Faculty & Staff | Master of Social Work

Del Quest
Program Director, Assistant Professor

Del Quest received her PhD in Social Work and Social Research from Portland State University in 2014 and her Master of Social Work from University of Denver in 2004. She has practiced as a clinical social worker in an adolescent residential treatment facility which served youth experiencing substance abuse and mental health diagnoses and youth in out of home placements. Her primary focus both as a researcher and social work educator is on suicide prevention and intervention. Her goals are to help those impacted by the death of a loved one to heal from the loss, and to support other clinicians as they cope with the loss of a client.

Assistant Professor, Field Education Director

As the Director of Field Education for Pacific University’s MSW program, Rachel Jensen seeks to strengthen the community-academy relationship, create opportunities for students to link classroom knowledge to practice, and prepare them to become lifelong, inquisitive learners. Her practice experience includes children and family services, school social work, community work, and medical social work. She received her Master of Social Work from Humboldt State University in May 2006.

Assistant Professor

Charlotte Burns has been a professor of social work education with over six years of teaching in higher education.

She received her MSW from Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois and currently completing her dissertation research at Aurora University in Illinois. Her research has focused on research in clinical, medical and community-based settings. 

She has worked with children, adolescents, families, and older adults in clinical, social welfare, and community settings for over 20 years.  Additionally, she has worked as a social work consultant for the past 3 years with pediatric, adolescent, and adult nephrology patients in dialysis clinics. She joined the MSW program at Pacific University beginning fall 2019.

Assistant Professor of Social Work

Lalit Khandare received his PhD in Social Work from Indiana University in 2017 and his MA in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai, India in 2003. His work focuses on domestic violence, global social work, and human rights. He currently teaches Research Methods and Thesis, Program Evaluation, and Beyond the Cycle of Violence in the MSW program.

Assistant Professor

Nancy Murakami received her DSW in Clinical Social Work from New York University in 2019 and her MSW from Columbia University in 2005. Specializing in trauma and refugee mental health, her clinical practice has been primarily with survivors of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, war, torture, and forced migration. As a classroom and field educator, she aims to strengthen students’ practice of culturally responsive care, attunement to their own well-being, and development of a trauma lens for all practice. She joined the Master of Social Work faculty at Pacific University in 2020.

Assistant Professor

Jon Talebreza-May, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW, is an Assistant Professor of Social Work. Professor May received his Ph.D. from Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2013 and his MSW degree from New Mexico Highlands University in 2004. His work experience includes psychotherapy with individuals, families, and groups. In addition, Dr. May has experience in supervision and administration in the agency setting. His professional and research  interests include men's issues, race and ethnicity in clinical practice, and rural social work practice.

Program Coordinator

Suzy Kropf is the program coordinator for the Master of Social Work program. She earned her BA in Family and Human Services from the University of Oregon College of Education in 2015.  She serves as a Title IX board member, and is a member of the Eugene Campus Equity, Diversity and Inclusion committee, University Health and Safety committee, and University Health & Wellness committee. During the academic year, she leads weekly mindfulness sessions and yoga classes for faculty, staff and students. 

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Assistant Director of Graduate & Professional Admissions | Eugene Campus EDI Coordinator

Sara Summers is the Assistant Director of Graduate & Professional Admissions for Eugene. She also serves as part of the Confidential Advocacy Network.

Bachelor of Social Work Program Director

Don Schweitzer received his PhD in Social Work and Social Research from Portland State University in 2011 and his Master of Arts in Social Work from Boise State University in 2005. His research goals are to continue to conduct participatory and qualitative research in an effort to help shape innovative forms of policy, treatment models and service evaluation that can help overcome the problems associated with the homeless and runaway youth. He currently serves as the program director for the Bachelor of Social Work program.

Visiting Associate Professor of Social Work

Andrea Doerfler, LCSW, MSSW is a Visiting Associate Professor of Social Work.

Assistant Professor & Director of Field Education

Michelle Pliske is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) serving individuals, couples and families and specializes in the treatment of childhood and adolescent mental health. She holds a bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of Washington, Department of Psychology, where she studied developmental psychology. She worked in multiple research studies as a post graduate at the University of Washington's Institute of Brain and Learning Sciences and Center on Human Development and Disability. Her research included: infant and child development, childhood trauma, child behavioral disorders and autism spectrum disorder. Michelle received her graduate degree with honors from Portland State University, School of Social Work. Michelle holds certificates of education in Trauma Informed Services from Portland State University, EMDR from the Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Institute and a certificate of education in Play Therapy Practices with recognition as a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) through The Association for Play Therapy. She is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and is on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Oregon.