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Jerry L. Satterwhite Hall of Fame


Judith Galimore Talbert

Judy Lukas Arnold

Judith Galimore Talbert retired from the VA in April 2012 after twenty two years of dedicated service to veterans and to the Social Work Profession.  Her service spanned the country from Walla Walla, WA to Boston, MA with significant contributions along the way in Philadelphia, PA and Columbus, OH.  Her experience in the VA includes: Social Work Supervisor, Coordinator of Substance Abuse Programs, Social Work Executive and Chief of Mental Health Services. She completed her SWALT Program under the mentorship of John O’Neil. 

Judith is highly regarded for her positive “get it done” attitude.  She has been active in and led many VA committees during years of change and renovation.  She has been an active member of the Association of VA Social Workers and is a past President of the Association (2002-2004).  In March 2003 she traveled to Washington with Jerry Satterwhite to educate Congress about VA Social Work issues.  They met with staffers from the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Health Sub Committees as well as Senators.  The goal at that time was to advocate for social workers’ inclusion in Hybrid Title 38.  This was a successful venture. 

Judith has served on the VA Social Work Leadership Council. She has also been active in NASW and is a past President of the SWLHC in Central Ohio. 

Judith has mentored and been an inspiration to many social workers eager to develop professional credibility and skills.  I am proud to nominate her to the AVASW Jerry Satterwhite Hall of Fame.



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