Mildred “Mit” C. Joyner, DPS, MSW, LCSW (Pennsylvania Chapter), is professor emerita of social work at West Chester University (WCU) in Pennsylvania. Joyner received a BSW fromD 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.
Yvonne Elder Chase, PhD, LCSW, ACSW
Yvonne Elder Chase, PhD, LCSW, ACSW, is Associate Professor at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. She received her PhD from Norfolk State University and her MSW from Howard University. Her extensive leadership experience at the NASW chapter and national levels included: president of the Alaska chapter, member of the boards of NASW and the NASW Assurance Services, Inc., chair of the NASW National Committee on Inquiry and the Task Force on Professional Review; member of the NASW Foundation Gosnell Memorial Scholarship Panel and the NASW Competence Certification Commission renamed the Credentialing Committee. Currently she serves as board member & treasurer, NASW Assurance Services, Inc. Organizational affiliations include the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice (Formerly American Orthopsychiatry Association), and editorial board for the Journal of Child Abuse & Neglect. Chase has obtained the LCSW in the State of Alaska and holds NASW’s ACSW credential.
Debra Faria, LCSW, ACSW
Debra Faria, LCSW, ACSW is Clinical Associate Professor Emeriti at SUNY Brockport where she developed and coordinated the Graduate Certificate in Gerontological Social Work and served in the roles of department chair and field education director/coordinator. She has administered federal, state and foundation training grants focusing on child welfare, gerontological social work, health, and mental health services. Debra has served on several professional and advisory boards including past-chair of the NASW National Committee on Women’s Issues, Division III director on the NASW Board of Directors and past president of the NASW-NYS Chapter of NASW. She also served on the National Advisory Board of the CSWE Gero-Ed Center, CSWE Field Council and board of the State Society on Aging of NY. She is the recipient of several awards and honors including Outstanding HPPAE Principal Investigator Faculty Award from The Social Work Leadership Institute of the NY Academy of Medicine, Social Worker of the Year award from the Genesee Valley Division of NASW-NYS, and Richard and Virginia Eisenhart Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching from Rochester Institute of Technology. Debra currently serves on the CSWE Commission on Accreditation. She earned her MSW from Syracuse University and her BSW from Rochester Institute of Technology. As a NYS Licensed Clinical Social Worker Debra’s clinical and administrative practice is in the areas of gerontological and medical social work
Robin G. Arndt, MSW, LSW
Robin G. Arndt, MSW, LSW (Hawaii Chapter), is a coordinator of field and continuing education at the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, University of Hawaiʻi, Manoa. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Arndt is an active member of the NASW Hawaiʻi chapter, where he currently serves as chapter president. He has also held other leadership roles within the chapter, including member-at-large and chair of several committees, including the Continuing Education and Conference Committee. Arndt also serves as a commissioner on the Commission for Membership and Professional Development with the Council on Social Work Education.
Treasurer & Compliance Officer
S. Ryan Estes, MSW, MBA, LCSW, LCAS, CCS
Ryan Estes, MSW, MBA, LCSW, LCAS, CCS is the Treatment
Operations Director for Coastal Horizons Center. Estes received his MSW from
UNC-Chapel Hill, an MBA from UNC-Wilmington, and a BA in psychology from Wake
Forest University. Estes is a licensed clinical social worker and licensed
clinical addiction specialist. His work at Coastal Horizons Center focuses on
program development, fiscal and policy oversight, and clinical and administrative
consultation. Estes oversees $30M of a non-profit budget, his supervisory chain
includes over 300 employees and he has successfully added 250 social work
positions at his company. Estes is a part-time adjunct faculty for
UNC-Wilmington. He is part of the Motivational Interviewing Network of
Trainers, treasurer for NC Child Board, and a national Protective Factors
trainer. He is also a former president of the NASW-NC Chapter Board, the
current NASW Board region V director, a member of the NASW national Finance
Committee, and a voting delegate.