Contact Our Field Education Staff

 Louanne Bakk

Louanne Bakk

DSW Program Director; Clinical Assistant Professor


Research Interests: Gerontology, Health Access, Health Disparities, Macro Practice, Program Evaluation, Social Welfare Policy

668 Baldy Hall

Phone: 716-645-1861; Fax: 716-645-3456

Email: louanneb@buffalo.edu

When to contact Louanne Bakk

  • Oversees Monroe County placements.

Please contact Louanne with any questions relating to Monroe County placements. 

Kathryn E. B. Griswold

Administrative Field Coordinator

636 Baldy Hall

Phone: 716-645-1234; Fax: 716-645-3157

Email: kg52@buffalo.edu

When to contact Kathryn Griswold

  • Oversees the maintenance of the field database that tracks all placement information (student, field educator, task supervisor, agency and liaison).
  • Responsible for oversight of field’s web-based information and paperwork (i.e. field application materials, advanced year agency search, etc.).

Please contact Kathryn (or direct a student/agency to contact Kathryn) with questions regarding the process of completing necessary placement paperwork, questions regarding access to online information, affiliation agreements, list-servs, tuition waivers and continuing education vouchers.

Laura A. Lewis

Laura A. Lewis

Assistant Dean for Global Partnerships; Director of Field Education

634 Baldy Hall

Phone: 716-645-1232; Fax: 716-645-3157

Email: lalewis@buffalo.edu

When to contact Laura Lewis

  • Oversees the Field Department staff and day-to-day operations.
  • Assigns all faculty liaisons to their students/agencies.
  • Negotiates and monitors all field related contracts, including paid outside field educators, adjunct faculty liaisons and agency contracts.
  • Develops all international placements (except Canada).
  • Coordinates/chairs all student field termination review meetings.
  • Responsible for contents of Field Manual.

Please contact Laura (or direct a student/agency to contact Laura) regarding administrative issues, such as UBSSW HR personnel inquries and requests for exceptions to or a change in policy. In addition, Laura may be contacted regarding international placements or when unable to reach or to express concerns regarding a member of the Field Department.

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch

Clinical Assistant Professor, Field Education


Research Interests: Field education, social work services in schools, data and technology in social work

637 Baldy Hall

Phone: 716-645-1236; Fax: 716-645-3157

When to contact Michael Lynch

  • Places students in Erie and Niagara counties.
  • Assists with placement development.
  • Oversees adjunct/faculty liaisons.
  • Co-develops trainings and orientations.

Please contact Michael with any questions relating to student placement, placement deveopment or performance in field. 

Kathryn McClain-Meeder

Kathryn McClain-Meeder

Clinical Assistant Professor, Field Education


Research Interests: Field education; trauma and trauma-informed practice; refugees and immigrants; veterans

646 Baldy Hall

Phone: 716-645-1260; Fax: 716-645-3157

Email: mcclainm@buffalo.edu

Learn more about Katie McClain-Meeder

  • Places students in Erie and Niagara counties.
  • Assists with placement development.
  • Oversees adjunct/faculty Liaisons.
  • Co-develops trainings and orientations.

Please contact Katie with any questions relating to student placement, placement deveopment or performance in field.

margie quartley

Marjorie Quartley

Assistant Director of Field Education

635 Baldy Hall

Phone: 716-645-1233; Fax: 716-645-3157

Email: quartley@buffalo.edu

Learn more about Marjorie Quartley

  • Coordinates placements for students in Canada and counties outside of Erie and Niagara.
  • Oversees the online student field process 
  • Coordinates the development of new field placements opportunities and conducts new site visits.
  • Co-develops and implements trainings and orientations for students and/or field educators.

Please contact Margie (or direct a student/agency to contact Margie) with questions regarding new field placement development and placements outside of the Erie/Niagara region.