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Field Education Team

Field Education Staff Title & Biography

Jamie Parker, LMSW



GCSW 207

Director of Field Education

Jamie Parker received her Master of Social Work degree from the University Of Houston’s Graduate College of Social Work in 2006 with a concentration in Political Social Work.  She became a clinical assistant professor, and the Director of Field Education in 2014, after working in the College for 7 years. Jamie was selected to serve on the National Council of Social Work Education, Council on Field Education and is a leader with the Texas Field Educators Consortium. Jamie shares she has a passion for nonviolent social action and macro level social work, and appreciates being a small part of guiding student’s social work educational journey.

Shelley Gonzales, LCSW


GCSW 205

Assistant Director of Field Education

Shelley Gonzales received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Houston’s Graduate College of Social Work in 2008 and joined the Field Office Staff team Spring 2018. Shelley has accrued 10 years in a community nonprofit as a field instructor and executive director working with adolescents on the transition to adulthood, leadership development, and experiential education. A few of the things she loves most about social work is the adventure of working with humanity at a very core level, the opportunities for her own growth, and the breadth and depth of the roles that social workers can fill.

Tamika White, MSW



GCSW 204

Field Coordinator, Hybrid/Online Programs

Tamika White received her BA in Sociology/Social Work from Dillard University-New Orleans in 2007. Tamika received her MSW in Interpersonal Practice with Children, Youth and Families with a school certification in 2008 at University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Tamika is currently the Hybrid/Online Field Coordinator at GCSW (starting July 2020) and a PRN Social Worker for The Woman’s Hospital of Texas. She has worked as a Housing Plus Case Manager with SEARCH Homeless Services (The Open Door Mission/Jackson Hinds Gardens), a medical social worker and preceptor at Texas Children’s Hospital,  a Victim Assistant Specialist at The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences and a medical social worker for Shriners Hospitals for Children Houston. Tamika is passionate about students increasing their self-awareness and maximizing their full potential.  She loves that the field experience gives the students an opportunity to apply practical skills to social issues while establishing their professional identity. 

Margaret Mayer, MSW


GCSW 204

Field Coordinator, Face-2-Face Programs

Margret Mayer received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Houston’s Graduate College of Social Work in 2016 with a concentration in Health and Behavioral Health. She joined the Field Office Staff team in Fall 2019, while serving as a Field Supervisor and Adjunct Professor.  She comes to the field office with an accumulation of experience in diversity, equity, and inclusion work, having served as a learning and development consultant and facilitator. Margaret has a passion for field education because she recognizes the unique opportunity for each student to understand their role in addressing equity within and across our systems and she enjoys providing support and guidance as they move not only through the graduate program but into to the workplace.

Jacqueline Griffin


GCSW 206

Field Office Executive Secretary, IPT Administrator

Jackie Griffin has been a part of the Field Office Staff time since 1994. She explains that she truly enjoys working with the GCSW students and watching them grow into the social work profession. Jackie says that as a freshman in school, her first week was difficult working with the administration and she made a promise to herself that if she ever worked in the academic arena at a university, she would work towards easing the student experience into field placement.


Field Liaisons Biography

Nicole Batiste, LCSW


Nicole Batiste received her Masters in Social Work from the University of Central Florida in 2013. She is currently employed by the Houston Independent School District as a Social Work Manager. She has experience working with children in underserved communities focusing primarily on eliminating barriers in education. Nicole also has had experience as a Teacher, School Social Worker, and School Counselor. She loves working with the UHSW Field Community because of the opportunity to grow from fresh and innovative students as well as teach them about her passion for Social Work in education. 

Brittany Burch, LCSW-S, LCDC


Brittany Burch, LCSW-S, LCDC is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker-Supervisor and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, and a social work graduate from Washington University in St. Louis. She came to Houston for a Social Work Fellowship at the Menninger Clinic in 2006, working at the clinic on both the general psychiatric and eating disorders units. In 2009, Brittany joined the staff of the Montrose Center, a non-profit agency dedicated to serving the LGBTQ community. She served as the Center’s LIFE Counseling Program Coordinator, overseeing their senior programs, youth programs and the internship training program. In April 2018, Brittany opened her private practice, Autumn Counseling, Inc. where she specializes in couples’ therapy utilizing Emotionally Focused Therapy, grief support as well as individuals treating trauma through EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing). She is delighted to continue her work with social work students as liaison with the UH’s Graduate School of Social Work. 

Sergio Cruz, LCSW

Sergio Cruz received his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Houston’s Graduate College of Social Work in 2008. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with professional experience in mental health, psychotherapy, management, residential, and outpatient programs. Sergio has worked with children and families, couples, veterans, and unaccompanied children. He shares he loves field education because it is where a student is able to connect and transition knowledge to practice with the support of experienced practitioners that care about the development of our students. Sergio explains that he loves social work because it has supported and has provided him with a framework of his personal core value of service to others.

Louela Dandy, MSW


Louela Dandy received her BS in Sociology from the University of Houston in 2008 and then her MSW from the University of Houston GCSW in 2010. She worked as a CPS Adoption Caseworker upon graduation before finally transitioning into the healthcare field in 2012, specifically in dialysis. Louela has been working for DaVita Dialysis since October 2012. Her dialysis population consists of patients as young as 20-years-old up and as old as patients in their late 80s and 90s, with varying racial/ethnic backgrounds and socioeconomic status. Louela has also worked with numerous clinics in both urban and rural areas. 

Louela loves Field Education because it provides Field Instructors, MSW students, and Field Liaisons like herself with the opportunity for lifelong learning from the interactions we all encounter with a very diverse group of people - from agency staff, colleagues, peers, and clients. 

Stephanie Ebarb, LMSW

Stephanie Ebarb received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Houston’s Graduate College of Social Work in 2013 with a specialization in Gerontology and was an AGIFT Fellow. As a Field Liaison and Instructor, Stephanie shares she has discovered a passion for working with students and remembers that it wasn’t long ago that she was the student herself feeling anticipation and uncertainty. She also shares she enjoys hearing about student experiences and witnessing their genuine love for the field as they grow over time.

Anthony Fernandez, LCSW-S, CCM


Tony Fernandez completed his undergrad degree at Texas Tech University in 1988 and began working in social services as a job coach, vocational counselor, and case manager with brain injury clients at Transitional Learning Community in Galveston and TIRR Challenge Program. He completed his Masters in Social Work from the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work in 1996 after completing two internships at HIPY (Houston Institute for Protection of Youth) working with street youth and TIRR Inpatient Social Work Department. After he graduated, he worked at LBJ Hospital – Harris Health System as an outpatient social worker for 17 clinics, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital as the Director of Case Management, Select Specialty Hospital LTCH as a Senior Case Manager, Life Care Centers Of America (Vosswood & Garden Terrace) as Area Director of Marketing, Encore Healthcare (Nursing Homes and LTACH’s) as Regional Director of Marketing and Social Work for Texas and Oklahoma, Odyssey Hospice at Area Director of Marketing, and Bridge Solutions Home Health and In-Home Care at Director of Marketing and Social Work. He received his LCSW and CCM in 2010 and is now a social work supervisor for LCSW supervisees. He also works independently as a Geriatric Care Manager. 

Tony also has been on the UH Graduate College of Social Work Alumni Board for 5 years, serving as president for two of those years. He is also on the Texas Hispanic Council on Aging Board for the past 3 years and in 2019 was appointed to the Advisory Council for Amazing Place, Dementia Day Program and Services. He has been with his husband for 18 years, married to him for 5 years and they have a 1-year-old boxer mix named Harley. 

Deresha Gibson, LMSW

Deresha Gibson received her Master of Social Work degree from Loyola University Chicago's School of Social Work in 2008 and earned a Master of Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University in 2014. She joined the Field Office team in Summer 2019. Deresha has accumulated years of experience as a clinical social worker in community organizations, experience as a macro social worker and has worked in field education as a Field Instructor and Field Liaison. Deresha loves field education because she believes it gives students the opportunity to begin developing their professional social work identify, figuring out where they fit in the different types of social work practice, and understanding the value they can bring to the social work profession through real-life experiences.

Jeanne Higgs, LCSW-S


Jeanne Higgs received her Master of Social Work degree in 2010 from the University of Houston's Graduate College of Social Work. After ten years working in the community, in both micro and macro positions, she moved last year to private practice. Her experience includes working as a therapist in the LGBT community, with formerly homeless individuals in permanent supportive housing and with immigrant women and children as an integrated behavioral health specialist. She is also a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. Jeanne shares that her own experiences in field education had a huge impact on the direction her career took. She loves having the opportunity to see students explore and discover what is possible in the field of social work both with clients and within themselves. 

Vaughn O'Neal, LCSW

Vaughn O’Neal received his Master of Social Work degree from Tulane University at the Tulane School of Social Work in 1994, and has accrued 20+ years’ experience as a psychotherapeutic practitioner and administrator. Of social work field education, Vaughn says he loves watching and guiding students as they mature from nervous ducklings to the point that they soar across the lake to the opposite shore that is their first LMSW position.

Ashley Ochoa, LCSW

Ashley earned her Master of Social Work degree from the UH Graduate College of Social Work in 2011 with a concentration in Political Social Work. She has worked primarily macro in the field of recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Ashley has taught as an adjunct for the UH GCSW. She has served as a Field Instructor since 2014 and continues doing so while working as a Field Liaison. Ashley believes it's the field experience that makes the GCSW program so successful. It provides the opportunity for students to integrate academic learning with applicable experience guided by social workers who were once in the students' position. She loves hearing about the incredible opportunities field placement provides and how the students progress on their journey. 

Bernadette Porter, LMSWbernadette-porter-2020

Bernadette Porter received her Master of Social Work degree from New York University, Graduate School of Social Work. As an LMSW, she has over 25 years of experience as a non-profit program planning director, academic counseling manager, and currently as adjunct professor in general studies and human services. Bernadette believes that the Graduate College of Social Work prepares students to take an important leadership role in service to humanity. Prior to becoming a Field Liaison, Bernadette was a Field Instructor. She highly values the field experience as it provides students with the opportunity to expand their knowledge of the profession while providing valuable services to their placement organizations. She is committed to encouraging student success and enjoys being a part of the outstanding support the program has for social work students. 

Morgan Zeringue, MSW


Morgan Zeringue received her MSW from the University of Houston in 2011. Morgan is currently the Director of Case Management Services at Jewish Family Services (JFS) in Houston. As a Macro Social Worker, she specializes in understanding and correcting service gaps, implementing programs, and improving service delivery. She enjoys being a field liaison to serve as the link between the students' placement and the GCSW program.