Field Advisor Spotlight
Christine Alexander, LCSW
Christine Alexander has been a Field Advisor for Barry University since summer 2013. She completed her Master’s in Social Work Degree at Arizona State University on 1996. She has been living and working in southwest Florida since 2000. She is passionate about partnering with families to identify and implement creative approaches to developing strength-based skills in her surrounding community. Christine’s ability to speak Spanish and her experience in Latin America has helped her in her mission to connect and share her passion.
In her 20 plus years in the field of social work, Christine has served in a variety of generalist and clinical roles, working primarily with children and families in schools, governmental agencies, community mental health agencies and as a private contractor for mental health and assessment services. Her areas of specialty include working with children diagnosed with ADHD, sensory awareness/sensitivity issues, and depression.
Christine has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Florida since 2004. She currently holds the position of School Social Worker for the Lee County School Board.
Most Notable Accomplishments:
- Awarded Most Creative Provider Award by her peers
- 95% service quality rating based on quality and quantity outcome measures (parent report and data systems)
- Certified Family Development Instructor
- Health Services and Community Committee member
- Developed the Parent Training curricula and materials used by trainers for prevention services and Parent University
- Christine is the mother of a beautiful, talented 15 year daughter who loves to act and sing and is going to Los Angeles this summer to showcase her talent.
Jada Hunter has been a Field Advisor with Barry University for two-years and when asked what draws her to this position, she talked about her love of mentoring and the rewarding feeling of being able to witness students develop into their “best professional self.”
Jada obtained her MSW degree from the University of Chicago and has worked with the social service community for over fifteen years. She has ten years of non-profit administrative experience with areas of concentration specific to program and contract management, capacity building, public relations, professional training and development, and volunteer recruitment.
In addition Jada has directed a federal Healthy Marriage demonstration grant, served as Executive Director of a residential program for pregnant teens, managed a 2-1-1 Crisis/Suicide Hotline and served as a mental health therapist to children and families impacted by trauma.
Jada currently holds the position of Prevention Services Director for Hope for Miami, in which she supervises the teen pregnancy prevention, children of inmates, youth mentoring and substance abuse prevention programs. She is also a Field Educator for Barry University.
- Manage a county-wide teenage pregnancy prevention service partnership, serving approximately 1000 youth
- Developed over 15 Amachi mentoring satellite programs in Miami-Dade and Broward County
- Managed the 211 Children's Trust Helpline and Suicide/Crisis Prevention Hotline
- Presented at national and state-wide conferences, such as "National Crime in the Black Community", "Our Children, Our Future Faith and Community Symposium", "Children of Inmates" Symposium, an Health & Humans Services "Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Conference"
- Supervised over 100 social work interns from Florida International and Barry University
- Board Director for Girl Power
- Board Director for HAFA (Health Care Assistance For All)
- North American Association of Christians in Social Work Member
Lauren Butler has been a Field Advisor for Barry University since 2011 and when asked what draws her to the position, Lauren talked about the desire to assist and mentor future social workers as well as her passion for field of social work.
Lauren currently holds the position of Care Coordinator Supervisor for the Family Safety Net First Responders Service Partnership at New Horizons Community Mental Health Center.
Lauren holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Exercise Science from The College of New Jersey as well as a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from Barry University. Lauren is one of three Barry Alumni in her family, as her sister and mother also graduated from the University. Lauren has been working in the field of social work for 11 years where she worked with various populations including substance users and abusers, the economically disadvantaged, incarcerated men, and homeless mothers. Lauren gained experience providing therapeutic services to children and families as well as care coordination services to at-risk children and families in the Overtown, Brownsville, and Liberty City areas of Miami-Dade County.
Registered clinical social worker intern and is working towards obtaining her LCSW; Certified facilitator in Family Team Conferencing; Certified facilitator of the Nurturing Parenting Program; Received the Children’s Trust Data Tracker Certification; Certified Adult, Child, and Infant CPR; Certified in Children’s Functional Assessment Rating Scale (CFARS) & Functional Rating Scale (FARS); Received the 2011 Children’s Trust Champions for Children Excellence Award for Health, Family or Community Services.
Susan Fleming, LCSW
Susan has served as a Field Educator for Barry University and has been serving as a Field Advisor for the past eight years. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston University with a major in special education and a Master of Social Work degree from Barry University. She is credentialed by the Academy of Certified Social Workers and has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1983. She has a Certificate of Achievement for completing post-graduate study in social work practice, research, policy, and social work education.
Susan began her career in the teaching profession and soon transitioned into social work. She worked for thirty years for the state of Florida as a social worker and a Mental Health Program Analyst. Susan worked in various capacities in a psychiatric hospital starting in the children’s unit where she conducted individual, group and family therapy. She then worked in an administrative capacity recruiting, training and supervising social work staff in that setting. As a Mental Health Program Analyst, Susan worked in the department of Quality Assurance. Her duties included coordinating the hospital-wide Quality of Life monitoring system, providing training to hospital and district employees and facilitating the preparation for the annual HCFA/Medicaid survey. Susan coordinated the Miami Model Court team in the Juvenile Justice Center. Her duties included screening detention petitions filed in dependency court and conducting family conferences.
Susan also worked in a forensic hospital where she provided social work services and therapy to court mandated forensic mental health residents and their families. These residents had criminal charges and were adjudicated incompetent to proceed to trial or not guilty by reason of insanity. She later worked as a school social worker conducting individual and group counseling in an elementary school.