Print Page   |   Sign In   |   Join
2018 NASW-PA Election Slate
Share |
2018 NASW-PA Election Candidates:


Vice President



Katherine Shecora

BIOGRAPHY:
A 1994 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s former School of Social Work (now named “SP2”), I have worked in research, administration, and direct practice. For the past ten years I have been employed at OPTUM as an Employee Assistance Specialist, and currently staff a major government account. A long time NASW member, I have served in multiple leadership positions for the past five years. In 2015, I was appointed the Southeast Division Chair to fill a vacancy for one year, then was elected to the position the following year. In addition to serving on the Board, and overseeing the Division’s Steering Committee’s activities, I have served on multiple board committees, including the Communications Committee (which I chair), the Conference Committee, the Executive Committee (2015-2017), the Membership Task Force, PACE, and the Social Justice Committee. In September, 2017, I was the inaugural recipient of the President’s Service Award, which recognizes service to the Board and social work community.

POSITION STATEMENT:
As demonstrated by my current status as a Division Chair and a Board Member, my commitment to the NASW is strong. In addition to serving in this capacity, and serving on multiple committees, I have presented six times in the past five years at the State Conference on topics including service delivery, and ethics; and have facilitated film screening discussions. Additionally, I have served as an Act 31 trainer for the NASW-PA in multiple venues for both the Southeast and Brandywine Divisions, and at the Chapter level.

Continuing education is a crucial part of the social work profession socialization process. Communication and advocacy among those outside the profession, too, is crucial for our collective growth and development. We need to maintain open channels with our stakeholders and policy makers at the local and state governments in order to advocate for our professional needs. As First Vice President, my goal would be to continue the work of my immediate predecessors and maintain these lines of communications with the government representatives and with the community, and endeavoring to do so with transparency and accountability to the profession.


Member-at-Large



Heather Miller

BIOGRAPHY:
Ms. Miller obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Cornell University and her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. She has over 20 years of service in the non-profit social service sector in both clinical and quality improvement roles. Currently, she is the Director of Clinical Services at Family Service Association of Bucks County. Ms. Miller has been a member of NASW since 1996 and served on the PACE Committee from 2003-2008 (Chair from 2006-2008). She also has served as a Council on Accreditation peer reviewer since 2016.

POSITION STATEMENT:
NASW’s values and principles have long guided my 20 years in the profession. I had the privilege of serving on the PA PACE Committee about ten years ago and eager to dedicate my time to once again support the needs of our members. If elected for Member-At-Large, I will use my management and quality improvement experience to assist NASW-PA membership in whatever way is needed. My strengths include facilitating change, project management, communication, team building, and attention to details. 


Southeast Divison Representative 1



Liane Friedberg

BIOGRAPHY:
I am recent MSW graduate from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice. During my time at Penn I have interned at JEVS Human Services and the LGBT Elder Initiative. My internships have provided me with opportunities to work with a variety of populations and gain experience in micro and macro level work. I also received my BSW from University of Houston-Clear Lake. During my time at UHCL I received the Outstanding Social Justice and Service Award for my involvement as the Social Work Student Organization Co-Leader for two years, my dedication to the social work program at UHCL, and my involvement within the school community and out in the Houston community.

I have been an NASW since my undergraduate years and have been consistently involved, volunteering at conferences, participating in workshops, committees, and conference planning. With NASW gives me the opportunity to have voice in this profession, an association where I am able to network with other social workers , and a develop support network.

I am an organized person and thrive on team work in the professional social work setting. I enjoy networking, community outreach, micro and macro work, and being an advocate for social workers. Coming from a BSW background I have a passion for this profession and recognize the importance of not only advocating and supporting our clients, but to advocate and support each other as social workers.

POSITION STATEMENT:
I am running for the SE Division Rep 1 position because of my involvement the last two years with the SE Division. Throughout the two years I was eager to volunteer and dedicate my time on the SE Division committee and events. By being in the SE Division Rep 1 position it would provide me more opportunity to grow, to learn, and to be a leader. In this position, I want to be more involved in community outreach, program developing, and to continue the connection between NASW and the social work schools in the division. As a recent MSW graduate, I feel that this is a great way to continue my involvement and my dedication to NASW-PA.


Southwest Division Chair



Kevin Caridad

BIOGRAPHY:
Dr. Kevin Caridad is the Founder and CEO of Cognitive Behavior Institute, an out-patient behavioral health practice with locations in Cranberry Twp., Mt. Lebanon, and Monroeville, PA.  Dr. Caridad is certified in CBT by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and is an Instructor at University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work.  Previously a Registered Nurse, Dr. Caridad received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Social Work from University of Pittsburgh before earning his PhD in Counseling Studies from Capella University in 2014. Dr. Caridad serves as the PA Southwest Division Chair of the NASW and founded the Opioid Alliance in 2017.

POSITION STATEMENT:
As the current Chair of the Southwest Division of NASW-PA, I have had the opportunity to bring many exceptional continuing education and networking events to southwestern Pennsylvania and act as a voice for Southwest Division social workers. I am excited to continue my involvement with NASW by bringing more great opportunities to the Southwest Division and by representing Southwest Division social workers on the NASW-PA Board of Directors.


Southwest Division Representative



Nicole Snyder

BIOGRAPHY:
Nicole Snyder, LSW, is the Director of Outreach and Innovation for Cognitive Behavior Institute. She received her MSW from the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work. As the Director of Outreach and Innovation she works to strengthen bonds for integrative care through relationship building with communities and organizations. Nicole is the creator and director of the Opioid Alliance, and as such she is always looking for new and innovative solutions for the opioid epidemic. She is passionate about access to care for underserved and remote areas through the use of telebehavioral health, and believes in using evidence-based practices to ensure the best possible outcomes for everyone. As an LSW in a clinical setting, Nicole uses the fundamentals of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to assist her clients in restructuring thoughts and leading healthier lives.

POSITION STATEMENT:
As the Director of Outreach and Innovation, I have created and developed community campaigns and advocacy opportunities. This includes the Opioid Alliance, which I created alongside the current Southwest Division Chair.  The Opioid Alliance is a campaign dedicated to providing treatment, education, and research for those impacted by the opioid epidemic. I am passionate and dedicated to this work and have found the most fulfilling parts of my job to be the relationships I have built with other individuals and organizations as well as the opportunity for constant learning.


West Central Division Chair



Kristie Jo King

BIOGRAPHY:
Kristie Jo King is the current West Central Division Chair of the NASW-PA. Kristie Jo is also the Chair of the Conference Committee, a member of the PACE Committee, Aging Committee, Social Justice Committee, and the Student Member Task Force through NASW-PA. She was also a member of the 2017 Delegate Assembly. She is the current Director of Social Services at Presbyterian Senior Living- Windy Hill Village and an Adjunct Professor at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College. Kristie Jo received her Associate’s degree in Social Work from Reading Area Community College, her Bachelor’s degree from Kutztown University, and her Master’s degree from Our Lady of the Lake University. Kristie Jo is a member of the Phi Alpha Honor Society and is currently pursuing a graduate certificate in Gerontology from the University of Pittsburgh.

POSITION STATEMENT:
I was honored to be appointed during last term and am forever grateful that I became an active member of NASW-PA. I love being a Social Worker and being involved in this organization! It’s important for me that our voice is heard in West Central PA, and being able to advocate for the needs of the membership. My goal for the term is to expand continuing education and networking events throughout the division. I would also like to see growth in our membership in the state and division. It’s also important to me to have a strong connection with our future professionals by connecting with the students from the Colleges and University within the division and help aide in providing networking and events tailored to future professionals.


MSW Student Representative



Melissa Fisher

BIOGRAPHY:
I am an MSW student at Widener University, Class of 2019.  I have worked in healthcare for over 30 years. My career started after I completed a BS degree is Mental Health Technology, from Hahnemann University. My current position in is home health care. I have created a social network page for my cohort at Widener and enjoy being a leader in my group.  Currently, I am finishing out a year of being the online student representative for Widener’s Student Organization. I maintain a position as a board member in good standing for a couple nonprofits in my local community that helps to educate, and advocate for individuals with addiction.  The first nonprofit is called Stepping Stones. The second nonprofit is The Hope Rush Foundation. 

POSITION STATEMENT:
I possess excellent advocacy and leadership skills.  My membership with NASW-PA began in 2016. I feel that playing an active role in NASW-PA Chapter will expand my knowledge in the field of social work.  I also will bring the value of a fresh perspective to our chapter.  If elected, I will serve as a link between the NASW-PA and students in the state of Pennsylvania. I will encourage students to participate in the organization as a way to network with current social work professionals and seek opportunities to be mentored in the profession. I will communicate the needs and concerns of students to the board and advocate for solutions to issues that students may have.

I look forward to being your MSW student representative, the possibility of learning more and being an asset to an already invaluable association.




Annamarie Green

BIOGRAPHY:
Not Available

POSITION STATEMENT:
Not Available




Sierra McNeil

BIOGRAPHY:
My name is Sierra McNeil and a MSW student and Alpha Delta Mu Honor Society member at Temple University. I am a first generation college student with goals one day of becoming an influential Social Worker. My decision to go to Temple University for my MSW has been the greatest decision I have ever made. In the past year I have the opportunity to study Social Work in Poland, Iceland and soon Germany, through the International and Global Social Work program. I am also the recipient of two scholarship awards, the HRSA award and the Grace Canter Memorial Scholarship. Starting in the fall, I will have the opportunity to intern at CHOP’s Child and Adolescents Psychiatry Unit. I would like to thank each member taking the time to consider me for the MSW Student Rep position.

POSITION STATEMENT:
I believe my best qualification for MSW Rep positions is my ability to connect with people and turn those connections into lasting relationships.  Being involved in many different aspects of The School of Social Work has lead me to expand my network and open doors that I never expected. I am currently involve in an Alumni Committee with Philadelphia Connections. This opportunity allows me to strengthen my organizational development skills and be a mentor for upcoming students. Recently, I was accepted to become a member of NASW-PA Clinical Committee, where we will be discussing Integrative healthcare and varies topics. Over the summer I will be a part of a team that is developing Temple University first Social Service Annex, which will serve as a resource center for the entire University.




Mary Jo Stere

BIOGRAPHY:
Mary Jo Stere, BSW is a candidate to receive a dual Master’s degree in Social Work and Public Administration at Kutztown University. Currently, Ms. Stere is an intern at Haven Behavioral Hospital in Reading, Pennsylvania. During her undergraduate career at Kutztown University, Mary Jo interned with State Representative Mark Rozzi’s at his office of constituent services. When not in school, Mary Jo works as a summer camp counselor at her local YMCA. In September 2017, Mary Jo presented her undergraduate research at the NASW-PA/PAUSWE Annual Conference at the Kalahari Resort. Ms. Stere is a member of the Phi Alpha Honor Society, acting as their incoming president for the 2018-2019 school year. Additionally, she is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor society. Following graduation, Mary Jo intends to work within state or local government to advocate for marginalized populations.

POSITION STATEMENT:
Mary Jo Stere is dedicated to advocating on behalf of herself and peers in an effort to display the need of Social Work students to have a proper educational background. The dedication that Mary Jo has to the Social Work profession is exemplified through advocating at a macro scale for social justice, along with utilizing micro interactions with clients to enhance or restore their capacity for social functioning. As a graduate assistant within Kutztown University’s Department of Social Work, Ms. Stere has established professional relationships with her peers and professors. This provides a comprehensive understanding of the strengths and needs of the professional from a multidimensional perspective. As the MSW representative for NASW-PA, Mary Jo intends to utilize the direct input received from fellow students to address pertinent concerns and act as a liaison that seeks to connect students with NASW’s valuable services as well as building lasting professional relationships.


BSW Student Representative



Julia Laudadio

BIOGRAPHY:
Julia Laudadio is a third-year BSW student at Kutztown University. She is the president of the Social Workers and Advocates at Kutztown and a member of Phi Alpha Honor Society. 

POSITION STATEMENT:
Julia hopes to pursue a career in macro-level social work. She was inspired to get involved with NASW after attending Legislative Education and Advocacy Day in Harrisburg in 2017.


Delegate to the Delegate Assembly



Justin Behrens

BIOGRAPHY:
Justin Behrens has dedicated his life to public service. Following high school, he joined the Army and was deployed to Iraq in 2003. Upon returning to the states, Justin was assigned to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba as part of the 326th Public Affairs Detachment out of Reading, PA. During his service, he reached the rank of Sergeant and team leader.  Justin works for Northeast Counseling as the Supervisor for the Forensic program in the County Prison and Community.  Justin is the Northeast Division Chair for the NASW-PA chapter.  Justin Behrens also is running for State Representative for the 119th.

POSITION STATEMENT:
As Delegate Assembly I plan to use my values, NASW code of ethics and experience to represent Pennsylvania in what issues the face.  This will include to continue to speak and educate myself on the issues that are important to Pennsylvania social workers and represent them to the best of my ability. "Social advance depends as much upon the process through which it is secured as upon the result itself " - Jane Adams




Tanisha Bowman

BIOGRAPHY:
A native of the Northern Virginia area, Tanisha first attended Northern Virginia Community College where she earned her associates degree in social science with a Deaf specialization, as well as a career studies certificate in American Sign Language. She then went on to graduate in May 2015 from George Mason University with her BSW. Following her graduation from GMU, Tanisha moved to Pittsburgh where she earned her MSW at the University of Pittsburgh, graduating in December of 2016. Tanisha now works as a Supportive and Palliative Care Social Worker at UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside and has trained as a death doula.

POSITION STATEMENT:
I am a firm believer in the power of professional associations. Associations such as the NASW act as a unified voice representing a broad spectrum of social work professionals and the clients they work with. I joined the NASW as a BSW student, served on my first chapter board as the NASW-VA BSW Representative during my senior year and was elected NASW-PA Southwest Division Representative at the start of my first year of graduate school. I have had the opportunity to serve on many committees including the Ethics, Social Justice, Conference committees; I formerly co-chaired the Child Welfare Task Force; and I served on the most recent NASW Delegate Assembly. I am now beginning my second year in office as chapter Secretary.




Cynthia Corbin

BIOGRAPHY:
Cynthia J. Corbin is a human services and management consultant with over thirty-five years of experience. She has held numerous leadership positions in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors. She is focused on helping individuals and organizations adapt and thrive in an ever-changing outcome focused environment. Ms. Corbin received her BSW and MSW from Temple University School of Social Work Administration. Other responsibilities include, Adjunct Assistant Professor at Widener University, Rutgers University and Chair of Past Presidents Council for Pennsylvania Chapter of National Association of Social Workers. She also maintains a small clinical private practice.

Formerly, Ms. Corbin has served as adjunct Faculty for Temple University School of Social Administration and Widener University School of Public Health and Social work. She was the Interim Headmaster for Timothy Academy, Lecturer for Philadelphia Biblical University Social Work Chapel, President of the Lighthouse Inc. Board of Directors, and a Governor-appointed member of the State of Pennsylvania’s Children and Family Services Cabinet as well as the Commission for Organ Donation. Ms. Corbin is also Past President of the PA- National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the Hospital Association of Pennsylvania Society for Social Work Leaders in Health Care and Timothy Academy Board of Directors. She has served on the NASW Competence Certification Commission, Awards Committee, Professional Standards Committee, and Audit Committee. She is past President of Temple University School of Social Administration Alumni Association, former Administrator of Suburban Bible Institute, Holy Temple of Deliverance and Church of the Firstborn and Past Chairperson for the Society for Black Social Work Administrators in Health Care.

She joined NASW on the strong recommendation of her senior seminar professor in 1981and has remained involved since that time.

POSITION STATEMENT:
It is indeed a privilege and the pleasure to have another opportunity to serve the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers and the professional social work community as a participant in the NASW Delegate Assembly(DA). I have served as a delegate three times in the past and attended another time as President of the Pennsylvania Chapter of NASW. Each time I have found the experience beneficial and rewarding as social workers from around the country convene in a democratic process to discuss crucial pertinent issues that will inform and shape the profession of social work. The behind the scenes work leading up to DA is intensive, requiring dedication, time and scrutiny. I remain up to the challenge for this worthy task. Once again. I hope to be able to use my experience, expertise and skill in representing PA-NASW in this very important work. I thank you for your vote to allow me to represent the chapter.




Mike Jeffrey

BIOGRAPHY:
Michael Jeffrey received his MSW in 1975 and worked in community mental health for 15 years in various setting in Virginia. He later worked for two large national managed care organizations, consulted with large employers and state governments on mental health plans, and worked for the Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Since retiring in 2011, he worked part-time in a clinic serving LGBT individuals. In addition to enjoying travel, for the last 5 years, Michael has been taking his therapy cat, Mack, to various healthcare settings. In NASW, he served two terms as Treasurer of the PA Chapter Board and one term as President. He has previously served as a member of the Delegate Assembly.

POSITION STATEMENT:
With the world rapidly changing around us, it is imperative that social workers have a strong voice to make clear the importance of trained professional social workers. We still face on a regular basis people who confuse social workers with sociologists, or call people social workers because of the job they perform rather than based on our specific training and skills. In order to advocate for adequate and appropriate pay for social workers, there must be a strong advocacy organization. The PA Chapter of NASW has been acting as that voice for Pennsylvania social workers. The Delegate Assembly brings together social workers from around the country to ensure our direction best meets the needs of the nation’s social workers.




Kristie Jo King

BIOGRAPHY:
Kristie Jo King is the current West Central Division Chair of the NASW-PA.  Kristie Jo is also the Chair of the Conference Committee, a member of the PACE Committee, Aging Committee, Social Justice Committee, and the Student Member Task Force through NASW-PA.  She was also a member of the 2017 Delegate Assembly.  She is the current Director of Social Services at Presbyterian Senior Living- Windy Hill Village and an Adjunct Professor at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College.  Kristie Jo received her Associate’s degree in Social Work from Reading Area Community College, her Bachelor’s degree from Kutztown University, and her Master’s degree from Our Lady of the Lake University.  Kristie Jo is a member of the Phi Alpha Honor Society and is currently pursuing a graduate certificate in Gerontology from the University of Pittsburgh.

POSITION STATEMENT:
I was horned to be part of the 2017 Delegate Assembly.  During that Assembly, I was able to vote on information related to the changes in the NASW Code of Ethics.  I would like too, once again, be a voice for Pennsylvania Social Workers.  I strive to do what is best for our organization and act using the NASW Code of Ethics as a guide.  By becoming more familiar with the needs of our membership, it helps in aiding my growth and development in serving our state.  I look forward to being considered for another term on the Delegate Assembly.




Chris Rich

BIOGRAPHY:
Chris Rich has been practicing social work for over 20 years. Currently employed at the Milton Hershey School (MHS), Mr. Rich has experience working with children and adolescence in a variety of settings such as in-patient and partial hospital, in-home and school settings. Chris Rich holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Messiah College and a Masters of Social Work from Marywood University. Mr. Rich is currently serving as the Chair of the NASW-PA Committee on Ethics and Professional Review and was the President of the NASW-PA Board from 2009-2011. Chris Rich is also an active member of PASSWP, the Pennsylvania Association of School Social Work Personnel. Chris Rich is an adjunct professor at Marywood University teaching ethics.

Mr. Rich is the Coordinator of Health Services for the Elementary Division at Milton Hershey School. Specialty areas of practice include ethics, homesickness prevention, student mentoring, bullying prevention, positive behavioral support, student safety and health/wellness.

POSITION STATEMENT:
I have been part of the Delegate Assembly (DA) for the past three terms.  The Delegate Assembly is an important function of the NASW charter and I will represent the interests of  social workers in Pennsylvania, provide thoughtful input in decisions that affect NASW and the future course of the social work profession.  For instance, last DA, we debated and approved the updates to our Code of Ethics and the two Delegate Assemblies back, there was a discussion about the modernization plan to update the organizations approach in many areas.  I have consistently have researched the topics at hand, networked with colleagues and voted for what I felt best reflected the interest of social workers and the clients we serve.  My goal is to participate in NASW to help the association to be a strong voice for social workers.




Katherine Shecora

BIOGRAPHY:
A 1994 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s former School of Social Work (now named “SP2”), I have worked in research, administration, and direct practice. For the past ten years I have been employed at OPTUM as an Employee Assistance Specialist, and currently staff a major government account. A long time NASW member, I have served in multiple leadership positions for the past five years. In 2015, I was appointed the Southeast Division Chair to fill a vacancy for one year, then was elected to the position the following year. In addition to serving on the Board, and overseeing the Division’s Steering Committee’s activities, I have served on multiple board committees, including the Communications Committee (which I chair), the Conference Committee, the Executive Committee (2015-2017), the Membership Task Force, PACE, and the Social Justice Committee. In September, 2017, I was the inaugural recipient of the President’s Service Award, which recognizes service to the Board and social work community.

POSITION STATEMENT:
In light of the current political climate at the national level, I believe that it is vitally important that the NASW maintain a strong and vocal Delegate Assembly. As the Chair of the largest Division in the Pennsylvania Chapter for the past three years, I have heard the concerns of those in our social work profession. I would like to facilitate communication between the local and national leadership about how decisions at the national level affect those in the front lines. This body serves as a voice for the membership; and the membership deserves to be heard. For this reason, I am running for a position on the Delegate Assembly.


CLICK HERE TO CAST YOUR VOTES

QUICK LINKS


CONTACT NASW-PA


CONNECT WITH US

NASW-PA Store

Find a Social Worker

NASW Liability Insurance

Submit Feedback

Email a Staff Member

1000 Bent Creek Blvd. Suite 40
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050

Phone: 717.232.4125

Fax: 717.697.5686

     
Association Management Software Powered by YourMembership  ::  Legal