As a clinical social worker for the past three decades, Cassandra uses her skills to assist organizations with strategic planning, program development and evaluation, retreat planning and facilitation, and succession planning. In addition to many years of teaching and training in the areas of cultural competence in health care settings, trauma, and engagement with multi-stressed families, she also has clinical and research experience, including serving as co-investigator on state and federally funded grants.
Cassandra, who taught at the BU School of Social Work for more than 20 years, is now a professor emeriti, member of the Dean’s Advisory Board, and a member of the BU Board of Overseers. She is the former program chair for a child health and wellness collaboration between the Links, Inc. and the BPS King School and a former fellow at Center for Social Policy at UMass/Boston. Cassandra currently runs a private counseling practice and serves on the boards of the Institute for Health and Recovery and Metro Housing Boston.
Cassandra, whose ESC clients include the Bessie Tartt Wilson Initiative for Children and Chica Project, attended Boston University’s School of Social Work, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Fisk University.
“Consultants can sometimes feel a bit like marriage counselors when called in during a crisis situation. Whether we are doing crisis intervention or working at a slower pace and more strategically, the goal is to attend to relationship building so that good data can be captured. We work to help the client accurately assess organizational needs and to collaboratively lay the groundwork for long term success,” says Cassandra.