Meet the Faculty: Social Work

Faculty & Staff

Faculty

John Halloran, J.D., MSW

Assistant Professor, MSW program director and Department Head
jhalloran2@lewisu.edu | (815) 836-5009 | BE-198

Education:
Ph.D. in Social Service Administration, University of Chicago
M.A. in Social Service Administration, University of Chicago
J.D. in Law, Loyola University
M.S. in Editorial Journalism, Northwestern University
B.A. in Biological Sciences, Northwestern University

Courses/Focus Areas:
Children and Families
Policy
Research
Theory

Professional Background:

John Halloran is an assistant professor in the social work department. He began his career as an attorney representing children in abuse and neglect court in Illinois. He holds a Ph.D. and MSW from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago, and JD from Loyola University. Inspired by his experience as a GAL, John now researches the intersection of law and social work in child welfare courts. John teaches primarily in the bachelor of social work program, with courses focusing on children and families, policy, research, and theory.

Gretchen Hoge, Ph.D., MSW

Assistant Professor
ghoge@lewisu.edu | (815) 836-5383| BE-196

Education:
Ph.D. in Social Work, Rutgers University (‘16)
Master of Social Work (MSW), Loyola University Chicago (‘09)
B.S. in Broadcast Journalism, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (‘05)

Courses/Focus Areas:
Social Policy
Practice with Communities and Organizations
Research
Cultural Diversity & Social Justice
Community Engaged Learning

Professional Background:

Dr. Hoge has experience working with survivors of domestic violence and their children in Santiago, Chile, and engaged in community outreach and education during her time there. Her scholarship explores the experiences of immigrant survivors of intimate partner violence in varied cultural contexts, as well as the development and evaluation of policies and programs addressing gender-based violence. Dr. Hoge’s work also focuses on understanding the role of community engagement in higher education, and she serves as the Curriculum Development Advisor in the Office of Community Engaged Learning at Lewis University.

Patricia Levenda

Administrative Assistant
levendpa@lewisu.edu | (815) 836-5612 | BE-192

Education:
B.A. in Human Resource Management, Lewis University (‘15)

Professional Background:

Upon graduation from Lewis University, Ms. Levenda worked as a Construction Escrow Administrator in a Commercial/National division in Chicago. She returned to Lewis in 2018 and now works with faculty and students in the College of Education in Educational Leadership, English as a Second Language and Reading and Literacy programs, as well as the Social Work Department in various capacities.

Michael Lloyd, Ph.D., LCSW, CADC

Assistant Professor
lloydmi@lewisu.edu | (815) 836-5256 | BE-166

Education:
Ph.D. in Social Work, Loyola University Chicago
Master of Social Work (MSW), Loyola University Chicago
Certificate, Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counseling, Loyola University Chicago

Courses/Focus Areas:
Human Behavior
Practice
Substance Use

Professional Background:

Michael Lloyd is an assistant professor. Dr. Lloyd completed his Master’s Degree in Social Work and Certification for Alcohol and Drug Counseling (CADC) as well as his Ph.D. in Social Work at the School of Social Work at Loyola University Chicago. Dr Lloyd’s current areas of interest, research and scholarship include substance use disorders, LGBTQ issues, and co-occurring disorders. Dr. Lloyd teaches human behavior, practice and substance use treatment courses.

Rebecca Manderschied, LCSW

Assistant Professor, Director of Field Education
rmanderschied@lewisu.edu | (815) 836-5293 | BE-197

Education:
M.A. in Clinical Social Work, University of Chicago
B.A. in Social Work, Southern Illinois University

Professional Background:

Rebecca Manderschied is an assistant professor and director of field education for the social work program. Rebecca earned a B.A. in Social Work at Southern Illinois University, master’s degree in Clinical Social Work at the University of Chicago, and Type 73 Certificate from Loyola University. She is clinically licensed and has Type-73 Certification. Rebecca brings more than 12 years of social work experience to the department, including work in the child welfare system, elementary schools, and children’s hospital.

Lorri McMeel, Ph.D., LCSW

Assistant Professor and BSW program director
lmcmeel@lewisu.edu | (815) 836-5090 | BE-167

Degrees:
Ph.D. in Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago
Master of Social Work (MSW), University of Georgia
B.A. in Psychology, Georgia State University

Courses/Focus Areas:
Field Seminar
Human Behavior
Research
Crisis Intervention
Psychopathology

Professional Background:

Dr. McMeel joined the Social Work faculty at Lewis University in 2017. She has been involved in higher education for over a decade. Dr. McMeel has experience in numerous mental health, health, and crisis settings. She specializes in working with children and adolescents. Dr. McMeel’s areas of interest and research include suicidology, mental health, at-risk youth, program evaluation, and social work pedagogy.

Dr. Emily Shayman

Assistant Professor
eshayman@lewisu.edu | (815) 836-5382 | BE-195

Education:
Ph.D. in Social Work, Loyola University Chicago
Master of Social Work (MSW), Loyola University Chicago
B.A. in Social Welfare, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Courses/Focus Areas:
Social Emotional Learning
School Social Work
Culturally Responsive Practices
Interdisciplinary Practices

Professional Background:

Dr. Shayman joined the Department of Social Work at Lewis University in Fall 2019. Prior to this position, she worked as a school social worker with kids in pre-k through twelfth grade. Dr. Shayman’s dissertation research used a qualitative approach in which she analyzed data from interviews with school-based mental health professionals in the state of Illinois. She aims to continue supporting social emotional learning and trauma-informed practices within school settings.

Ellen Thursby, Ph.D., LICSW

Assistant Professor
thursbel@lewisu.edu | (815) 836-5497 | BE-168

Education:
Ph.D. in Social Work, The Catholic University of America
Master of Social Work (MSW), The Catholic University of America
B.A. in Economics and Political Science, Denison University

Courses/Focus Areas:
Theory
Practice
Research

Professional Background:

Dr. Thursby joined the Department of Social Work Faculty at Lewis University in 2016. She has more than 20 years of experience working with young children, children with disabilities and their families, and adolescent parents. Dr. Thursby’s dissertation research featured a narrative analysis of the decision making process involved in becoming a teenage parent. In addition to research on adolescent parenting, Dr. Thursby has researched the pedagogy of social work ethics in field education.