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Bill Loewen
Assistant Professor of Social Work


Bill received an MSW from the University of Washington and a PhD in Social Welfare from the University of Pennsylvania.  Bill has lived both in South America and Africa and worked in many multicultural settings.  His work experience includes planning community based aging social services, consulting with non-profits and employee owned businesses and teaching.  Group dynamics is a research and training specialty that holds high energy for him.


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Katie Bloom
Assistant Professor of Social Work


Katie received a LPN from Mitchell Area Vocational School, BA from Augustana College, and a MSW, from Yeshiva University, Wurtzweiler School of Social Work. Previous work experience includes:

- Presentation College
- Avera McKennan Hospice & Palliative Care
- Regional Director, Alzheimer’s Association (Eastern SD & Northwestern MN)
- Center for Active Generations - Director Adult Day Services

Areas of interest include: gerontology, mental health, palliative and end of life care, rural and urban medical social work, children and families, legal and ethical issues.


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