Meet our Faculty and Staff
|Karen Brown MSW, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
B.A. University of Connecticut
M.S.W. University of Connecticut School of Social Work
Ph.D. University of Connecticut School of Social Work
Deneen Harris M.S.W. Ph.D., Assistant Professor
B.A. Criminal Justice & BSW Social Work Southern Illinois University
M.S.W. Southern Illinois University
Ph.D. University of Alabama
Kathleen "Kit" Hinga Ph.D., Assistant Professor
B.A. College of Our Lady of the Elms
M.S.W. Boston University
Ph.D. Boston University
Patricia Ivry MSW, Professor, Department Chair
B.A. Goucher College
M.S.W. University of Maryland
Sharon Young Ph.D., L.C.S.W, Assistant Professor, Field Coordinator
B.S. University of Connecticut
M.S.W. University of Connecticut
Ph.D. Fordham University School of Social Service
Adjunct faculty members extend the expertise of the Department and are additional learning resources for students. The adjuncts teach part-time, and serve as field training liaisons. They are carefully chosen from among professional social workers who are active in practice and administration.
Sean Boyle, MS.Ed. earned a bachelor's degree in Social Work from Western Connecticut State University and an MS.Ed. from University of Bridgeport. Sean has over 14 years in child welfare. He teaches Child Welfare -Theory & Practice.
Evy Brescia, MSW, earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Western Connecticut State University and a Master of Social Work from Southern Connecticut State University with a specialization in aging. Evy teaches our Aging course.
Meg Currie, MSW, LCSW, ACSW, earned a BS in Magazine Journalism and a BS in Environmental Design from Syracuse University, and an MSW from Columbia University. She teaches in the field sequence.
Nadine Dechausay holds a J.D. (honors) and M.A. degrees in Criminology and Applied Psychology from the University of Toronto, and is A.B.D. in Sociology at New York University. She earned an A.B. in Human Biology and Education from Brown University. She is a social scientist at MDRC, a nonpartisan policy research organization, where her work centers on applications of behavioral economics to social programs, two-generation antipoverty initiatives, and implementation research.
Darryl A. Hugley holds a bachelor of science in Sociology and a master’s degree in Urban Studies from Southern Connecticut State University. His Master’s Thesis, “The State of Black Nationalism in 21st Century Urban America” is currently being edited for book publication. Mr. Hugley is a Faculty Fellow for Manchester Community College and he is currently completing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Southern Connecticut State University’s School of Graduate Studies. His research interests include Black Nationalism, Black Power, the Civil Rights Movement, Hip Hop, Social Protest and Social Movements. An avid political activist and community organizer, Mr. Hugley currently serves as a Commissioner for the State of Connecticut African American Affairs Commission (AAAC), the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities’ (CHRO) Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission, and as an Executive Board Member for the Greater New Haven Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He works as a Clinical Milieu Counselor and Psychiatric Educator for Yale New Haven Psychiatric Hospital (YNHPH).
Beatrice Nemzer, MSW, Professor Emeritus, retired in 1990 after teaching social work for 25 years. Her areas of expertise include gerontology and generalist practice. Professor Nemzer holds a BA in Sociology from Brooklyn College and an MSW from Hunter College in New York City. She also has a post-masters certificate in gerontology from the Hunter College Brookdale Center.
Phyllis Greenfield Ross, DSW, CSW, Professor Emeritus, Dr. Ross taught at WestConn from 1993 until 2005. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Music from Brandeis University, a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and a doctorate in Social Welfare from Wurzweilzer School of Social Work, Yeshiva University.
Marjorie Steinberg, MSW, Professor Emeritus, retired from full-time teaching at WCSU in 2012 following 18 years of devoted service to WCSU's students. She holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Mt. Holyoke College, and a master's degree in Social Work from Fordham University School of Social Service. Ms. Steinberg has taught social work curriculum and family studies courses in undergraduate programs, and has done field advisement and coordination for graduate programs.
Rob Veneziano, MSW, Ph. D., Professor Emeritus, retired from full-time teaching at WCSU in 2013 following 13 years of joyful service to WCSU's students. Her served as the Department Chairperson from 2004 to 2103. He holds a bachelor's degree in Social Welfare from Southern Connecticut State University, a master's degree in Social Work from the University of Connecticut, and a doctorate in Anthropology with a focus on child development and family studies. Dr. Veneziano has extensive experience in teaching in undergraduate and graduate programs.