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  • Meet the Graduates
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  • Meet the Graduates

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    Kristie Eschen
    B.S. in Social Work,
    Romkey Park Youth Group Coordinator/AmeriCorps Member/ MSUM Social Work Department Faculty Assistant, Youthworks/Minnesota State University Moorhead, Fargo, ND/Moorhead, MN
    I work with at-risk youth and young adults in the Fargo-Moorhead community. This includes mentoring, supervising out of school suspension, leading Transitional Living Groups, and street outreaching. I am currently the Romkey Park Youth Group Coordinator, which involves leading a group for youth that live in the Romkey Park area to equip the youth with the skills to establish strong, healthy relationships, make positive decisions and increase positive neighborhood identity. I am the academic advisor for transfer, pre-social work, and prospective and admitted students at MSUM. I address students’ questions regarding scholarships, financial aid, admissions and registration. I attend registration days for new students - assisting them with their class registration.
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    Matt Bakko
    B.S. in Social Work, Political Science, 2007
    Graduate Student, Central European University (CEU), Budapest, Hungary
    After serving two years in the Kyrgyz Republic as a United States Peace Corps Health Promotion Volunteer, followed by a year as the Family Service Coordinator at the Fargo Housing and Redevelopment Authority, Matthew began his graduate studies at Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, Hungary, pursuing a Master of Arts Degree in Critical Gender Studies. Matthew’s research focuses on the effects of the corporatization of the non-profit sector on activism and organizing practices related to issues of sexuality and gender. A fellowship from CEU fully supports his graduate education. The social justice-based, interdisciplinary nature of his undergraduate social work education contributes to his interest in examining and strengthening the social service sector through a critical, feminist theory framework. After graduation, Matthew hopes to continue exploring the intersections between gender, sexuality, and the service sector by continuing his graduate studies in Social Work, Gender Studies, and/or a related field.
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    Shannon Bacon
    B.S. in Social Work, B.A. in Women's Studies, 2008
    Licensed Social Worker, Ave Maria Village, Jamestown, ND
    Ave Maria Village is a nursing home with an interdisciplinary team of professionals providing care. Every day is different, but some of my frequent duties include assessing and care planning for residents' psychosocial well-being, helping residents adjust to their new home, coordinating discharge plans for residents who are ready to leave the facility, and working closely with residents' family members to ensure the best care possible. Through these activities, I have the opportunity to develop meaningful connections with my residents on a daily basis. I can honestly say that I love my job.
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    Thomas Kremer
    B.S. in Social Work, 2011
    Intake Coordinator, ShareHouse, Robinson Recovery Center, Fargo, ND
    Thomas is often the first contact potential clients have when calling the Robinson Recovery Center. He coordinates all admissions, fields calls about the programming, and gathers/organizes all documentation pertaining to admission. In addition, he leads a group on relationships and carries a caseload.
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    Nicole Keegan
    B.S. in Social Work, 2011
    Education Specialist, Turtle Mountain PREP, Rolette County
    Turtle Mountain PREP is a Personal Responsibility Education Program that works with adolescents in helping them transition into adulthood. My duties and responsibilities include implementation of HIV prevention, teenage pregnancy prevention along with an adulthood preparation program. Other job duties include engaging the youth to participate in school-based and after school programs, prepare for and facilitate group-based activities, and supervise youth, assist in developing and implementing evaluation tools and resulting data to inform program creation and design, track youth and adult member enrollment/activities and prepare reports and paperwork as needed by agency or funders along with planning activities, oversee daily operations and recruit volunteers for school.