Our Team:

George W. Appenzeller, MSW

George W. Appenzeller, MSW, practices in both the macro and micro social work fields. He co-founded System Wide Solutions, Inc. a private social work evaluation, database development, and research practice in 1997 after a twenty-two year career in SC State government. He is also co-founder and president of Challenge Adventures which provided psychotherapy in wilderness settings for exploited young people.

He has been the principal investigator on over 300 studies and evaluations, as well as doing consulting work with the SC Governor’s Office, the USC College of Social Work and the USC School of Medicine  He founded Social Work Solutions PLLC recently to concentrate specifically on social work and Climate Change.  George is licensed in South Carolina, North Carolina and Vermont  as a clinical social worker and in South Carolina as an advanced macro social worker. He received his family therapy training at the Medical University of South Carolina, his additional child welfare training at the National Child Welfare Leadership Center of the University of North Carolina, and his initial adventure therapy training from Project Adventure. He served as the executive director of the National Network of Social Work Managers and the School Social Worker Association of America.   Besides his social work licenses, he is licensed in SC as an LPC and holds certification as an ACSW. 

He has been active in environmental work since middle school, belonging to a number of environmental organizations.  He has been a researcher on studies of perceptions of environmental issues such as Genetically Modified Organisms.  He has taught a class on environmental social work for USC College of Social Work and has conducted trainings on environmental social work for the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control.  He has traveled widely across the world as a volunteer for environmental research while living with indigenous peoples and in studying the effects of Climate Change.  He is active in human rights work and environmental protection. 

Mr. Appenzeller is an Army brat, a veteran, a former civilian employee of the Department of Defense, and has a career Army son.  He volunteered as a therapist at a VET Center for four years and did his first year clinical internship at the Charleston, SC VA Hospital. He spends a great deal of time keeping up with the reality of life in the military through participant observation, the literature, original documents, extensive communications and visiting bases in the US and overseas. He has provided numerous workshops and talks on military culture and social work practice for the VA and social work organizations.      

 

Sarah L Meadows, MSW

Sarah L. Meadows is co-founder of System Wide Solutions, Inc. (SWS) a private evaluation, database development and research firm which specializes in evaluations and studies of federally funded programs for underserved and at-risk children and youth;  and co-founder of Challenge Adventures which provided psychotherapy in wilderness settings for exploited young people.  She has applied skills in management, research and technical writing as well as curriculum development and training to lifelong advocacy of services for women and children.  She received her MSW at the University of South Carolina with a concentration in community and macro areas, is licensed in advanced independent practice and is an approved licensing supervisor in SC. Ms. Meadows has more than 45 years experience as a social worker, grant manager, social researcher, trainer, evaluator, and program manager.

Ms. Meadows worked with SC state government for 25 years.  She was the Director of Quality Assurance as the state alcohol and drug abuse agency prior to becoming the Director of Training at The Center for Child and Family Studies, College of Social Work, University of South Carolina.  She retired from state government in 2000 and joined SWS fulltime.   

Ms Meadows is actively involved in the Bee City program providing consultation to organizations interested in improving conditions for native pollinators.  She is active in environmental work, belonging to a number of environmental organizations.  She has been a researcher on studies of perceptions of environmental issues such as Genetically Modified Organisms.  She has taught a class on environmental social work for USC College of Social Work and has conducted trainings on environmental social work for the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control.  She has traveled widely across the world as a volunteer for environmental research while living with indigenous peoples and in studying the effects of Climate Change. 

 

Tiffany A. Powell

Tiffany A. Powell is the Office Manager of Social Work Innovations. Ms. Powell handles all the day to day operations of SWI. She has been performing these tasks for SWI since 2005. Ms. Powell has 14 years experience in bookkeeping and office management for both non-profit and for-profit organizations. She is knowledgeable in the fields of database management, operations and finance, and has previous administrative experience in a criminal law office.