Career Development and the Sociology department are hosting Evening with Social Services!
During this night there will be a short panel and then students will mingle with the participants to discuss their industry. Our desire is to help students see their options in terms of careers in the field of social services.
click the panelists name to read more about them
Rescare Workforce Services
Aaron & Stephanie Glenn
CAST (Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking)
Food for the Hungry
Los Angeles County Department of Family Services
– Olive Crest
Ellen began her social services career earning her B.A. in Peace and Justice Studies from Wellesley College. Upon graduation, she worked as a paralegal helping immigrants from Latin America gain residency and citizenship status, through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. She then moved to China and worked administratively in Chinese orphanages for 2 years. Upon her return to the U.S. her love for orphans led her to work with children in foster care, before pursuing a certificate in Biblical Studies from Talbot. She then earned her MSW from UC Berkeley concentrating in management and planning and upon graduation served as the Director of Recruitment at Child S.H.A.R.E., Christian non profit that recruits and supports foster and adoptive families by working with churches. She and her husband later became foster parents themselves to a 4 year old little girl for a few months. Ellen currently is working at Olive Crest (Christian non-profit) as as therapist for children & teens, most of whom have some history of abuse or neglect. She is currently in the 2-3 yr process of earning hours toward her clinical social work license (LCSW).
– Food for the Hungry
Wendy McMahan serves with Food for the Hungry (fh.org) as Director of Church Engagement, helping churches in the United States to partner in ending poverty around the world. Wendy hosts Poverty Unlocked, an audio program exploring the Christian response to poverty and injustice. Her previous positions include: living and working as a missionary in Peru; finding families for foster children in Orange County, California; and leading special projects in non-profit marketing. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Systems & Environment from University of California, Davis, and a master’s degree in International Agricultural Development from Texas A & M University, College Station.
Aaron & Stephanie Glenn
– CAST (Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking)
A. Glenn grew up cross-culturally in Venezuela. He earned a bachelors degree in Broadcast Communications from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1997 and worked in Radio and Television production for a few years. S. Glenn grew up in East Texas and is a Registered Dietitian. They met in college and were married in 1996.
From there, the Glenns went to rural, northwestern Germany for two years (1999-2001) where they worked to help local refugees become more integrated in the local community. After the years spent in Germany the Glenns relocated back to Texas and each pursued a Masters of Divinity from Baylor University (2002-2005). In 2005, the Glenns moved to Los Angeles to pursue work among international populations. They took the joint-role as Chaplains at the University of Southern California, where they worked to create social support groups for the families of international graduate students. Additionally, the Glenns became increasingly involved in anti-human trafficking efforts among several NGOs in Los Angeles, including Oasis USA and The Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST). The involvement with anti-human trafficking efforts gave A. Glenn a desire to have more formal training in Social Work, so he pursued a Master’s of Social Work degree at USC (2010-2012). This degree offered an opportunity for A.Glenn to work as a Case Manager at CAST for a few years where he began to understand more of the micro-level issues related to survivors of human trafficking. S. Glenn was able to use her training as a Registered Dietitian at the shelter for CAST survivors during this time. Currently, the Glenns are working as cultural brokers between CAST and local communities to launch a pilot program called “The Open Table.” This program uses volunteers to provide wrap-around services for survivors of human trafficking in the greater Los Angeles metro area.
– ResCare Workforce Services
Sandi McGuire works for ResCare Workforce services and has overseen many departments within the CalWorks employment program for the past 9 years. While employed in TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) program, Sandi was very involved in developing curriculum for job seekers with severe challenges and barriers; a curriculum which has gained nationwide recognition and is now being utilized across the country for ResCare Workforce services programs. Her proven ability to communicate effectively and persuasively with individuals, small groups, and large crowds alike has gained her much recognition within workforce services. She’s found success in career development for over 13 years, assisting individuals to gain employment with severe disabilities and great challenges. Currently you can find Sandi conducting job search workshops at Orange County One Stops as well as volunteering at The Rock (a foursquare church) in Anaheim where she volunteers as a Career Coach to hundreds of job seekers.
– Los Angeles County Department of Family Services
Lovette Panthier has been working in the social services industry for 16 years, currently serving as a Supervising Children’s Social Worker for Los Angeles County’s Department of Family Services. Her career journey started when she graduated from Biola with her Bachelors in Sociology in 1995, emphasizing in Social Work. Her first job after graduating was with Olive Crest (a group home), where she worked for one year as a night shift caretaker. From there she applied and was accepted as a Children’s Social Worker Trainee and progressively moved up to Children’s Social Worker 3 (CSW3). After working CSW3 for 3 years she took the supervisor exam and entered into her current role where she supervises the work of other social workers as well as planning fundraisers and events for Foster Children. Some of the events she is most proud of include a Christmas Toy Drive, Prom Prep, and baby showers for teen moms-to-be. In conjunction with employment with LA County, she also pursued and obtained a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.