The Network for Social Work Management invites you to become an NSWM Ambassador! As part of our ongoing efforts to strengthen and advance social work management within health and human services, we are offering members the opportunity to join us in our mission. As a volunteer, NSWM Ambassadors assist in the Network’s outreach efforts to recruit members, invite social workers and health and human services professionals and organizations to partake in our newsletters and blog series, share NSWM news and events, and help plan and organize Social Work Management Week (SWMW).
Benefits of becoming an NSWM Ambassador include:
- Leadership/Management focused magazine subscription
- Recognition on NSWM website
- Recognition through NSWM email campaign and social media
- Certificate of Appreciation
- Access to NSWM Slack
- NSWM e-mail address
- Conference Registration
- Emerging Leader Institute Registration
- Guaranteed slot in NSWM Mentorship Program (must apply)
By becoming an NSWM Ambassador, you will communicate and collaborate with other social workers and health and human services professionals, build your network and enhance your management and leadership skills.
2019-20 NSWM Ambassadors
Patricia M. Desert, MSSW
CEO of Savesouls Ministry
Patricia Mura Desert is the co-founder and CEO of Savesouls Ministry, a mental health organization providing holistic support and education to Afro-Caribbean survivors of sexual trauma in Massachusetts. She has also contributed to two academic articles on screening for partner violence in the emergency room (Journal of Emergency Medicine) and addressing gender-based violence with Caribbean population (American Psychology Association). Prior to launching this ministry, she was Program Supervisor at South Shore Association for Independent Living in Nassau County NY overseeing several staff with clients diagnosed with Severe Persistent Mental Illnesses. She holds a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University, where she completed her concentration in Social Enterprise Administration, and received a certificate in Human Services Management from the “Network of Social Work Managers”. As a professional student, Patricia completed her graduate internship with her place of employment – she served as the Staff Development leader and spearheaded the first Human Resources Onboarding manual for the agency. She completed her Bachelor in Psychology from Stony Brook University with a concentration in Sociology. In July 2019, Patricia joined the Columbia University online platform as a Live Support Specialist after completing the two intensive institutes for “Technical Skills for Online Event Production” and “Pedagogy and Technology for Online Courses”. Outside of her professional pursuits, Patricia spends her personal time blogging, homeschooling, bible journaling and positively impacting others on social media.
Justin Singleton, MSSW, LSSW
Operations Director at Nashville After Zone Alliance
Justin Singleton earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Lander University, and then earned his Master’s of Science Degree in Social Work from the University of Tennessee College of Social Work with a concentration in Management, Leadership and Community Practice. Justin has served as a youth advocate in various capacities throughout his career. He has served as a school social worker, and the state coordinator for Tennessee’s Education for the Homeless Children and Youth Program. Now he serves as the Operations Director for the Nashville After Zone Alliance.
Justin is an active member of the Coalition of Black Social Workers in Nashville, TN and the Pi Eta Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. Whenever he is not serving the community, you can find him running an obstacle course on the weekends.
Thank You 2018-19 NSWM Ambassadors
Marqueth Williams, MSW, LSWA
Marqueth Williams earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, and then went on to get her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Florida State University with a concentration in Social Policy and Administration. While on her journey to her Master’s, Marqueth worked as an Abuse Registry Counselor, Literacy Tutor, Library Assistant, and even operated heavy machinery in a mailroom. She currently works as a case manager with the rapidly growing aging population, while also facilitating a Social Work licensing group and participating in committees at work.
In her spare time, Marqueth enjoys reading, researching, PC and console gaming, falling into the trap known as educational YouTube, and coming up with random crafts to share with friends and family.
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Uri Yarmush, BA
Uri Yarmush earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Rutgers University and will earn his MSW from Rutgers in 2019. Uri has worked with both children and adults with various life challenges, which led him to his path in social work. He is currently a case manager working with at risk youth, professionals and communities ensuring that their emotional and behavioral needs are met. As a part of his MSW journey and future path, Uri is currently volunteering at MTI as a Program Coordinator. Uri is working with the CEO on creating a new program that aims to assist Veterans in recovery, utilizing Equine Assisted Coaching. As a part of his work at MTI, Mr. Yarmush is working on grant writing for non- profit organizations along with broadening his future in management and leadership.
As an avid volunteer, Uri seeks out new ways he can use his social work skills to create and improve organizations and help individuals and groups who are in need.
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NSWM Ambassadors Testimonials
Marqueth Williams, MSW, LSWA
“Last year, I acted as an Ambassador for the Network on an informal basis and was excited for the chance to be an Ambassador for this pilot program this year. The free benefits are amazing and it was cool to peek behind the curtain to see what is involved as staff with the Network. As with any new program, there were challenges but nothing that could not be worked out with Lakeya and Idalia. Open communication was key and I actually had a lot of fun. If you don’t believe me, look at the conference photos. Based on what I know now, I still would not hesitate to participate in the program again. It was a fun way to be involved with the Network and get to better know the programs and people involved in executing the Network’s mission and goals.”