NASW 2012 National Conference Speakers

Keynote Speakers

  • Donna Brazile, Veteran Political Strategist; Analyst, CNN and Contributor, ABC News
  • Ken Doka, PhD, MA, MDiv, Professor of Gerontology, The College of New Rochelle
  • Leymah Gbowee, 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate, Social Worker, Liberian Peace Activist, Women's Rights Advocate and Founder/President, Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa
  • Tony Keith, Spoken Word Poet and Activist
  • Roberto (Betho) Pacheco, AfroReggae Cultural Group, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Bob Woodruff, Anchor/Reporter, ABC News
  • Lee Woodruff, Journalist, Author, Contributor, CBS This Morning

Plenary Speakers

  • William Bell, PhD, MSW, President and Chief Executive Officer, Casey Family Programs
  • S. Megan Berthold, PhD, LCSW, CTS, Assistant Professor of Casework, University of Connecticut, School of Social Work
  • Sheryl Brissett-Chapman, EdD, ACSW, LICSW, Executive Director, National Center for Children and Families
  • Terry Cross, MSW, ACSW, LCSW, Executive Director, National Indian Child Welfare Association
  • Lacy Fetting, LCSW-C Senior Clinical Social Worker, Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins
  • Roberta Greene, PhD, MSW, Professor and The Louis and Ann Wolens Centennial Chair in Gerontology and Social Welfare, School of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin
  • Anthony Hassan, EdD, MSW, Clinical Associate Professor and Director, USC Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families, University of Southern California
  • Nancy A. Humphreys, DSW, Director, Nancy A. Humphreys Institute for Political Social Work, Professor of Policy Practice, University of Connecticut School of Social Work
  • Ellen Minotti, MSW, Director, Social Services of Cambodia
  • Rachel Minkove, Emerging Social Work Leader
  • LCPL Christopher O'Connor (ret.), BSW, CNP, Emerging Social Work Leader
  • William Pollard, PhD, MSW, President, Medgar Evers College
  • Rafiq Raza MSW, Global War on Terrorism Outreach Therapist
  • Carol Sheets, LICSW, ACSW, National Director of Social Work, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • LTC Jeffrey Yarvis, PhD, MS, Deputy Commander for Behavioral Health, Fort Belvoir Community Hospital

Workshop Speakers

  • Gary Bailey, MSW, ACSW, Professor of Practice, Simmons College
  • Michael W. Brand, PhD, LCSW, Associate Professor, OU Physicians ExecuCare, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Services, University of Oklahoma Center
  • Karen Bullock, PhD, LCSW, Associate Professor, North Carolina State University
  • Denise Juliano-Bult, MSW, Chief, Systems Research and Disparities in Mental Health Services Research Programs, National Institute of Mental Health
  • Judith Dekle, ACSW, LCSW, Senior Program Analyst, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Military Community and Family Policy
  • Rachel E. Foster, MAJ, USAF, BSC, Mental Health Flight Commander, 579th Medical Group, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling
  • Lynn Grodzki, LCSW, MCC, Private Practice Success
  • Scott Hullinger, MSW, LCSW, MSHA, Chief Executive Officer, Two Rivers Behavioral Health System
  • Susan L. Parish, PhD, MSW, Director, Lurie Institute for Disability Practice, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University
  • Frederic Reamer, PhD, Professor, School of Social Work, Rhode Island College
  • Caitlin Ryan, PhD, ACSW, Director, Family Acceptance Project, San Francisco State University
  • James H. Townsend, MHA, MSSW, ACSW, President and CEO, TGC, Inc.
  • Katherine Walsh, PhD, MSW, LICSW, Associate Professor, Westfield State University
  • Tracy Whitaker, DSW, ACSW, Director, Center for Workforce Studies and Social Work Practice
  • Joan Levy Zlotnik, PhD, ACSW, Director, Social Work Policy Institute, NASW Foundation

Additional Speakers

  • Jeane W. Anastas, PhD, LMSW, President, NASW and Professor, Silver School of Social Work, New York University
  • Elizabeth J. Clark, PhD, MPH, ACSW, Executive Director, National Association of Social Workers
  • Marilyn Flynn, PhD, MSW, Dean, University of Southern California School of Social Work


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