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Nicki Sanders, MSW, CEO of Nicki Sanders Consulting

Nicki Sanders, MSW, has over 20 years of direct service experience in youth development, program planning, community engagement, and sexual health education. She is an accomplished supervisor, professor, trainer, and group facilitator who has merged her degree and work experience into Nicki Sanders Consulting to help managers uplevel their leadership skills and businesses increase employee... Read more »

Okpara Rice, Chief Executive Officer of Tanager Place

Okpara Rice joined Tanager Place of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as executive director in July 2013, and assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer July 2015. Okpara is the first African American to hold executive office at Tanager Place in its more than 140 year history.  He brings leadership experience to Tanager from his work at... Read more »

Stephanie Cooper, LMSW, CEO of Douglass Community Services, Inc.

  Stephanie Cooper, LMSW is the CEO of Douglass Community Services, Inc. in Hannibal, Missouri. She currently oversees a staff of 200, providing 14 different programs in an eight county region. Stephanie received her Master’s degree from University of Missouri-Columbia, she is an Office of Head Start UCLA Fellow and a communications instructor at John... Read more »

Michelle Fernández, Manager, Clinical Trainings at National Association of Community Health Centers

Michelle Fernández has over six years’ experience working with underserved populations and utilizing new media technologies to advance social services in the fields of healthcare and sexual assault prevention. Michelle earned her MSW from the University of Southern California and her BS in Communications and Media Studies from New York University. Number of years in... Read more »

Merlin Langley, PhD, LCSW, Associate Professor of Social Work, Division Director of Interdisciplinary Studies

Dr. Merlin R. Langley is a clinical psychologist, Associate Professor of Social Work & Division Director of Interdisciplinary Studies at Florida A&M University (FAMU). Dr. Langley served as HBSE program coordinator (1997-2007) and chair of the Department of Social Work (2008-2011) at FAMU. In 2014, he was appointment by the administration to become the Division Director... Read more »

Sokkyun Scott Yi, LCSW, CEO of Family First Counseling Services, LLC

My career started 20 years ago as a tech, learning about mental health on the job. I achieved my MSW in 2012 from Rutgers and founded my Counseling Agency in 2016. I have been fortunate enough to have grown my agency to nearly 70 licensed professionals since then. I aspire to expand the scope of... Read more »

Elizabeth Bowman, Instructor, Masters of Social Work at Gallaudet University

Miriam Elizabeth (Beth) Bowman is an instructor in the Social Work Department at Gallaudet University. She is a former DC Child Welfare Social Worker and Supervisor of nearly 10 years. Her research interests include organizational culture and supervision in social work practice; accessibility of social work services for deaf children and adults; child welfare issues... Read more »

James Parauda, Executive Director Of Tri County Care Management Organization

James Parauda is the Executive Director of Tri County Care Management Organization. He has been in that role for six years and part of the Children’s System of Care for over sixteen years in various roles. James received his Master of Social Work from Hunter College and is a Licensed Social Worker in New Jersey.... Read more »

Sarah Christa Butts, MSW, Executive Director of the Grand Challenges for Social Work

Sarah Christa Butts, MSW, is the Executive Director of the Grand Challenges for Social Work and Senior Administrator within the Dean’s office at University of Maryland, School of Social Work. Ms. Butts is the founding administrator of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW) and played a significant role in the organization’s... Read more »