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Walla Walla University—Billings

Wilma Hepker School of Social Work and Sociology

Our mission is to train competent and ethical professionals who: embody integrity, value all people, serve their communities, and pursue social justice. Our program is designed for commuter students with one day a week classes. This makes it easy to complete your degree while still managing the demands of life.  An MSW can be earned in six quarters.  A four quarter advanced standing program is also available to BSW graduates who have graduated from a CSWE accredited institution.

The focus of the program is advanced clinical practice. Students may take electives in areas such as addictions, aging, child welfare, children and families, mental health, medical social work, and school social work. 

The Master of Social Work program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Meet the faculty

Our faculty of full-time professors and supporting contract teachers is large enough to offer experience in a diverse range of areas, but small enough to allow students to get to know each faculty member. We strive to offer a quality program for our majors, including a wide range of class options and small class sizes.

Pam Bing Perry

Program Coordinator
Associate Professor of Social Work and Sociology

(509) 527-2558


  • MBA
  • MS in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy (DMFT)

Teaching Areas

  • Families
  • Beginning Practice
  • Introduction to Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT)
  • Practicum Groups

The effects of Emotion Coaching training on parents with Adverse Childhood Experiences – title: “Parenting from the Heart: Nurturing Your Child’s Emotional World”. 

Emotions and trauma, trauma-informed care, EFT, Gottman model, couples therapy 


Professional Memberships/Affiliations

  • NASW


MAMFT board member, board president elect, Big Sky CISM clinical team member, ACE presentations, suicide prevention walk, The Festival of Trees, member of St. Vincent advisory board

Kayleith Pellandini

Billings Field Education Coordinator
Instructor of Social Work and Sociology

(509) 527-2779


  • MSW Andrews University, 1998

Teaching Areas

  • Field Education
  • Connecting students with a field placement that aligns with their goals and aspirations


End of quarter student evaluations are a big part of what I do as a Field Education Coordinator. Analyzing the best way to measure student growth requires constant observation and critique. Though I am not formally researching this topic I am constantly monitoring and revising the processes in addition to assessing for outcomes.


Design and decor, oil painting, photography, reading, family time, hiking in the woods, building and maintaining positive friendships, and recognizing and drawing out the best in others


Professional Memberships/ Affiliations

  • NASW
  • CSWE


The mission of Dress for Success is to “Empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.” Suiting women at Dress for Success has been a blessing to me. With a trauma informed approach, I am able to help women feel great from the inside out.

Understanding how to captivate our youth in the church also piques my passion. I currently serve as a deaconess as well as the youth activities coordinator. In these areas, I strive to be a difference maker.


The year 1998 was a big one! I graduated with my MSW from Andrews University and the very next week, married the love of my life.

Amanda Lewis

Assistant Professor of Social Work and Sociology

(509) 527-2797


  • BSW Montana State University-Billings
  • MSW Walla Walla University
  • LCSW 
  • LMFT

Teaching Areas

  • Individual
  • Family and Group Practice
  • Psychopathology
  • Policy and Advocacy


I am currently researching the influence of social media and technology on adolescent development. 


Spending time with family, hiking, swimming and being outdoors



I was born and raised on a cattle ranch in Southeastern Montana. I have a private practice I have operated since 2008 in the small community in which I reside.  I am married, with 3 children; two boys and a girl.  

Professional Memberships/Affiliations

  • NASW 


I provide service in my small community in the form of coaching, teaching, and volunteering.  

Message to students

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed individuals can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." -Margaret Mead

Bradley Dennis

Assistant Professor of Social Work and Sociology

(509) 527-2594


Sheila Dockter

Office Manager

(509) 527-2286


BLS, 2010; Communications

MHS Liberty University, 2012; Emphasis in Marriage & Family Counseling

Teaching Areas

  • Self-Care for Social Workers


Spending time with family, being a realtor, hiking, SUPing, kayaking and playing with my beautiful dog Koda



  •  Executive Director of Neil Nedley Depression Clinic
  • Certified Facilitator of PrePare Enrich Relationship Counseling
  • Head Deaconess & Deaconess of The Billings Seventh-day Adventist Church
  • Health Ministries – Billings Seventh-day Adventist Church

Message to Students

I have been working for Walla Walla University, Billings Campus since 2004 as the Administrative Assistant. My role here is to provide students support from application to graduation. I welcome you each to this program and am happy to take this journey with you!

Nicole Helgeson

Mental Health Clinic Administrative Assistant

(406) 254-0308

Tori Bauer-Koch

Library Research Consultant

(509) 527-2745

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