Leadership

NSWM Staff

Lakeya Cherry - Executive Director, NSWM

Chief Executive Officer

Lakeya Cherry, MSSW

Ms. Cherry is the Network for Social Work Management’s Chief Executive Officer

Email | lakeya@socialworkmanager.org

BIO

Lakeya Cherry, MSSW is the Chief Executive Officer of the Network for Social Work Management, an international membership organization dedicated to strengthening social work leadership in health and human services. Under her leadership, the Network has grown globally and introduced new, innovative programming that meets the needs of social work and human services leaders everywhere. At her previous position with 2U, Inc., a technology company partnering with prestigious universities to place degree programs online, Lakeya was a Senior Regional Field Manager for the University of Southern California School of Social Work’s online Master of Social Work program. Cherry was in charge of spearheading national partnerships and managing field education agency development initiatives. She has also held a variety of direct service positions in the nonprofit sector and volunteers during her free time.

She earned her Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Legal Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Lakeya also holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Executive Leadership from the National Human Services Assembly in collaboration with The Fund Raising School at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University, the Executive Education Program at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, and ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation.

Administrative Coordinator

Rosemary C. Llewellyn, MSW

Ms. Llewellyn is the Administrator Coordinator for NSWM in Los Angeles, CA.

Email | rosemary@socialworkmanager.org

Bio

Rosemary C. Llewellyn, MSW is the Administrative Coordinator for the Network for Social Work Management. Rosemary is a recent Advanced Standing, COPA (Community Organization, Planning and Administration) graduate from the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. She has been a life-long advocate for the LGBT community and is currently serving her third year term on the Board of Directors at Family Equality Council, a national 501(c)(3) dedicated to securing legal and lived equality for LGBT headed families like the one she grew up in. She has held various social work internships at Centinela Youth Services, the Gus Velasco Neighborhood Center and the American Academy of Pediatrics – California Chapter 2. In 2015, Rosemary graduated with her BA from Whittier College. Whittier is where she majored in social work, fell in love with the profession and became inspired to pursue her career as a Macro Practitioner.

NSWM Board of Directors

The Network for Social Work Management is governed by a Board of Directors from a diverse spectrum of public and private organizations, academic institutions and independent practice.  Every effort is made to seek board members who represent the range and diversity of our field throughout the United States and beyond.

Their mission is to strengthen social work leadership in health and human services.

Dr. Marilyn Flynn - University of Southern California

President

Marilyn Flynn, Ph.D

Dr. Flynn is the Dean of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work in Los Angeles, CA.

Email | mflynn@usc.edu

BIO

Marilyn L. Flynn was appointed dean of the USC Suzanne Dworak Peck School of Social Work in 1997. Under her leadership, the school has become like no other in the nation. Always highly ranked, the School is known for its innovations in science, service to the field, and curriculum. It was the first to offer a specialization in military social work, soon after the nation recognized the psychological impacts of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. The first TeleHealth Clinic under the auspices of a school of social work was introduced in 2012, serving individuals and families of all ages. The School was the first in a major research institution to launch a nationally available online MSW program, which has now expanded to several foreign countries. Field instruction is heralded as leading practice for its creative curriculum, online simulations, unique institutional partnerships, and growth in non-traditional settings. Today, over one million hours annually are offered throughout the country by USC MSW interns through their field instruction experience. With Dean Flynn’s vision and impetus from distinguished faculty, the School has helped to pioneer a movement that strengthens the role of science in social work.

The global outreach of the school is significant. Dean Flynn has led several delegations to China and Korea, building a network of relationships with leading Chinese universities and governmental groups. The School has initiated connections with Mexico and other countries in the Americas, especially Chile and Brazil. Other research agreements in Europe through the Cochrane Center have been developed. The School regularly conducts global immersions for its students in all parts of the globe.

Flynn was formerly director of the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research and Director of the School of Social Work at Michigan State University, with prior faculty appointments at The University Michigan and the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She has held positions of national leadership in the Council on Social Work Education, was founding member and president of the St. Louis Group (which represents all North American schools of social work in research-extensive universities) and past president of the California Association of Deans and Directors of Social Work Programs. Currently, she serves as president of the Network for Social Work Management, member of the Grand Challenges Executive Committee for the American Academic of Social Work and Social Welfare, member of the Los Angeles Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Protection, and President of the Los Angeles University Consortium for Children and Families. She continues an important role as faculty in the Leadership Academy of the National Association of Deans and Directors of Social Work, sponsored by the New York Academy of Medicine.

Her academic interests include applications of virtual reality for education and clinical treatment, cross-cultural perspectives on service delivery, and research development for the professions in higher education. She is regarded as an expert in resource development and academic leadership. In 1999, she established the James E. Flynn Prize for Research, an internationally competitive award that recognizes a scholar whose interdisciplinary studies have significantly shaped modern social policy – the first of its kind in the social work profession. She also introduced the school’s International Social Welfare Award for outstanding work in human rights. The first award was given to Mme. Kim Dae Jung, then-first lady of Korea.

Awards and Distinction

Immediate Past President

Bruce Friedman, PhD

Dr. Friedman is a Professor at the School of Social Work, California State University in Bakersfield, CA.

Email | bruce_friedman@rocketmail.com

BIO

Bruce D. Friedman, PhD, ACSW, CSWM, LCSW, Professor of social work and the co-director of the Center for Social Justice at California State University, Bakersfield. He is the immediate past president of the board of the Network for Social Work Management; the current co-convener of Social Work and Health Inequalities Network (SWHIN), and serves on a number of editorial boards including the Journal of Social Service Research and Social Thought. He is the editor of the special issue of Social Work and Health Inequalities to be published in the International Journal of Public Health. His interests focus on areas of social justice, especially work with TANF and welfare-to-work recipients, homeless people, persons with mental illnesses and substance abuse issues and their families, and health coverage for the uninsured. He primarily does Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) in the areas of addressing cultural factors associated with childhood obesity, substance abuse, health inequalities, and alternatives for suspension & expulsion in high school. Dr. Friedman is noted for taking complex issues and simplifying them, as noted by some of his books, How to Teach Effectively: A Brief Guide (2013, 2008), The Research Tool Kit: Putting it All Together (2006, 1996), and The Ecological Perspectives Cookbook: Recipes for Social Workers (1999), and his most recent book, Public Health, Social Work and Health Inequalities (2015). He has trained community-based physician educators and other professionals in the art of active learning to enhance the learning environment.

Wendell Knight - Board Member, NSWM

President Elect

Wendell Knight, LMSW

Mr. Knight is the CEO of MTI Integrated Business Development, Inc. (MTI/IBD).

Email | wjknight527@gmail.com

BIO

Mr. Knight is a social worker and social entrepreneur with over thirty years of expertise in clinical social work, small business development, non-profit and pubic sector leadership, and start-up social purpose businesses.

Through his distinguished career he has founded and lead a variety of human services programs in Texas, New York and New Jersey that have benefitted individuals with barriers to employment. Over the years, Mr. Knight has developed work restoration models that have been proven to be successful. His mission now is to disseminate these models and scale their social impact.

Mr. Knight holds a B.A. from Houston International University and an M.S.W. from Hunter College, School of social work. He is also a licensed social worker and is a Certified Social Work Manager and has received numerous honors from organizations such as the Psychiatric Association of New York City and the New York City Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. He serves on several local and an international Board of Directors.

John Tropman - NSWM, Board Member

Vice President

John Tropman, MSW, PhD

Dr. Tropman is a Professor at the University of Michigan, School of Social Work and School of Business, Ann Arbor, MI.

tropman@umich.edu

BIO

John  graduated in sociology from Oberlin College, got an MA degree in Social Service Administration from The University of Chicago, and the earned his Ph.D. in Social Work and Sociology from University of Michigan.

John teaches at the University of Michigan in the School of Social Work, and the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. In Social Work his courses focus on executive leadership and policy development, while in the School of Business they focus on Organizational Design, Organizational Culture, Rewards Systems, and Organizational Change. He also teaches in the Executive Education Programs at Michigan and Carnegie Mellon Universities.

His research interests revolve around leadership, management and the development of high performing organizations. He is particularly interested in organizational culture and values, and in effective decision making.  He runs several research projects at the Michigan includes the Decision Masters Research Project, the Executive Calamity Project, the CEO Tracker Project, the Catholic Ethic Project, and the “Ill/Compromised Executive Project.” His personal interests include cooking, wines, stamp and coin collecting, fishing, reading, and early music.

He has written over 40 books (alone and in collaboration) and many articles. Most recently, his books include Effective Meetings 3rd (2014), Successful Community Leadership and Organization  2nd  (2012), Nonprofit (2009)   It (1998) Supervision and Management in the Nonprofit Sector- How to avoid becoming the manager you always hated (2006)  Making Meetings Work (2nd) The Total Compensation Solution, (2001) Managing Ideas in the Creating Organization (1998)  Do Americans Hate the Poor? (1998)

His current writing includes a book called Executive Calamity which addresses the issues of executives who engage in behavior, often risky behavior, that cause them to lose their jobs and imperil their agencies, firms and families as well.

Administratively, John has occupied a number of positions. These include Interim Dean, and Associate Dean, School of Social Work  University of Michigan. Head of the Joint Doctoral Program in Social Work and Social Science, Head of the Michigan Society of Fellows, Acting Director of the Institute of Gerontology, and chair of Advisory committees to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Vice President for State Relations, and the Committee on the Economic Status of the Faculty. Starting September 1, he will be the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs of the School of Social Work, University of Michigan.

John works with a number of organizations in a consultative capacity, including for profit, nonprofit and governmental entities. He assists them in strategic planning, developing effective decision systems, managing change, and providing executive training.  He also works with individual executives assisting them in their own career development. He has organized Executive Management Programs for the United Way of America, Lutheran Social Services of Michigan, the Michigan Athletic Department, Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, the USAF (Wright Patterson AFB) and Alliance1 Services for Families.

Karen Beyer - Board Member, NSWM

Secretary

Karen Beyer, MSW, MPA, MBA, LSCW

Ms. Beyer is the Executive Director of the Ecker Center for Mental Health in Elgin, IL.

Email | kbeyer@eckercenter.org

BIO

Karen Beyer is the Executive Director of the Ecker Center for Mental Health in Elgin, Illinois. She is a human service advocate with a strong interest in Illinois public policy and government relations.  Karen serves on the boards of the Network for Social Work Managers and the National Associaiton of Social Worker’s Legal Defense Fund, as well as the Advisory Board of the Northern Illinois University Department of Public Administration and the Elgin Mental Health Center Governing Board.  She is a Rotary International, Cosmopolitan Club, League of Women Voters and City of Elgin Planning and Development Committee member. She has master’s degrees in social work, business administration and public administration.  With work experience in mental health, child welfare services, individual, marital and group therapy as well as elder services and divorce mediation, she has worked for government and non-profit organizations and has had a private therapy practice. She is a licensed clinical social worker and a former AAMFT approved supervisor with a certificate in family therapy from Northwestern University’s Family Institute.  Karen was the therapist who successfully defended her client’s right to privacy in the 1996 U.S. Supreme Court case Jaffey vs. Redmond and the Village of Hoffman Estates.

Herbert Hatanaka - Board Member, NSWM

Treasurer

Herbert K. Hatanaka, DSW

Dr. Hatanaka is the Executive Director of Special Service for Groups in Los Angeles, CA.

Email | hhata@ssgmain.org

BIO

Dr. Hatanaka has been with Special Service for Groups (a private nonprofit human service organization) since 1981 and the Executive Director since 1984. During his administration at SSG, the agency has grown from a staff of less than 60 to over 650. SSG is acclaimed for diverse programming including the development and leadership of collaborative community-based projects and more recently rigorous academic-based research initiatives with renowned universities. SSG is one of the largest mental health providers for the LA County Department of Mental Health. SSG is also the fiscal sponsor for the Network. He is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at USC’s School of Social Work (teaching since 1988) and serves on a number of public and private boards and committees on determining funding priorities and program policies. In particular, he is a leader for many multiethnic initiatives. Dr. Hatanaka received his Doctorate in Social Work in 1982 from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has been in the social work field for 43 years and received the UCLA School of Social Welfare Alumnus of the year award in 2010. He has been a board member for the Network for Social Work Management since 2009.

Shelly Wimpfheimer - NSWM Board of Director

Chair of the Academy

Rochelle “Shelly” Wimpfheimer, DSW

President, Wimpfheimer & Associates, Executive Director – The Community Chest – Englewood, NJ

Email | swimpf@aol.com

BIO

Dr. Shelly Wimpfheimer is the President of Wimpfheimer & Associates, a consulting firm founded in 2000 specializing in the management of both private nonprofit and government social services agencies. She is also the Executive Director of The Community Chest of Englewood, Tenafly and Englewood Cliffs.

In the past she has served as the Executive Director of PASE, the Partnership for After School Education and as Vice President of Youth and Family Services of the YMCA of Greater New York. Prior to joining the YMCA Dr. Wimpfheimer served as the Executive Director of the Division of Family Guidance, in Bergen County, New Jersey, for 16 years. She is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Columbia School of Social Work and she is also on the faculty of the Rutgers School of Social Work.

Dr. Wimpfheimer has also served on several nonprofit boards where she has held various leadership positions. A leader in several national and statewide professional organizations, she is a current board member of the Network for Social Work Management and a past president of the Network. Dr. Wimpfheimer has a DSW from Hunter College School of Social Work, an MSS from Bryn Mawr School of Social Work and Social Research and a BA from Penn State University. She holds an LCSW license in NJ and an LMSW in NY.

Alfredo Aguirre - Board Member, NSWM

Alfredo Aguirre, LCSW

Mr. Aguirre is the Mental Health Director for San Diego County, Health and Human Services Agency in San Diego, CA.

Email | agugil@sbcglobal.net

BIO

Alfredo Aguirre, LCSW, is currently the Director of Behavioral Health Services of San Diego County and serves in the capacity of Mental Health Director since 1999. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Network of Social Work Management and as a co-chair of the Cultural Competence, Equity, and Social Justice Committee of the California Mental Health Directors Association. He also serves on the Council of Collaboration and Cooperation, a national advisory committee to the Children’s Branch of the Center for Mental Health Services under SAMHSA.

Mr. Aguirre has worked in the mental health field for over 34 years as a psychiatric social worker, staff supervisor, manager, and executive. He is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including Mental Health Person of the Year in 2008 and the 2011 Hope Award for his leadership in the County of San Diego’s Mental Health Stigma Reduction Media Campaign, “It’s Up to Us.”
Alfredo received his Master’s Degree in Social Welfare in 1978 from the University of California at Berkeley, and he has a special interest in cultural competence development in systems and communities. He authored an article, “Community Mental Health Services in a Managed Care Environment: 10 Key Issues in Promoting Cultural Competence,” published in Promoting Cultural Competence in Children’s Mental Health Services (Mario Hernandez and Mareasa R. Issacs, eds.) in 1999.

Gary Bess - Board Member, NSWM

Gary M. Bess, PhD, 

Dr. Bess is CEO of Gary Bess Associates in Paradise, CA.

Email | gary@garybess.com

BIO

Gary Bess, Ph.D is the owner of Gary Bess Associates (GBA), which provides grant writing, program evaluation and consultation to nonprofit and government agencies (www.garybess.com). GBA specializes in public and private grant writing for the human services, including Federally Qualified Health Center applications. Dr. Bess holds two masters’ degrees in social work and applied sociology from CaseWestern ReserveUniversity and KentStateUniversity respectively, and a doctorate in social work from the University of Southern California (USC). He has taught in graduate schools of social work at UCLA, USC, and at California State University (CSU) in Long Beach and Chico. For several years Dr. Bess directed free medical clinics in southern California, including the South Bay Free Clinic in Manhattan Beach and the Los Angeles Free Clinic, before opening GBA in 1991.

Katharine Briary Lawson - Board Member, NSWM

Katharine Briar-Lawson, MSW, PhD

Dean Emeritus, Professor, School of Social Welfare, University at Albany State University of New York

Email | kbriarlawson@uamail.albany.edu

BIO

Katharine Briar-Lawson is a national expert on family focused practice and child and family policy. Among her books (co-authored) are Family-Centered Policies & Practices: International Implications (2001), and (co-edited) Innovative Practices with Vulnerable Children and Families (2001), Evaluation Research in Child Welfare (2002), Charting the Impacts of University-Child Welfare Collaboration (2003), Social Work Research (2010), Social Work Practice Research (2010), and Globalization, Social Justice and the Helping Professions (2011), and The Children’s Bureau: Shaping a century of child welfare practices, programs and policies. Until this year she-chaired the Gerontological Task Force for the National Association for Deans and Directors and served as a past president. In addition, she is a Co-PI of the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute.

Josh Cohen - NSWM Board Member

Josh Cohen

Mr. Cohen is the Managing Partner and Co-Founder of City Light Capital. He is also the Chief Investment Officer for Tyden Ventures, a single family office based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is currently on the Board of HeroX, a joint venture with the X Prize Foundation, and is an Observer to the Boards of 2U and StraighterLine.

Email | josh@citylightcap.com

BIO

Josh Cohen is the Managing Partner and cofounder of City Light Capital. He is also the Chief Investment Officer for Tyden Ventures, a single family office based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is currently on the Board of HeroX, a joint venture with the X Prize Foundation, and is an Observer to the Boards of 2U and StraighterLine.

Josh recently cofounded The ImPact, whose mission is to increase the probability and pace of solving social problems by improving the flow of capital to businesses creating measurable social impact. The ImPact is a membership organization comprised of investors who pledge to make impact investments, track their social impact and financial progress, and share that data with others who have made the Pact.

Prior to cofounding City Light Capital, Josh led direct investments for a family office in St. Louis, and worked with the SV Group, a private debt fund. Before becoming an investor, Josh was the Director of Business Development for Mobility Electronics (NASDAQ: IGOI). He began his career as an investment banker in the technology group of Deutsche Banc Alex Brown in San Francisco.  

He is an advisor to several nonprofit organizations including the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, QuestBridge, Shalom Learning and the Redwoods Initiative.

Josh graduated from the University of Michigan – and is an avid fan of Michigan sports teams. He is a frequent speaker on the topic of impact investing. He is a very proud husband and dad of two boys, Carson and Lincoln.  

Karen Hopkins - University of Maryland, NSWM Board Member

Karen M. Hopkins, PhD, MSW

Dr. Karen Hopkins is an Associate Professor at the School of Social Work, University of Maryland, Baltimore. She teaches courses in human service management and leadership and research. of Southern California, School of Social Work, Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families (CIR) from 2009-2015.

Email | khopkins@ssw.umaryland.edu

BIO

Dr. Karen Hopkins is an Associate Professor at the School of Social Work, University of Maryland, Baltimore. She teaches courses in human service management and leadership and research. Her research and organizational/program evaluation with nonprofit and public agencies is related to supervision and management practices and outcomes, workforce development, and organizational learning and capacity building. She is co-director of the Human Service Leadership and Management Certificate program at the School of Social Work, and a national peer reviewer for the Standards of Excellence Institute certification for nonprofits. She has served on the Board of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) and the Association of Community Organization and Social Administration (ACOSA), and is an Associate Editor of the journal Human Services Organizations: Management, Leadership, and Governance. She received a PhD from the University of Chicago, MSW from the University of Pittsburgh, and a BS from the Pennsylvania State University.

Kelsey Louie, MSW, MBA

Kelsey Louie, MSW, MBA, is the Chief Executive Officer of Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), the world’s first, and nation’s leading provider of HIV/AIDS care, prevention services, and advocacy. As CEO, Kelsey oversees all operational, programmatic, and strategic aspects of the organization.

Email | kelseyl@gmhc.org

BIO

Kelsey Louie, MSW, MBA, is the Chief Executive Officer of Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), the world’s first, and nation’s leading provider of HIV/AIDS care, prevention services, and advocacy. As CEO, Kelsey oversees all operational, programmatic, and strategic aspects of the organization. Each year, GMHC serves 12,000 people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in New York City, the epidemic’s largest U.S. epicenter. GMHC brings expertise to both HIV-positive and HIV-negative individuals, offering HIV and STI testing, nutrition counseling and hot meals, legal support services, supportive housing, mental health and substance use services, and workforce development. GMHC also advocates for stronger public policies at the local, state and federal level with the goal of ending AIDS as an epidemic in New York State by 2020.

Kelsey’s rigorous, data-driven management style, sophisticated evaluation processes, and commitment to staff development have brought concrete, measurable results to the lives of thousands of clients and staff throughout his more than 15 year career in social services, HIV/AIDS prevention and care, behavioral health, addiction services, homelessness, LGBTQ issues, and family and children’s services. At GMHC, Kelsey has created a unique service delivery model, integrating robust evaluation processes and continuous quality improvement programs to build stronger programs, measurable outcomes, efficiencies, and greater quality of service to GMHC clients. In 2016, GMHC was the proud recipient of the 27th Annual Network for Social Work Management (NSWM) award for Organizational Excellence.

Kelsey’s past professional titles include Chief Operating Officer, Chief Program Officer, and Senior Vice President of HIV/AIDS Treatment and Support Services at Harlem United Community AIDS Center, Inc., where he worked for seven years overseeing the agency’s $42M dollar budget and managing operations, administration, finance, development, programs, and healthcare services to thousands of clients annually. Prior to Harlem United, Kelsey served as Director of Queens Family Support Services at New York Foundling, and Director of Prevention Services at Veritas Therapeutic Community.

In 2014, Kelsey was appointed to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Taskforce to End the AIDS Epidemic in NYS by 2020. He currently serves on the Board of the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC), and iHealth, a statewide collaborative of community-based organizations united to advocate and negotiate on behalf of HIV Targeted Case Management Programs. Kelsey is a former Board member of the Big Apple Performing Arts, the umbrella organization of both the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus and Youth Pride Chorus.

Kelsey received an MSW from New York University in 2001 and an MBA from Columbia University in 2008. He is an adjunct professor at the NYU Silver School of Social Work.

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Michalle Mor Barak, PhD, MSW

Michalle E. Mor Barak is Director of the Ph.D. Program and Endowed Professor of Social Work and Business in a Global Society at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work.

Email | morbarak@usc.edu

BIO

Dr. Mor Barak is in the vanguard of a new breed of social work and management experts focusing on global workforce diversity. In her award-winning book, Managing Diversity: Toward a Globally Inclusive Workplace (SAGE, 2nd edition, 2011), she proposed an original model for creating an “inclusive workplace”– one that helps businesses, as well as public non-profit organizations integrate with society via expanding circles of inclusion at the organizational, community, state/national and international levels. The book has won the CHOICE award from the Association of College and University Libraries and the Academy of Management’s Terry Book Award for “the most significant contribution to management knowledge.”

Her scholarly publications were among the first to introduce the construct of inclusion to the discourse about global diversity management through ground-breaking research. Two measurement scales that Mor Barak and her research team established and validated — the Mor Barak Inclusion-Exclusion Scale and the Diversity Climate Scale — have been widely used in for-profit and non-profit research and in corporate employee surveys.

Her current research projects focus on diversity, work-family balance, social support and corporate social responsibility. They examine the impact of organizational culture on job satisfaction, organizational commitment and retention. Her studies test theoretically based models in both non-profit and for-profit organizations nationally and internationally.

Mor Barak’s research demonstrates that diversity management and inclusion, when adopted as key business strategies, represent more than just doing the right and moral thing. They also constitute good business. Diversity management is essential if corporations are to adapt to an increasingly diverse workforce, and it gives them a competitive advantage in recruitment, retention, customer relations, marketing and developing a positive corporate image. All of this, in turn, translates into profits and, more importantly, adds to the common good for employees, their families and their communities.

An internationally renowned scholar, Mor Barak has led conferences on diversity at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Study and Conference Center in Italy, as well as at the Borchard Foundation’s Chateau de la Bretesche in France. She received numerous awards of distinction, including the Fulbright award, Lady Davis award for international exchange scholars, University of California Regents Award, and Sterling C. Franklin Distinguished Faculty Award for Research and Scholarship.

Ranked #4 among the top 100 authors of the most influential articles in the social work discipline over the past decade based on overall and yearly citations, Mor Barak conducted a meta-analysis study (in collaboration with former doctoral students Amy Levin and Jan Nissly) that examined retention in the child welfare and social work workforce. She has conducted several longitudinal studies examining the effects of diversity and quality of supervision on retention among child welfare workers.

Mor Barak mentors and works closely with doctoral and master’s students who are active participants in her research projects and co-authors of many of her publications. In recognition of her contributions as a mentor to students, she won the Mellon Award for Excellence in Mentoring. She also provides leadership for the USC School of Social Work’s Social Work and Business in a Global Society concentration, as well as the university’s joint MBA/MSW dual-degree program, with the goal of creating a new breed of boundary-crossing professionals with joint social work and business education, who can initiate programs to help workers, families and communities while improving organizational effectiveness of both non-profit and for-profit organizations.

Christopher “Chip” Paucek

Mr. Paucek is the CEO and Co-Founder of 2U Inc., Landover, MD.

Email | cpaucek@2u.com

BIO

Chip Paucek is 2U’s co-founder and Chief Executive Officer. After graduating from The George Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in political communication, Paucek founded Cerebellum Corporation, the company behind the award-winning educational Standard Deviants television program. Standard Deviants was distributed on over 100 PBS stations and was selected by TV Guide/Today Show as the top show for kids. After leading Cerebellum Corporation for a decade, Paucek co-managed the re-election campaign of U.S. Senator from Maryland, Barbara Mikulski. Senator Mikulski won the election in a landslide and set a state record for campaign contributions. Paucek then returned to education as the CEO of Hooked on Phonics and expanded access to the program by bringing it from infomercial sales to distribution across major U.S. retailers. His innovative work at 2U earned him the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year 2012 Award, and in 2012 he was invited to be on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Education & Skills.

When not 2Uing, Paucek is most likely on his boat in the Chesapeake Bay with his wife, Gabrielle, and two sons. Chip is currently obtaining his MBA from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Dawn Shedrick, LCSW-R

Dawn Shedrick is the Founder and CEO of JenTex Training & Consulting in Central Islip, NY. 

Email | dawn@jentextraining.com

BIO

Dawn Shedrick, LCSW-R, Founder and CEO of JenTex Training & Consulting, helps social workers and human services professionals nurture their careers through heart-centered, socially-relevant training and coaching.  JenTex is a professional development company that offers continuing education workshops live and online to individuals and human services organizations.  

Dawn is a licensed clinical social worker and consultant with 20 years’ experience in all areas of social work practice.  She has designed and delivered professional development and community health education workshops for 20 years.  Her specializations are in supervision, case management and the mental health needs of people of color, particularly queer people of color.  

When not “social working”, Dawn enjoys reading, knitting, traveling the world and snuggling with her beloved pooches Ziggy, Kingston and Marley.

Marvin Southard - NSWM Board Member

Marvin Southard, DSW

Dr. Southard is Professor of Practice at the University of Southern California – School of Social Work

Email | msouthard@dmh.lacounty.gov

BIO

Dr. Southard joined the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health as Director in 1998, having previously served in Kern County, California, in a similar capacity for five years. In his current role, Dr. Southard leads the largest public mental health system in the country, serving over 236,000 clients annually in one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the nation. He has overseen a 286% growth in the system from a gross budget of $495+ million in Fiscal Year 1997-98 to $1.9+ billion in Fiscal Year 2012-13.

Dr. Southard has been recognized for his dedication and leadership with the following Awards:

  • A  2012 Distinguished Alumnus of St. John’s Seminary, Camarillo, California, for his career-long service to people with mental illness and for leading the Los Angeles County public mental health system to recognize and support the spiritual dimensions of individuals as part of their mental health recovery.
  • The 2008 Network for Social Work Management Exemplar Award for outstanding achievement.
  • The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) 2006 Social Worker of the Year– California Chapter.
  • The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) 2003 Award for Excellence in Community Mental Health Services, in recognition of ongoing efforts to building a comprehensive community care mental health system in Los AngelesCounty.
  • The 2003 Tom Bradley Equal Opportunity award from the Los Angeles Metro Chapter of the American Society of Public Administration.
  • 2000: UCLA Social Welfare Alumni Association Alumnus of the Year

Dr. Southard is an Executive Committee Member of the Governing Board and a past President of the California Mental Health Directors Association. He is the Immediate Past President, Board of Directors, of the California Social Work Education Center.  He serves as a Board Member for the California Institute for Mental Health, the PLAN of California and the Network for Social Work Management.  A member of the American College of Mental Health Administrators, he serves as a Commissioner on Los Angeles County Children and Families First – First 5 LA Commission.

A licensed clinical social worker, Dr. Southard received his master’s degree in social work from University of California, Berkeley, and his doctorate in social work at UCLA.

Emeritus Board 

Anthony Bibbo - Board Member, NSWM

Anthony J. Bibbo, LICSW, ACSW

Mr. Bibbo is retired and a professional consultant in Wellesley, MA.

Email | ajbibbo@aol.com

BIO

Anthony Bibbo was Executive Director of Newton Community Service Centers, a multi-service social service agency, from 1962-2005. Now “retired,” Anthony continues to be involved in numerous nonprofit and municipal endeavors, including serving as a member of the Newton Youth Commission, as Logistical Chairman of Newton’s Mayor’s Community Prayer Breakfast, a member of the Foundation for Racial, Ethnic, & Religious Harmony. Tony has received more than twenty awards for his volunteer service within Newton and beyond.

Richard L. Edwards, PhD

Richard L. Edwards, is a well-known scholar, educator and administrator in social work education and professional practice.

Email | rewards@oldqueens.rutgers.edu 

BIO

On August 1, 2005, he assumed the position of dean of the School of Social Work at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. On July 1, 2011 he was appointed as the interim vice president for academic affairs. In June 2014, he was named Chancellor of Rutgers–New Brunswick.

In a career spanning 40 years, Edwards has held deanships at Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he served as Interim Provost and where he most recently had been Alumni Distinguished Professor of Social Work. He is a past president of the National Association of Social Workers. He has written extensively and consulted widely on issues related to social work education and nonprofit and public management.

As an administrator, Edwards has been an effective advocate and innovative leader for his institutions. Under his leadership at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1992 to 2000, new doctoral and certificate programs were developed at the School of Social Work, while external funding for research, training and technical assistance increased dramatically. Under his leadership at Rutgers over the past four years, Edwards led the development of a new Institute for Families and four new academic centers.

As a scholar, Edwards has studied the management and organizational effectiveness of public-sector and nonprofit organizations. He has been a visiting professor at Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and Memorial University in Newfoundland, Canada, and served as a consultant for the Soros Foundation’s Open Society Institute on the development of gerontology education for professionals in 18 central and eastern European countries. In 2008, Edwards spent several weeks at Ben Gurion University in Israel as a Fulbright Senior Specialist.

Edwards is the author of numerous articles and book chapters and served as editor-in-chief of the 19th edition of the Encyclopedia of Social Work, published in 1996. He serves on the editorial boards of several professional journals and served for several years as associate editor for North America for Social Work Education: The International Journal.

Edwards has been honored as a distinguished alumnus by the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago, where he received his master’s degree, and the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the State University of New York at Albany, where he earned his doctorate. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Augustana College in Illinois.

The Rutgers School of Social Work, headquartered in New Brunswick, is one of the largest social work educational programs in the U.S., with approximately 1400 students. The School also serves students from the university’s campuses in Camden and Newark. It offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in social work and dual degree programs in conjunction with the law schools in Newark and Camden and with the Princeton Theological Seminary, along with several certificate programs.

Irv Katz - NSWM Board Member

Irv Katz, MSW

Mr. Katz is the President/CEO of the National Human Services Assembly in Washington, DC.

Email | irv@nassembly.org

BIO

Irv Katz is president of the National Human Services Assembly and president of Civic Sector Strategies. He recently shifted to consulting after a career that included terms as president of the National Human Services Assembly and National Assembly Business Services, group vice president for community impact at United Way of America, president of United Way of Central Indiana, executive director of the Community Service Council of Metropolitan Indianapolis, and executive director of the historic Concord Center in Indianapolis.

Katz has a bachelor’s in English and a master’s in social work from Indiana University and has participated in executive education programs under the auspices of the University of Chicago School of Service Administration and the School of Business at Harvard University. Katz is considered a leader in human services and the nonprofit sector, with honors including the Sagamore of the Wabash conferred by the Governor of the State of Indiana and has been recognized for several successive years as one of the Nonprofit Power & Influence 50 by the NonProfit Times. Katz is cited as a resource on nonprofit and human service matters by the nonprofit and general press and contributes to the Huffington Post Impact Blog.

Kevin Reeder - Board Member, NSWM

Kevin Reeder, MSW

Mr. Reeder, MSW is Divisional Social Services Director for The Salvation Army in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.

Email | kevin_reeder@usc.salvationarmy.org

BIO

Kevin Reeder, MSW is Divisional Social Services Director for The Salvation
Army in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. An experienced social worker and
counselor, he has provided personnel supervision and program oversight to
programs in multiple states for many years. His involvement in national
homeless initiatives and performance outcomes has afforded him the
opportunity to consult and provide workshops on various topics throughout
the U.S. A peer review team leader for the Council on Accreditation, Mr.
Reeder helps agencies set and maintain best practice standards for social
work organizations internationally. He continues to be a strong advocate
for professional staff development as well advocating for ways to enhance
program service delivery for nonprofit organizations in both urban and
rural areas. He is a longtime member of National Association for Social
Workers and North American Christians in Social Work, and currently serves
as a Board Member for the Network for Social Work Management.

Linda Rosenberg - NSWM, Board of Directors

Linda Rosenberg, MSW

Ms. Rosenberg is the President and CEO of the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare in Washington, DC.

Email | lindar@thenationalcouncil.org

BIO

Linda Rosenberg is a national leader in the development, design, and delivery of mental health and substance use policy and services. Under her leadership, the National Council for Behavioral Health spearheads advocacy, practice improvement, and public education initiatives for 750,000 staff in more than 2,000 healthcare organizations that serve 8 million adults, children, and families with mental and addiction disorders. She helped secure passage of the federal mental health and addiction parity law and played a critical role in ensuring that the Affordable Care Act addresses the needs of individuals with behavioral health disorders. Her vision helped to expanded financing for integrated behavioral health and primary care services and built an array of organizational, clinical and workforce development initiatives. Rosenberg introduced Mental Health First Aid in the U.S. and has led the National Council in training approximately 150,000 citizens across the country.

Prior to joining the National Council, Rosenberg served as Senior Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Office of Mental Health. She is a certified social worker, family therapist, and psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner with more than 30 years of experience.

William Waldman - NSWM Board Member

William Waldman, MSW

Mr. Waldman is a Lecturer and Executive in Residence at Rutgers University School of Social Work in New Brunswick, NJ.

Email | william@ssw.rutgers.edu

BIO

Mr. Waldman has served as a Visiting Professor and Lecturer and Executive in Residence at the Rutgers University School of Social Work since January, 2001. From July 1998 to December, 2000 he was the Executive Director of the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) in Washington, DC. APHSA is a non-profit organization whose members include the health and human service agencies in the 50 states, as well as many agencies in counties, municipalities and US territories. Its purpose is to develop, promote and assist its members in the implementation of sound public human services policies.

Mr. Waldman was employed by the State of New Jersey from July 1987 to June 1998 during which time he served as a Director of the Division of Youth and Family Services – the state’s child welfare agency, as Deputy Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Human Services and as Commissioner of the Department and a member of the cabinet for three Governors of New Jersey.

The Department of Human Services is the largest public agency in New Jersey and his responsibilities included administering a $7 billion budget, managing a workforce of 19,000 employees and serving over one million residents of the state. The Department encompassed seven (7) operating divisions which included the Medicaid program, services to the mentally ill and developmentally disabled, the child welfare program, all public welfare programs as well as services to the blind and visually impaired and the deaf and hard of hearing. He also had responsibility for eighteen (18) institutions including psychiatric hospitals, developmental centers, children’s residential facilities and a residential program for the blind.

From May of 1975 until July of 1987 Mr. Waldman directed the Middlesex County, New Jersey Department of Human Services. In this capacity he was responsible for the administration of numerous county- based human services programs, managed a staff of sixty-five (65) employees, and administered a budget in the amount of $8 million.

Mr. Waldman was employed from October of 1965 to May of 1975 with the Essex County Welfare Board in Newark, New Jersey. He began as a caseworker and advanced through a series of progressively responsible supervisory and administrative positions including the administration of the County’s food stamp and employment and training programs.

Mr. Waldman has been the recipient of numerous awards throughout his career, serves on various boards of directors of community agencies, has made numerous presentations at professional conferences, the New Jersey Legislature, the US Congress, foundations and business and industry groups; and, consulted for both government and private agencies.