NASW Board of Directors

Jeane W. Anastas, PhD, LMSW
Jeane W. Anastas, PhD, LMSW Jeane W. Anastas, PhD, LMSW, (New York City Chapter) is President of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).  NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.

Dr. Anastas has been a long-standing and active member in NASW.  As well as being President, she has served as convener for the Action Network for Social Work Education and Research (ANSWER), a coalition of social work organizations committed to increasing legislative and executive branch advocacy on behalf of social work education, training, and research.  She is also a member of the NASW Workforce Research Advisory Workgroup and previously served on the Board of Directors of the Institute for Advancement of Social Work Research (IASWR) and the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR). Dr. Anastas has served as Chair of the National Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues (NCLGBTI), Chair of the National Committee on Women's Issues (NCOWI), and as a member of the National Committee on Nominations and Leadership Identification (NCNLI).

Dr. Anastas is active in her state NASW Chapter.  She has served as president of the Massachusetts Chapter of NASW, and was named the Chapter's Social Worker of the Year in 1995. 

Dr. Anastas is a professor at the New York University (NYU) Silver School of Social Work, and is highly regarded in the field of social work doctoral education and research.  She was named a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Visiting Scholar for academic years 2006–2007, and received CSWE's Greatest Recent Contribution to Social Work Education Award in 2007.   Dr. Anastas was elected to the National Academies of Practice in Health Care in 2007.

Dr. Anastas has published extensively in the areas of women's issues, GLBT rights, mental health, and social work education, including the recently published Teaching in Social Work: Theory and Practice for Educators and the forthcoming Doctoral Education in Social Work.   She received her BLS in social work from Boston University, her MSW from Boston College, and her PhD from Brandeis University in Boston, Massachusetts.
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.

Eleni A. Carr, MBA, LICSW
Region Representative I [ME, MA, NH, RI, VT]
Eleni A. Carr, MBA, LICSW Eleni A. Carr, MBA, LICSW (Massachusetts Chapter), as a 20-year social worker, has extensive experience working as a collaborative leader, overseeing and consulting to organizations in the mental health and health care arenas. She has a strong track record as a change agent, with a professional passion centered on organizational effectiveness, efficiency, and learning. She holds an MSW (1992) and an MBA (2005) from Simmons College, Boston.

Carr has held multiple roles within NASW, including a seat on the Massachusetts Chapter board of directors and serving as a national delegate representative. She is a member of the Salary and Reimbursement Task Force, has chaired her chapter’s strategic planning initiative, and has coauthored a policy statement for Social Work Speaks. Finally, she represents NASW on the Massachusetts Commission for GLBT Youth and has served as an executive committee member since 2007.
Susan Bair Egan, PhD, MSW
Region Representative II [CT, NYC]
Susan Bair Egan, PhD, MSW Susan Bair Egan, PhD, MSW (New York City Chapter), is currently assistant dean for student services for the MSW program at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service, New York.  She has been employed at Fordham for 24 years, beginning there as director of admissions for the MSW program and after three years moving into her current position.  Prior to academia, Egan worked in the fields of hospital social work and children and family services. Both of her social work degrees were earned at Fordham University—an MSW in 1977 and a PhD in 2004.  She received a Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service Alumni Award in 2007. Egan has been active in the New York City Chapter of NASW.  She served on its board of directors from 1992 to 1994; 1999 to 2002; and, most recently, as third vice president from 2007 to 2010.  She was a New York City delegate to delegate assembly in 1996, 1999, and 2002.  Egan continues to be involved with committee work at her chapter.  She is on the Membership and Marketing Committee and the Annual Meeting Planning Committee and is a member of the Steering Committee for NASW–NYC PACE.  She is active with the Council on Social Work Education, currently serving her third year as a member of the Council on Leadership Development.
Daria Hanssen, PhD, LCSW
Region Representative III [NYS]
Daria Hanssen, PhD, LCSW

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.

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

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, International, 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.

Gerald "Herb" Grandbois, PhD, MSW
Region Representative X [AK, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, OK, NM, SD]
Becky Fast, LMSW, MPA Gerald “Herb” Grandbois, PhD, MSW (Nebraska Chapter), is currently chair of the Department of Social Work, Creighton University (Omaha, NE), having taught at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Creighton a combined 31 years. Grandbois attended the University of North Dakota (BS) and University of Minnesota–Duluth (MSW) before receiving a doctorate from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City. Over the past several years, he has been involved in the Nebraska Chapter of NASW, serving as vice president for two years, president-elect for one year, and president for a two-year term. 
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.

Victor A. Manalo, PhD, MSW
Region Representative XIII [CA]
Olga Velez Sarabia, MSW, LCSW Victor A. Manalo, PhD, MSW (California Chapter), with more than 25 years of professional social work experience and NASW service, brings to the board expertise and skills as a policy maker, problem solver, communicator, and recruiter.

As associate professor in the School of Social Work at California State University, Los Angeles, Manalo has led hundreds of social work students to participate in legislative lobby days in Sacramento and has recruited students to join NASW. He earned his PhD in social work from the University of Southern California; his MSW from California State University, Long Beach; and his BA in social work from Marquette University.

Manalo has developed leadership skills while serving NASW as chair of California Political Action for Candidate Election (PACE) and trustee of national PACE, our political action committees; co-chair of the Western Coalition at delegate assembly; and a member of the Delegate Assembly Task Force, the Nomination and Leadership Identification Committee, and the Region I Steering Committee.
Teri L. Cardwell
Esther Jones Langston, PhD, MSW, ACSW, LCSW Teri L. Cardwell, MSW, LCSW (Indiana Chapter), earned a bachelor’s degree in 1978 from Anderson University and an MSW degree from Indiana University in 1985. Since 2002, she has been employed at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana, as coordinator of HIV Services and Diversity Programs.

Cardwell’s career spans nearly 30 years in several areas of social work, including domestic violence, medical social work, and mental health and addiction services (21 years) in both clinical and management roles. As an associate faculty member at the School of Social Work at IUPUI in Indianapolis, Cardwell has taught social policy in the undergraduate and graduate programs since 1999. From 2006 to 2008, she served as president of the NASW Indiana Chapter’s Board of Directors; as president-elect, she participated in the 2005 Delegate Assembly and was elected to represent Indiana again at the 2011 Delegate Assembly.

Cardwell has been chairperson of the chapter’s Public Policy Committee since 1997; she also coordinates the Peace and Social Justice task group established in 2007 and has been involved in numerous NASW state conferences. In 2009, she was honored with the Indiana Chapter Service Award for her level of involvement in social policy. She has served since 2007 on the Indiana state advisory committee of the US Commission on Civil Rights. Currently, she serves as president of the board for the American Indian Center of Indiana and was recently appointed to serve on the Indiana Governor’s Commission on Childhood Poverty.
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
Audrey Lucas

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.

Ali Bramer, MSW
MSW Student Member
Ali Bramer

Ali Bramer (Alabama Chapter) graduated with her Master of Social Work from the University of Alabama in May of 2013 with a concentration in children, adolescents, and families. During her time in the graduate program, she was a multiple scholarship recipient, member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, member of Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society, and recipient of the Master Scholar Award. 

Bramer participated in the School of Social Work’s first study abroad program to Hong Kong where she partnered with students and faculty from the Shue Yan University School of Social Work to study international social service delivery and cultural competence. She completed her first year internship at Family Guidance Center of Alabama in Birmingham. She is interested in public policy, gender issues, education inequality, and administrative social work.
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