Tommy Lopez

  • Instructor , Human Services Studies Department
  • Blair College of Health

Born in New York City he was the middle child of three. He spent the first 20 years of his life in Harlem just north of Central Park, later moving to El Barrio, Spanish Harlem and then to the Bronx. He studied at Music and Art High School and went from there to City University of New York at City College and at Baruch College where he got his Undergraduate Degree in Liberal Arts and Graduate degree in Public Administration/Human Services. He started out his career teaching for the New York City Public School System and used that experience to build a career in Human Services starting with a Hispanic Social Service Agency in Newark N.J moving on to become a Bi-lingual Child Protective Services Investigator in Passaic County NJ and from there to the Office of Mental Health at the Bronx Children’s Psychiatric Center, where he continued to work with the Latino Population as Volunteer Coordinator/Special Investigator and Public Information Specialist.

After moving to Charlotte, NC in 1989, he began working with the Charlotte Housing Authority as Housing Service Coordinator for the, then Transitional Families Program. He then went to the Department of Social Service in both Mecklenburg and Union Counties where he served as a Bi-lingual Social Worker in Child Protective Services and a Supervisor. Currently Tommy is teaching Human Services at Central Piedmont Community College as well as teaching a course on Cultural Diversity at Queens University in the Human and Community Services Program.

Degrees

  • M.P.A.  - Public Administration/Human Services; Baruch College
  • B.A.  - Liberal Arts/Music Education; City University of New York at City College
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