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Phi Alpha: Board Members

Faculty Advisor: Beth Walker, Ed.D., LCSW

Office Location: Silver City, NM – way southern New Mexico, near the US border with Mexico, about halfway between El Paso and Tucson

I live in New Mexico, now, but I grew up in the deep US South. I have been a social worker all my professional life, beginning in children’s protective services in downtown Memphis.  I moved on to running programs and agencies such as an Area Agency on Aging, a regional American Heart Association, a Girl Scout Council (where 6,000 girls sell a LOT of cookies!), and United Ways. When I first stepped foot on a college campus as a teacher, though, I knew I was home.

Since then, I have taught at and been director of several small BSW Programs.  Before joining Walden, I had the exciting experience of working on developing and obtaining accreditation for an MSW Program that eventually moved online. From an anticipated total number of students of 50, with my fingers crossed, we recruited and were successfully teaching over 500 when I moved to Walden.

Now I get to combine my love of teaching with my love of technology, by teaching online. My primary scholarly interest has been in social work accreditation, although my dissertation focused on state-level funding of higher education in smaller state institutions. I am a wizard with programmatic budgets and assessment, and I often teach grant writing. I’m passionate about child welfare, and about teaching research and policy. Agency administration isn’t far behind. And did I mention clinical work? Right!

I have a strong interest in Phi Alpha (check it out)and supporting students overall.  

President: Raven Priest

Vice President: Heather Jarvis

Secretary: Patricia Shelton-Rambo

Social Change Officer:



Lisa Moon, BSW Faculty Mentor

My name is Dr. Lisa Moon and I have been in the field of social work for 32 years. I have a BSW from the University of Louisiana-Monroe, a MSW from the University of Southern Mississippi and a PhD in Social Work from Louisiana State University. I have worked in child protection, medical social work, and the mental health field where I specialized in services to children. For the past 17 years I have been teaching social work. I began my teaching career at the University of Arkansas-Monticello, taught at Delta State University in Cleveland, MS. And I have been at Wlden University in the BSW program as the academic progam director for a little over 2 years. In my teaching career I have served as a faculty member, director of field education and program chair. My research interest is mental health services for children, issues related to caring for the elderly, simulative education and accreditation for social work programs.

I love teaching others about social work because it is my passion. Every degree I received was in social work because I am a social worker and I am very proud of this. I want to continue to work to educate great social workers and improve the ability and respect of this profession.

Dr. Lisa Moon
E-mail: [email protected]
Work Phone: 870-265-1151

Office Location: Lake Village, AR (Central Time Zone)
Office Hours: I will check email in the early morning, periodically throughout the day, and in the evening. Please email me if you need to set up a telephone conversation. Central Time Zone.