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 earned her BA in Family and Human Services from the University of Oregon College of Education in 2015. Her most meaningful experience as an undergraduate was a service-learning trip to Pondicherry India, where she developed interest in capacity building and creating access to resources in communities. She was able to apply this interest by serving for one year as an AmeriCorps VISTA member with the Holden Center for Leadership and Community Engagement at the University of Oregon. Suzy is also a certified yoga instructor, with a passion for supporting people in their wellness and self-care practices. She supports the Master of Social Work program through as the program coordinator, which includes student registration and services, budget management, and event planning. She serves on the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion committee, is a Title IX Advocate on the Eugene campus, and serves on the Health and Safety committee as the Eugene campus representative. During the academic year, she also leads weekly mindfulness sessions 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.