(in alphabetical order)
Barry Ackerson, BA, MSW, PhD University of Alabama, LCSW, Associate Professor, Associate Dean and MSW Program Director, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. With over 20 years experience as a clinician and administrator in the mental health field, Professor Ackerson's current research interest is the impact of psychiatric disability upon parenting. He also has current emphasis on minorities' outcomes from community mental health agencies in rural areas and organizational climate's effects on mental health service outcomes. Professor Ackerson is ably assisted in his work for The Foundation by Christie Avgar, MSW, Dean of Student Affairs. Emeritus, 2016.
Steven G. Anderson, BSW, MSW, University of Illinois; MA, PhD, University of Michigan. Associate Professor; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Director of the PhD Program, Chair of Advocacy, Leadership and Social Change MSW Specialization. Before returning to academia in 1998, Professor Anderson served for 10 years with the Michigan House (of Representatives) Fiscal Agency, starting as fiscal analyst and finishing as Associate Director for Human Services. Professor Anderson concentrates on poverty and inequality issues and training MSW community practitioners. Emeritus, 2010; moved to Arizona State University School of Social Work, as its Director.
Barbara C. Coats, AM, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, LCSW, Director of Field Instruction, Community Programs Director, Clinical Assistant Professor, Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois, Chicago. Barbara concurrently serves the DuPage County Health Department's Mental Health Division as Senior Clinical Consultant, Qualified Examiner.
Michael P. Dentato, Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago; M.S.W. and B.A., Fordham University. Dr. Dentato has been an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Loyola University Chicago since 2011. His areas of scholarship and research include sexual minority health-risk behaviors and effective interventions, addiction disorders, public-health policy, university-community based collaborations and non-profit leadership. Dr. Dentato's present and former professional and community affiliations include: Associate Editor: Behavioral Medicine; Faculty Research Affiliate: The Center for Health, Identity, Behavior & Prevention Studies, New York University; Ambassador for the Institute for Transformative Interprofessional Education at Loyola University Chicago; The Council on Social Work Education: Council on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression; and Test Positive Aware Network: Board of Directors.
Kristin M. Ferguson, BA, University of Virginia; MSW, University of Michigan; PhD, University of Texas at Arlington. Assistant Professor, University of Southern California School of Social Work. U.S. Peace Corps and Crisis Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Her research interests include reduction of commercial sexual exploitation of children and prevention of the health, mental health and social deterioration of homeless and street-living young adults. Emerita, 2009.
Seth Kurzban, BA, University of Pittsburgh, M.A. Social Work, Columbia University, M.A. Philosophy, Columbia University, Ph.D., Columbia University, Assistant Professor, University of Southern California School of Social Work. Westat research services for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, National Institute of Mental Health evaluation coordinator for the Hartford Geriatric Faculty Scholars Program. His research interests include adapting a group intervention model for women with mental illness who are re-integrating into the community upon release from detention and development and testing the Community Awareness Psychoeducation (CAPE) intervention to improve self-care and wellness, reduce social isolation associated with mental illness and improve the ability to live in community.
Advisors Lamm and Zosky both personally knew Gabe as a social work student and had a significant impact on Gabe’s development as a social worker. All of our advisors are uniquely situated to identify and recommend meritorious individuals, projects and institutions worthy of the Foundation’s support. They have graciously volunteered to serve as the Gabe W. Miller Memorial Foundation’s Advisory Committee.