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The Pennsylvania Chapter of NASW is organized in 9 regions, called Divisions. The elected chairperson for each Division is listed below. If you would like to get involved in your division, contact the appropriate division leader. See map below to find your division.



Stuart Horowitz, LCSW, ACSW, QCSW


Stuart has been a social worker since 1987. He earned his MSW from Marywood University and is currently an LCSW, ACSW, and QCSW. He has been a member of NASW for over 28 years. Stuart has worked with the chronically mental ill, has been a crisis worker, intake coordinator, case manager, and therapist. He has worked on several inpatient psychiatric units. Currently, he is a therapist at St. Luke’s Behavioral Medicine. In addition, he coordinates the internship program and serves on Quality Assurance, Professional Development, and Event Planning committees. Several local magazines, newspapers, and TV networks have interviewed him on mental health issues. He has presented various workshops for NASW and other organizations in the community. Stuart has taught Social Work Courses at Marywood University, Northampton Community College, and Alvernia University. He currently teaches Sociology and Social Problems at Northampton Community College. Stuart has been a member of the PACE committee and chaired the Children and Youth Task Force, School Social Work Task Force, and the division chair meetings. He has also served on the Leadership Council for Eastern Division NASW-PA. Stuart has been a member of the Board of Directors of Temple Beth El and was Chairman of the Board of Directors of CRE B’nai B’rith Youth Organization. He also served on the Board of Directors and is currently chairing the Clinical Committee for Jewish Family Service of the Lehigh Valley.

Term: July 2017 – June 2020


Katherine A. Shecora, LSW
Vice President

An alum of the University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy and Practice (formerly The School of Social Work, Class of 1994), Ms. Shecora has worked in academia, administration, research and direct service in her twenty plus years as a social worker. Positions have included serving as a fellow at the Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research; and later at the Field Center for Children's Policy, Practice and Research; both at the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Shecora then worked as a contractor and later as the continuous quality improvement coordinator for Children's Service, Inc., a not-for-profit social service agency; and then as an independent contractor for the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) Assessment Unit at the Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC). Ms. Shecora then served as a foster parent recruiter and trainer, as well as a Red Cross certified first aid instructor for a therapeutic foster care program based out of Norfolk VA, before assuming her current position as an Employee Assistance Specialist at Optum Health. Ms. Shecora has volunteered with the state chapter of the NASW PA, having co-presented at the state NASW conference in 2013 and 2014 on the topic of the "Urban/Rural Social Work Divide". In both 2015 and 2016, Ms. Shecora again co-presented at the state NASW conference on the the topic of "The Ethics of Play and Self-Care". At the division level, Ms. Shecora previously served on the Interim Steering Committee (2013-2014), and later (2014-2015) as the Data Management And Communications Officer before assuming the position as the Southeast (formerly Philadelphia/Southeast) Division Chair in 2015 to finish out the remaining year on the term. In 2016, Ms, Shecora was elected to a full three year term, and looks forward to continuing to collaborate with the Board, and especially with the Division Representatives, to serve the needs of the social work community in Philadelphia, Montgomery and Bucks Counties.

Term: July 2018 – June 2021


Ellen Chung, ACSW, LCSW, BCD
Second Vice President of Budget and Finance

Ellen is currently the Director of Mental Health Services at Elwyn’s Children’s Behavioral Health Services and Davidson School. She has worked for Elwyn for over 16 years. Prior to her work at Elwyn, she worked for Magellan Behavioral Health –Health Choices program, Horsham Clinic, University of Pennsylvania Faculty Staff Assistance Program and Eagleville Hospital in various capacities from Social Worker to Program Coordinator. She is also the Co-chair of the Delaware County Suicide Prevention & Awareness Task Force. Ellen is a member of the Delaware County Trauma Informed Care Stakeholder group, the Delco Health Literacy Coalition and a member of the Delaware County DCORT team. Most recently, Ellen has become involved in Springfield Cares.

Term: July 2017 – June 2020


Tanisha Bowman, LSW

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 spent 15 years working in the child care field. Starting out as a preschool teacher, she has worked as an infant multiples specialist for the past nine years. Her many years of early childhood development experience and her experience working with families has helped her begin to transition into a career as a social worker in the field of child welfare. Tanisha most recently interned with the foster care unit within the Department of Community and Human Services in Alexandria, Virginia. While there, she developed a training for foster parents titled "Ambiguous Loss in the Foster Care System”. Tanisha also worked with the Fairfax County Kinship Care Committee during a semester-long independent study. While attending the University of Pittsburgh, Tanisha worked at Pittsburgh’s only crisis nursery, Jeremiah’s Place. 

Term: July 2017 – June 2019


Nikole Heilmann, LCSW, ACSW
Brandywine Division Chair

For the past 17 years, I have worked as a School Social Worker at the William Penn School District in Delaware County. I also provide outpatient therapy at Springfield Psychological. Previous employment includes Catholic Social Services as a therapist and St. Gabriel’s Hall as a social worker. In addition to being the current Brandywine Division chair, I am involved in the Delaware County Suicide Prevention and Awareness Task Force as an executive committee member, and program and events committee co-chair. Some of the committees I am on as the Brandywine Division Chair are the School Social Work Task Force and chair of the Division Chairs phone calls. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Academy Certified Social Worker, Certified School Social Work Specialist and a Qualified Clinical Social Worker. 

Term: July 2017 – June 2020


Therese Rodriguez, LCSW
Central Division Chair

Therese has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Catholic University with a Child and Adolescent concentration and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for the state of Pennsylvania. She has worked with families as well as with children, adolescents and adults of all ages. Therese has a diverse professional background, having practiced in such settings as Early Intervention, Family Based Services, Special Education and Alternative Schools, Brain Injury and Stroke Rehabilitation, Inpatient Behavioral Health, Hospice, Home Health and Dialysis. Therese has practiced in South Florida, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Maryland and has enjoyed serving clients in Central Pennsylvania for nearly 8 years. She currently travels to Cumberland, Perry, Dauphin, York, Adams, Franklin & Fulton counties providing Social Work support to families with children identified with early intervention needs. Therese enjoys the opportunity to provide services in the client’s home environment. Therese has been an active participant in the NASW-PA Central Division Steering Committee for the last 3 years, working with a dedicated and creative group of social workers.

Term: July 2017 – June 2020


Christina C. Gigler, MSW, LCSW, ACSW
Eastern Division Chair

Christina Car Gigler, MSW, LCSW, ACSW, is a Clinical Instructor and Director of Field Education in the MSW Program at Marywood University, Pennsylvania at the Lehigh Valley and Pocono Program locations.  She is a BSW alum of Shippensburg University and a MSW alum of the University of Maryland at Baltimore.  She has extensive practice experience as a clinician and clinical supervisor in a variety of child welfare settings, including psychiatric, diagnostic, residential and foster care programs.  She has developed and facilitated local, regional, state and national presentations on topics of clinical supervision, field instruction, crisis intervention, social media and ethics.  She has been a member of NASW - PA since 1987 and has been actively involved in NASW division leadership since 2007. 

Term: July 2017 – June 2020


Kimberly Hardner
Northwest Division Chair

Term: July 2016 – June 2019


Evan Baier, LSW
North Central Division Chair

Evan is a mental health therapist at Diakon Family Life Services in Williamsport, PA. He graduated from Marywood University with his Master’s in Social Work in May of 2016. Throughout his experience, Evan has interned at Geisinger Hospital in Danville, Western Wayne school district, and a partial program for adolescents and children. Evan is interested in mindfulness to bring out more emotional and physical health in others.

Term: July 2017 – June 2020


Justin Behrens
Northeast Division Chair

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.

Term: July 2016 – June 2019


Rachael Neff
Southeast Division Chair

Term: July 2018 – June 2019


Cornell Davis, III
Southeast Division Representative I

Cornell Davis III is a professional and competent social worker who enjoys working in the areas of child welfare, research, education, and capacity building. Over the last ten years, Cornell has had the opportunity to spearhead program evaluation and community education efforts within Temple University’s Center for Social Policy and Community Development which targeted urban youth who were at­risk for suicide, a progressive afterschool education program, community technical assistance, and a program for parental involvement. Program evaluation and research based efforts also incorporated being a part of a grant writing and proposal team that sought to secure new funding opportunities. Cornell also served as a child welfare advocate and research team member, while working to address the issue of childhood obesity through the Healthy Corner Store Initiative, that was run out of Temple University’s Center for Obesity Research and Education. Experience in child welfare was extended to additional opportunities as an adoptions caseworker, and to be employed as a houseparent—a unique endeavor that allowed him the privilege of caring for children within a group home setting that emphasized family­ style living.

Term: July 2016 – June 2019


Liane Friedberg
Southeast Division Representative II

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.

Term: July 2018 – June 2021


Kevin Caridad, PhD, LCSW
Southwest Division Chair

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.

Term: July 2018 – June 2021


Nicole Snyder
Southwest Division Representative

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.

Term: July 2018 – June 2021

Kristie Jo King
West Central Division Chair

Kristie Jo King is the West Central Division Chair of the NAWS-PA.  Kristie Jo is a graduate from Our Lady of the Lake University where she obtained her master’s degree in Social Work focusing on Hispanic family and children; Kristie Jo obtained her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Kutztown University, and her associate’s degree in Social Work from Reading Area Community College.  Kristie Jo is currently the Director of Social Services at Windy Hill Village- Presbyterian Senior Living and is an Adjunct Professor at Penn Highlands Community College.

Term: July 2018 – June 2021


Letty Thall

Letty D. Thall has decades of social justice advocacy and nonprofit management experience. She has built coalitions, spearheaded community education campaigns, raised funds, and developed public policies in the fields of maternal and child health, early care and education, child welfare, mental health, and women’s equality.

Throughout her career she has been recognized as a leader and advocate for women, children and families. She received the 2013 Health Care Hero Award from the Pennsylvania Health Access Network (PHAN) and in 2012 she was awarded a Philadelphia Leadership Award by Women’s Enews, along with numerous prior recognitions throughout her career.            

Ms. Thall has provided board leadership in both a volunteer capacity and as a staff member to many nonprofit and civic organizations. She served as the first Executive Director of Women Organized against Rape and developed the Delaware Valley Child Care Council as a collaboration of employers, parents, funders, and providers to develop needed day care services. She was a founding Board member of Women’s Way, the oldest women’s fundraising coalition in the United States; a vice chair of the first Mayor’s Commission for Women in Philadelphia and was Vice President of the Pennsylvania Women’s Campaign Fund, a bi-partisan political action committee dedicated to electing progressive women to the state legislature.  She served on the Board of Directors of the PA Head Start Association and led their Government Affairs Committee. She currently serves as the co-chair of the PACE committee and a Board member of the PA Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. She also is an Advisory Committee member for Women’s Way’s Immediate Response Funding Committee.

She holds an undergraduate degree from Skidmore College. She is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers and holds a MSS in social planning from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.

Term: July 2018 – June 2020


Heather Miller
Member-at-Large 2

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.

Term: July 2018 – June 2021


Sierra McNeil
MSW Student Representative

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.  

Term: July 2018 – June 2019


Julia Laudadio
BSW Student Representative

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. 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.

Term: July 2018 – June 2019





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