Social Work Faculty & Staff

The core social work program faculty represent many years in both practice of social work as professionals and social work educators. The experiences of our faculty make the program strong with high academic and practice standards as prescribed by CSWE.

The baccalaureate social work program maintains a full-time equivalent faculty-to-student ratio not greater than 1:25. The faculty to student ratio is reported annually to the college administration. Faculty size remains commensurate with the number and type of curricular offerings in class and field. Program options include a traditional format program and accelerated hybrid program comprised of online and in-person classes. The department has a full-time program director/faculty, full-time field instructor/faculty as well as a full-time faculty member who serves as a field liaison for the accelerated hybrid program specifically. The department also is fortunate to have a number of adjunct instructors to teach and sharing their expertise.

Dr. Susan McDonald, MSW, Ph.D., LCW

 Dr. Susan McDonald, MSW, Ph.D., LCW

Dr. McDonald began her appointment with Misericordia's Social Work Program in August 2013 as Director of Field Education and as of July, 2016, is the Program Chair/Program Director. She has a BA degree in Criminal Justice from Wilkes University, an MSW from Marywood University and a Ph.D. from Fordham University. She comes to us with extensive background in social work education and clinical work. She has served Alvernia, Temple, Marywood, Kutztown and DeSales University. Her work experience has been in the area of bereavement with children and hospice care. She also has a private practice where she sees children, individuals and families.

Phone Number: 570-674-6212

Trocaire building, Room 239


Mr. David Hage, MSW, LCSW, ACSW, C-ASWCM

Mr. David Hage, MSW, LCSW, ACSW, C-ASWCM

Mr Hage began his full-time appointment with Misericordia's Social Work Program in August 2016 as the Director of Field Education. He earned a BSW degree from Misericordia University, an MSW from Marywood University, and is in the process of obtaining a Ph.D. at Concordia University Chicago in Leadership & Gerontology. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of Pennsylvania, member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW), Certified Advanced Social Work Case Manager (C-ASWCM), Certified Remotivation Therapist (Instructor Level III), and a Certified Advanced Aging Life Care Professional™ (previously called Certified Geriatric Care Manager). His experience includes work with economically disadvantaged children and families in low-income housing, a maternity home with pregnant homeless women, a rural community action agency, acute care inpatient rehabilitation, and sub-acute care environments with a primarily adult through geriatric population. Mr. Hage maintains a small counseling and geriatric care management practice. He is also a volunteer executive committee member and trainer for the Pennsylvania Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) Task Force for NEPA, a regional task force committed to advanced care planning and honoring patient wishes at end of life in addition to serving as the co-chair of the Pennsylvania NASW Aging Committee.

Trocaire building, Room 234
Phone Number: 570-674-6268

Dr. Viviana X. Lucabeche, Ph.D., LCSW

Dr. Lucabeche began her appointment with Misericordia's Social Work Program as an Associate Professor in August 2019. She earned a BA degree in social work from Muhlenberg College, an MSW degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. in social work from Widener University. She is a Pennsylvania Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with over 20 years’ experience both in teaching and clinical counseling. Dr. Lucabeche believes it is essential to create safe learning environments and to respect students’ differences. She aims to help students develop critical thinking and communication skills since these are fundamental to effective social work practice. Her research agenda focuses on social justice and racial and gender disparities that influence substance use treatment outcomes. She has published her research in this area and has presented her findings at national conferences.

Trocaire building, Room 235
Phone Number: 570-674-1224



Adjunct Faculty - Social Work

Dawn DiMaria, MSW, LSW

Kara Golden, MSW, LCSW

Miriam Hartley, MSW, LCSW

Anthony Linnen, MSW, LCSW, ACSW

Kristopher Nardi, MSW, LSW

Jessica Bender Rosencrans, MSW, LCSW

Joanita Salla, LSW

Danielle M. Schonfeld, MSW, J.D.

Adjunct Faculty

James Calderone, Ed.D., ACSW, LSW

Cheryl Cavalari, MSW

Beth Ann Delaney, MSW, LCSW

Nicole Lankford Garza, MSW, LCSW

Margaret Rapp, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW

Lindsey Riddell, MS

Kristen Samuels, MSW, MS, M.Ed.

William Stauffer, LSW, CCS, CADC

John Wallace, DSW, LCSW


Mrs. Betty Ann Duffy

Administrative Assistant

Social Work and Education Departments

McAuley Hall, Room 221A



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