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AVASW Social Worker of the Quarter 2018


AVASW Social Worker of the 1st Quarter- Jessica Pinder, LCSW
Jessica Pinder

Jessica Pinder Social Worker of the 1st Quarter is from the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Healthcare Center system.  Ms. Pinder obtained her MSW from Loyola University of Chicago and BSW from University of Illinois at Chicago Jane Adams College of Social Work. She completed her graduate internship at the North Chicago VA Medical Center in 2005 and came back to work at the Captain James Lovell Federal Healthcare Center in 2007.

Jessica works in the Veteran Justice Outreach (VJO) Program and is active in the Lake County community providing education about Veteran needs. When asked about her work with the VJO program, Jessica shared “I enjoy the challenge. I also enjoy “walking” through the Veterans court process with our Veterans.  Earning a Veterans trust, in the treatment process, is sacred and should be valued. I have always felt honored to achieve this.” In her nomination for AVASW Social Worker, it was noted “Ms. Pinder served as a committee member for specialty court development, pursuant to the Administrative Office of Illinois Courts regulations. Ms. Pinder additionally, has presented educational seminars for several organizations within the community. She presented on numerous occasions for the Women Attorneys of Lake County, regarding Veteran needs and the role of the VJO and VTAC in Lake County, IL, and she often informally educates new staff of the Lovell FHCC about the VJO program.”

Jessica believes that “Civil Service is a value that was instilled in me as a child.” Her husband is a Veteran and “I remember the difficulty and growth we experienced as a couple when he left active duty. From that experience, I became even more motivated to  serve.  I feel a strong duty to care for Veterans and feel privileged to work with them. I truly enjoy watching Veterans succeed and grow.”

From the several nominations for Social Worker of the 1st Quarter 2018, Jessica was selected as the AVASW Social Worker of the 1st Quarter. Congratulations to Jessica for her exceptional service to Veterans and the Lake County community!










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