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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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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