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CHAPTER DIVISIONS:

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.

CHAPTER BOARD OF DIRECTORS:


Kristie Jo King, LSW, CDP
president.naswpa@socialworkers.org
President


Kristie Jo King is the President of the NASW-PA.  Kristie Jo was appointed as the West Central Division Chair in 2016 and was reelected in 2018.  She has been actively involved on many of the committee’s including: Co-Chair (2019) of the Conference Committee (Chair 2017, 2018), Student Symposium (2018), a member of the PACE, Aging, and Social Justice Committee.  Kristie Jo is also the member at large for the Executive Board of Directors (2016-present).  Kristie Jo has presented at the annual Conference and throughout the Commonwealth at different division events.  She was appointed as a member of the 2017 Delegate Assembly and was re-elected in 2018.  Kristie Jo was the 2019 Presidential Service Award recipient for NASW-PA.  She is the Director of Social Services and Memory Care Manager at Presbyterian Senior Living- St. Andrew’s Village, an adjunct Professor at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, and a Home Study Coordinator for Living Hope Adoption Agency.  Kristie Jo received her Associate’s degree from Reading Area Community College (2010), her Bachelor’s degree from Kutztown University (2013), and her Master’s degree from Our Lady of the Lake University (2015).  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.  Kristie Jo received additional training as an End of Life Doula and became a Certified Dementia Practitioner in 2019.

Term: July 2020- June 2023


 




Katherine A. Shecora, LSW
vicepres.naswpa@socialworkers.org
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




James-Brian Byers, LSW
2ndvicepres.naswpa@socialworkers.org
Second Vice President of Budget and Finance


James-Brian Byers, MSW, LSW is a co-occurring disorders therapist at Greenbriar Treatment Center.  In this role, Mr. Byers works with a variety of adults who live with both substance abuse issues and mental health issues.  Mr. Byers has worked to lessen the impact of trauma on individuals, families, and communities through violence prevention work, teaching Mental Health First Aid and Psychological First Aid to a variety of individuals and community groups.  Mr. Byers has also lectured at the University of Pittsburgh on topics such as substance abuse and harm reduction.  Mr. Byers is a 2004 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work, a 2008 MSW graduate from Temple University School of Social Administration.  Mr. Byers is a veteran of the United States Air Force. Mr. Byers resides in the Pittsburgh area with his wife, children, and cat. Mr. Byers is an avid amateur athlete most often participating in triathlons, marathons, and soccer.  Mr. Byers is passionate about all things Steelers and Manchester United.

Term: July 2020 – June 2023




Becky Suglia, LCSW
secretary.naswpa@socialworkers.org
Secretary


Rebecca Suglia is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, with a Master’s degree in Social Work from Temple University.  She is co-owner of a holistic health business, focused on creating solutions for people that incorporate healing the body, mind, and spirit together.  She counsels children, adolescents and adults, individuals, families and groups and specializes in treating grief and trauma. In addition, she also works part-time as a Clinical Therapist for Concern Behavioral Health Services. She’s served this organization by presenting at the state conference both as a solo presenter, and in collaboration with fellow colleagues annually since 2013. Additionally, she is a certified Act 31 Instructor serving the organization throughout the Commonwealth as a volunteer. In addition, she’s served on the conference committee since 2016.

Term: July 2019 – June 2022




Laurie Friedman, PhD, MPA, LCSW
brandywine.naswpa@socialworkers.org
Brandywine Division Chair


I am an assistant professor of instruction and the Coordinator of Continuing Education and Professional Development in the School of Social Work within Temple University’s College of Public Health. I am also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Pennsylvania, with over a decade of direct and administrative social work practice experience with children, youth and families in a number of settings. My particular areas of interest are children and adolescents in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems as well as civic engagement.  I have been trained in Multisystemic Therapy (MST) and focused my dissertation research on better understanding how potential foster parents experience the licensing process. I am currently active in my community, serving on the township parks committee, co-leading a Girl Scouts troop, working the polls on election day and supporting students’ field placements at legislative offices.

Term: July 2020 – June 2023




Emily Gerlach, LSW, CDP
central.naswpa@socialworkers.org
Central Division Chair


Emily Gerlach is a young professional who has worked in the Gettysburg area since 2015. She is a licensed social worker in the state of Pennsylvania and has earned a master’s degree in social work from Shippensburg University and a bachelor’s of arts degree in social work from the University of Pittsburgh. In her current role as a social worker with a special needs health insurance plan, she is able to put her case management, advocacy and counseling skills to good use in working to improve the lives of adults who are low income and medically compromised. Emily also has a passion for working with survivors of trauma and actively worked with and for Adams County’s domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking agency before its unfortunate closing last year. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the YWCA of Gettysburg and Adams County since 2018 and as the secretary of the board since 2019. Emily has loved the opportunity to collaborate with other strong women leaders to serve the Adams County community. Emily’s self care activities include being outdoors, traveling, kayaking, and running. 


Term: July 2020 – June 2023




Veronne Demesyeux, LMSW
eastern.naswpa@socialworkers.org
Eastern Division Chair


Veronne Demesyeux is the Program Manager at New Bethany Ministries., an organization whose goal is to help families and individuals who are capable to become self-sufficient and live independently. Ms. Demesyeux has dedicated her educational and professional career to promote the normalization of valued and quality standard of living, as well as the enhanced awareness of self-actualization, for those who have suffered the effects of homelessness. Ms. Demesyeux successfully completed her undergraduate education at SUNY Old Westbury, New York, with a degree in Psychology and her graduate program at SUNY Stony Brook, New York, with a Master’s in Social Work. She specializes in the areas of Crisis Intervention, Mentoring and Training of staff, Program Development, Case Management, Individual Counseling, and Group Therapy. Since moving to the Lehigh Valley, Ms. Demesyeux has received both her NYS LMSW (July ’19) and PA LSW (January’20), in addition to being a winner of the Lehigh Valley Business 2020 Forty under 40 Awards. During her professional career, Ms. Demesyeux has hosted several community-based programs and initiatives geared at fostering and strengthening each of her clients’ ties to the communities they belong to. Holding steadfast to the principle of integrity, diligence and compassion, Ms. Demesyeux continues to strive for the provision of the highest quality of care to those suffering from homelessness.


Term: July 2020 – June 2023




Stephanie Diez-Morel, PhD, LCSW, MCAP
northwest.naswpa@socialworkers.org
Northwest Division Chair

Dr. Stephanie Diez-Morel (pronouns are: she/her/hers) joined Edinboro University in 2019 as an Assistant Professor in the department of social work teaching graduate social work students. Dr. Diez-Morel earned her Ph.D. from Florida International University where she was awarded a student scholar in Health Disparities Research Fellowship offered through the Center for Research on US Latino HIV/AIDS and Drug Abuse (CRUSADA). As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a Master Certified Addiction Professional (MCAP), Dr. Diez-Morel has worked within nonprofit community organizations and community hospitals for over a decade. She has provided direct therapeutic services, education, prevention, research and consultation to address behavioral health issues, such as substance use disorders, with populations of children, adolescents, adults, families, and communities. Her clinical expertise in the behavioral health field provided the opportunity to collaborate with many stakeholders, such as United Way and the Florida Department of Children and Families, to provide outreach, education and prevention of behavioral health issues among diverse at-risk populations. As a clinical social worker, Dr. Diez-Morel upholds the NASW Code of Ethics Value of Service for others by drawing on her knowledge, values, and skills to volunteer a portion of her professional skills to the community.

 

Term: July 2020 - June 2023




Tyson Switzer, LCSW
northcentral.naswpa@socialworkers.org
North Central Division Chair


Tyson Switzer, LCSW practices psychotherapy in private practice in Lewisburg and Sunbury. Tyson has worked in the mental health field since 2008. Tyson obtained a bachelor’s degree in social work (BSW) from The University of Iowa and obtained a master’s degree in social work (MSW) from St. Ambrose University. Tyson is certified in Rational Living Therapy; he was trained by Dr. Aldo R. Pucci (developer of Rational Living Therapy). He is also certified in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT); he was trained at The University of Iowa by Dr. Beth Troutman. Tyson provides a variety of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy trainings as well as consultation for mental health professionals. Tyson has serviced on the Board of Directors of the NAMI of North Central Pennsylvania. Tyson is also a member of the National Association for Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists (NACBT).


Term: July 2020 – June 2023




Matthew Bartos, LCSW
northeast.naswpa@socialworkers.org
Northeast Division Chair


Matt currently works as the Director of Operations for Little Creek Lodge, a small independent extended care program for adult males with Substance Use Disorder. He is also currently the sitting president for two non-profit organizations: The Little Creek Foundation and Speak Up for BEN. Both organizations have missions to reduce the stigma attached to Substance Use Disorder, educate the community, provide people in early recovery with supports, and help people working through the stages of grief. Matt chose to enter the profession of social work after achieving long term sobriety from drugs and alcohol. He received his MSW from Marywood University in an attempt to better serve misunderstood and marginalized populations while following in the footsteps of the people who helped him. Matt is also a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor through the Pennsylvania Certification board and will finish up his second master’s degree in Public Administration this December. Matt’s true passion lies in creating and building lasting relationships. He enjoys challenging himself and growing through adversity. He hopes to be able to contribute his ideas, passion, and expertise to the NASW-PA Chapter.


Term: July 2019 – June 2020




Cornell Davis III, MSW
southeast.naswpa@socialworkers.org
Southeast Division Chair


Cornell Davis III has enjoyed working in the areas of child welfare, research, education, capacity building, and community mental health.  For the past decade, he has been afforded opportunities to be involved with programming that has served vulnerable communities, and provided support and consultation to agencies that needed technical assistance and program evaluation.  Currently, Cornell is the Director of Children’s Services at Christ’s Home, where he serves children and families who are working to be reunified. Cornell received his Bachelor’s Degree from Temple University, and his Master’s degree from Walden University. 


Term: July 2019 – June 2022




Rachael Neff, LSW
serep1.naswpa@socialworkers.org
Southeast Division Representative I


Rachael Neff, LSW, is currently the Chair for the Southeast Division of NASW-PA. Rachael has dedicated her professional career to social work and has served in various direct service and leadership positions. Currently, Rachael is the Director of Special Court Programs at Family Court for the State of Delaware where she is involved in improving practices that impact child welfare, mental health and juvenile justice matters. Rachael graduated from The Pennsylvania State University and worked as a foster care case manager in Philadelphia and Montgomery County. She returned to school to obtain her MSW from The University of Pennsylvania and then spent several years working at Settlement Houses in both Philadelphia and New York. As the Assistant Executive Director at a Settlement House in New York City, Rachael had the opportunity to work with a variety of community-based programs that provided supports to children, low-income families, homeless individuals and older adults in need. Rachael has served as the Vice President of a child welfare agency in Philadelphia as well as a Director of Compliance for a mental health agency. Rachael is truly thankful for the mentorship she has received throughout her career by social workers dedicated to the profession. 

Term: July 2019 – June 2022




Liane Friedberg, MSW
serep2.naswpa@socialworkers.org
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 member since my undergraduate years and have been consistently involved, volunteering at conferences, participating in workshops, committees, and conference planning. NASW gives me the opportunity to have a voice in this profession, and it provides an association where I am able to network with other social workers and develop a support network.

I am an organized person and thrive on teamwork 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 for and support each other as social workers.

Term: July 2018 – June 2021




Kevin Caridad, PhD, LCSW
southwest.naswpa@socialworkers.org
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.  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, LSW
swrep.naswpa@socialworkers.org
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



Daisi Eyerly
westcentral.naswpa@socialworkers.org
West Central Division Chair


Term: July 2018 – June 2021




Sierra McNeil, MSW
atlarge.naswpa@socialworkers.org
Member-at-Large

Sierra McNeil earned her Master of Social Work from The Temple University School of Social Work. During her time at Temple, she served as the MSW Student Rep for the NASW Executive Board, a student in the International and Global Social Work Program, and took the initiative to  re-instituted the student chapter for Association of Black Social Workers. After finishing grad school, Sierra continued her membership with NASW-PA as a participant of the PACE committee. She worked her way up to currently hold the position as co-chair for the Social Justice Committee. Early in her career, she worked various jobs with children and adolescents including therapeutic support staff, specialized case management, Children and Youth Foundation, and Juvenile Probation Office. Sierra currently serves as the Coordinator at Family Resource Network where she works with family members of loved ones receiving services from the Philadelphia behavioral health system. Additionally, she trains providers and students on the importance of family inclusion in the recovery process for adults in the behavioral health system. Sierra uses knowledge, passion and experience to advocate for families and individuals in the mental and behavioral health system so that people are receiving appropriate and effective care. 

Term: July 2020 – June 2023




Heather Miller, LCSW
atlarge2.naswpa@socialworkers.org
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




Elizabeth Catalano
mswstudent.naswpa@socialworkers.org
BSW Student Representative


Liz Catalano is a Bachelor of Social Work 2021 candidate at Saint Francis University in Loretto, PA. She served as the Vice President of the Social Work Club at Saint Francis from 2019 to 2020. She recently interned with Beginnings, Inc., an early intervention agency in Johnstown, PA. Liz holds several positions of advocacy and leadership on campus, including within Residence Life and student government. She plans to pursue her MSW degree after graduation, specializing in community organization in the urban setting. Liz hopes to advocate for disadvantaged communities and advance environmental justice on the macro level. Currently, she is serving as an intern at Family Services, Inc. in Altoona, PA.


Term: July 2020 – June 2021




Thomas Jefferson McRae, Jr
bswstudent.naswpa@socialworkers.org
MSW Student Representative


Thomas Jefferson McRae, Jr., a native of Washington, D.C. spent seven years in the foster care system. While in foster care, Thomas became an advocate for other youth in the D.C. child welfare system. The combination of his lived experiences and his constant advocacy work influenced him to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Cheyney University, class of 2015. After graduation, Thomas moved to Philadelphia and started working for the Philadelphia Child Welfare System. He currently works for Community Behavioral Health where he uses his lived foster care experiences to advocate for youth in the city of Philadelphia. Thomas is entering his final year of the West Chester, Master of Social Work program. Thomas has served as the president of the Association of Black Social Workers over the last two years. Notably, Thomas’ story has been featured across world-wide media networks such as: ABC, CBS, CNN, The Washington Post, along with other news sources across the internet. Along with working full-time and attending school part-time, Thomas travels twice a year to different cities to fulfill his duties as Chairmen of The Family and Youth Committee under The Association of Children’s Residential Centers based out of Milwaukee, WI.

Term: July 2020– June 2021



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