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Em Pleshe, MSW
epleshe@gmail.com


Professional Interests

Social Policy Research
Community Organizing
Grant Writing
Program Planning and Evaluation


Education

Master of Public Administration, expected December, 2006
Arizona State University, School of Public Affairs, Tempe, AZ

Master of Social Work, 2005 (May 12)
Arizona State University, School of Social Work, Tempe, AZ

Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology, 2000
Grand Valley State University, Department of Psychology, Allendale, MI


Professional Experience

Research Experience

Arizona State University-School of Public Affairs, Tempe, AZ
Research Assistant
Summer 2005
Completed literature reviews for Dr. Laura Peck on topics of poverty measurement and perceptions and public opinion regarding poverty

Sonoran Research Group, Phoenix, Arizona
Research Assistant
November 2004-March 2005
Responsible for organizing, cleaning, and interpreting research data for various projects
Interviewed and tracked subjects for various behavioral health research projects
Assisted in writing government grants for various projects

Grand Valley State University-Department of Psychology, Allendale, MI
Research Assistant
Jan -Apr 1998
Developed computer enhanced materials distributed to participants
Conducted preliminary trials of the research protocol

Internship Experience

Arizona Governor's Office/CYF/Division for Women, Phoenix, AZ
August 2004-May 2005
Coordinated distribution, data processing, and statistical analysis of statewide needs assessment
Coordinated the collection and management of statewide domestic violence statistics
Tracked the division's legislative priorities throughout the legislative session

Body Positive, Prevention/Education Department, Phoenix, AZ
October 2003-May 2004
Created all materials for Peer Prevention Program
Developed, implemented, and evaluated Peer Prevention Program

Human Rights Campaign, Field Department, Washington, DC
January-April 2000
Coordinated distribution of literature via telephone and e-mail
Updated the college campus organization database
Created comprehensive spreadsheets for tracking legislation and maintained member database

Millennium March on Washington, Washington, DC
January -April 2000
Coordinated the recruitment of volunteers
Facilitated outreach promoting the march

Government/Nonprofit System's Experience

City of Ann Arbor, Assessor's Office, Ann Arbor, MI
Assessing Clerk
October 2002 -August 2003
Responsible for explaining real estate taxes to the public in person and via telephone
Assisted the public with navigating the Tax Assessor's website
Assisted office staff with various administrative duties

BETAH Associates Inc., Bethesda, MD
Consultant
November 2001-August 2002
Represented the Leadership Campaign on AIDS (TLCA) in various communities
Responsible for communicating the importance and mission of TLCA
Organized and facilitated meetings for University Administrators to discuss HIV Prevention
Researched and presented HIV/AIDS statistics for targeted communities

Department of Health and Human Services, The Leadership Campaign on AIDS (TLCA), Washington, DC
Executive Assistant
February-July 2001 (Choice temporary agency)
Responsible for the organizing and distributing TLCA program materials
Conducted research for current HIV/AIDS statistics and performed literature reviews
Maintained Executive Director's schedule, phone, e-mail

Whitman Walker Clinic, Washington, DC
Administrative Assistant
June-August, 2000 (Choice temporary agency)
Conducted preliminary intakes for the new clients
Scheduled a large number of clients for various services
Maintained client database, including progress notes for the case managers

Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind, Washington, DC
Administrative Assistant
November-February, 2001 (Choice temporary agency)
Generated invoices for career rehab services to local government agencies
Assisted the career rehab counselors with administrative duties

Horizons, Inc., Grand Rapids, MI
Residential Aide
January -October, 1999
Recorded progress notes pertaining to the residents' mental and physical health
Dispensed medication and educated residents on how to take them properly
Facilitated group outings and therapy groups for individuals who suffer from mental illnesses

 

Organizing Experinence

World March of Women (NOW), Washington, DC
Campus Organizer
August-October 2000
Coordinated the Southeastern US college campuses for the World March of Women 2000
Organized speaking engagements for NOW officers for DC Metropolitan Universities

Human Rights Campaign, Field Department, Washington, DC
January-April 2000
Coordinated distribution of literature via telephone and e-mail
Updated the college campus organization database
Created comprehensive spreadsheets for tracking legislation and maintained member database

Millennium March on Washington, Washington, DC
January -April 2000
Coordinated the recruitment of volunteers
Facilitated outreach promoting the march

 

Campaign Experience

Democratic Coordinated Campaign, Tempe, AZ
Crisis Manager and Canvasser
August-November, 2004
Directed campaign staff on how to manage campaign crises
Taught other volunteers how to canvass

Dean Campaign, Canvasser, Phoenix Metro, AZ
Canvasser
September-January 2004
Dropped literature and explained Howard Dean's positions on various issues

Ypsilanti Campaign for Equality, Ypsilanti, MI
Canvasser
August-November 2002
Communicated to residents in the City of Ypsilanti about ballot initiative
Persuade residents to vote against the discriminatory ballot initiative

Liz Brater Campaign, Ann Arbor, MI
Office Volunteer
August-November 2002
Organized and participated in campaign mailings
Offered my insight to Liz Brater Campaign on various social issues

National Organization for Women (NOW), Washington, DC
Campaign Staff
October-November 2000
Canvassed door-to-door for NOW endorsed candidates (ex: Debbie Stabenow, today U.S. Senator)
Phone solicited registered voters and provided information on NOW endorsed candidates
Recruited NOW members to help with canvassing and phone solicitation

 


Professional/ Honor Memberships

National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Fall 2003 to Present
Pi Alpha Alpha, Spring 2005 to Present
Phi Alpha, Spring 2004 to Present (President 2004-2005)
Psi Chi, Spring 1996-Present


Honors/Awards

Dondrell Swanson "Advocates of Social Justice" Award
ASU community member who advocates for social justice, April 2005

Surgeon General's Certificate of Appreciation
Award for fight against HIV/AIDS, August 2002


Fall 2005 Classes

PAF 506, Budgeting and Finance
PAF 531, Community Conflict Resolution
PAF 503, Organizational Behavior



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