Title: Social Worker
Location: Westland, MI, US
Dianne Coates, Retired Social Worker, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Health Care Professionals for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of social work.
Passionate about preserving the inherent dignity all humans possess and maintaining that every single person is deserving of the upmost respect, Ms. Coates has dedicated her life to the service of humanity and social justice via social work. She was inspired to enter her field during her time as a leader for her daughter Cindi’s campfire organization. Spending time with the girls helped Ms. Coats realize that she wanted to work directly with people in order to help empower and improve their lives.
Preparing for a career in social work, Ms. Coats took classes at Jackson Business University before earning an Associate of Arts with honors from Macomb Community College in Warren, MI, in 1977, subsequently earning a Bachelor of Arts with high distinction from Madonna College in 1979. She then earned a Master of Social Work from Wayne State University in 1982 and completed postgraduate course work with the International Graduate School in 1984 as well as with Eastern Michigan University in 1989. A licensed social worker in the state of Michigan, Ms. Coats has used her knowledge and compassion to help those who require her services.
Ms. Coats has held myriad positions over the course of her career. From 1973 to 1980, she worked as a national service officer for the Military Order of the Purple Heart in Detroit before becoming a psychology technician at the VA Medical Center in Allen Park, MI, from 1980 to 1984. During this appointment, she began working as a clinical consultant for HOMEBASE in Detroit from 1983 to 1985 and as a clinical social worker with the Community Counseling Associates in Adrian and Roseville until 1987. Ms. Coats then served as a clinical social worker at the Ypsilanti Regional Psychiatric Hospital from 1987 to 1990 and the Southgate Regional Center for the Developmentally Disabled from 1990 to 1996, also briefly working at the Lafayette Clinic in 1992.
Ms. Coats excelled at the Southgate Center from 1996 to 2001 where she first worked in intake and admissions to holding the position of discharge coordinator and finally director of social work services. She began employment with Northville Psychiatric Hospital as a clinical social worker from 2001 to 2002 and then the acting director of social services from 2002 to 2003. Ms. Coats’ final positon before her retirement was as a clinical social work manager for the Walter Reuther Psychiatric Hospital from 2003 to 2005, though she still serves as a field instructor for Wayne State University, a role she has fulfilled since 1988.
In addition to her astounding career, Ms. Coats has undertaken other responsibilities. She served as a group counselor for Survivors of Homicide in Detroit, a volunteer for HAVEN in Pontiac, MI, an international exchange counselor for the Education Foundation for Foreign Study. She has been an Indiana contract therapist with the Renaissance West Community Mental Health Services Clinic and Caknipe-Kovach Associates as well as an area representative for the Educational Resource Development Trust.
Ms. Coats has held memberships with numerous esteemed organizations such as the National Association of Social Workers, the Academy of Certified Social Workers and the Association of State Employed MSW’s, serving as vice president from 1991 to 1993. She has also been affiliated with the Michigan Mental Health Association, the Michigan Association of Mental Health Professionals, the Wayne State University Alumni Association, the Ladies Auxiliary VFW and the DAV Auxiliary co-founded the Social Work Association of Madonna College. Ms. Coats is an honorary life associate member of the Vietnam Veterans American Association and has been a member of the Metropolitan Service Officers Association, serving as president from 1990 to 1992. She has also been a member of the Ladies Auxiliary Military Order of Purple Heart, holding the roles of the Region 2 vice president from 1985 to 1986 and the national membership officer from 1995 to 1996.
Enjoying a long career, Ms. Coats is grateful for the time she spent as a state employee and the experience of working with different types of people throughout her years as a social worker. Since her retirement, she has immersed herself in genealogy research, quilting and writing poetry. In recognition of her work, she is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the LA MOPH Department of Michigan in 1992. Ms. Coats has been awarded with the coveted Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and has been featured in Who’s Who Among Human Services Professionals, Who’s Who in the Midwest, Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America and in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who in the World and Who’s Who of American Women.
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