Kathryn Conley Wehrmann, PhD, MSW, LCSW
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). She 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, she served as NASW District Chair, state Conference Chair, Illinois Chapter President, National Board Representative for Region IX, and member of the Executive Committee. She's a current member of the Baccalaureate Program Directors, and the Fulbright Association.
Mildred “Mit” C. Joyner is a professor emerita of social work at West Chester University (WCU) in Pennsylvania. Joyner received a BSW from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, and her MSW from Howard University’s School of Social Work in Washington, DC.
Her professional career began at Chester County Children and Youth services as a protective service worker; she was promoted to department head, then legal liaison of the child abuse unit. Joyner later joined the faculty at WCU as an associate professor, where she was elected by the faculty as department chair of the undergraduate social work department. She retired from the university as a full professor, and presently works as a consultant.
Joyner is a member of the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors, Council on Social Work Education, and NASW, where she recently ended her term as national vice president. In West Chester she serves on the board of directors of Chester County Food Bank and is a bank director at DNBFirst.
Ebony Speakes-Hall, MSW, LISW
Ebony Speakes-Hall, MSW, LISW (Ohio Chapter), is assistant professor and field
coordinator for the Bachelor of Social Work Program at Central State
University. She received her master of social work from Case Western
Reserve University. She was awarded her master’s in divinity from
Virginia Union University, and her bachelor of science in biblical
studies from Cincinnati Christian University.
Speakes-Hall is pursuing her doctorate in clinical social work at
the University of Pennsylvania. She is an active member of the NASW Ohio
Chapter, where she chairs the PACE committee in Region 7. She has also
served as director and was awarded the Outstanding Service Award in
2018. She is on the board of the American Civil Liberties Union, Ohio
affiliate, where she serves as the Equity Officer. She was the recipient
of the NASW MSW Student of the Year award for the State of Ohio.
Jose Ramos, Jr., MSW
Jose A. Ramos, Jr., MSW, earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Long Beach. He serves as the director of Prevention Department at Children’s Bureau Southern California. Ramos has worked for Children’s Bureau for the past 24 years and has over 30 years of experience working in the child welfare field. Ramos is also an adjunct professor at California State University, Northridge, in the MSW department and was an adjunct professor at Springfield College.
He has taken on multiple leadership roles throughout his career, including as Value School Charter Board Member, California Family Resource Association Policy Council Member, NASW Policy Committee, California Citizen Review Member of Child Abuse Prevention, and most recently as a Board Member of the California chapter of NASW. Ramos was born in Ecuador and came to the United States at age 10.
Enrico "Rick" DeGironimo, LCSW, ACSW
Rick DeGironimo, LCSW, ACSW (DE Chapter), is a professional social work
manager with many years of senior financial and leadership experience
serving as the executive/CEO of several multimillion dollar nonprofit
organizations. His education includes dual undergraduate degrees in
economics and sociology; and an MSW in community organization and
planning from Rutgers University.
His accomplishments include starting new innovative organizations and
programs and correcting the financial and quality course for several
others. He consults with organizations on management and strategic
planning. DeGironimo has served on numerous association and nonprofit
boards, including NASW and NASW-New Jersey, and he currently serves on
the NASW Audit Committee and the board of East Mountain Hospital, New