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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



Kristie Jo King, LSW, CDP

Kristie Jo King is the President-Elect 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.  She is the Director of Social Services at Presbyterian Senior Living- Windy Hill 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 2019- 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


Becky Suglia, LCSW


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


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 an Assistant Professor of Practice and Interim Coordinator in the MSW Program at Marywood University, Pennsylvania at the Lehigh Valley Program location.  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


Northwest Division Chair



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


Matthew Bartos, LCSW
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 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 2020


Rachel Neff, LSW
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
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 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
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
West Central Division Chair

Term: July 2018 – June 2021


Letty Thall, ACSW

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, LCSW
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


Kristina Valdez, BA, BA
MSW Student Representative

Kristina Valdez is in the Master of Social Work program at Marywood University. She is dedicated to helping families thrive, and plans on focusing a large part of her social work career on parenting research and direct practice aimed at improving parent-child relationships, especially in the first five years of life. In particular, she wants to help parents build their capacity to regulate their own and their child’s emotions during stressful parenting interactions, with the dual aim of secure attachment formation in young children and greater parenting satisfaction.

Kristina recently conducted an exploratory qualitative research study on parents and early childhood education professionals’ attitudes and beliefs on teachers supporting parents’ emotional co-regulation knowledge and skills and found that parents and teachers want to partner but need best practice recommendations on how to do so. Kristina became interested in this topic through her personal experience as a stay-at-home mother when her two children were young. She earned Bachelors’ degrees in English and Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University, is a member of the National Social Work Honor Society, and a member of the Lehigh Valley Trauma Awareness Collaborative training committee.

Term: July 2019 – June 2020


Julia Laudadio
BSW Student Representative


Julia Laudadio is a Bachelor of Social Work 2020 candidate and a member of Phi Alpha Honor Society at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. She hopes to become an influential social worker on the macro level in serving immigrant and refugee populations globally and hopes to influence policies through research. She is the recipient of the 2019 APSCUF-KU Scholarship award for her campus involvement, leadership, and community service. She served as the President of the Social Workers and Advocates at Kutztown from 2017-2019. Julia believes in the power of professional organizations as a valuable asset to the advancement of the social work profession. She plans to continue her education upon graduation and eventually earn a PhD. She is currently serving as the Refugee Health Intern at Church World Service in Lancaster, PA. 

Term: July 2019 – June 2020





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