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Community Panel Series: Social Impact, Education, Law, and Government

About the Event

Join us for a conversation with alums, students and faculty who are active in the Social Impact, Education, Law, and Government Community. We’ll spend the first half of the panel in a moderated question and answer session, then possibly break out into smaller conversations.

Meet the Panelists

Will Andrews C’18

Social Work Case Manager, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

Currently, I am a social work case manager at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.  While at Drew, my exposure to the Civic Engagement classes, internships, and Sociology department mentors created a passion for healthcare and I decided to continue my studies at the graduate level. Upon graduation from Drew, I enrolled in Rutgers School of Social Work and completed my MSW (Masters of Social Work) degree. While in the program, I was able to intern at Robert Wood and upon graduating and passing my licensing exam, began my career as a healthcare social worker in one of the state’s premier hospitals.

Jonathan Van Dongen C’17

Finance and Operations Associate, ACRONYM

Jonathan (C’17) is currently a Finance and Operations Associate at ACRONYM, an organization that focuses on building power and modern digital infrastructure for the progressive movement. While studying Political Science and Psychology, Jonathan participated in a variety of programs and extracurricular activities including the Civic Engagement Scholars, Baldwin Honors Program, Student Government, Volunteer Resource Committee, Drew Honduras Project, and the co-ed a cappella group All of the Above. Shortly after graduating, Jonathan joined Teach For America, where he taught secondary mathematics at Hardy Middle School in Jackson, Mississippi for two years. Seeking policy- and politically-oriented opportunities, Jonathan relocated to Washington, D.C., where he worked in the Congressional Office of Albio Sires (D-NJ-08) before ultimately joining ACRONYM. He is deeply invested in the success of the Drew community and currently serves as the Outreach and Programming Manager for the Drew Young Alumni Association, aiming to offer more comprehensive support and connectivity for graduates of the last decade.

Michael Johnston C’82

President, Lubetzky Family Foundation, KIND Foundation

Michael Johnston is President of the Lubetzky Family Foundation and The KIND Foundation and serves as Chief Philanthropic Advisor for Daniel Lubetzky (Executive Chairman & Founder of KIND Healthy Snacks). Prior to joining the Lubetzky Family Foundation, Michael served as President and CEO of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford (JCF) and as CEO of the United Way of Western Connecticut. Before joining the philanthropic sector in a professional capacity, Michael spent more than 20 years working in financial services with a variety of firms including Moody’s Investors Service, Kidder, Peabody & Co., Paine Webber & Co., Sandler O’Neill + Partners, GE Capital and two venture capital backed e-commerce businesses. He holds Masters Degrees in Business Administration (MBA) and Urban Planning (MUP) from New York University and has a BA in Political Science from Drew University.

Xiomara Gueverra C’98

Executive Director, Morris County Organization for Hispanic Affairs

Ms. Guevara has held the position of Executive Director for the Morris County Organization for Hispanic Affairs (MCOHA) for the past 14 years.  During her tenure, the organization has increased its reach in the community and has founded new programs.  MCOHA now serves over 13, 000 Morris County low-income residents yearly.  Under Ms. Guevara’s Leadership, the organization has added new health literacy initiatives, in 2014 opened the Center for Citizenship and Legal Immigration (CCLI) which provides high quality, low-cost immigration legal services to all community members and in 2020 started the Center for Latina Empowerment.  CCLI, where Ms. Guevara is also Of Counsel, has served since 2014 over 3,500 immigrants from ages 5 to 90 in varying stages of their journey to citizenship.  In addition, Ms. Guevara has also held the position of adjunct Professor for Fairleigh Dickinson University- Petrocelli and Becton College for the past seven years.  Ms. Guevara received her B.A. from Drew University, a Master’s in Public Administration from New York University and her Juris Doctorate from Rutgers Law School-Newark. 

Emily Musil Church C’00

Senior Director of Global Market Development, Milken Institute

Emily Musil Church, PhD, is dedicated to harnessing technology and innovation to address global challenges for social good. Church currently serves as Senior Director of Global Market Development at the Milken Institute. Her team partners with leaders in emerging markets to develop innovative financing and other strategies to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Church specializes in entrepreneurship and prize competitions. Church spent over a decade in academia where as a college professor she specialized in African history, global development, human rights, and women’s global issues. She then joined the XPRIZE Foundation, where she worked on a suite of innovation prizes and initiatives for human equity.

 

 

How to Join

This panel will be offered via Zoom. You can access the panel online here. Please also note the following:

  • Meeting ID: 936 6623 2591
  • Passcode: 386684

Up Next

We encourage you to attend as many panels as you’re interested in; there’s no need to limit yourself to just one. The next panel in the Community Panel Series is for the Limited Resources community. That panel will take place on November 5th.

For more information, contact:

Launch Center for Immersive Learning and Career Design
launch@drew.edu

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