NASW Board of Directors

Darrell Wheeler, PhD, ACSW, MPH
Willie "Bo" Walker, LCSW, DCSW

Darrell P. Wheeler, PhD, MPH, ACSW (Illinois Chapter), is Dean & Professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work. Previous academic positions held were at Hunter College, Columbia University, and the University of North Carolina – Greensboro. Dr. Wheeler earned his MSW from Howard University and his PhD and MPH from the University of Pittsburgh.

Since joining NASW in 1986, he has been active at both the chapter and national levels. He has held positions as National Board Vice President, National Board Region II Representative; NASW NYC Chapter Board Member, Chair of the National Health Section Committee, Member of the National Finance Committee, and Co-chair of the National Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues.

In addition to his NASW membership, he is a member of the Council on Social Work Education, the American Public Health Association, the Association for Community Organization and Social Administration, and the New York Academy of Medicine.

E. Jane Middleton, DSW, MSW
Vice President
Willie "Bo" Walker, LCSW, DCSW

Jane Middleton, DSW, MSW, (California Chapter), is the Director and faculty member of the Social Work Education Program at California State University, Fresno. Middleton received her BSW and MSW degrees from Temple University and her DSW from the University of Pennsylvania.

Active in NASW since 1988, Middleton has become more involved with the Association since relocating to California. Her past chapter leadership positions include President (2006-08), Board Member (2004-06) and Delegate (2005).

Currently, Middleton is an appointed member of the Foster Care Oversight Committee for Fresno County; a member of the Board of California State Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC); a member of and past Board Member of the National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work (NADD); and a member and past International Committee member of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Middleton has received Certificates and Plaques of Appreciation from the Latino Social Work Network; Santa Rosa Rancheria; NADD; CADD: Title I-VE Child Welfare and a Certificate of Recognition from the California State Assembly.

Jacqueline Durham, MSW, LCSW
Lawanna R. Barron, LCSW, ACSW

Jacqueline Durham, MSW, LSW (New Jersey Chapter), has worked at the UMDNJ-Behavioral HealthCare Partial Hospital Program for 23 years where she is a Supervising Habilitation Counselor.

Ms. Durham received her MSW from Rutgers School of Social Work. Since joining NASW in 2004, Ms. Durham has served in several New Jersey Chapter leadership positions including Board Secretary (2010-2012), Unit Chair (2006-2010), Chair of the Membership Committee (2012), Member of the Personnel Committee (2006-present), Member of the Leadership Development and Planning Committee (2011-present), and Member of PACE (2006-present). She also founded the chapter’s annual event titled “NASW-NJ’s Dream Dresses,” a prom dress giveaway program.

Ms. Durham is also a member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, National Association for Professional Women, Hemophilia Association-NJ, and Latino Social Workers Organization. In 2012, Ms. Durham was awarded with the 190th Legislative District Image Award by Pennsylvania State Representative Vanessa Lowery Brown.

Mary L. McCarthy, PhD, LMSW
Mary McCarthy, PhD, LMSW

Mary L. McCarthy, PhD, LMSW, (New York State Chapter) is Director of the New York State Social Work Education Consortium and Co-Principal Investigator for the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (NCWWI), a Service of the Children’s Bureau. Both are focused on workforce professionalization and leadership development in the field of child welfare.

A faculty member at the University at Albany, School of Social Welfare since 1988, McCarthy worked in the child welfare field for 11 years both before and after receiving her MSW from the University at Albany in 1982. She received her PhD in 2003, awarded with distinction, from Memorial University, Newfoundland Canada.

McCarthy was previously on the NASW Board as the Region III Representative. She also served on the National Committee for Nominations and Leadership Identification (NCNLI), Political Action for Candidate Election (PACE), and was President of the New York State Chapter.

McCarthy is a member of the National Indian Child Welfare Association, Council on Social Work Education, Society for Social Work and Research, and Child Welfare League of America. She received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service and the University at Albany President’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service, as well as Social Worker of the Year from the Northeast Division.

Carol Bonner, MSW, MBA, EdD
Region Representative I [ME, MA, NH, RI, VT]
Carol Bonner, MSW, MBA, EdD

Carol Bonner, MSW, MBA, EdD (Massachusetts Chapter) is Associate Dean at Salem State University School of Social Work.  Prior to Salem, she served as associate dean and associate professor at the School of Social Work at Simmons College in Boston.  She held other administrative roles at Simmons including special assistant to the president, deputy provost, and interim associate dean of graduate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences.  Her professional energies focus on diversity, leadership, and social work in the larger context of higher education.  A member of CSWE and NASW, Dr. Bonner served as President of NASW Massachusetts Chapter (NASW-MA) from 1997-1999.  She has been honored with the NASW-MA awards for Social Worker of the Year and the Greatest Contribution to Social Work Education.  Dr. Bonner received an MSW from Simmons College, an MBA from Boston University School of Management, and an EdD from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.

Raymie Wayne, PhD, JD, MSW
Region Representative II [CT, NYC]

Raymie Wayne, PhD, JD, MSW, is associate dean of Graduate and Professional Studies at the University of Saint Joseph (USJ).  Previously, Dr. Wayne led USJ’s Department of Social Work and Latino Community Practice.  In practice, Dr. Wayne was a community organizer who worked to increase access to healthcare.  She has been a member of NASW since 1993 and has served the NASW Connecticut Chapter as an intern, staff member, volunteer, committee chair (multiple committees), board member (several terms) and President.  Dr. Wayne received her PhD from the University at Albany where she received the William Reid, Dissertation Fellowship, the Dissertation Research Fellowship, and the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching by Teaching Assistants.  Dr. Wayne graduated first in her law school class at the University of Connecticut where she received several awards plus the Outstanding Overall Scholastic Achievement Award.  Dr. Wayne received her MSW from Fordham University, and her BSW from Saint Joseph College. 

Daria Hanssen, PhD, LCSWDaria Hanssen, PhD, LCSW
Region Representative III [NYS]

Daria Hanssen, PhD, LCSW (New York State Chapter) has served as the Director of the Baccalaureate Social Work Program at Marist College since 2001. She completed her PhD at the Hunter College School of Social Work, Graduate Center of City University, in 2003 and her MSW at Florida State University in 1978. Hanssen has provided direct service in the fields of children and family mental health, child welfare and family preservation and has ongoing research interests in these arenas as well as social work pedagogy.

Enrico DeGironimo, MSW, ACSW, LCSW
Region Representative IV [NJ, PA]
Enrico DeGironimo, MSW, ACSW, LCSW

Enrico (Rick) DeGironimo, LCSW, ACSW (New Jersey Chapter) is the CEO of Ocean Partnership for Children, Inc., a non-profit serving children and adolescents with behavioral challenges, and their families.  For more than twenty years, DeGironimo has held a series of executive leadership positions in organizations supporting and advocating for individuals with developmental disabilities and serious mental illness.   

A graduate of Rutgers University, he doubled majored and received a BA in sociology and economics.   He then went on to receive his MSW in community organization and planning, from Rutgers School of Social Work.  Later, while working at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, DeGironimo completed a three year post master’s certificate in Family Therapy. 

DeGironimo is an active member of NASW-NJ, having served on the Chapter Committee for Nominations and Leadership Identification, Political Action for Candidate Election (PACE), and the Continuing Education, Finance, and Community Relations committees.  Additionally, he was elected and served as a unit chairperson, President-Elect, and President for NASW-NJ.  DeGironimo is also the recipient of the NASW-NJ President’s Award. 

Drew Pledger, MSW, LCSW, ACSW
Region Representative V [DE, MD, DC, VA, NC]
Sheryl Brissett Chapman, EdD, ACSW

Drew Pledger, LCSW, ACSW, BCD (North Carolina Chapter) is currently a school social worker responsible for coordinating mental health services for Wake County Schools. Mr. Pledger has prior experience in foster care, juvenile justice, and mental health. He received his MSW from the University of North Carolina and a MS in Rehabilitation Counseling from East Carolina University.

Mr. Pledger is a long standing member of NASW and has served on the NASW North Carolina Chapter’s legislative committee and he is currently as Delegate for the chapter. Mr. Pledger was a founding member and Board Member of the National Clinical Social Work Association. He has been President of the North Carolina Society of Clinical Social Work (NCSCSW) and has also served on the Governor’s Crime Commission.

He is the recipient of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award by the Governor for service to the state and was also recognized as the Clinical Social Worker of the Year by NCSCSW.

Christina A. Austin-Valere, MSW Dorothy Ziemer, MSW, ACSW, LCSW
Region Representative VI [AL, FL, GA, SC, VI, PR]

Dorothy Ziemer, LCSW, ACSW (Georgia Chapter) is currently the Coordinator for ID Social Services at Grady Health System in Atlanta, GA. Ms. Ziemer received her MSW from Atlanta University, now the Clark Atlanta University Whitney M. Young, Jr. School of Social Work.

She has held a variety of leadership positions at the NASW Georgia Chapter including CCNLI, Committee on Inquiry, conference planning committee, and the Executive Director Search Committee. Ms. Ziemer has been the recipient of several awards including the Frankie V. Adams Lifetime Achievement Award.

Paula D. Foster, LCSW
Region Representative VII [IN, OH, TN, WV, MS]
Paula D. Foster, LCSW

Paula D. Foster, LCSW (Tennessee Chapter) has worked in many fields including HIV/AIDS, mental health, and health care.  She is currently a therapist in the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder program at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Nashville and an adjunct instructor/field liaison at Tennessee State University and formerly at the University of Tennessee schools of social work.  In addition, Foster is an adjunct instructor at Vanderbilt University in the School of Nursing, a faculty member in the Vanderbilt Program in Inter-Professional Learning, and a trainer for NASW-TN and NASW's national Spectrum Project. Foster received her BSW from Louisiana College and her MSW from Hunter College in New York City.
Since 2005, Foster has been actively involved in chapter leadership positions serving as a branch chair, Board President and professional issues representative.  She also served as a delegate for the 2008 Delegate Assembly.  In addition, Foster is a member of the Tennessee Conference on Social Welfare and the Nashville Psychotherapy Institute.
As a member of NASW in Tennessee, Foster co-chaired the task force seeking a sweeping overhaul to Tennessee’s licensing law related to social work practice, bringing together social workers from across the state and various levels of practice, to craft recommendations for legislative revisions.  As a result, she was honored, along with her task force co-chair, as NASW-TN’s 2011 Social Worker of the Year.

Ellen Bartley, PhD, LICSW, LMSW
Region Representative VIII [MI, WI]
Ellen Bartley, PhD, LICSW, LMSW

Ellen Bartley, PhD, LICSW (Michigan Chapter) earned her BSW and MSW, with a clinical concentration, at Wayne State University.  After moving to Washington, DC, she began working with homeless individuals who were diagnosed with serious and persistent mental illness.  Two years later, she entered a doctoral program at The Catholic University of America School of Social Work where she earned a PhD.  Bartley continued to work for many years with those who had serious mental illness in a community mental health setting.  For the past two years, she has worked in employee assistance and prevention programs working with military families.  Bartley recently moved back to Michigan and plans to resume work at in a community mental health setting.  She is also working on a Certificate in Public Health at the University of Michigan.

Kathryn Wehrmann, PhD, LSW
Region Representative IX [IL, IA, KY]
Kathryn Wehrmann, PhD, LSW

Kathryn Wehrmann, PhD, LSW, (Illinois Chapter) is an associate professor at the Illinois State University School of Social Work in Normal, Illinois where she has been on the faculty since 1998.  Prior to becoming a social work educator, Wehrmann worked for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (IDCFS) in casework and resource development.  She received her BS in education, MSW, and PhD degrees from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.  She has been President and a District Chair of NASW-IL, and most recently served as the Chair of the 2011 NASW-IL Statewide Conference. 

Dr. Wehrmann’s teaching responsibilities focus on field education and program evaluation courses that keep her in close touch with human service agencies and programs. Her research and service efforts include work with the IDCFS Supervisory Training to Enhance Practice Program and evaluation of the Illinois Division of Mental Health’s Evidence Based Practice Treatment Initiative. She has been the recipient of a Senior Fulbright Scholarship to carry out research and teach at the University of Bucharest in Romania and continues to conduct research there focused on the continuing development of the social work profession. Wehrmann serves on the board of The Baby Fold, a large private sector child welfare agency in Normal, Illinois, and volunteers as a social worker at a community health clinic for individuals without insurance.  Wehrmann is a licensed social worker in Illinois and a member of the Fulbright Association.

Sharolyn Wallace, PhD, LCSW
Region Representative X [AR, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, OK, NM, SD]

Sharolyn Wallace, PhD, LCSW (Oklahoma Chapter), Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, has been the Professor of Human Services at Tulsa Community College for 20 years. She is also the director for TCC’s Center for Addiction Prevention and Recovery Support.  Dr. Wallace is the current President for NASW Oklahoma Chapter, which her term expires on June 30, 2014, and a member of NASW since 1990. Dr. Wallace earned her PhD from Oklahoma State University and her MSW from the University of Oklahoma. She has been in private practice for over 20 years specializing in child sexual abuse and trauma.  Dr. Wallace has published articles on play therapy and relapse prevention and she is the author of a series of children’s books, The Adventures of Bruce, Ben & Gerry. These books cover topics such as bullying, autism, and special needs. Dr. Wallace is an active member of the Association for Play Therapy serving in vital roles as Annual Conference Chair, Ethics and Credentialing Committees and national Board Member.

Patricia (Pat) Gleason-Wynn, PhD, LCSW, CSW-G
Region Representative XI [AZ, LA, TX]
W. Mark Clark, MSW, ACSW

Pat Gleason-Wynn, PhD, LCSW, CSW-G (Texas Chapter) has a MSSW and PhD in social work from The University of Texas at Arlington. Dr. Gleason-Wynn consults and lectures on aging and long-term care. She volunteers at the United Way of Tarrant County, Texas as the Chair of the Health Council, and Member of the United Way Cabinet.

NASW positions she has held include President of the NASW Texas Chapter (2009-2011); Chair of the NASW Texas Chapter Conference Committee (2012, 2013); Co-Chair of the NASW Delegate Assembly, West Central Coalition (2008) and Delegate Assembly Representative (2005, 2008); Member and Chair of the NASW Texas Chapter Committee on Aging (1995 – 2005), and Committee Member for the development of the Gerontology Credential at NASW (2004-2005).

Dr. Gleason-Wynn is a member of the Women’s Policy Forum of Tarrant County and MPAC of Arlington, Texas. These organizations are focused on local policies, initiatives, and elections to effect positive change in the community.

Wanda Ellingson, MSW, ACSW, LCSW
Region Representative XII [AK, CO, GU, HI, ID, MT, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY]
Lawrence “Larry” Betcher, MSW, LCSW, CADC I

Wanda Ellingson, LCSW, MSW (Colorado Chapter) is a Clinical Associate Professor and Director of the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work Four Corners Program in Durango, Colorado. As such, she works with a diverse student population from four states and several reservations. She received a BS in Sociology from Truman State University and an MSW from the University Of Minnesota Graduate School Of Social Work.

Ms. Ellingson has served as a Delegate for the NASW Colorado Chapter at the NASW Delegate Assembly and was the Four Corners Branch Representative from 2003-2006. Ms. Ellingson belongs to NASW, CSWE, ACSW, AAUW, and the Rural Social Work Caucus. She was selected as the NASW Colorado Chapter Four Corners Social Worker of the Year in 2004 and the chapter Colorado Social Worker of the Year in 2006.

Ms. Ellingson also received the Barbara Conrad Leadership Award in 2009 and the Kay Stephenson Faculty Citizenship Award in 2009.

Shirley Otis Green, MSW, ACSW, LCSW
Region Representative XIII [CA]
Shirley Otis Green

Shirley Otis Green, MSW, ACSW, LCSW (California Chapter) is Principal Investigator of two National Cancer Institute grants (the ACE Project and ExCEL in Social Work), and the nationally recognized Promoting Excellence in Pain Management and Palliative Care for Social Workers course. Ms. Otis-Green served as the NASW Representative to the American Hospital Association’s Circle of Life Awards Committee and was faculty for NASW’s Social Work Policy Institute’s Inaugural Symposium. She received a Social Work Leadership Award from the Project on Death in America and is a Mayday Pain and Society Fellow. In addition, Ms. Otis-Green is co-editor (with Terry Altilio, LCSW) of the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Social Work and an author of the Encyclopedia of Social Work, 20th Edition. She received her Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Hawaii and is currently enrolled in a doctoral program in palliative care at Lancaster University in Great Britain.

Emily Donovan, LMSW, BCBA
Emily Donovan

Emily Donovan (Iowa Chapter) has been a school social worker for Heartland Area Education Agency since 2005 and serves six school districts in central Iowa as a challenging behavior and autism consultant for children birth to 21. Ms. Donovan is an adjunct professor at the University of Iowa School of Social Work. She graduated in 2001 with a BSW and minor in Spanish and an MSW in 2005, both from the University of Iowa. She completed graduate coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis through Florida Institute of Technology in 2012 and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.  Ms. Donovan has held leadership positions with the NASW Iowa Chapter since 2010 when she was appointed co-chair of the Personnel Committee. Currently, she is the Board President of the Iowa Chapter and her term ends on June 30, 2014.  Ms. Donovan is also a member of the National Education Association and Association of Behavior Analysis International for both the Heartland and Iowa chapters.

Olga Velez Sarabia, LCSW
Robin Sakina Mama, PhD, MSW

Olga Velez Sarabia, MSW, LCSW (California Chapter), received her MSW from Loyola University of Chicago School Social Work in 1968. She has worked in community development in East Los Angeles, as a Clinical Social Worker at the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, and as a part-time instructor of social work at the California State University Los Angeles.

Ms. Sarabia retired in 2002 after 30 years of service, 25 of which were in administration. At the NASW California Chapter, she has held several leadership positions including Treasurer, Professional Development Chair, and Vice President of Membership. Nationally, Ms. Sarabia has served on the Board of Directors as the Region XIII Representative (2007-2010) and she is currently a second time Delegate.

In her community she is Chair of the Arts & Culture Commission of her city, Board Member of Pax Christi USA, L.A. County Older Adults Commissioner, and Member of Partners in Care Institutional Review Board.

Jordan Holley
BSW Student Member
Jordan Holley

Jordan Holley (Texas Chapter), is a diligent student, caregiver, and volunteer. Mr. Holley received an Associate of Arts from Collin College and is now working toward his BSW degree with a minor in substance abuse and addictions at the University of North Texas (UNT).

Mr. Holley has maintained a GPA of 3.6 and has been on the Dean’s list since his time at UNT. He is also the Vice President of the Social Work Student Association (SWSA) and uses his position to get social work students involved in both NASW and SWSA. Mr. Holley has been active in the NASW Texas Chapter, specifically within the Denton branch, and is currently organizing a graduate fair with the chapter and the UNT SWSA.

His most rewarding pastime is to volunteer at LGBTQ functions and read. Mr. Holley is determined, educated, and wants to gain as much knowledge as he can before becoming an LCSW.

Lauren Meeker
MSW Student Member
Lauren Meeker

Lauren Meeker (Tennessee Chapter) is a student at the University of Tennessee College of Social Work specializing in Management Leadership and Community Practice, with a Certificate in Gerontology. As the current President of the student organization, MSSWO, Ms. Meeker has united the student body for both self-care events and service projects, as well as increased membership for the academic year. Ms. Meeker’s long-term professional goal is to write policy and implement programs that will enhance quality of life for America’s senior population and individuals with developmental disabilities. This interest is being fostered through her current internship at Centerstone, where she works with a team to implement an integrated care program for older adults with mental illness.
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