Presenters: Bonita Dunn & Kerri Steele
(Bonita) Bonnie Dunn, M.S., WVSU Extension Specialist
Raised by her maternal grandparents in Rand, WV, a little town in eastern Kanawha County where she was educated in the public school system. She received a BS in Education - Comprehensive Vocational Home Economics from West Virginia State (College) University and an MS in Vocational Education /Minor Adult Education from Marshall University. Her career spans 48 years in the field of education and her life-long passion has been teaching. She has worked as a middle-school teacher, teacher-educator, vocational evaluator, an Extension Agent, statewide coordinator for the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, and finally returning to her roots at West Virginia State University as an Extension Specialist for Family and Consumer Sciences and last but not least the Statewide Specialist for the WVSU Healthy Grandfamilies Program and CoDirector of the Center for Health Grandfamilies.
Kerri Steele, MSW, PhD, Associate Professor and Chair, WVSU Department of Social Work
Dr. Steele is currently an Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Social Work at West Virginia State University. She earned her MSW from Tulane University and her PhD in Social Work from the University of Georgia. She has 12 years of experience as a social worker with community-based agencies, including 5 years as the Director of a homeless shelter for women and children in Georgia. Dr. Steele has worked, researched, and taught in the areas of generalist social work practice, poverty, behavioral health, and substance abuse. She has served as the Principal Investigator or Co-PI on several federal grants and is the CoDirector of the West Virginia State University Healthy Grandfamilies Program
1. Identify state and national statistics on grandparents raising grandchildren, the impact of the phenomenon on the family, and the relationship between this family type and the opioid epidemic.
2. Define the WVSU Healthy Grandfamilies programs and services.
3. Examine the resources available for grandfamilies.