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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


LLoyd Lyter, Ph.D, LSW, MSW
Vice President

Dr. Lyter previously served three terms on the Board as Philadelphia Division Representative, Representative at Large, and Vice President. He also served as Chair, Chapter Committee on Nominations and Leadership Initiatives for five years. He has taught masters level social work students at Marywood University for over 21 years. He has taught baccalaureate students at Marywood University, and currently at East Stroudsburg University, where he directs the Marywood University Pocono MSW Program. Prior to teaching, his practice experience was in behavioral health, principally program development and administration in alcohol and other drug treatment programs. His education includes an MPA from Temple University, an MSW from Marywood University, and a Ph.D. in Social Work from Rutgers University. He publishes and presents frequently as invited and juried presenter at state, national, and international conferences, primarily related to psychopathology, racial bias in diagnosis, and the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, as it relates to social work.

Term: July 2016 – June 2018


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

Term: July 2016 – June 2019


Katherine A. Shecora, LSW
Southeast Division Chair

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 2016 – 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


Maria Weidinger
Southeast Division Representative II

Maria T. Weidinger, ACSW, LSW is currently working as adjunct faculty at Gwynedd Mercy University and Delaware County Community College where she teaches several classes on aging in addition to sociology, social problems and psychology. She is a graduate of Temple University and Community College of Philadelphia. Prior to teaching she worked for 30+ years as a geriatric social worker in various administrative and direct service positions along the continuum of care for older adults. This included work in home care, senior centers, adult day care, hospice, nursing care centers and the Alzheimer’s Association. She is active in the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers and is a former chair of the Philadelphia Division. She is dedicated to sharing her passion for work with older adults and future human service professionals. In her non-teaching hours she served a four year term on Plymouth Township Council in Montgomery County, volunteers for the Alzheimer’s Association of Delaware Valley and will soon be trained as a volunteer Ombudsman with the Center for Advocacy of the Rights and Interests of the Elderly (CARIE).

Term: 2014 through 2017


Kevin Caridad, PhD, LCSW
Southwest Division Chair

Term: 7/01/2015 through 6/30/2018


Laura Ellen Ashcraft, MSW
Southwest Division Representative

Term: through 6/30/2018

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: 7/1/2015 through 6/30/2018


Moneefah Jackson, MSW, CADC, LSW, LCADC

I hold a Master Degree in Clinical Social Work from Fordham University. I am a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) in the state of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. I am also a New Jersey License Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC) and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) in Pennsylvania. I have been working in the social service field for about 20 years. I have worked in residential facilities, outpatient counseling centers assisting clients with substance abuse, along with mental health and family preservation services. I volunteer my time as a member of the Union County New Jersey Disaster Response Crisis Counselor (DRCC), where I have responded to various crisis situations and have shown great skill in calming and guiding people through stressful situations. I was a big sister to a 13-year-old young girl providing her with the love and support that she needed to assist her with having a positive view of life. I was honored for the Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society. I served as a board member for the National Family Preservation Network (NFPN). I have developed my own curriculum to educate professionals about sexual abuse at Rutgers University (Institute for Families) and at the Northeast Family Preservation Services Network. Also, I developed a supervision curriculum in order to train the supervisors and team leaders in Nashville, TN FPS program on how to provide effective supervision to their workers. I am a professor of Seton Hall University. I am a member in good standing of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). I have been in private practice (A New Day- Family Behavioral Health Services, LLC) for 21/2 years.

Term: July 2017 – June 2020


Julie Platt
MSW Student Representative

I am currently enrolled in the dual Public Health and Social Work Master’s program at the University of Pittsburgh. My focus is on public policy and behavioral health care. My most recent field placement was at State Representative Jake Wheatley’s Pittsburgh office where I worked on constitute concerns and community engagement events. My previous field placement was with the Violence Prevention Initiative at the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Public Health. At this placement, I worked on engaging a wide range of stakeholders in addressing the precipitous rise of homicides among Black youth in Pittsburgh.

Most recently, I established an Advocacy Club and newsletter to keep social work students at the University of Pittsburgh aware of the Republican Party’s agenda on both the national and state levels and how this agenda affects their work and values. Prior to enrolling at the University of Pittsburgh, I spent a year working in South Africa for Grassroot Soccer where I was an assistant program manager for the Coach Development and Career Training program. I graduated from Wesleyan University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in American Studies.

Term: July 2017 – June 2018


Tiffany Peruso
BSW Student Representative

My name is Tiffany Peruso and this upcoming fall I will be a senior at Millersville University. I am a social work major with a double minor in psychology and gerontology. I am very involved at my school as I serve as a project lead for the Millersville peer educators, teach swim lessons for our Millersville Aquatics club, and volunteer at our local campus cupboard. Some of my favorite things are traveling, hiking, camping, and going to the beach!

Term: July 2017 – June 2018





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