Dean’s Council

The Dean’s Council assists the dean and the School of Social Work by providing external perspective, advocacy and financial support for our programs and strategic priorities.

Dean’s Council members help advance the School of Social Work in several key ways:

  • Providing advice and counsel
  • Identifying and cultivating long-term relationships with alumni and friends
  • Advocating for the school and our mission, programs and priorities
  • Supporting the school’s philanthropy efforts
  • Engaging with students, faculty and volunteers
  • Helping to develop community and field education partnerships

Council Members

Esther Annan.

Esther Annan, MSW ’06

Program Officer, John R. Oishei Foundation

Kathleen Callan.

Kathleen Callan, MSW ’03

Chief of Administration, Erie County District Attorney's Office

Nancy Krtek.

Nancy Krtek, MSW ’00

Mind/Body Practitioner

Toby Laping.

Toby Laping, MSW ’63

Care Manager and Consultant, Laping Surdej Associates

Bill Pearce.

William Pearce

Managing Partner, Pearceco Ventures

Fred Saia.

Fred Saia

President, Oneida Sales and Service

Sheri Scavone.

Sheri Scavone

CEO, WNY Women’s Foundation

School of Social Work Leadership

Keith A. Alford.

Dean and Professor

Heather Cruz.

Heather Cruz

Vice Dean and Chief of Staff

Erin Zack.

Erin Zack

Associate Director of Advancement