Jennifer Hughes, MSW, LISW-S, Ph.D.
Social work program director
Associate professor of social work
Professor Hughes began her social work career as a day treatment specialist at the
Mental Health Center of Wood County, then worked at Lucas County Children Services
and St. Rita's Medical Center. She came to Bluffton after more than eight years in
a successful private counseling practice, which she continues part-time. She earned
her MSW from The Ohio State University and Ph.D. at the University of Utah. She is
well-connected with the local social services community in this area, having previously
served as field director and as a chairperson of the Allen County Children Services
Board for many years.
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Heather Koontz, MSW, LISW-S
Field work director
Professor Koontz began her career in community mental health, and worked her way from community support provider to director of emergency services. In that position she provided training and supervision to 30 professional employees. She wrote the grant that initiated the We Care Program, a collaborative program between Lutheran Social Services and St. Rita's Medical Center. She earned her MSW with a focus on social administration from The Ohio State University.
Walter Paquin, Ph.D.
Assistant professor of social work
Professor Paquin was a licensed clinical social worker in Missouri, where he worked in the field for several years in St. Louis. Both his master's degree and Ph.D. are from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. Paquin, who received his bachelor's degree in social work from Western Carolina University in 1992, teaches human behavior in the social environment, community practice and social welfare policy and analysis.
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The Advisory Council is comprised of Bluffton University faculty and staff, practicing social workers from the area, and students. It meets three times per academic year to advise the program director on curriculum content, program policies, fieldwork policies, program goals, recruitment strategies, accreditation self-study matters and other program matters.
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