Director, Region III
Cindy Bautista-Thomas, PhD, LCSW
Cindy Bautista-Thomas, PhD, LCSW, is a Doctoral Lecturer at Lehman College, Department of Social Work, City University of New York. She obtained her PhD and MPhil from the Urban Education program at the City University of New York, Graduate Center, her MSW from University at Albany, State University of New York, and her BSW from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
With over 20 years of social work experience in early intervention, child welfare, public schools, higher education and work within nonprofit and corporate entities, Bautista-Thomas has provided training and workshop facilitation through her company Velocity Visions, Inc., in the areas of toxic stress, leadership development, effective communication, burn out prevention, compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, self-care, mental health, incorporating mindfulness and contemplative practices.
Director, Region V
Alice Kay Locklear, PhD, MSW, ACSW
Alice Kay Locklear, PhD, MSW, ACSW, is Professor and Assistant Chair of the Social Work Department at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. She is the first Native American female in the Department to hold a PhD and is dedicated to the ethical practice of the social work profession. Locklear is a member of the Council on Social Work Education and several other professional organizations. She is enthusiastic about working with diverse populations. The meaning of oppression, minority, and social injustice are reality topics in her work addressing multifaceted social disparities and inequalities. She values social work knowledge and skills coupled with being a Keeper of the Land, as expressed through her commitment and honor to the profession.
Locklear is experienced in clinical practices in mental health and substance use, agency consultation and collaboration, community education and trainer. She considers it a privilege to serve as an advocate in areas such as cultural competence, integration of circular interventions, social belonging practices, and Indigenous Knowledge for the purpose of health and well-being of all. She is active in social work curricula instrumentation and scholarly works, while serving on local, national, and international committees, her most recent appointment being NASW’s National Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity
Director, Region IX
Anthony A. Bibus, PhD, LISW
Anthony Bibus, PhD, LISW, is a social worker licensed by Minnesota’s
Board of Social Work. He holds a PhD
from the University of Minnesota School of Social Work and a MA and BA in
English. In 2012, he retired from
Augsburg University’s social work department, where he served as the BSW director
and department chair.
For three decades he
has been an active NASW member serving the NASW Minnesota Chapter as a member
of the conference planning team or moderator at conferences/events and serving on
multiple committees. Bibus has been a
long-term member of other national and regional associations including CSWE and
has worked periodically with ASWB. He is
a contributor to the CSWE/ASWB/NASW
Curricular Guide for Licensing and
. His practice and studies
in child welfare, supervision, and ethics led to several publications, most
lately on cultural humility. He is the
recipient of the NASW-MN Chapter’s Social Worker of the Year and Lifetime
Sylvester “Jim” Bowie, EdD, MSW
Sylvester “Jim” Bowie, Professor Emeritus, earned his BSW and MSW degrees from California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) and a Doctorate in Education from the University of San Francisco. His social work experiences include private and public agencies; emergency response, reunification and adoptions. He worked for the Federal Title IV-E Stipend Program at CSUS, as a liaison and coordinator. He joined the CSUS faculty in 2001 and served in many capacities including vice chair and chair of the Faculty Senate, director of the BSW program, and chair of the Faculty Council in the Division of Social Work. He has served as chair and board member of the Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution (CAPCR) on the CSUS campus. Bowie retired from CSUS in 2021. He has served NASW California Chapter as 1st Vice President and President of the board, and on various sub-committees including CalPace. Bowie serves on the National Audit Committee.