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Faces of Caring
Author: Kathryn Kirkland
Posted: April 21, 2014

For its 50th anniversary, the School of Social Work celebrates the success of its alumni.

Sean Suib met Jeri Kiefel when she was 14 years old and living on the streets of Portland. She was one of the first teens to seek help at New Avenues for Youth, where Suib was a counselor. Kiefel came to trust Suib, but it took her three years to get off the streets. Today, at age 30, she has a good life, a full-time job and volunteers at New Avenues, where Suib—who earned a social work master's degree from PSU in 2000—is now executive director.

In celebration of the School of Social Work's 50th anniversary, 25 accomplished alumni like Suib, below left, were photographed and interviewed along with a client, colleague, mentor, family member or friend who made a difference in their career. The photos were taken by Julie Keefe, Portland's first creative laureate. Click on the image of Suib and Keifel for a slide show.

Join the School of Social Work for its 50th Anniversary Grand Celebration on May 28 in the Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom. Visit for details.


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Also included in the slide show above

For the Sanchez siblings Demetrio '09, Ricardo '12, Leroy '09, and Lorena '12 social work is a calling that started with their parents, who opened their home to people from Mexico. "Since a young age we accompanied people to doctor appointments and meetings to help them translate and complete paper work," says Demetrio, who with Ricardo is a social worker at OHSU family medical clinics. Leroy and Lorena are school social workers in Woodburn, where the siblings grew up.

The School of Social Work's first graduating class in 1964, includes from left to right, front: Alice (Allen) Moss, Suse Katz, Joanna (Metzger) Stuart, DeLois Nelson, Jean Altorfer, Miriam (Berry) Fallstrom. Back row: Lee Cumpston, Dick Newstrom, Glen Gilden, Jerry Brickey, Robert Guerrero, Alden "Bud" Powell, Bernadette Plummer. Leo Henry and Hattie Gaskin are not pictured.