2018 NASW National Election Slate

Candidate Biographies and Platform Statements

The National Committee on Nominations and Leadership Identification (NCNLI) is pleased to present the slate of candidates for the NASW Board and NCNLI positions that will become vacant as of June 30, 2018. We invite you to take time to learn about the candidates before casting your vote. Voting begins on April 4.



Board of Directors

Ebony Speakes-Hall

Ebony Speakes-Hall

Ebony Speakes-Hall 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 for the State of Ohio.

Platform Statement:
As director, I was liaison between the NASW board and over 400 social workers in the Miami Valley area. I increased membership throughout the region by leveraging relationships with local social work programs and offering a plethora of CEU opportunities. As PACE Chair, I recruited viable political candidates who represent the values of the social work profession. I assisted with co-authoring documents for the accreditation of the BSW program at Central State University by the Council on Social Work Education, achieving accreditation with no revisions. As the Director of Compliance and Clients Rights Officer at Oesterlen Services for Youth, I have managed the Quality Assurance Department and led Oesterlen through its 4th national accreditation process with the Council on Accreditation. If elected Vice President, I will use the skill set acquired in quality performance to ensure the health and well-being of NASW.


Evaon Wong-Kim

Evaon Wong-Kim

Evaon Wong-Kim is the director and professor of the School of Social Work at California State University, Los Angeles. Her BA in ’85; MSW in ‘89, MPH in ‘90 and Ph.D. in ’99 are all from University of California, Berkeley. Wong-Kim chaired the Nomination and Leadership Identification Committee for the NASW California Chapter. She is the president of the Asian and Pacific Islander Social Work Educators Association. Her major advocacy and volunteer experience includes serving as a founding board member of the Intercultural Cancer Council, a national advocacy organization for improving the cancer mortality rate of the underserved populations. She also volunteered as the president of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, San Francisco Bay Area Affiliate. Wong-Kim is a member of the National Association of Deans and Directors Nomination Committee and volunteers as the vice president for the Asian Alliance for Health, a nonprofit organization to improve the health of Asian immigrants.

Platform Statement:
I am honored to be nominated for the NASW Vice President position. Prior to my full-time teaching position, I worked as an Oncology and Medical Social Worker at hospitals in the San Francisco Bay Area.Because of my bilingual and bicultural skills, many patients in my case load were monolingual Cantonese/Mandarin speaking recent immigrants.Advocating for my clients to receive services they otherwise may not be able to obtain became the most rewarding experience as a social worker. Besides providing clinical services, I volunteered for many organizations, advocating for access to health care.My clinical experience informed my doctorial research agenda to focus on health disparities. If elected, I will devote my time to help achieve the important mission and goals of NASW.

Carol E. Bonner

Carol E. Bonner

Carol E. Bonner, MSW, MBA, EdD, is the associate dean of Salem State University School of Social Work in Salem, Mass. Her career in higher education has spanned 30 years in social work and higher education administration. Bonner is a past-president of the NASW Massachusetts Chapter. Most recently, she was the Region 1 representative to the NASW Board of Directors. She also served as a member of the board’s executive committee and chair of the National Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity (NCORED), completing her term in 2017. She is a member of NASW, CSWE and BPD. She has been a site visitor for the New England Association for Schools and Colleges and serves as faculty-in-residence for the HERS (Wellesley) Women’s Leadership Institute. Bonner attended Simmons College School of Social Work (MSW), Boston University School of Management (MBA), and the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education (EdD).

Platform Statement:
Throughout my 30-year career, NASW, the members and the organization, have influenced my growth and professional identity. To serve as Treasurer would be an honor. NASW remains a powerful voice for our profession. I would like to contribute to the Association in any way I can. NASW has negotiated challenging “waters,” in the end, providing members with a strong, professional organization. Election to the role of Treasurer would be a tremendous privilege. My strengths include administrative and budget experience, personal integrity, a commitment to bringing data to financial decision-making and a focus on improving communication within our complex and diverse organization.


Rick DeGironimo

Rick DeGironimo

Rick DeGironimo 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. His accomplishments include starting new innovative organizations and programs and correcting the financial and quality course for several others. He currently consults with organizations on management and strategic planning. Beyond work, De Gironimo 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 Jersey.

Platform Statement:
Greetings fellow social workers and NASW members. You are reading this statement because you are engaged members of your professional organization, and you care.I am a long-time member who cares about you, members of NASW and the people you support. Recently, we witnessed NASW undergo many changes, not the least of which is modernization. These changes remind and reinforce that we must be vigilant and prepared to deal with challenges now and ahead. Such preparations also mean we need to ensure the financial and human resources for planned or unexpected change. I am fiscally responsible and understand the greater good. I am also knowledgeable about budgets and financial statements and will use my management experience to guide me. If elected Treasurer, I pledge openness and forthrightness in dealing with member resources and dues.

Brittany Dwyer

Brittany Dwyer

Brittany Dwyer, a Kansas City, Kansas, native, has worked for the Kansas Department for Children and Families for two years. After receiving her undergraduate degree in human services from Columbia College in 2016, she decided to continue her education through the Master of Social Work program at the University of Kansas. Currently, Dwyer is completing her foundation year practicum in the Kansas City, Kansas, school district. Her work there includes advocating and providing support for students within the district.

Platform Statement:
My strong passion for providing support to children in the inner cities and low-income neighborhoods is what drives my practice. As a practicum student in the Kansas School District, I am constantly searching for ways to advocate for the students I serve. I hear the concerns and worry that the citizens’ voices are not being heard. Having the opportunity to be the MSW student representative on the NASW board and the voice not only for the people in Kansas City, KS, but for all oppressed people, is an honor I would deeply treasure throughout the course of my career.


Kristin Lipinski

Kristin Lipinski

Kristin Lipinski is an MSW student at the University of Saint Joseph. She also is an intern at Rushford in Glastonbury, a nonprofit provider of addiction and mental health treatment for teens and adults, where she facilitates intensive outpatient and outpatient groups for adults. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Connecticut in psychology and human development and family studies, and studied abroad at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, where she was able to connect with her heritage and practice using the Polish language. In her foundation year of internship, she joined the Connecticut Chapter of NASW. Lipinski has created an outline for a relapse prevention group that allows clients to express their experience of recovery through various artistic mediums and plans to start the group this spring.

Platform statement:
It would be an honor to be elected as NASW Board MSW student member. My focus would be to promote equality, social justice, dignity and worth of every person, and to emphasize the importance of human relationships.I would solicit feedback about what’s important to MSW students to help the Board in its decisions. In taking care of students with special needs, I have found a new passion working with people with addictions and other behavioral health problems. I have interned in direct practice, working alongside clinicians and other medical professions in individual, group, and school settings, and will continue to advocate for my clients’ needs.I take the opportunity to serve NASW as a board student member very seriously and strive to make the field better for my clients.

Debra Fromm Faria

Debra Fromm Faria

Debra Faria, LCSW, earned her MSW from Syracuse University in 1985. She is chair of the Department of Social Work at the College at Brockport, State University of New York, and co-directs the College at Brockport/Nazareth College Greater Rochester Collaborative MSW program. Debra has been project director for a number of federal, state and foundation-funded training grants focusing on child welfare, gerontological social work and international education. Debra has a demonstrated record of leadership and service to the NASW New York State Chapter, including serving in the roles of president, vice president, board member-at-large, delegate to the Delegate Assembly and a number of chapter committees. She has also held leadership roles on the board of the NYS Society on Aging and currently serves on the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation.

Platform Statement:
Our profession faces complex challenges in promoting social and economic justice to meet the basic human needs of all people. To accomplish our goals and promote social and political actions congruent with our ethical principles, we must work collaboratively with our membership. As a social work educator who has served in multiple NASW volunteer leadership roles, I have actively interacted and collaborated with social workers in a variety of practice areas. I believe my ability to engage with practice and policy issues across a broad professional spectrum, along with my leadership and service experience in the chapter, will facilitate my effectiveness as the Region III representative to the NASW Board of Directors. If elected to this office by the membership, I will work collaboratively with NASW leadership, members, and staff as we continue to address the challenges and opportunities before us.


Carolyn Hilarski

Carolyn Hilarski

Carolyn Hilarski earned her BSW from SUNY at Brockport and her MSW and PhD degrees from SUNY at Buffalo. She joined SUNY Buffalo State in 2006, earning full professor in 2009 and serving as chair for six years, after teaching at Rochester Institute of Technology and North Carolina State University. Hilarski currently serves on several editorial boards: the Journal of Social Service Research; the Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment; and the Journal of Evidence-Informed Social Work. She has been a board member, officer, and web manager for the New York State Social Work Education Association since 2012. She has received several university teaching and mentoring awards, in addition to the NYS Social Work Educator of the Year Award. She has been the principal and co-investigator of several grants, as well as authoring/co-authoring more than 30 manuscripts and editing/co-editing several books.

Platform Statement:
My fundamental career goal has always been sharing my passion for the social work profession. I welcome the possibility of serving as Region III Representative of the NASW Board of Directors, to help build upon the foundation laid by my social work predecessors and colleagues to sustain member’s professional standing in the world community through thoughtful policymaking that advocates for proficient practice and meaningful professional development. I bring an array of essential skills from my six-years as chair of a large SUNY social work department earning our reaccreditation and leading an organization that works in collaboration with the New York State NASW for NYS LEAD day in addition to sponsoring an annual NYS Social Work Educators conference. The opportunity to support and further the mission of NASW is both a humbling and exciting prospect that I look forward to engaging in.

Lezlee Betts

Lezlee Betts

Lezlee Betts is employed at UnitedHealth Care as a Licensed Behavioral Health Advocate. She holds a bachelor of arts in speech communication and a master of social work, both from Edinboro University. She is also a licensed clinical social work practitioner and provides psychotherapy services in health care settings. Betts is a member of NASW and IACP, as well as Phi Alpha Honor Society. Betts has worked and volunteered within the social service field for more than 15 years.

Platform Statement:
As a motivated professional within the social service field, I am a resourceful and strong team player. If elected as the Region IV representative to the NASW Board, my focus would be to increase our social justice efforts, remove mental health stigmas and empower communities, which would propel me to progressively advocate for those who are marginalized and unheard. The quote “Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today” by Benjamin Franklin, is a quote that resonates with me and one that I live by.


Troy Brindle

Troy Brindle

Troy Brindle, LCSW, is co-owner and director of Springfield Psychological, the largest private behavioral health practice in Pennsylvania. He received his BSW in ’93 from Cairn University and his MSW in ‘95 from Rutgers University, where he graduated with academic honors. Brindle has served on the NASW-Penn. board of directors since 2011 in a variety of capacities, such as the Brandywine Division chair, president-elect, president, Delegate Assembly representative, and is currently co-chair of the Clinical Care Committee. In 2015, he received the Alumni Recognition Award from Cairn University. Brindle serves on the board of directors for Access Services. He also serves on two statewide task forces to transform Pennsylvania’s health care delivery system. Representing NASW, Brindle was recently featured on the nationally televised Informed Series with Rob Lowe for his pioneering work in integrating behavioral health services within 48 primary care settings.

Platform Statement:
As social workers, we most likely had someone who profoundly influenced our lives. Each of us has a story to share about our personal or professional journey. We want to make a difference. Influence can be powerful. Influence needs to be thoughtfully utilized to promote a profound change. NASW is an incredible voice of influence for our profession. If elected to the NASW Board as the Region IV Representative, I will continue to dedicate my time to serve and support the needs of our members. As an active member for 20 years and having served on the Board since 2011, I had the privilege of advocating for change at many levels within Pennsylvania. During my tenure as President of the PA-NASW, I built key coalitions, positioned our chapter to meet member needs, and promoted legislative advocacy. I welcome the opportunity to be a positive influence at the national level.

Stephanie Asare Nti

Stephanie Asare Nti

Stephanie Asare Nti works as a Child Development Specialist for the Montgomery County Infants and Toddlers Program.Her responsibilities include using a family-centered developmental approach, providing assessment, treatment, and coaching to support children’s mental health.She also works for the Montgomery County Abused Persons Program providing counseling services to domestic violence offenders, psycho-education, group psychotherapy, case management, and individual counseling sessions. Nti holds an MSW from the University of Toronto, and BSW Honors from Ryerson University. Her major NASW positions include serving on the International Committee, trainer for HIV/AIDS Spectrum Project, policy panel member and expert content consultant. She has co-authored reports and publications for the U.N. and government agencies on social work-related content, and co-authored an article, “International Experiences Promote Social Justice and Benefit Your Practice,” with the NASW International Committee, which was featured in Social Work Today, July/August 2017. She was awarded the 2012 Alumni Achievement Award for founding Social Workers Beyond Borders.

Platform Statement:
I’m a proud member of NASW and believe in the association’s core values of promoting social justice, advocating for worth and dignity of others, and being an agent of positive change. I bring varied experiences from my transdisciplinary background, international work throughout many countries.I’ve worked on a range of issues, including mental health, HIV/AIDS, Child and Family Services. Having worked for the United Nations on various global issues, I have successfully supported member countries to develop sound social policies for marginalized communities. I am committed to promoting our professional standards. These combined experiences have allowed me to fully understand and appreciate the work and skill set that is required to fulfill the position. Thank you for your consideration.


Eleanor Kiesel

Eleanor Kiesel

Eleanor Kiesel, PhD, MSW, JD, DVS, is the MSW Program Director and Acting Chair for the Department of Social Work, Delaware State University. She holds a BS in business administration, Philadelphia University; a J.D., Temple University School of Law; an MSW from DSU; and a PhD in social work, Widener University. She is a Certified Domestic Violence Specialist. Kiesel served on the NASW Delaware Chapter board, with the last year of service as President. She is the Chair of the Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence; board member of the Community Legal Aid Society Inc.; board member of the Delaware Lawyer Assistance Program; and board member of the Peoples Place 2. She is a volunteer attorney with the Office of Child Advocate, representing children in state custody, and is a member of CSWE, AAUW and NASW. Kiesel was honored by Delaware Victims’ Rights Task Force with the Outstanding Professional Award, and received a Certificate of Recognition, WBOC Outstanding Community Service.

Platform Statement:
I have worked as a tireless advocate for the rights of marginalized groups, particularly women and children.My qualifications as a social worker, attorney, administrator, and teacher to students entering the profession, make me an excellent candidate for the NASW Regional Representative. I am committed to maintaining the strong foundation of NASW, and to advocating against violence against women, for appropriate protocols in child welfare, and for assistance to those in poverty. Advocacy for amelioration of the conditions of poverty and the intersection with poverty of the various “isms” that keep us from treating all equally, makes for a relevant platform for the coming year.

Tracy Hanns

Tracy Hanns

Tracy Hanns lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she is employed as an addictions therapist for Aspire Indiana Inc. Prior to Aspire, she was employed with Meridian Health Service in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. She also worked for Northwest Alabama Mental Health in Jasper, Ala., where she received a significant amount of supervisory experience. Hanns has a master’s degree from The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, and a bachelor’s degree from The University of Indianapolis. She majored in and graduated with a social work degree from both institutions. Her tenure at the University of Indianapolis is where she first got involved with NASW, where her professor encouraged her to run for a student representative position. Although she lost that election, she was elected as a board member, representing Region VII, in 2017. She serves on the Public Policy/Social Action Committee.

Platform Statement:
I am committed to serving the members in Region VII with a high level of professionalism and honor if elected as a member of the NASW Board. I will take issues seriously and take the time to be fully informed when it comes to making decisions for the Association and those who support it. I plan to uphold the standards and policies of the NASW and will continue to expand the numbers of social work members and to help protect the standards that make us a good institution.


Peggy C. Weber

Peggy C. Weber

Peggy Weber is associate dean for the College of Health and Human Services at Indiana State University. She also works as a clinical social worker, and has a doctoral degree in social work from the University of Utah, an MSW from Indiana University School of Social Work, an MS in gerontology from Indiana State University, and a BS in social work from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College. Weber has an LCSW and LCAC in Indiana and her ACSW through NASW.

Examples of positions she has held in the Indiana Chapter of NASW include president of the board of directors, treasurer, and chairperson of the Conference Committee. She has also been an Indiana Delegate for NASW since 2012. Past honors include Regional Social Worker of the Year for the Indiana Chapter, NASW; and from Indiana State University the Experiential Learning & Community Engagement Award & the Faculty Outstanding Service Award from the College of Health and Human Services.

Platform Statement:
My interest in being a member of the NASW Board is based upon my involvement with the organization over the years, the wonderful social workers I have had the opportunity to meet and learn from, and my desire to contribute to the organization. If elected, I will listen to and communicate with members on future directions for NASW. I realize it is difficult to determine which candidates to support, especially when making said decision based upon a few words written in a platform statement. My commitment to you is to be transparent and to be an active board member who will be open to your feedback.

Ruth Lipschutz

Ruth Lipschutz

Ruth Lipschutz, LCSW, ACSW, has a psychotherapy practice, provides mediation to the LGBTQ community, publishes articles on ethics and offers ethics consultation and training nationally. She received her MSW from the University of Illinois and postgraduate certification from the Institute for Family Studies at Northwestern. Her background includes bilingual community mental health, school social work and advocacy. She was awarded Illinois Social Worker of the Year (2010) and NASW’s Excellence in Ethics Award (2015). She currently serves as Illinois Chapter board member-at-large, member of the Chapter Ethics Committee and national mediator for professional review. Appointed positions have been NASW Code of Ethics Trainer, national Professional Review Mediator, consultant, and adjudication panel chair, Professional Review Mediation Pilot Project, Illinois Chapter Conference Selection Committee, National Ethics Committee Professional Review Task Force and National Ethics Committee alternate, member and chair. Memberships include the Mediation Council of Illinois and Illinois School Social Work Association.

Platform Statement:
What do you need from your professional organization? How can NASW continue to support you, your community and the fight for a just society? My mission is to hear your answers. From the individual level to the macro level of issues including racism, xenophobia, immigration, a living wage, LGBTQ and women’s rights, NASW needs to continue to play a central role.

I am committed to understanding the needs of the next generation of social workers and eliciting input from all sectors of the profession. The NASW Board has the responsibility to guide our organization in this time of increasing social and political challenges. How do we guarantee the continuation and expansion of member services that address regional as well as national needs? Are there additional opportunities to collaborate with other organizations? NASW must continue to play a primary role in fighting for a society that truly reflects our profession’s values.


Myke Selha

Myke Selha

Myke Selha, MSW, is assistant professor and field education director for the Grand View University BSW program. He also sees a few psychotherapy clients, a vestige of a larger private practice he had prior to entering full-time academia. In addition to education and clinical practice, he was the executive director of a rural community mental health center. Selha earned an MSW from the University of Iowa and a bachelor’s degree in religious studies and American Indian studies from Iowa State University. He has been an active member of the Iowa Chapter of NASW since college. He was the chapter president from 2010 to 2012 (president-elect the prior year). From 2005 to 2008, he chaired the chapter’s committee on LGBT issues. In addition to his work with NASW, he was also a member of the Standards Setting Task Force for ASWB’s recent licensure exam update.

Platform Statement:
The profession of social work has a long and proud history. As the world in which we exist is constantly changing, it is crucial for us to adapt and grow in response. We must be aware of, not only the potential forces that attempt to dismantle or weaken the profession but the opportunities to strengthen it. My experiences working at micro, mezzo, and macro levels of practice have given me the knowledge to speak from a wide range of social work perspectives. As a social work educator, I must stay current on relevant research, giving me the capacity to act from a place of best practices. It is this combination of awareness of the profession’s external forces, insight of our internal dynamics, and the knowledge of current issues and best practices for organizational decisions that will propel me as a leader of NASW.

National Committee on Nominations & Leadership Identification (NCNLI)

Kerry-Ann Frazier

Kerry-Ann Frazier


Kerry-Ann Frazier, MSEd, LMSW, is the director of the Healthy Homes Program for the City of Harker Heights, Texas. Frazier holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in education from the University of Maryland, a master’s degree in education from the University of Phoenix and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Southern California. Frazier is also a Casey Foundation Knowing Who You Are Trainer.

As a community organizer and educator, Frazier has served on various panels and boards. She is a board member of CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocate, NASW Branch Chair Central Texas, board member of Texas A&M Central Texas University Social Work, Bell County Autism Awareness Team, and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Frazier has been nominated and has won several awards and accolades, including young professional of the year and social worker of the year.

Platform Statement:
I have had diverse life experiences which framed my professional commitment to social work. As a naturalized citizen, a military spouse, a mother of a special needs child, and a survivor of family violence, I am a strong advocate for families and a leader in my community. I lead multiple programs, supervise student interns and manage a non-profit theater company. My diverse skills; oral and written communication, ability to facilitate healthy relationships between multiple populations, and my experiences, make me an excellent candidate to represent Region XI on the NCNLI.


Wanda Whittlesey-Jerome

Wanda Whittlesey-Jerome


Wanda Whittlesey-Jerome, associate professor in the School of Social Work at New Mexico State University, holds a BSW from the University of North Texas, and an MSSW and Ph.D. in social work from the University of Texas at Arlington. Joining NASW as a student in 1986, she served as co-chair of the Dallas Unit of NASW-Texas before moving to New Mexico. She served as secretary, vice-president, president-elect, and president of NASW-New Mexico. She is a member of the Council on Social Work Education, the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association, and the Society for Social Work Research. In 2006, Whittlesey-Jerome was awarded the New Mexico Social Worker of the Year Award and, in 2009, she received the NASW-New Mexico President’s Award. In 2008, she was awarded the NMSU Donald C. Roush Award for Teaching Excellence and in 2013, the Excellence in Research Award from the College of Health and Social Services.

Platform Statement:
NASW holds a special place in my heart. My academic career and NASW leadership experiences have, over time, woven together into an inseparable tapestry. I was mentored by Patrick Tyrrell, former NASW-NM Executive Director, who we recently lost in a tragic accident. I have educated many undergraduate and graduate social workers in Texas and in New Mexico, and I have encouraged those with the spark of intelligent compassion to seek leadership positions in NASW. Patrick, and the many volunteers with whom I have worked, taught that we all have gifts to give in service to our profession. Cultivating future Association leaders to passionately caretake the tapestry of relationships within the Association… engaging in internal leadership opportunities to reinvigorate participatory processes that have made NASW strong… nurturing leadership qualities in my social work students and colleagues – these are my leadership goals for service to NASW as your Region XI NCNLI Representative.

Mary Kay Oliveri

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.

Platform Statement:
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

Peggy Polinsky


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.

Platform Statement:
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.