Regional Board Member - Region XIII
Biography: Edward Davila is a Complex Care Manager who performs telephonic medical case management with SCAN Health Plan, not-for-profit, Medicare Advantage Plan, based in Long Beach, California. He is also a veteran of the US Army and California Army National Guard. Davila obtained his MSW at the University of California, Los Angeles; and a BA in Sociology from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Davila has been a member of NASW since 1998 and is also affiliated with the Gerontological Society of America, UCLA Alumni Association, American Legion, and National Guard Association of California. He is the recipient of the “Spirit of Service” -Community Volunteer Award, which he received from his employer for his volunteerism with NASW CA Chapter. Positions held with the chapter include: Board of Directors, VP of Professional Development; Professional Development Committee Chair; Delegate to the Delegate Assembly; Region F Inland Empire Unit Chair, multiple other committees, and current Chair, Committee on Nominations and Leadership Identification.
Platform Statement: Merriam-Webster defines commitment as an agreement or pledge to do something in the future. This is my promise if elected to serve as your Region XIII representative. My burning passion and commitment with NASW has been to serve on the Chapter Board of Directors and multiple committees. As a chapter volunteer leader, I have attended, Lobby Days in Sacramento, volunteered 15 consecutive years at the California Annual Conference, and have been involved with NASW National: Chapter Ethics Committee Bi-Monthly Ethics Review Training.
My extensive volunteer efforts with the California Chapter and not-for-profit experience and expertise create an advantage that is essential for a strong candidate. NASW operates as a not-for-profit entity balancing marginal profits and implementing successful strategic plans, and policy. My employer allocates marginal revenues directly into member benefits and business programs rather than for shareholders. I pledge to advocate for policy implementation and equitable allocation of financial resources, and membership growth under the NASW Board of Directors.
Biography: Rachelle Jackson, MSW, LCSW, CCM, is a social work educator and practitioner. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with experience in child welfare, international adoption, health care, behavioral health, case management and clinical practice. She obtained her MSW from California State University, Long Beach. Jackson is adjunct faculty at San Jose State University, School of Social Work, and clinical practitioner at NorthBay Healthcare where she serves on an integrated behavioral health team. Additionally, Jackson serves as a member of the Solano County Mental Health Advisory Board, is 1st Vice President of the Vallejo Branch of the NAACP and is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Jackson has served NASW-CA Chapter on the local level as Assistant Regional Director for Region C, as member of the Committee on Nominations and Leadership Identification and the Professional Development Committee.
Platform Statement: I am sincerely honored to be nominated as a candidate to represent Region XIII on the NASW Board of Directors. I am interested in this position because I care about the standards of our profession and the power of advocacy we have as a group. I am passionate and dedicated to our profession and committed to the beliefs of the Association. If elected, I will utilize my leadership, practice, and facilitation skills to best serve the Association. I want to be a liaison between the NASW Board and the local chapters to support the profession, ensure efficient communication with our members and to advocate for issues effecting the needs of social workers and the diverse communities we serve. I appreciate your consideration and thank you for your support.
National Committee On Nominations & Leadership Identification
Biographical Statement: Peter J. Callahan graduated with a Master’s in Social Work from West Virginia University in 2003. He was honored to give the graduating speech which focused on advocating for the profession of Social Workers. Callahan has been in private practice since 2007.Since then, his practice, which focuses on family and addictions, has grown to offer low-cost and accessible care to many in the community. In the various positions he has held, Callahan has started many community-based programs. In 2016, the State of West Virginia asked Callahan to spearhead the first Crisis Stabilization and Detox Center in the community since the early 1990s.Callahan serves on the NASW WV Chapter board as well as many other state and local boards that promote the success of the community. He fights for families, people afflicted with addictions and those incarcerated and involved in the criminal justice system.
Platform Statement: I have always been a champion for those who need access to treatment and services. I believe it is important to be involved in anything that promotes the wellbeing of the members of my community. This includes being involved in the decisionmaking process. Living five hours away from where the decisions are made in the State of West Virginia, I think it is important to give a voice to our needs.
I acknowledge that our interests as Social Workers vary as much as those ideals of candidates voting on our behalf. If elected as a member of the National Committee on Nominations and Leadership Identification (NCNLI) I want to give a voice to our interests. I want us all to be included regardless of race, gender, identification, religious, political, or cultural backgrounds. A voice that represents Social Workers and the communities and issues we serve.
Biography: Donald McDonald, MSW, RCP works as a Technical Expert Lead (TEL) with JBS International, directing technical assistance for HRSA Rural Community Opioid Response Program grantees across the country. He is a war veteran and former school teacher who has experience in clinical addictions services, peer support services, policy advocacy, and education. He holds a Bachelor of Education from NC State University and a Master of Social Work from UNC Chapel Hill. He serves on NASW’s ATOD committee, where he has published several newsletter articles. He also serves on NIH’s Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network (JCOIN) Stakeholder Board. As one thriving in sustained recovery from severe mental and substance use disorders since 2004, McDonald’s passion is Recovery Activism.
Platform Statement: I’ve enjoyed NASW membership since I was a student. I still have the mug. Our nation is in crisis -- fractured and divided, and we are part of the solution -- as we always have been. Our Service value encourages us, with a spirit of humility, to meet people where they are, whether they are our participants or the decision makers we aim to influence. Concurrently, our Social Justice value directs us to seek out and resolve inequity with all the outrage at our command. How do we reconcile these seemingly conflicting values? I was an angry social work student, and one of my professors taught me not to quell that. She said, “Harnessed anger and clear direction will make change on many levels.” NASW is poised to help our members embrace their outrage and direct it toward impactful and lasting change-making. If elected, I will not let us forget that.