Chief Executive Officer
Lakeya Cherry, DSW, MSSW
Dr. Cherry is The Network for Social Work Management’s Chief Executive Officer
Lakeya Cherry, DSW, MSSW is the Chief Executive Officer of The Network for Social Work Management, an international membership organization dedicated to strengthening 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, she was a Senior Regional Field Manager for the University of Southern California School of Social Work’s online Master of Social Work program. Dr. 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. Dr. Cherry currently serves on the board for the Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy (CRISP).
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. Dr. Cherry earned her Doctorate in Social Work from the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Her capstone project, “Changemakers of Color: A Model for Racial Equity in the Nonprofit Sector” focuses on addressing the racial leadership gap in the nonprofit sector.
Dr. Cherry 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. She is also a StartingBloc Fellow, #IamRemarkable Facilitator, and Certified Dare to Lead Facilitator.
Idalia G. Gaitán, BA
Ms. Gaitán is the Administrative Coordinator for The Network for Social Work Management.
Idalia Gaitán, BA is the Administrative Coordinator for the Network for Social Work Management. Idalia majored in social work and graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree from Whittier College. In her previous role, Idalia served as a Prevention Specialist at SPIRITT Family Services where she played an active role in the Drug Free 24/7 Campaign. Additionally, she has worked as a Group Facilitator for young children and adolescents. Idalia was the very first in her family to graduate from high school and the first to go to college. Her experience as a single teen mother is what has inspired her to pursue a career in social work.
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.
Kelsey Louie, MSW, MBA
Kelsey Louie is the Chief Executive Officer of Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) in New York, NY.
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.
Goutham M. Menon, PhD
Dr. Goutham M. Menon is Dean & Professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work in Chicago, IL
Dr. Goutham M. Menon is currently Dean & Professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work. He earned his Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1997 and a Master’s degree in Social Work in 1988 from the Madras School of Social Work, Chennai, India. He is currently completing his MBA in Entrepreneurship & Sustainability at the University of Nevada, Reno. He has over 20 years of academic experience at the undergraduate & graduate levels having taught at the University of Texas at Arlington (1996-1998); University of South Carolina (USC) (1998-2005); and at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) (2006-2013); and Director and Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, School of Social Work, Division of Health Sciences (2013-2017). He started his social work career as a case worker at the Schizophrenia Research Foundation (India).
His area of expertise lies in the utilization of information and communication technologies for human services and for distance education. This is evidenced through his research, classroom experiences, and his service to the community and profession. He has published articles and book chapters and have edited 4 books in this area. His current focus is on moving the profession to stimulate the imagination of our workforce and the public through the dissemination of important findings from Social Work research.
He has been actively involved in various leadership roles at the Council on Social Work Education, including serving as an elected member of the Board of Directors from 2009 to 2011. He has serve as Secretary General of the International Consortium for Social Development and as Treasurer and on the board of HUSITA, an international organization promoting technology use for social development and social good. He has served as Chair of the Commission of Conferences and Faculty Development, CSWE and was a member of the Commission on Accreditation and the International Commission. He was also elected to serve as VP for the Nevada Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (2014-2016). He serves on four editorial boards of academic journals. He is also on the advisory board of the Global Institute of Social Work, based out of Singapore, to produce and curate online training programs for social workers and humanitarian workers who otherwise do not get empirically based practices in the regions they work in. He currently serves as Vice-President and Program Chair of the National Association of Deans & Directors of Social Work Programs.
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. 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.
Herbert K. Hatanaka, DSW
Dr. Hatanaka is the Executive Director of Special Service for Groups in Los Angeles, CA.
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.
Gary M. Bess, PhD
Dr. Bess is CEO of Gary Bess Associates in Paradise, CA.
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 Case Western Reserve University and Kent State University 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.
Chair of the Academy
Rochelle “Shelly” Wimpfheimer, DSW
Dr. Wimpfheimer is President of Wimpfheimer & Associates and Executive Director of The Community Chest in Englewood, NJ.
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.
Tina Atherall, DSW, LMSW
Tina Atherall is CEO of PsychArmor Institute in San Diego, CA.
Tina Atherall is a Doctor of Social Work (DSW) and an NYS licensed Masters of Social Work (LMSW). She completed her DSW from the University of Southern California Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work focusing on the 12 Grand Challenges for Social Work to eradicate social isolation. She is the CEO of PsychArmor Institute and has over 25 years of experience in the military and non-profit community. As a founding member of Hope For The Warriors, she has worked extensively with communities educating and advocating for critical support for those who have served and their families. As a social innovation strategist, her expertise is in non-profit leadership, community development, trauma-informed programming, and social impact innovations. Tina has advanced certificates in nonprofit leadership, human-centered design facilitation, military family readiness, military social work, and is a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator-Candidate. She is an adjunct professor for a graduate school of social work in NYC.
Tina is dedicated to leadership and mentorship. In 2016, She was nominated to attend The White House Summit, “United State of Women” as a nominated change-maker. Tina was a Division Director for National Association of Social Workers (NASW) New York State (NYS) Westchester County and serves on the NASW Social Economic Justice and Peace Committee. She is a member of the Congressional Research Institute for Policy (CRISP) and Social Work leadership committee and has participated in the Student Advocacy Days in Washington, D.C. in 2017 and 2018. She received the University of Southern California Suzanne-Dworak Peck School of Social Work Student Alumni Award (2018), NASW NYS Merit Service Award (2014) and NASW NYC Chapter Emerging Leader Social Work Leadership Award (2016). She is a member of the NationSwell Council leveraging cross-sector networks.
Kristina Jaskyte Bahr, PhD
Dr. Kristina Jaskyte Bahr is an Associate Professor at the University of Georgia, School of Social Work in Athens, GA.
Dr. Kristina Jaskyte Bahr has an established record of research and productive scholarship in the areas of innovation, change, creativity, and Design Thinking in nonprofit organizations. Her publications pertaining to these topics appeared in national and international journals, including Public Administration Review, International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations (VOLUNTAS), Nonprofit Management and Leadership, and Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership, and Governance. Her work has been cited in a wide array of journals, cutting across many traditional and innovative disciplines.
She has presented her research at more than 37 conferences, including, but not limited to, the Academy of Management, Association for Research on Nonprofit and Voluntary Organizations (ARNOVA), International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR), and the Society for Social Work Research. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the American Society for Association Executives Foundation, the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS), and most recently by VentureWell, formerly known as the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance. She has been engaged in a number of cross-cultural research projects and served as a grant reviewer for Nazarbayev University (Kazakhstan), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), and the Czech Science Foundation.
Dr. Kristina Jaskyte Bahr has acted as a keynote speaker, session chair, discussant, presenter, and moderator at numerous local community events and conferences, as well as at national and international events. She is currently serving on a State of Hope Advisory Council for the Division of Family and Children Services. She served as a consulting editor of the Social Work Research Journal, and has served on the Editorial Advisory Board of Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership, and Governance for a number of years.
Luke Bergmann, PhD
Dr. Bergmann is the Director of Behavioral Health Services for the County of San Diego, Health and Human Services Agency in San Diego, CA.
Luke Bergmann, PhD, is the Director of Behavioral Health Services for the County of San Diego, Health and Human Services Agency. Prior to this position, Dr. Bergmann worked for 9 years in New York City. He most recently served as Assistant Vice President over Behavioral Health at NYC Health + Hospitals, the nation’s largest public hospital system and before that, as Director of the Office of Program and Policy in the Bureau of Alcohol and Drugs at the NYC Department of Health. Dr. Bergmann has also held a variety of academic research and faculty positions, including at Oregon Health and Science University, The University of Michigan and the City University of New York. Dr. Bergmann was trained at the University of Michigan, where he earned a PhD in Social Work and Cultural Anthropology. He completed post-doctoral fellowships at UC San Francisco’s Institute for Health Policy and UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health.
Katharine Briar-Lawson, MSW, PhD
Katharine is Dean Emeritus and Professor at the University at Albany State University of New York School of Social Welfare in Albany, NY.
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.
Alan J. Dettlaff, PhD, MSW
Alan J. Dettlaff is Dean at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work in Houston, TX.
Alan J. Dettlaff was appointed Dean of the Graduate College of Social Work and the inaugural Maconda Brown O’Connor Endowed Dean’s Chair in May 2015. Prior to joining the University of Houston, Dean Dettlaff served on the faculty of the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He received his bachelor’s degree in social work from TCU, and master’s in social work and PhD from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Dean Dettlaff’s work focuses on improving outcomes for children and youth in the child welfare system through examining the factors contributing to racial disparities and improving cultural responsiveness. His research and consultation with state child welfare systems has led to significant policy and practice improvements that have resulted in reductions in the overrepresentation of African American children in these systems. Dean Dettlaff has also conducted groundbreaking research to identify and understand the unique needs of immigrant Latino children and families involved in child welfare. This research resulted in the first national data on the presence of Latino children of immigrants in the child welfare system and their risk exposure.
Dean Dettlaff served as Chair of the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Education Policy from 2010 to 2016 and led the process of revising the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards that took effect in 2015. He was named Volunteer of the Year by the Council on Social Work Education in 2014 and was inducted into the 2015 Class of Fellows of the Society for Social Work and Research.
Dean Dettlaff is co-editor of Addressing Racial Disproportionality and Disparities in Human Services: Multisystemic Approaches and Immigrant and Refugee Children and Families: Culturally Responsive Practice, published by Columbia University Press. He serves on the editorial boards of Child Welfare, Child Abuse & Neglect, and Journal of Public Child Welfare. He is a member of the advisory boards of the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute and the Center on Immigration and Child Welfare, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Council on Social Work Education. Locally, he is a member of Mayor Sylvester Turner’s LGBTQ Advisory Board, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Coalition for the Homeless and Mental Health America of Greater Houston.
Dean Dettlaff lives in Houston with his husband, former TCU football player, Vince Pryor.
Bruce Friedman, PhD, ACSW, CSWM, LCSW
Dr. Friedman is Chair of the Department of Social Work at The University of Texas at El Paso in El Paso, TX.
Bruce D. Friedman, PhD, ACSW, CSWM, LCSW, is Chair of the Department of Social Work at The University of Texas at El Paso and has been appointed to be the Orville Edward Egbert, M.D. Professorship in Health Sciences. 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.
Karen M. Hopkins, PhD, MSW
Dr. Karen Hopkins is an Associate Professor at the School of Social Work, University of Maryland, in Baltimore, MD.
Dr. Karen Hopkins is an Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Human Services Leadership and Management Certificate at the School of Social Work, University of Maryland. She teaches courses in human service management and leadership, performance management, and research. Her research and organizational/program evaluation with nonprofit and public agencies is related to supervision and management practices and outcomes, performance management, workforce development, and organizational learning and capacity building. She is an Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Human Services Organizations: Management, Leadership, and Governance journal. She received a PhD from the University of Chicago, MSW from the University of Pittsburgh, and a BS from the Pennsylvania State University.
Michàlle Mor Barak, PhD, MSW
Michàlle 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 in Los Angeles, CA.
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.
Dawn Shedrick, LCSW-R
Dawn Shedrick is the Founder and CEO of JenTex Training & Consulting in Central Islip, NY.
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.
Nancy J. Smyth, PhD, LCSW
Nancy J. Smyth is Dean and Professor at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work in Buffalo, NY.
Under Nancy J. Smyth’s leadership as dean, the University at Buffalo School of Social Work has integrated a trauma-informed and human rights perspective throughout the master’s curriculum, established the Buffalo Center for Social Research, expanded international education and research, and raised the rankings of the MSW program to top 10 percent in the United States. Dean Smyth is a board member of the National Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work (NADD), a past president of the St. Louis Group (the national organization of social work deans at research universities), and helped to found the National Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare. She has served as co-chair for the Task Force on Disasters & Trauma for NADD, and has served as member of the SSW Advisory Board for Trauma Counseling Certificate since 2000.
Smyth is a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress through the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and has worked in both mental health and addiction treatment settings for over 35 years as a clinician, manager, educator, researcher and program developer. Her research, teaching and practice focus on trauma, substance abuse, and on working with people recovering from those experiences, including the use of innovative treatment approaches like EMDR and mindfulness meditation. Past roles include: co-investigator with PI Dr. Gerard Connors on Developing Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for Application in Alcoholism Treatment (NIAAA), co-investigator with PI Dr. Christopher Barrick on Knowledge Exchange and Skills Training for Therapists (NIDA), providing consultation on Bessel van der Kolk’s National Institute of Mental Health-funded study of Treatment Outcomes of Fluoxetine vs EMDR in PTSD and on a study of EMDR in an integrated treatment program in the Thurston County Drug Court.
In the last few years, Smyth has been exploring the implications of digital technologies for social work practice and education. Her vision included expanding the social work profession’s presence on the Internet through the first the first school-sponsored social work podcast, UB’s inSocialWork, interviews that feature social work research and practice. inSocialWork now has listeners in over 200 countries and all 50 states, and over 1.5 million downloads.
Smyth joined the School in 1991 as an assistant professor from the State University of New York at Albany, her alma mater, where she earned a BA in psychology, an MSW, and PhD in Social Welfare. She also is an R-level New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-R), EMDR Certified EMDR Therapist, and EMDRIA Approved Consultant and Instructor. Smyth also has been an affiliated research scientist with the University at Buffalo’s Research Institute on Addictions since 1991.
Marvin Southard, DSW
Dr. Southard is Professor of Practice at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work in Los Angeles, CA.
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.
Jessica Wang is Senior Vice President of Placement and Applicant Success at 2U, Inc. in Brooklyn, NY.
Jessica Wang is the senior vice president of placement and applicant success at 2U, Inc., a global leader in education technology. As a trusted partner and brand steward of great universities, 2U builds, delivers, and supports online graduate programs and certificates for working adults at scale.
Jessica formulates the operations and logistics that allow thousands of students each year to accumulate requisite hours and experiences to graduate, gain licensure, and practice as professionals in social work, counseling, education, advanced-practice nursing, and other professions. Jessica manages the teams that place these students in their communities so they can complete their required field experiences and serve the communities where they live. This function at 2U is the largest of its kind, with a high-level of infrastructure to support placements across the country.
Jessica holds a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University, a Master of Arts from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Master of Business Administration from Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management. She has served as President of the Board of Trustees of Targum Publishing Company, which publishes The Daily Targum at Rutgers University, the independent, student-run, second-oldest college daily newspaper in the United States. Jessica also previously worked as a high school social studies teacher and independent educational consultant. Jessica has served on several non-profit boards and co-founded 3GNJ, an educational organization for New Jersey grandchildren of Holocaust survivors that preserves the legacies and lessons of genocide and hate. Jessica enjoys running, reading, and traveling in her spare time.
Alfredo Aguirre, LCSW
Karen Beyer, MSW, MPA, MBA, LSCW
Anthony J. Bibbo, LICSW, ACSW
(1934 – 2018)
Richard L. Edwards, PhD
Marilyn Flynn, PhD
Irv Katz, MSW
Wendell Knight, LMSW
Kevin Reeder, MSW
Linda Rosenberg, MSW
William Waldman, MSW