Social Work
       Master of Social Work -- Alumni Spotlight


Malory Overton Windham is currently a 3rd year law student and working as a therapist at a UNC crisis stabilization unit in Raleigh, NC.  Immediately upon graduation from the MSW Program at ECU in 2011 she worked as a therapeutic foster home consultant and licensing consultant with a community mental health company. “The MSW program not only prepared me for my continued education as a law student, but prepared me to be a contributing, thoughtful member of human kind.  I am proud to say that my graduate education has endowed me with an amount of maturity, self knowledge and compassion that will be the driving factor toward any success I may enjoy.  I will be always grateful to ECU, its faculty, and my fellow classmates for helping me build an enduring foundation in which all my future education and professional experiences will be deeply rooted.”

Her advice to students considering the MSW Program at ECU: “If you are considering the MSW program, be prepared for some serious self-exploration.  It can be frightening, but it really does make you a better person, as well as a better professional."


Pam Vetter is a licensed clinical social worker who has provided individual, family, and group counseling services for an array of settings including a non-profit organization, community mental health, medical center, and private practice.  Pam currently provides outpatient therapy at the Chrysalis Center for Counseling and Eating Disorder Treatment in Wilmington, NC.  Clinical interests include the treatment of eating disorders, trauma, grief, anxiety, behavioral issues in youth, parenting and family issues, communication skills and social skills.  She has expertise in child and family services, utilizing developmentally appropriate therapeutic strategies, including play and art therapies.  Pam has completed specialty training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy. She enjoys working with children over the age of 3, adolescents, families and adults. Pam earned a BA in Exercise Science with a minor in Psychology from UNC-Wilmington and went on to earn her MSW from East Carolina University.

"East Carolina University’s MSW program did a tremendous job of preparing me for the field of clinical social work.  The incorporation of both clinical and community classes provided the skills and education necessary to work comfortably in a variety of settings.  ECU served as the foundational component of my career, allowing me to fulfill my purpose of supporting those in need.  Go Pirates!"   


Tamyra Jovel, MSW is the Program and Services Director for Alzheimers North Carolina's Greenville office. A recent graduate of the School of Social Work at East Carolina University, Tamyra received her Master’s Degree in Social Work and Educational Certification in Gerontology. She is a retired U S Army First Sergeant with extensive experience counseling Soldiers and their families in times of peace and crisis. Upon retirement from the Army in 2006, she spent two years with State Farm helping policyholders and clients reach their insurance and financial goals. Tamyra is dedicated to providing education, support and services to individuals with dementia, their families and health care professionals.

"My experience at ECU and the College of Human Ecology was illuminating. I appreciated learning about the clinical aspects of social work but, thanks to the experts in the School of Social Work Field Education office, found my calling in community practice. To me, the ECU School of Social Work is a society of professional educators who bring a rich and diverse collection of social work practice and skill to a cooperative learning environment. I share the College of Human Ecology’s vision of “enhancing the well-being of people and communities."


Mary Christine Parks is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist, and an Internationally Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Mary Christine earned her Master of Social Work degree from East Carolina University and was honored to be recognized by the faculty as the recipient of The Outstanding Master of Social Work Award for May 2007. Mary Christine currently resides in Wilmington, NC where she operates a private practice that specializes in the treatment of trauma and addiction. She also serves as the Interim Executive Director of The Frank Harr Foundation whose mission is to provide sensitivity and diversity education to providers of services to and for the LGBT community.  Prior to moving her family to Wilmington, Mary Christine served as the Executive Director of the North Carolina Pharmacist Recovery Network, a nonprofit dedicated to providing pharmacists, technicians, and pharmacy students with support for successful addiction recovery.  She also served on the board of the North Carolina AIDS Action Network, the only statewide advocacy organization fighting for the rights of people living with HIV/AIDS, their loved ones, and those at risk of acquiring HIV/AIDS in North Carolina. 

"I would like to thank ECU and the College of Human Ecology for providing me with a strong foundation and the confidence to pursue my goals of giving back to the community.  The school of social work at ECU is unique because while it allows for concentrations it also provides its students with the vast breadth of the field of social work.  This allows students to develop a greater sense of what careers are available to them upon graduation while increasing their book and experiential knowledge base." 


  Jessica Hallman-Holton graduated with a master’s of social work from the College of Human Ecology in 2003. She’s currently in private practice as a licensed clinical social worker in Greenville. Jessica provides individual and group psychotherapy, and specializes in treating trauma, grief and loss, and substance dependence disorders.

Additionally, Jessica supervises and mentors provisionally licensed clinicians within the practice. She also gives presentations on various social work topics at the local, state, and national level. “Giving back to the profession is a crucial component,” says Jessica about the field of social work.

Jessica believes that internships and supervision experiences will help students become successful in social work and other related industries. For those pursuing a LSCW, Hallman-Holton suggests for students to “find a strong clinical supervisor or mentor once in the workforce.”

Jessica says she’s had many professional and personal accomplishments throughout her career. Most recently, she was elected as the NASW-NC (National Association of Social Workers- North Carolina) president elect. She begins her term as the NASW-NC president on July 1. 
  Geoff Marett is a 2006 graduate of East Carolina University's Master of Social Work (MSW) program; he also received a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from ECU in 2004. He was a child welfare collaborative scholar in both programs. After receiving his BSW, Geoff was a Case Management/Treatment worker for the Greene County DSS. After almost a year at that agency, he decided to return to Graduate school in the fall of 2005 to pursue a Masters Degree in Social Work. Upon graduation in 2006, Geoff began working in the Lenoir County Department of Social Services.

Geoff is currently a supervisor with the Lenoir County Department of Social Services in Child Welfare. He attributes much of his success to the experiences he gained at ECU while participating in the Child Welfare Education Collaborative and through his Field Education Internships. “The faculty and staff in the School of Social Work at East Carolina could not have been more pleasant and knowledgeable about the field of Social Work. I use many of the teachings I learned during my BSW and MSW studies in the field today. The professors were wonderful and always available to answer any questions you may have had or offer any suggestions to a particular assignment I may have had some confusion about. The coursework was very challenging and required me to really push myself at times."

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