STSW Executive Board

  • President: Molly Dugan (Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta)
  • Vice President: Clifton Hill (Vidant Medical Center)
  • Secretary: Dawn Warfield (Johns Hopkins Hospital)
  • Treasurer: Kristen DeVoe (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center)

President - Molly Dugan

What transplant work do you do?  

I was introduced to the field of transplant when I was hired as the Dialysis Social Worker here at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in October of 2011. I worked closely with our transplant social workers in that role and transitioned to the Heart Transplant/Advance Heart Failure Social Worker in September of 2013.

What is your involvement in STSW?

I joined the STSW in October of 2013 while attending the STSW conference in Dallas. I had been a social worker for over 20 years before attending this conference and was overwhelmed with how great it felt to be among so many colleagues and like-minded people at one time. I later joined the Board as the Pediatric Board Member at Large in January of 2015. During my time in this role, I led a team of pediatric social workers across the U.S. in the development of the Pediatric Psychosocial Assessment Tool and shared this tool at the STSW conference in Columbus in October of 2015. I later became the Vice President in January of 2017 and took over as the Credentialing Chair at that time. I have presented at the conference twice and have represented the Society by exhibiting at the Transplant Financial Coordinators Conference in 9/2016 and at the Transplant Management Forum in 4/2017. As Vice President, I have helped create a Credential Rack Card to distribute to members who are interested in our two credentials. I have also helped in creating updated exhibit items to increase our visibility when at other national conferences. I am honored to be a part of such an amazing group of social workers who have shaped and formed the role of transplant social workers in our country over the past 31 years.

What do you like to do when you are not working?

I am an avid college football fan. On any given fall weekend, you can find me in front of my television supporting my two favorite teams (Notre Dame and the University of Georgia)! I actively participate in transplant related camps for our kiddos and help plan these camp opportunities each year. I love to walk my dog in our neighborhood and spend as much time with my nieces and nephews as they will allow as teenagers now! I enjoy playing trivia, but am not very good at it. Strangely enough, I have acquired a lot of science-related knowledge that seems to come in handy at trivia. That’s one good thing about attending so many hours of rounds!

Vice President - Clifton Hill

What transplant work do you do? 

I was first introduced to transplant through my work at the dialysis center, where I was a renal social worker for 10 years.  About eight years ago I took my current position at Vidant Medical Center. We have a kidney/pancreas transplant program that serves adults and pediatrics. I work in all areas of the program, though primarily with recipients.

What is your involvement in STSW?

I joined STSW within a couple of months of joining the transplant team.  As a new transplant social worker is was so helpful to talk with others to get best practice ideas, and going to that first conference and new transplant social work session really helped me to solidify my role.  I participated on the committee that developed the Pediatric Psychosocial Assessment Tool.  I joined the Board this year as secretary, and in my short time on the Board I have even more appreciation for the work and knowledge that this group puts forth for our profession.

What do you like to do when you’re not working?

I love theatre and while I have no aptitude for performing, make an effort to see all shows that come to the area.  I volunteer with Carolina Basset Hound Rescue, and we’ve had at least one foster dog for the past seven years.

Secretary - Dawn Warfield

What transplant work do you do?

I was introduced to the field of transplant when I was hired as the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1988. For several years I covered all of the children on the unit including those children who were listed for or had received a solid organ transplant.   Pediatric Social Work subsequently moved to coverage by specialty service and I then  cross covered the children receiving transplants   In 2011, hoping to develop more ongoing relationships with children and their families,  I transferred to the position  of Pediatric Cardiology Social Worker covering all of the Pediatric Heart Transplant and LVAD patients. Over the last 32 years I have been fortunate enough to watch the transplant field grow in all areas and I have had the amazing opportunity to grow professionally along with it.

What is your experience with STSW?

I joined the STSW in September of 2016 as a “combination membership/conference” registration while I was awaiting to attend at my first STSW conference in San Diego. I knew from the start of the conference that I was among a group a social workers truly dedicated to clinical excellence in the field, and I wanted to be a part of such a dynamic organization. The following year, I volunteered to be a member of the Credentialing Committee during the conference in Scottsdale Arizona and was accepted in early 2018.  As a member of the Credentialing Committee I have worked with committee members to revise the credentialing requirements as well as having an opportunity to interact with other social workers who shared my passion for the field and the desire to take the next step in their professional development by becoming credentialed. Just recently (2020) I applied for and was accepted in the role of Secretary on the Board. I am honored to be a part of a group of social workers who 35 years ago shared a vision that subsequently shaped the role of social organ transplant social work.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

I am an outdoor enthusiast who loves activities such as hiking, biking, kayaking and white water rafting. I believe in pushing my boundaries and am now a novel (not so good) tap dancer.  For those of you who have attended recent conferences you have seen me knitting.  Next conference I will have needles in hand—come over or virtually say hi!

Treasurer - Kristen DeVoe

What transplant work do you do?

I am a senior social worker at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center where I work with living kidney and living liver donors.  Prior to this I worked in heart transplant/MCS for several years.

What is your involvement in STSW?

I have been involved in many capacities including working with membership to help register new members and renewals, especially as the conference approaches.  I will soon be rotating of the credentialing committee after being part of that group since 2015.  I am excited to be involved in a new way as treasurer.

What do you like to do when you are not working?

I enjoy spending time with my partner and our 3 year old son.  I also like to garden, bake and I really enjoy hiking when I can.

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