James Madison University

Mary Theresa Pruchnic Award for the Outstanding Senior in Social Work

The social work faculty select each year a student to receive the Mary Theresa Pruchnic Award for the Outstanding Senior in Social Work.  Selection is based on scholarship, performance/competence and professional identification.

2013 Award Recipient


PHOTO:Leannah  Williams

Leannah Williams

Leannah Williams graduated Cum Laude in May 2013 with a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree and a minor in English.  She completed her field practicum with the Family Youth Initiative Coalition in Woodstock, VA where she planned and implemented substance abuse awareness/prevention programs in schools and in the community and facilitated groups with middle schoolers about bullying, substance abuse and safe relationships  She was involved in numerous community service activities while at JMU including working with the Alzheimer’s Association of Central and Western Virginia proving information and referrals through Helpline calls, working in-home with clients, facilitated a monthly Caregivers Support Group and raised over $1000 in the Walk for Alzheimer’s 2012 event. She was a member of the Phi Alpha Honor Society for Social Work and the departmental Student Advisory Committee.

Previous Awardees:


  • 2012    Theresa Ruggiero
  • 2011    Brooke Postlewaite
  • 2010    Ashley Gerding
  • 2009    Kristen Trost
  • 2008    Ashley Curl
  • 2007    Chelsea Young
  • 2006    Diana Sierra
  • 2005    Ashley Bouley
  • 2004    Rachel Brown
  • 2003    Kristin Bouley
  • 2002    Jennifer L. Salaverri
  • 2001    Stephanie Holt
  • 2000    Jenny Kriebel Breidenbaugh
  • 1999    Elizabeth N. Graf
  • 1998    Matthew Cooper and Abby R. Karlsen
  • 1997    Charlotte Rudkin
  • 1996    Melissa Mellen
  • 1995    Maggie White
  • 1994    Angela Pino
  • 1993    Debbie Van Tuyl
  • 1992    Dawn Miller
  • 1991    Pearl Lantz
  • 1990    Wanda Seagroves
  • 1989    Heather Kellams
  • 1988    Dee Childs
  • 1987    Bobbie Jo Peyton
  • 1986    Kristin Davidson
  • 1985    Ellen Funkhouser
  • 1984    Teresa Macuk
  • 1983    Kathy Huston
  • 1982    Ashley A. Tuttle
  • 1981    Barbara Lambert and Sonia Polansky
  • 1980    Cathy Colaw and Celia Hoffman

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