“Social work has been an immensely rewarding experience. I am continually inspired by the stories our clients bring to us and I’ve been honored to help them on their journey. I hope to continue to grow in this profession; learning, teaching, training and mentoring.”
After graduating from MMC in 1997, Ragon was accepted to graduate school in the Social Welfare program at UCLA. She moved across the country to attend the program and graduated with an MSW in 1999. Following graduation, Ragon was hired by Shields for Families, a not-for-profit agency serving at-risk children and families in the South Los Angeles and Compton area. She began her social work career as a therapist in the School-based Mental Health program at Shields, working with children from elementary and middle schools in Compton who were coping with trauma, loss, behavior difficulties or family issues. Ragon loved working with the families in the community and enjoyed the creative energy of being a therapist. She became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2005 and went on, as a program manager, to develop and implement the Therapeutic Nursery program at Shields, an intensive mental health day treatment program for children ages 3-5. The program was innovative and effective and was featured numerous times on PBS’ A Place of Our Own. Ragon is now a clinical supervisor at Shields, supervising new therapists who work with families in substance abuse treatment and enjoys training and teaching the new generation of therapists and interns.
Class Year and Major
Class of 1997