NASW Board of Directors

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

Darrell P. Wheeler, PhD, MPH, ACSW (New York State Chapter), is Vice Provost for Public Engagement and Dean of Social Welfare of the University at Albany - SUNY. Previous academic positions held were at Loyola University Chicago, 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 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.

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.

Kathryn Conley Wehrmann, PhD, MSW, LCSW
President Elect

Kathryn Conley Wehrmann, PhD, MSW, LCSW (Illinois Chapter), received her PhD and MSW from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is currently a faculty member and BSW Program Director at Illinois State University (ISU). Also served in public child welfare and healthcare settings, providing a sound background for being chosen to be a Senior Fulbright Scholar to Romania where she taught and conducted research on child welfare reform. Dr. Wehrmann served at ISU as principal investigator on two child welfare training grants and was recognized for successfully securing approximately $1M in grants and contracts. Honored as NASW Lifetime Achievement award recipient at the district level; served as NASW District Chair, state Conference Chair, Illinois Chapter President, National Board Representative for Region IX, and member of the Executive Committee. Current member of the Baccalaureate Program Directors, and the Fulbright Association.

Mildred (Mit) C. Joyner, MSW, LCSW, BCD
Vice President
Mildred (Mit) C. Joyner, MSW, LCSW, BCD

Mildred (Mit) Joyner, MSW, LCSW, BCD (Pennsylvania Chapter), received a MSW from Howard University and a BSW from the Central State University in Ohio. She accepted a position at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, and directed and chaired the undergraduate social work department for twenty-five years. She retired after thirty-two years as full professor with emeritus status. Ms. Joyner is co-author of Critical Multicultural Social Work, and Caregivers for Persons Living with HIV/AIDS in Kenya: An Ecological Perspective. Currently, she serves on the boards of DNB First Bank, Chester County Food Bank, and Dana Farber Soulmates Advisory Board. Honored as the William Culp Lecturer; the Dr. Inabel Burns Lindsay awardee; and named a Social Work Pioneer. She also received the Living Beyond Breast Cancer Founders Award.

Heather Bradley-Geary, MSW

Heather Bradley-Geary, MSW (Missouri Chapter), received a Master of Social Welfare degree and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music Therapy) degree from the University of Kansas. Currently, she is Lead Developer of Supportive Housing at The Vecino Group where she develops permanent supportive housing to end homelessness. Ms. Bradley-Geary has served on many boards including: the Missouri Chapter of NASW and the Executive Committee of the Board; the Governor’s Committee to End Homelessness; Homeless Management Information System; and Multiracial Family Circle. She serves on the Homeless Services Coalition of Greater Kansas City and was honored as the Missouri Social Worker of the Year and Humanitarian of the Year in 2011.

Patrick J. Johnson, LCSW
Patrick J. Johnson, LCSW

Patrick Johnson, LCSW (Connecticut Chapter), consults in non-profit management and governance and is Interim Executive Director of the CT Association of Nonprofits Inc. He recently retired as President of Oak Hill, the largest provider of comprehensive community-based services for people with disabilities in Connecticut. Mr. Johnson received a MSW from the University of Connecticut and a BS from the Central Connecticut State College and is an advocate for people with disabilities and those marginalized by society.

Mr. Johnson served as ranking administrator and/or board member for a wide range of human services. Prior to Oak Hill, he was Executive Director of Catholic Charities/Catholic Family Services and managed municipal services. He has been a leader in the full spectrum of human services in CT, including mental health, health, basic human needs, assistive technology, and housing and has often served as a Board Treasurer, including the NASW Connecticut Chapter.

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. 

Paula A. Madrigal, MSW
Region Representative III [NYS]
Paula A. Madrigal, MSW

Paula Madrigal, MSW (New York State Chapter), is responsible for coordinating and planning various initiatives and campaigns such as alcohol awareness, the Tobacco-Free policy and the bystander intervention program: “Do Your Part: Buffalo State.” She served as a volunteer at Harbor House Drop in Center, a facility for homeless individuals with mental health and/or substance abuse issues and has received many awards that emphasize diversity including the Phil Santa Maria Award for Student Leadership in Equity and Campus Diversity.

Ms. Madrigal obtained a MSW from the University at Buffalo School of Social Work in 2012 as an Arthur Schomburg Fellow. She worked as Wellness and Prevention Coordinator for the Weigel Health Center, Health Promotions Department at SUNY Buffalo State where she has held various roles and responsibilities in the Health Center.

Rufus Sylvester Lynch, DSW, ACSW
Region Representative IV [NJ, PA]
Rufus Sylvester Lynch, DSW, ACSW

Rufus Sylvester Lynch, DSW, ACSW (Pennsylvania Chapter), is Founder and Principal Investigator of the Institute for the Advancement of Working Families, a forensic education, behavioral health and employment services corporation. He received a doctorate in Social Work Administration and Policy from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Work and a master’s degree in Community Organization and Planning from the University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Social Work.

NASW leadership positions held include local Chair of the Philadelphia/Southeast Division; President of the NASW-PA Chapter, National Committee on Inquiry, National Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity, National Futures Commission, was elected to the Delegate Assembly three times and was inducted as a Social Work Pioneer. Dr. Lynch is also a member of the National Organization of Forensic Social Work, Council on Social Work Education, Child Welfare League of America and the American Bar Association.

Anthony J. Hill, PhD, LICSW, CFSW, ACSW
Region Representative V [DE, DC, MD, VA, NC]

Anthony J. Hill, PhD, LICSW, CFSW, ACSW (Metro DC Chapter), earned a PhD and MSW from Howard University and a BA from George Washington University. Associate Professor at Delaware State University Department of Social Work; an adjunct clinician for the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing and a licensed social worker in the District of Columbia and the State of Delaware. Also, a Certified Financial Social Worker and a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers. Dr. Hill has held numerous leadership positions within NASW including: Chapter President (DC Metro), Lead Delegate for Delegate Assembly, Membership Committee Chair, member of the National Finance Committee, Chair of the Council of Chapter Presidents, member of the Member and Chapter Relations Committee, and member of the Board Implementation Steering Committee for Modernization. Also serves on the National Board of Directors for the American Association of University Women.

Sonya O. Hunte, MSW
Region Representative VI [AL, FL, GA, SC, VI, PR]

Sonya O. Hunte, MSW (Georgia Chapter) earned a Master of Clinical Social Work from Boston College and a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Pennsylvania State University. Serves as Coordinator of Employee Engagement for Atlanta Public Schools and manages wellness initiatives for a staff of over 6,000. NASW, Georgia Chapter leadership positions held include: President, Member at Large, Political Action for Candidate Election Committee (PACE) Chair, Executive Director Search Committee Chair, and Delegate. Ms. Hunte also served on the Public Affairs Subcommittee for the Atlanta Committee of Dedicating Opportunities to Ending Homelessness, a ten-city pilot derived from President Obama’s, 2010 Opening Doors Plan; Families First, Inc.’s Advisory Board and United Way of Greater Atlanta’s African American Partnership Cabinet. Recognitions include the Georgia Trend Magazine, Forty Under Forty 2013; Girls Inc. of Greater Atlanta’s, Strong Award 2013; and NASW Georgia’s Social Worker of the Year 2012.

Sandra K. Runkle, MSW, LSW
Region Representative VII [IN, OH, TN, WV, MS]
Sandra K. Runkle, MSW, LSW

Sandra Runkle, MSW, LSW (Indiana Chapter), is the Director of Programs at Prevent Child Abuse Indiana, a Division of The Villages. She is a Licensed Social Worker, with a MSW from Marywood University (College) and a BS in Psychology from Northern Arizona University. Her NASW leadership positions include: President of the NASW Indiana Chapter Board, Division Chair (Pennsylvania), and member of the Public Policy, Membership, Finance and Executive committees.

Ms. Runkle is also involved with many community service entities, including Indiana Children’s Coalition, Indiana Disproportionality Committee, the Outreach Committee of IPATH (Human Trafficking), and the Children’s Policy and Law Initiative. She was honored in 2010 with the Matthew C. Breman Leadership Award presented by the local Children’s Bureau.

Cornelia M. Gordon-Hempe, PhD, ACSW, LCSW
Region Representative VIII [MI, WI]
Cornelia M. Gordon-Hempe, PhD, ACSW, LCSW

Cornelia Gordon-Hempe, PhD, ACSW, LCSW (Wisconsin Chapter), is member of the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Social Work Department and has approximately forty years’ social work experience as a clinician, student services administrator and manager of a social services division of city government. She received a MSSW and PhD in Social Welfare from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dr. Gordon-Hempe’s NASW leadership positions include: NASW Wisconsin Chapter Board as branch representative, treasurer and president, and member of the Finance, Continuing Education, Professional Standards and Review, and Political Action committees. She served on Wisconsin’s joint examining board, chaired the Social Worker section for ten years, and was a member of the Association of Social Work Board’s Approved Continuing Education Committee.

Amy C. Cappiccie, PhD, LCSW
Region Representative IX [IL, IA, KY]
Amy C. Cappiccie, PhD, LCSW

Amy Cappiccie, PhD, LCSW (Kentucky Chapter), is Associate Professor and the Master of Social Work Program Director at Western Kentucky University. She received a PhD in Social Work and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Louisville. Dr. Cappiccie serves as the South Central Branch Chair of the NASW Kentucky Chapter and is also a member of the Council on Social Work Education.

Special honors received include: Wester Kentucky University MSW Distinguished Professor 2009 & 2010; Best Article in Journal of Teaching and Social Work, November 2013 and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, INC Community Award for Social Justice and Human Rights, March 2012.

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 has been a member of NASW since 1990 and is a former President of the NASW Oklahoma Chapter. She 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 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.

Larry D. Watson, PhD, LCSW, ACSW
Region Representative XI [AZ, LA, TX]

Larry D. Watson, PhD, LCSW, ACSW (Texas Chapter), holds a PhD in Public Administration and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), a Masters in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University, and a Bachelors in Education from Texas Tech University. He is a clinical social worker in private practice in Arlington, Texas, and a retiree from the faculty of UTA. Dr. Watson is a former President of the NASW Texas Chapter and has served as Chair and member of the chapter’s PACE (Political Action for Candidate Election). He was named the Distinguished Alumni of the UTA School of Social Work, is author of over 20 peer reviewed articles and co-author of a book on Nonprofit Leadership.

R Marc Andrews, LCSW, DCSW, MSW
Region Representative XII [AK, CO, GU, HI, ID, MT, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY]

Marc Andrews, LCSW, DCSW, MBA (Oregon Chapter), earned a MSW from the University of Pittsburg and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University. He is a licensed social worker in Pennsylvania and Oregon and provides mental health and counseling services to gay men in Portland, Oregon. Also certified in Advanced Treatment of Sexual Abuse Survivors, Gestalt Psychotherapy, and Cognitive Therapy. Teaches at Portland State University, School of Social Work. A member of NASW since 1990, Mr. Andrews has held numerous positions at the chapter level including Chair of the Ethics Committee and Board President and Vice President. Has over 25 years of experience in the field of social work including administration, clinical supervision, agency planning and direct service and is committed to working with groups dealing with addiction, homelessness, classism and/or racism.

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.

Guadalupe G. Lara, LMSW

Guadalupe G. Lara, LMSW (Michigan Chapter), earned a MSW from Wayne State University and a BS from Central Michigan University. She retired in 2006 from Children’s Hospital of Michigan as an advocate for families, and was named by five different Michigan governors to lead boards and commissions for her advocacy on behalf of the underserved. Ms. Lara has held numerous leadership positions, is a motivational speaker recognized by over 45 organizations for her work on inclusion and has presented in the United States, Norway, Australia, Mexico and Canada. She recently returned to Detroit as the Director of the Consortium of Hispanic Agencies where she works with the six-member agencies to advocate on behalf of Hispanic issues at the local and state level.

Alexandrya Blackmon
BSW Student Member
Alexandrya Blackmon

Alexandrya Blackmon (Texas Chapter) is a junior Social Work major with a Child Development minor at Texas Christian University and is on track to graduate in December 2016. Her interests in social work developed through her involvement with the YMCA, which enabled her to create beneficial facilitated youth environments, working closely with faculty and children.

Ms. Blackmon has also served multiple organizations such as: Autism Speaks, Meals on Wheels, SafeHaven of Tarrant County Walk a Mile in Her Shoes and TCU’s Study Abroad program – Exploring Social Services and Food Insecurities in Seville, Spain, where she assisted nurses caring for older adult patients.

Jennifer Peck
MSW Student Member
Alexandrya Blackmon

Jennifer Peck (Colorado Chapter) is in her second year in the Masters of Social Work program at Boston University where she has earned a reputation for articulate presentations, consensus building among students and quick understanding of key issues. Her emphasis of study is trauma and it's effects on adults and children with the addition of certifications in addiction counseling and domestic violence She is currently interning at the Stout Street Health Center, a part of the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless to further her in this direction. Ms. Peck has a BA in Sociology from the University of Colorado at Denver and currently provides behavioral skills therapy to children on the Autism Spectrum at Trumpet Behavioral Health, Inc. using the ABA method of treatment.
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