Aurora University

Faculty

Ariana Carlson Maggio
Ariana Carlson Maggio, MSW, LCSW, PEL: SSW

Assistant Professor of Social Work, Bachelor of Social Work Program Chair Office Phone: 630-844-6554
Email: acarlson@aurora.edu Areas of expertise: Social work practice with youth and families, group facilitation, school social work, nonprofit program management and leadership Education: MSW, Aurora University
BSW, Aurora University Favorite thing about AU: "I value the student-centered and innovative instructional approaches that enable transformative learning experiences for students."

Laura Donavon
Laura Donavon, LCSW

Assistant Professor of Social Work, Coordinator of Addictions and Forensics Specializations Office Phone: 630-947-8943
Email: ldonavon@aurora.edu Education: MSW, George Williams College, Aurora University
BSW, George Williams College, Aurora University
Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC)
Certified Criminal Justice Addictions Professional (CCJP)
Clinically Certified Juvenile Treatment Specialist (CCJTS)
Master Addiction Counselor (MAC)
Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Professional Board Registration (CODP I) Favorite thing about AU: "Transforming the lives of those who will in turn transform others' lives." View LinkedIn Profile

Kendra Graham
Kendra Graham, MSW, LCSW

Visiting Professor of Undergraduate Social Work Office Phone: 630-844-5539
Email: kgraham@aurora.edu Areas of expertise: Faith-based social work, social work in infertility and adoption, human behavior, lifespan development Education: MSW, Aurora University
BSW, Lewis University

Dawn Livorsi
Dawn Livorsi, DSW, LCSW

Assistant Professor of Social Work Office Phone: 630-844-7859
Email: dlivorsi@aurora.edu Areas of expertise: Clinical social work, trauma, mental health Favorite thing about AU: "Witnessing students and faculty from different disciplines come together to form one vibrant community." View LinkedIn Profile

Don Phelps
Don Phelps, PhD, LCSW

Professor of Social Work Office Phone: 630-844-4238
Email: dphelps@aurora.edu Areas of expertise: Macro practice areas of human rights, social justice and social policy, group work, social policy and social work practice Education:

PhD, Social Service Administration and Social Policy Analysis, University of Illinois
MSW, Youth and Family Counseling, Aurora University
BS, Sociology and Psychology, Northern Illinois University
LCSW, Doctorate Level, Illinois Department of Professional Regulation

Favorite thing about AU: "Student-centered learning that moves students from passive receivers of information to active participants in their own discovery process." View LinkedIn Profile

Laura Vargas, MSW, LCSW, CWEL
Laura Vargas, MSW, LCSW, CWEL

Assistant Professor of Social Work, Coordinator of Child Welfare Specializations Office Phone: 630-947-8900
Email: lvargas@aurora.edu Education:

Type 73 School Social Work Certification, Aurora University
MSW (Specialization - Children and Families), University of Illinois
BS, Social Work, Sociology minor, Illinois State University

Favorite thing about AU: "AU offers so many opportunities for life long learning and growth for student and faculty. The opportunities to learn something new every day are endless at AU that is one of many things I love about AU!"