Practicing Rural Social Work
Paul Force-Emery Mackie, Kimberly Zammitt, and Michelle Alvarez
Paul Force-Emery Mackie (MSW, Washington University in St. Louis; PhD, University of Denver) is professor of social work at Minnesota State University, Mankato. He currently serves as President of the National Association for Rural Mental Health (NARMH) (2015-2017) and has been on the NARMH Board of Directors since 2009. He has written extensively on rural behavioral health labor force challenges and issues.
Kimberly Zammitt (BSW, MSW, University of Southern Mississippi; PhD, Jackson State University) is associate professor of social work at Minnesota State University, Mankato. With over ten years of clinical social work practice experience in the fields of community mental health, child and adolescent mental health, and geriatric mental health, Zammitt worked throughout the state of Mississippi establishing behavioral health services in skilled nursing and assisted living facilities. She served as clinical social worker and training specialist working to bring mental health services to individuals, families, and groups in remote rural areas in Mississippi.
Michelle Alvarez (MSW, University of Maryland at Baltimore; EdD, Nova Southeastern University) is associate dean of Social Sciences, College of Online and Continuing Education at Southern New Hampshire University. She taught in two rural MSW programs at Minnesota State University, Mankato and the University of Southern Indiana. She was the co-coordinator for field at MSU, M and appreciated the support from many agencies who were spread out across the rural towns in Minnesota and surrounding states.