Mary Kay Oliveri
Mary Kay Oliveri, MSW, LCSW, Diplomate in Clinical Social Work, has been a clinical social worker, supervisor, consultant, educator, program developer, evaluator, advocate and NASW member for more than 42 years. She received an AB in psychology then an MSW from GWB School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. She received advanced training in couples and family therapy at Menninger’s and later did her graduate studies at UCLA. Oliveri led a child guidance clinic, practiced and taught at Harbor-UCLA and L.A. County Mental Health. She recently retired after 24 years from UCLA Department of Social Welfare, continuing private practice, consultation and instruction. Specializations include child, adolescent and family practice in mental health, public child welfare, education, health and social services with focus on well-being, trauma, and the unique needs of children and families coping with poverty, disability and life stresses.
During my decades long career, I have participated in practice, consultation and teaching that has informed work in program development, policy innovations, evaluation and legislative advocacy. I have learned that the most effective leaders are those who listen to and advocate for program and policy initiatives that come from those who participate in and deliver social services. If elected to serve again as the representative for Region XIII on the NCNLI, I would be honored to support and facilitate the identification of those future leaders in our organization who could best represent the voices of those who need or receive services, and their colleagues who provide those services.
Peggy Polinsky, PhD, MS, is a retired social work researcher and administrator, now working as a consultant and evaluator. She has a BA in psychology (University of California, Los Angeles), an MS (Columbia University School of Social Work), and a PhD (USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work).
She joined NASW in 1982 and has served the California Chapter in many capacities, including vice president of Professional Standards, chair and committee member of the Committee on Nominations and Leadership Identification, Task Force on Licensing, and Image Council. She was co-Chair of the NASW-California display “100 Years of Social Work: 1898-1998,” and is leading a Timeline Update project. Her social work career focused on quality of life, substance abuse and family strengthening, resulting in numerous journal articles. Polinsky is a reviewer for
Social Work Research and Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research and board secretary/evaluator for The National Turner Syndrome Camp Inc.
I have been committed to NASW since joining as a master’s student in 1982 and has continued to serve the California Chapter in many capacities. My years of volunteering with the CA Chapter assure my ability to work closely with the NCNLI to identify well-qualified and highly motivated candidates. I am confident, conscientious, and detail-oriented, all excellent characteristics for the position of NCNLI Representative for Region XIII.