The Mandel School will honor seven accomplished alumni for their notable achievements during this year’s Homecoming and Reunion Celebration Cocktail Reception at 4:30pm on Friday, Oct. 6, at the Mandel School.
Each year Alumni Award winners are recognized for professional success, achievement and leadership in social work and nonprofit management throughout the year.
They will also be inducted into the Mandel School Hall of Achievement, in recognition of their impact and importance in their respective fields and to the school, joining such luminaries as civil rights visionary Congressman Louis Stokes and social work pioneer Grace Longwell Coyle.
This year’s winners were selected from hundreds of nominations received and reviewed by the awards committees of the Mandel School Alumni Association. Recipients include:
Distinguished Alumnus: Deborah A. Hill, MSSA 1976
Author and Activist
Now retired, Deborah A. Hill has more than 30 years of expertise as a supervisor and manager in Child Welfare. She was elected to two terms on Warrensville Heights (Ohio) City Council, serving one year as City Council President and introducing legislation that enhanced the quality of life for her constituents. As a former board member of The National League of Cities in Washington D.C., Hill helped draft national public policy. Her proudest moment was being invited to the White House for a briefing with senior staff on the Affordable Care Act, followed by a reception with President Barack Obama. Hill currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, Maryland, and on the advisory boards of Cuyahoga County Department of Senior and Adult Services and the Cleveland Clinic’s South Pointe Hospital. Her book, The Power of Encouragement: Determinations that Define Your Destiny, was published in 2016 and focuses on faith, hope, and resilience. Her mantra: “If I can help somebody as I travel on, then my living will not be in vain.”
Professional Achievement: Allen P. Maragliano, MSSA 1976
Hospice Home Care Social Worker, Cleveland Clinic
Professional Achievement Award Allen P. Maragliano, MSSA 1976 A Licensed Independent Social Worker in the State of Ohio, Allen P. Maragliano has been a Hospice Home Care Social Worker at the Cleveland Clinic since 1993. In this role, Maragliano assesses patient and caregiver needs, establishes and implements plan of care with patients, and counsels and educates terminally ill patients and caregivers in relation to stress and coping issues. Prior to joining the Cleveland Clinic, he was an emergency room social worker at University Hospitals, served in many different roles at the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court, and was a Child Care Worker at Bellefaire Residential Treatment Center. Maragliano received his Bachelor of Arts in History and Philosophy in 1968 from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio.
Professional Achievement: Julius L. Simmons, MSSA 1975
Adjunct Professor, Advisor, and Liaison (School of Social Work); Athletics Counselor, Cleveland State University
Professional Achievement Award Julius L. Simmons, MSSA 1975 Julius L. Simmons is Adjunct Professor at Cleveland State University (CSU) School of Social Work, where he also serves as the Faculty Liaison for undergraduate and graduate students completing their field practicum, a Faculty Advisor to Bachelor of Social Work students, and as the Faculty Advisor to the National Association of Black Social Workers CSU Chapter. He is also Manager of the School Based Program at Murtis Taylor Human Services System. For over 35 years, Simmons has volunteered in the Prison Media Literacy Project & Prison Parenting Program, counseling incarcerated men and women on how to make healthy life choices and facilitating parenting groups. An advocate for prison reform, he is compiling life histories, poetry, and personal narratives of incarcerated adults and youth to better understand their pathways to prison and its impact.
Nonprofit Leadership: Tracy L. Jones, MNO 2006
National Director of Mobilization Campaigns and Midwest Regional Director, AIDS Healthcare Foundation
Nonprofit Leadership Award Tracy L. Jones, MNO 2006 After beginning her career in human resources, Tracy L. Jones has more than 23 years of experience in nonprofit management and HIV/STI prevention education, which began when she took a position with a joint partnership of Case Western Reserve University and Akron University to examine the messages of HIV/AIDS prevention education to African American women. Jones worked to educate women and inner-city teens on the importance of HIV/ STI prevention, a mission she continued as a Program Director of the City of Cleveland Department of Public Health HIV/AIDS Unit. Jones is the Co-Founder of the Beyond Identities Community Center for youth and is published in the 2007 publication Health Issues Confronting Minority Men Who Have Sex With Men. She is also the proud mother of an extremely active 10-year-old named Aiden.
Nonprofit Leadership: Adam Roth, MSSA/MNO 1998
Chief Executive Officer, StreamLink Software
Nonprofit Leadership Award Adam Roth, MSSA/MNO 1998 After 15 years in the nonprofit sector, Adam Roth founded StreamLink Software in 2008, a privately held company that is the leading software platform for grant and board management. Today, Roth works closely with industry and government officials to facilitate the development of improved regulatory guidelines for managing grant funding using standardized data structures, speaking frequently on the topic to audiences around the country. Roth also sits on the Board of Directors for the Data Coalition and Data Foundation, two organizations driving government change through standardized open data policies. In addition to his MSSA/MNO degree, Roth has a BA degree from the College of Wooster, Ohio, and serves on the boards of The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio.
Early Career Success: Angela L. Daugherty, MSSA 2001
Executive Director, Family Pride of Northeast Ohio
Early Career Success Award Angela L. Daugherty, MSSA 2001 Angela Daugherty is the Executive Director of Family Pride of Northeast Ohio, Inc., a community-based mental health agency that assists children and families throughout Geauga, Lake, Ashtabula, and Cuyahoga counties. She is an experienced clinician who has specialized in children, youth, and families since 1998. Daugherty also has extensive experience in domestic violence shelters, the educational system, prevention services, and administration. In addition, she maintains a longtime collaboration with Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland State University as a Field Instructor for master’s level graduate students. Daugherty currently serves on the Geauga Children’s Alliance Board of Trustees. She is also a member of the Red Key Network, the Geauga County Women’s Leadership Council, and Leadership Geauga Class of 2014.
Louis Stokes Community Service Leadership: Donté L. Gibbs, MSSA/CNM 2012
The George Gund Foundation
Louis Stokes Community Service Leadership Award Donte L. Gibbs, MSSA/CNM 2012 Born and raised in East Cleveland, Donte Gibbs is a double alumnus of Case Western Reserve University. After positions with Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation (FRDC) and later Neighborhood Leadership Institute, he currently has a two-year fellowship with The George Gund Foundation. Gibbs was Case Western Reserve’s “Top Thirty Under 30,” featured as a community leader in “Who’s Who in Black Cleveland,” and more recently was honored as Radio One Cleveland’s Future History Maker. An active and entrepreneurial volunteer, Gibbs created Donté’s Gift Express to deliver 757 family gifts and handwritten cards to East Cleveland families on Christmas Eves in 2013–2016. He also co-created #TurkeyTakeover, which in 2016 provided nearly 1,000 turkeys and over 10,000 pounds of fresh produce and canned goods to 11,520 Clevelanders for Thanksgiving. Gibbs serves as Board Secretary of FRDC, Volunteer Coordinator of Manna Food From Heaven, and on the planning committee for All About Your Health.