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NASW-Michigan Governance Structure

The NASW-Michigan Chapter is governed by a 19-member Board of Directors, comprised of members elected by the general membership.



Elected positions for the Board of Directors include:

  • President
  • President-Elect
  • Vice President for Social Policy
  • Vice President for Standards and Services
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • 11 Regional Representatives
  • 2 Student Representatives








Interested in Getting Involved?

Are you ready to take your social work career to the next level? NASW-Michigan Chapter is looking for creative, committed, and involved social workers to serve on our Board of Directors and the Chapter Committee on Nominations and Leadership Identification (CCNLI). Elections take place in the Spring/Summer of each year with terms beginning on July 1. Terms for all positions are three years except for student representatives, which are one year terms.


Looking to run for an upcoming board position starting July 1? Contact your local CCNLI representative here


Looking to run for a currently open seat? Contact the Board President. 



Abigail Eiler, LMSW

Abigail Eiler is the Clinical Supervisor at American Indian Health and Family Services of Southeastern Michigan, Inc. and a Field Instructor for interns from University of Michigan School of Social Work, Wayne State University, and the Michigan School of Professional Psychology. She received her B.G.S. and M.S.W. from the University of Michigan. Abigail was awarded a Child Welfare Fellowship by Kathleen Coulborn Faller Ph.D., L.M.S.W., while achieving her M.S.W. in Interpersonal Practice: Children & Youth in Families and Society. Her clinical and macro experience are driven by her commitment to child welfare and include family support services, trauma-informed care, treating children with attachment disorders, cultural humility, and the juvenile justice system. She deeply values teaching about social justice and implementing its principles into her clinical practice.


Vice President of Standards and Services

Carlynn Nichols, LMSW


Carlynn received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Michigan in 1990. She subsequently received her Master of Social Work from Wayne State University with a focus on Children, Youth and Families in 1994. She is a Licensed Master of Social Work in Macro and Clinical Practice. Carlynn is the Chief Clinical Officer at The Children’s Center of Wayne and an Adjunct Professor at Madonna University.


Carlynn has over 20 years of experience in human services working with children, youth families involved in multiple systems. She began her career in public mental health at Southwest Counseling Solutions (SWCS) as a home-based therapist. In her 14 years at SWCS she rose to the position of Director of Children Youth and Families. Following SWCS, she works as the Director of Children’s Initiatives for Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority. In this position she was responsible for the oversight, management, development and coordination of services for children and youth with Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED) and their families within Wayne County’s public mental health system.  In this role, her focus was to develop a comprehensive system of care for children and youth who are served by multiple systems.  In 2014, she joined the executive leadership team of The Children’s Center which has an 85 plus year history of serving children and families in Wayne County.


Vice President of Social Policy

Susan Grettenberger, PhD, LMSW, MPA


Dr. Grettenberger is the Social Work Program Director at Central Michigan University. She has  extensive practice experience in direct service worker and administration, in HIV/AIDS, child welfare, domestic violence and substance abuse. Her direct practice has been primarily in Latino communities in Michigan and Chicago. She has conducted research in various aspects of faith-based service provision and HIV/AIDS.  Since becoming a social work educator, her teaching has ranged from direct practice to social welfare policy and social justice advocacy.



Kevin Holzinger, LMSW, ACSW, CAADC


Kevin Anthony Holzinger was born in Orange County, California on November 29th of 1983. His high school diploma is from Galesburg-Augusta, Michigan (2001). His college education includes an Associate of Arts and a Bachelor of Arts with a minor in Psychology both from Colombia College. Also, a Master of Social Work (2012) from Western Michigan University.

Kevin decided to join the Navy after 9/11. He proudly served as a Navy Hospital Corpsman (the most decorated Corps in the military). After 13 years of combined Active Duty and Reserve service he separated from the Navy at the rank of Chief Petty Officer. He has served in places like Cuba, Haiti, and Afghanistan among others.

Kevin has been working as a Social Worker since he began his first internship at the Jim Gilmore Healing Center in Kalamazoo, MI in September of 2010. His second internship was focused on the Policy Planning and Administrative (PP&A) track, and was completed at the VA medical center in Battle Creek, MI (2011). He was hired into the VA in 2012 as a medical Social Worker in the Primary Care clinic. In 2015 he received his full clinical license and began working as the Dual Diagnosis Social Worker in the residential substance use program and the residential PTSD program at the VA. Currently, he is the program manager of the Transitional Residence program at the VA as of June 2016.

Kevin married his wife Brenda on August 25th, 2007 and his son Liam was born on September 23rd, 2015. He currently resides in Galesburg, MI.


Jennifer Strange, LMSW, CAADC

Jenn is a Clinical Social Worker with the Michigan Department of Corrections (Pugsley Correctional Facility). She works with prisoners who have severe mental health disorders, conducts psychological evaluations for the Parole Board, and facilitates sex offender group therapy. Jenn has been an instructor for Grand Valley State University’s MSW program and is currently an instructor through Baker College of Cadillac. Additionally, she provides emergency mental health services through Northern Lakes CMH on a weekend on call basis.


Jenn obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology, emphasizing Social and Criminal Justice, along with a minor in Public Administration through Central Michigan University. She earned a Master’s degree in Social Work through GVSU.  Jenn has also earned a Master’s degree in Administration through CMU. Additionally, she has a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC) certification through MCBAP.

Her Board level experience includes addiction treatment and Veteran programming.


Vice President of Finance and Budgeting – Elect

Gabby D’Angelo, MSW

A Detroit native, Gabrielle graduated with Bachelor of Arts and Master of Social Work degrees from the University of Michigan. She then worked in a variety of social work settings, including direct service, research and policy, before making a career change into financial services. She is now using her interpersonal and management education as a financial advisor helping families, businesses, and organizations improve their financial well-being.



Region 1 Representatives
Judith Krause, LMSW

Shelley Ovink, LMSW, ACSW


Region 2 Representative
Niki Dunwiddie, LMSW


Niki Dunwiddie received her Masters Degree in Social Work from Grand Valley State University in 2008. She has a Bachelor of Science from The Evergreen State College. She's worked with homeless, runaway and at risk youth for 12 years. Currently Niki works for Catholic Charities West Michigan as the Family Reunification Program Supervisor working with families that are being reunited with their children returning home from foster care. Niki also works with the Grand Traverse County Prosecutors Office as the Domestic Violence Victims Advocate. As the DV Victims Advocate, Niki provides victims with support through the court process, crisis counseling and referrals to community resources. Niki has served on the Parkinson's Network North Board of Directors as the Secretary. As a member of the Parkinson's Network North board, Niki assisted in providing community education events and marketing. 


Region 3 Representative


Region 4 Representative

Chérie Elahl, LLMSW


Chérie Elahl is the program director at North Kent Community Services (NKCS). She is focussed on creating programming that will help those that utilize services at NKCS achieve economic independence, with the hope of combatting generational poverty in northern Kent County. She also advocates at the county level that the essential needs of northern Kent County residents are not overlooked. Chérie was a non-traditional student who received her BSW in 2014 and earned her MSW in 2015. Both degrees were obtained through Grand Valley State University (GVSU). She received the BSW macro practice award in 2014 through GVSU and completed her MSW internship experience at NASW-Michigan. Chérie is a mother of an adult son and enjoys any moment that she is able to spend with him. She is happiest when she is partaking in nature, preferably near Lake Superior. 


Region 5 Representative

Region 6 Representative
Nicole Schmidt-Nutt, LMSW, ACSW


Nicole Schmidt-Nutt is a Mental Health Therapist at Community Mental Health in Lansing Michigan.  Nicole has an Associated in Business from Delta Community College, a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Central Michigan University and Master of Social Work from Michigan State University.  Her work experience includes supervision of staff, case management, home based services, private practice, child welfare, working with probation/ paroles, sex offenders, developmental delays, substance abuse and domestic violence.  She has worked with the population fields of children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. 


Region 7 Representative
Pamela Pitlanish, LMSW, IMH-E(IV), CHAIS


Pamela is a member of NASW-Michigan's Human-Animal Bond Workgroup and Private Practice Workgroup. Previously, she was a Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health-Detroit Chapter Board member. Pamela is a private practice social worker and lives in Flint.

Region 8 Representative
Abby Segal, LMSW, LCSW, MJLS

Abby Segal is a psychotherapist in Bloomfield Hills. Abby received her Master of Social Work from from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Jewish Liberal Studies from Gratz College. Abby is also a graduate of the Family Institute of Philadelphia. Abby teaches continuing education courses for social workers in poetry and journal therapy at Macolm Community College. When not working, Abby can be found enjoying the great outdoors by skiing, biking, swimming or traveling.

Region 9 Representative

Marian Tripplett, LMSW, M.ED


Marian Tripplett, LMSW, M.Ed, is a faculty specialist for Western Michigan University School of Social Work and serves as coordinator for BSW, MSW and Field Education at WMU Southwest in Benton Harbor, Michigan.   Marian teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in social welfare policy, culture, ethnicity, medical social work, field education and clinical counseling practices.  Marian is experienced in working at the micro, mezzo and macro levels, with an emphasis on social and economic justice, individual-organizational-community capacity building and culturally responsive clinical interventions.  Marian’s service and research interests include intercultural social work, leadership development in communities with complex challenges, intercultural experiential learning, and self-help strategies for youth and young adults. Marian has over twenty years of service and board representation on human service organizations. Marian and her husband Rodger reside in Benton Harbor, and count among their blessings four adult children, their respective spouses and partners, one brilliant grandson, two dogs, and two cats and a contingent of extended family and friends.  Marian is enthusiastic about the opportunity to represent Region 9 as a voice for social work practitioners, social work students and anyone interested in supporting human well-being.


Region 10 Representative
Stephen Rassi, PhD, LMSW, MA


Dr. Rassi is a graduate of University of Michigan (MSW, 1997; MA in Psychology, 2004; PhD in Social Work and Psychology, 2011). Stephen is a clinical social worker at the University of Michigan CGSP (Comprehensive Gender Services Program) and a lecturer for the Eastern Michigan University, School of Social Work, Health Administration Program, and Public Health Program, teaching graduate and undergraduate students.  Having both clinical and macro social work licensure, he sees clients in Ann Arbor and East Lansing for a variety of psychological concerns, including anxiety disorders, PTSD, and complex comorbid mental health concerns, and works with many clients who have gender identity concerns. In addition to his NASW roles, Stephen is a member of WPATH, AASECT, APA, and CSWE.


In his work with NASW, Dr. Rassi has served as a delegate to their National Delegate Assembly several times. He was successful in adding protections based on gender identity or expression to the Social Work Code of Ethics, and was the lead author of the current version of the NASW National Policy on Transgender and Gender Identity. In his work with CSWE, Stephen currently serves on their Council on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression, helping to craft policy that creates equity for transgender social work educators, social workers, and their clients, and advising CSWE on transgender concerns.


Region 11 Representative

Deirdre Laney-King


Deirdre Laney-King received her Master of Social Work (MSW) at the University of Michigan in 2013, after completing a dual BA in Women’s Studies and Sociology at Wayne State University in 2011. At the University of Michigan, Deirdre was named a Community Based Initiatives Scholar and graduated with an MSW degree in Management of Human Services, with a concentration in Community and Social Systems and a minor in Community Organizing. Deirdre has worked in various community-based settings in Detroit and Wayne County since 2011, including environmental justice, youth programming and services, integrated health care and community mental health. Deirdre currently works as Special Projects Coordinator for the Center for Excellence at The Guidance Center, as well as a clinician at a private clinic. She is guided by principles of social justice, anti-oppression, feminist and trauma-informed approaches.

BSW Student Representative

Olivia Irwin

Olivia is a BSW candidate at Saginaw Valley State University and is doing her field placement at Family and Children’s Services of Mid-Michigan.  After graduation, Olivia hopes to pursue her MSW.  On SVSU’s campus, she serves as the NASW U-Link Advocate, President of the Student Social Work Organization and Advocacy Chair for SVSU’s chapter of Active Minds, a group focused on mental health advocacy and education.   In the summer months, she teaches preschool.  Olivia is happiest when she is reading and tries to spend all of her free time doing so.



MSW Student Representative

Haley Hildebrand


Haley is a MSW candidate with a concentration in Organization and Community Leadership at Michigan State University and is doing her field placement at Citizen’s Alliance on Prison’s and Public Spending, which is a non-partisan public policy organization. She has a passion for the outdoors and after a summer trip to Hawaii found a love for gardening. She spends her free time exploring the Greater Lansing area and volunteering with the Allen Neighborhood Center’s Gardenhouse. After graduation she hopes to join FoodCorps to help bring healthy food to schools and continuing advocating for social and environmental justice.

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