UC alumna Mary Kay Brown '02

Alumna’s Career a Testament to Volunteerism’s Mutual Benefits

Feb. 16, 2018

Mary Kay Brown, MEd, is a long-time, dedicated servant leader in the Greater Cincinnati and University of Cincinnati communities. After earning her undergraduate degree from UC in 1971, she began her career as a social worker with the St. Aloysius Orphanage in Bond Hill, eventually becoming Program Director. To expand her community experience, Kay obtained her Master’s in Social Work from UC’s School of Social Work in 2002.

“Getting my MSW was one of the best decisions of my life,” she says. “It added to my knowledge and re-energized me in the company of younger social workers.”

Kay was later named Director of Hamilton Choices, LLC, a Hamilton County agency serving multi-system children and their families. In 2007, she became coordinator for the Regional Autism Advisory Council, focusing on system-planning for individuals with autism.

Since retiring in early 2016 after a 47-year career as a social worker, Kay has served as an adjunct instructor for the UC School of Social Work while volunteering as a ProKIDS Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). She was a founding member of UC’s School of Social Work Alumni Board in 2013 and remains actively involved, planning programs such as speed mentoring and continuing education trainings.

“I’ve benefited enormously from social workers who have served as role models and mentors to me, and the Alumni Board is an extension of this career work,” she says. “Not only do I believe that we are better together, but I gain personally from the relationships that have been made".

For more information about the School of Social Work Alumni Board or volunteering with the college, email Bri Coggins, Associate Director of Alumni Relations, or call 513-556-4005.

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