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Columbia University School of Social Work, New York, NY - May 2006

Master of Science in Social Work - Concentration in Policy Practice and Contemporary Social Issues                                                                                                             

University of North Texas, Denton, TX - December 1991

Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies - Certification in Elementary Education


Launa Kliever ~ Alchemy Coaching & Healing, New York, NY and Dallas, TX

Healer, Educator, Coach, Organizer  ::  May 2003 – present  

  • Support leaders committed to high-impact, mission-driven work by helping them cultivate optimal levels of emotional, mental and spiritual health, utilizing a variety of modalities and practices including body-based energy techniques, coaching, and meditation
  • Design and facilitate customized coaching and healing programs to help executives, entrepreneurs, organizers and other leaders create a more unified and aligned culture within the collectives they lead    


Columbia University School of Social Work, New York, NY                                            

Advisor for Online MSW Program; Former Adjunct Faculty Member  ::  Sept. 2011 – present

  • Serve as primary educational support, in both field education and academics, for MSW students enrolled in Columbia’s online program and based in Dallas, Texas
  • Created collaborative and collegial learning environments to foster a sense of community among MSW students and to encourage their intellectual risk-taking during their first-year, foundational course
  • Co-designed and co-piloted a live, simulated client session role play assignment intended to assess basic engagement skills of beginning social work practice and to begin a video-based student portfolio, which was later instituted as a required component of the Foundations of Social Work Practice course


National Association of Social Workers – New York City Chapter, New York, NY    

Associate Director  ::  Dec. 2008 – Sept. 2012

  • Collaborated with the Executive Director to execute the vision and mission of the Chapter
  • Provided administrative oversight, operational support, project management, event planning and overall coordination for a broad portfolio of Chapter projects and programming, including the Continuing Education Program, Marketing and External Communications Plan, all Chapter Committees and Task Forces, and Annual Membership Meetings
  • Expanded and advanced the marketing and communications strategy of the Chapter, including a full redesign of the organization’s website which resulted in a 25% increase in online traffic
  • Served as Editor of the Chapter newsletter, Currents, and directed all aspects of the production process
  • Conducted full analysis of newsletter production process which led to a more streamlined system, ultimately allowing me as A.D. to reduce the amount of total time spent on the newsletter by 50% 
  • Orchestrated a shift from print-only to an online version of the newsletter, yielding a savings of over $50,000 in printing and mailing costs
  • Increased the bottom line of Chapter financials through the expansion of non-dues revenue streams by adding a spring season to the Continuing Education Program and securing special contracts to offer the Chapter’s signature licensing test prep course to social service organizations and schools of social work
  • Supervised and guided staff members and graduate-level interns, both individually  and in multiple team configurations
  • Facilitated multiple teams comprised of Chapter leaders and members including the Diversity Committee, the Task Force of Social Workers of African Descent, the New Professionals Task Force, as well as overall coordination of all program-related committee and task force chairs 


Puerto Rican Family Institute, Inc. & National Association of Social Workers – New York City Chapter, New York, NY

Director, Latino Social Work Task Force  ::  Feb. 2007 – June 2008

  • Organized educational forums to increase awareness among human service agencies, public officials,  policy makers, and philanthropic foundations of the critical shortage of Latino social workers
  • Planned and executed fundraising activities and events, including an annual Scholarship Luncheon
  • Researched and pursued grant-making opportunities to support the goal of increasing the number of bi-lingual, bi-cultural Latino social workers in New York City


National Association of Social Workers – New York City Chapter, New York, NY     

Field Organizer, NASW-NYC Political Action for Candidate Election (PACE) Committee  ::  Aug. 2006 – Feb. 2007                                       

  • Planned political forums to educate NASW-NYC members and elected officials
  • Mobilized NASW-NYC members and other social workers to work on strategically-identified campaigns
  • Fostered connections between Chapter leaders and members, and NYC government by cultivating working relationships with political candidates, elected officials and their staff members


Undoing Racism® Internship Project (URIP), New York, NY                                         

Steering Committee Member, Organizer  ::  Sept. 2005 – May 2013

  • Led strategic efforts to organize for racial equity within New York City’s major schools of social work and expand the base of anti-racist organizers in the NYC area
  • Worked collaboratively within the collective of the steering committee to create anti-oppression focused curriculum and initiatives to guide and support the education of MSW students, while also staying accountable to the goals of the wider movement for racial equity in NYC            
  • Spearheaded the first qualitative research project to reflect on outcomes resulting from NYC-based social service professionals having completed the Undoing Racism®/Community Organizing Training
  • Planned and facilitated a highly-successful networking and informational forum which included presentation of the aforementioned research findings, collaborative conversations and creative visioning


F·E·G·S – White Plains Road Community Residence, Bronx, NY                                

Social Work Intern, Direct Practitioner  ::  Sept. 2004 – May 2005

  • Developed and facilitated a psycho-educational workshop on the topic of anger management 
  • Provided long-term support for adults living with chronic and persistent mental illness including basic case management services, task-centered and crisis intervention, and counseling
  • Prepared psychosocial updates, created and implemented quarterly service plans, and performed yearly functional assessments for individual clients


New York Medical College Library, Valhalla, NY                                                             

Interlibrary Loan Supervisor  ::  Feb. 2002 – Nov. 2002

  • Created policy structures and implemented the corresponding operating procedures to maximize effective, efficient document delivery to faculty, staff and students
  • Chaired several committees regarding the implementation of electronic document delivery


Hospitality and Food Service Industry, NY                                                                   

Compilation of Experience  ::  Aug. 1995 – April 2003

  • Gramercy Tavern, New York, NY; Server
  • Freelance Café and Wine Bar, Piermont, NY; Server
  • Hungry Hollow CO-OP, Chestnut Ride, NY; Kitchen Manager, Natural Foods Chef
  • Yura & Company, New York, NY; Bakery Manager, Baker


Carrollton/Farmers Branch Independent School District, Carrollton, TX                     

Elementary School Teacher and Grade-Level Leader  ::  Feb. 1992 – Dec. 1994

  • Planned, facilitated, and taught professional development courses for teachers in the areas of Language Arts instruction and Talented and Gifted Education
  • Designed qualitative assessment tools to support the implementation of a cutting-edge approach to language arts instruction, centered on a reading/writing workshop design


The Litvin Group, Los Angeles, CA                                                                                            

Member of Leadership Team for 4PC Program and the Rich Litvin Intensives  ::  2016 – 2018


The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, New York, NY                                          

Undoing Racism®/Community Organizing Trainings  ::  2005 – 2008


The Phoenix and the Rose: A Center for Healing, Katonah, NY                                                      

Spiritual/Energy Healing – experiential study with healer, Sara Rubin  ::  1998 – 2009


Sunbridge College, Chestnut Ridge, NY                                                                                         

Foundation Year Study: Anthroposophy and the Life and Work of Rudolf Steiner  ::  1995 – 1996


Kliever, L.  (2008). Building Bridges: NASW-NYC New Professionals Task Force Engages New Social

Workers.  Currents of the New York City Chapter-National Association of Social Workers, 52(5), 1; 5-6.


Bayliss, D., Gerber, R. & Kliever, L.  (2006). Pushing the Growing Edge: The Undoing Racism Project.

Currents of the New York City Chapter-National Association of Social Workers, 50(6), 6-7.


“Self-Care for the Social Worker: Exploring the Effects of Vicarious Trauma and Compassion Fatigue Within a Framework of the Chakra System"

Presentation for social workers at Kings County Hospital Center  ::  March 2014


“Working Together to Eliminate Mental Health Disparities: A Prescription for Healthy Living”   

Conference for human service practitioners hosted by the Puerto Rican Family Institute, Inc.  ::  Nov. 2007                                  


“Building a Movement for Social Change”                                                                                          

Forum for social workers and educators hosted by the Undoing Racism® Project  ::  May 2006                                                                                          

“Social Justice in Social Work Practice”                                                                                             

Conference for MSW students at the Columbia School of Social Work  ::  Oct. 2005                                                             

“Summer Literacy Institute”                                                                                                         

Professional development conference for educators in the Carrollton/Farmers Branch ISD  ::  June/July 1993                        


Anti-Racist Alliance of New York 

2005 – present


Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ-DFW)

2016 – present