigrants: A Relational Framework with Culturally Responsive Approaches, was published in 2013 and has received positive reviews among practitioners and students.

As a community leader, Dr. Chung has served as President of the New York Coalition for Asian American Mental Health the past five years. In addition to advocating for quality mental health services and promoting collaboration in the Asian community through conferences, networking and training workshops, Dr. Chung also pioneered a mentoring group for young Asian American mental health professionals. 

Carmen Collado

Carmen Collado, MSW '92

Ms. Collado, LCSW, is Chief Government & Community Relations Officer at Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services (JBFCS). Ms. Collado is also past Director of the JBFCS Foster Care Initiative, a pilot project/study to provide on-site mental health services to children at two foster-care agencies, in collaboration with the agencies, that reduced both disruption of foster-care placement and time spent in care.

On behalf of JBFCS, Ms. Collado collaborates with leaders of New York’s Hispanic human services community and Latino elected officials to inform and educate regarding policy on Latinas and suicide; high school, college and graduate school dropout rates; and racial, ethnic and linguistic diversity in higher education.

Ms. Collado’s public policy work includes collaboration with elected officials, key policymakers and coalitions (e.g., Human Services Council, Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies) to support mental health and social services. Significant policy efforts include work in support of Timothy’s Law and Mental Health Parity on the Federal level; Children’s Mental Health Plan and Latinas and Suicide on the New York State level; and Autism Initiative, Children Under Five, and Geriatric Mental Health at the New York City Council level. Her work as director of the Foster Care Initiative demonstration influenced the New York State Office of Mental Health to license five mental health agencies to place on-site satellite clinics in five foster care agencies.

Ms. Collado is the current President of the Association of Hispanic Mental Health Professionals (AHMHP) and a Boardmember Mental/Mental Health News. In 2010, she was elected by the membership of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) National Committee on Nominations and Leadership Identification (NCNLI). She is a member of the NASW/Puerto Rican Family Institute joint Latino Social Work Task Force. She co-chairs, with Michael Friedman, the Latino Geriatric Workgroup, a collaboration among Association of Hispanic Mental Health Professionals, New York Mental Health Alliance, New York City Department for the Aging, and New York City Department of Mental Health. Ms. Collado brings broad experience in mental health, management, program development, consensus building, and outreach with the Latino community to her leadership roles.

In 2010, Carmen Collado was appointed to the New York State Board for Social Work to advise and assist the Board of Regents and the State Education Department on matters of professional regulation, for a term of 5 years.

In November 2012, Carmen Collado was chosen to coordinate JBFCS’s role in assisting Superstorm Sandy Survivors at the NYC Restores/FEMA center in Staten Island. JBFCS staff provided information and referral; needs assessment; advocacy; referrals for concrete service and provided both onsite crisis counseling and referrals for ongoing mental health services. Staff was chosen to meet the specific needs of the community, including English/Russian and English/Spanish Bilingual and culturally competent services.

Dr. Constance Silver

Dr. Constance McCatherin Silver, BS '78, MSW '79

Dr. Constance (Connie) Silver is a teacher, a therapist, an artist and a philanthropist all rolled into one. She is a remarkable woman of many achievements and diverse accomplishments.

She attended NYU where she earned her Bachelor of Science in social work. A year later came her Masters followed in 1983 with her PH.D in psychoanalysis.

It was then she became so aware and involved in the horrendous AIDS epidemic. "It was a nightmare I shall always remember," she recalls. She tells of hugging her clients when no one else, including their parents, would. "It was frustrating witnessing mankind exhibiting little understanding, and terrifying watching the virus grow, showing almost no solutions. My clients died around me."

At that time Connie turned to her artistic skills as an escape, a medium, to vent her very private feelings. She had always been interested in art having found time to study with Will Barnett and Frank Riley. The result is a unique expression of her upheavals, sorrows, frustrations, and triumphs in her drawings and her two and three-dimensional works. Each of her works tells of an experience, some positive many negative, a struggle, an achievement, a reflection of a lost patient/friend but always designed to create a smile.

“Years behind the couch taught me the importance of looking at our personal and or collective problems with the use of a mirror, a reflection at our dilemmas and find something to smile about.” “In this way I can achieve my role helping others
often by the ability to enjoy a laugh at oneself and get on with life.”

Get on with life Connie did. Along with another NYU alumni, Martin, her husband, dearest friend, and number one fan of 55 years, together established the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at NYU.

Dr. Silver is a vice chairperson of the Board of Trustees of NYU and has served as a lecturer at the school for a number of years. The NYU Silver School of Social Work is named for Connie and Martin in honor of a transformative gift.

As an artist she works under the pseudonym Constance McSilver. Her work is found in private and corporate collections and recently her 10 foot WHOOPIE was chosen by the College of Architecture at FIU as the stand alone of the college atrium. She is shown at the Frost Museum of Art in Miami.

Connie and Martin contribute all profits from the sale of Connie’s art to their scholarship fund.

Making A Difference Award

Anne DeLaney

Anne DeLaney, MSW '88

Anne is a licensed clinical social worker and partner of DeLaney Psychotherapy. For the past twenty six years she has provided grief-counseling services to individuals and families in northern New Jersey.

Anne is the co-founder of OneGift, the nation’s first wish fulfillment program for adults with cancer. Since its formation in 1988, over 3500 wishes have been granted ranging from once in a lifetime vacations to family reunions. Anne and her organization try to bring hope, solace, and joy to cancer patients and their families during a most anxious and difficult time.

For the last eight years, Anne has been active with the Global Literacy Project (GLP), an organization that fosters community-based literacy initiatives throughout Africa, South Asia, and the Caribbean. Anne and her family have organized seven annual trips with the founders of GLP and other volunteers to promote literacy in rural communities outside Johannesburg, South Africa. She and the GLP volunteers have built libraries, remodeled classrooms, conducted teacher training programs, distributed books, and organized partnerships between New Jersey schools and South African schools. She continues to organize book drives and fundraising efforts for GLP and plans to return to South Africa.

Anne has served as a trustee of The Pingry School, Morristown Medical Health Foundation, and Homeless Solutions.

Anne is a member of the Advisory Board for the Global Mental Health Program at Columbia University. This Advisory Board provides support to the leadership of the Global Mental Health Program to help grow and sustain the groundbreaking work in closing the gap between what we know and what we do about mental health around the world.

Anne received her BA from Connecticut College and her MSW from NYU School of Social Work.

Anne resides in Mendham, New Jersey with her husband, Chip Carver. Together they have two daughters, Emma and Chloe, and twin sons, Sean and Reeve.