Whitney Gherman

Social Worker

Columbus, 43229



Group Facilitation

Program Management



A social worker (MSW, LSW) committed to the empowerment of vulnerable populations and the restructuring of social and political systems that produce exploitation, violence, and other injustices


University of Michigan

Socail Work , Socail Work

July 2011 - July 2011

Mt. Vernon Nazarene University

Social Work , Social Work

May 2011 - May 2011


Program Manager

Drug Free Action Alliance

August 2012 - November 2012

Led 83 community coalitions across the State of Ohio and nearly 50 Ohio colleges and universities on preventing alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use and misuse. Managed grant activities outlined by the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services grant and Cardinal Health grant. Met with key decision-makers and communicated legislative updates to community coalitions.

Coalition Development
Program Management
Program Evaluator

Camp Take Notice

January 2012 - April 2012

Articulated the program’s activities, outputs, and outcomes in a logic model. Developed a survey instrument to assess residents’ attitudes towards intake forms and intake procedures .Summarized final outcomes in PASW, Predictive Analytics Software, and presented specific strategies to the program staff.

Program Evaluation
MSW Intern

Best Buddies International

September 2011 - December 2011

Applied creative arts facilitation skills in an art event for people with disabilities. Presented program recommendations to University of Michigan Chapter including integration of positive intergroup dialogue around issues of diversity, conflict, community, and social justice. Campaigned against using the 'R' word to refer to people with disabilities.

Event Planning
Interpersonal Practice
MSW Intern

Livingston County United Way

September 2011 - July 2012

Responsible for community impact projects including measuring and achieving progress toward goal of narrowing the hunger gap in Livingston County by 77 percent. Analyzed 2-1-1 data to identify the most prevalent service requests in Livingston County as well as detected trends and gaps in services. Supported campaign, marketing, and technology functions such as developing a Twitter account, designing promotional flyers, and recruiting and tracking campaign supporters through CRM software.

Community Organizing
BSW Intern

Knox County Head Start

August 2010 - May 2011

Administered the DECA, a strength- based assessment of social and emotional development, and implemented an intervention plan for children with identified challenges. Facilitated Conscious Discipline® training to parents in order to strengthen their skills related to parenting. Monitored at-risk children in classroom and home based settings and reported progress in case notes.

Facilitated training
Home Visits
Program Coordinator

The Winter Sanctuary

June 2010 - April 2011

Provided direction and leadership toward the creation of the organization’s philosophy, mission, strategy, and seasonal goals. Advised the Board of Directors on best practices, recent legislation, and recommended program policy changes. Initiated a shelter program for women and children who experience homelessness.

Program Development
Community education
Grant writing
BSW Intern

Centerburg Senior Services

February 2009 - June 2009

Participated in planning community activities to enhance the physical, mental, and social well-being of seniors. Conducted interviews to compose and publish original biographies of the aging population .Visited low-income seniors in their home and delivered nutritious and well-balanced hot meals.

Home Visits
Composed biographies
BSW Intern

The Harbor Family Center

September 2008 - December 2008

Established relationships with youth challenged by poverty, illegal drug use, poor academic standing, and abuse or neglect . Designed a community survey to assess residents’ opinions on the development of services within their community, their satisfaction with the services offered to them, and what particular services were still needed.Coordinated with other volunteers and staff to work together for the welfare of the community and clientele.

Relationship building
Event planning
Surveying community members

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