Parent- Teen Specialist for Family Resources of Pennsylvania
Statement of Research Interest/ Problem of Practice:
Danielle's research focuses on building school and community partnerships to promote awareness of the detrimental effects of academic/behavioral labelling of students of color.
Danielle graduated with a Bachelor's in Criminal Justice and a Master's in Law and Public Policy from California University of Pennsylvania. Over the past 8 years, Danielle has focused on community and urban development which pushed her to work with community schools and programs to improve school and community relationships. Danielle has created a non-profit program called, G.O.A.L.S., which serves as a school/community resource that promotes methods of empowerment and encouragement so that young men and women may achieve personal and professional growth.
For the past few years, Danielle has worked diligently with leaders of the Manchester community to build partnerships with schools and bring programs back into the neighborhood. Danielle volunteers as a part time special education aide in the Children's Ministries department of Allegheny Center Alliance Church and has served at homeless shelters such as, Bethlehem Haven, The Genesis of Pittsburgh, and Shepherd's Heart to help individuals gain self-efficiency.
Danielle also mentors young men and women who attend Pittsburgh Public and Pittsburgh Charter schools by encouraging them to strive for higher education and "always be true to themselves."
Along with her academic milestones, Danielle had taken the opportunity to complete an internship with forensic pathologist, Dr. Bennett Omalu, where she completed research regarding brain hemorrhaging and blunt force trauma. She considers this to be one of the biggest highlights in her professional career.
Mentored by: Dr. Herman A. Jones, Jr.
Retired Associate Professor of Social Work
Since graduating from Wilberforce University (1971), Herman continued his education at the University of Pittsburgh completing a master's degree in Social Work and a PhD in Higher Education.
His professional goal had been to work with troubled youth and families. As a professional social worker, Herman gained valuable experiences as a probation officer, mental health therapist/researcher, administrator of a residential facility for dependent/neglected adolescents, and as a program development/evaluation consultant.
For twenty years Herman was the President of Urban Market Research a consumer market research firm that provided technical assistance (client satisfaction studies, focus groups, product demonstrations, market plan development, etc.) to minority business.
These experiences provided a strong foundation which led to twenty-six year tenure of academic teaching at Slippery Rock University allowing him to retire in 2016 as an Associate professor of Social Work.
Throughout his professional career he has served on several boards of director; the Boy's and Girl's Club of Western PA, the Girl Scouts of Southwestern PA, Allegheny County Juvenile Court Advisory Board, Primary Care Health Services, the Allegheny County Regional Asset District, Pittsburgh Public Theater and the Community Technical Assistance Center.
Also as a volunteer Herman coordinated a mentoring program sponsored by the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity for boys in a local public middle school. Herman is currently a consultant with the Homeless Children's Education Fund.