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2018 NASW-Michigan Board Election Slate Announced

Wednesday, April 25, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Duane Breijak
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NASW-Michigan is excited to announce the slate of candidates for the 2018 Chapter Board of Directors elections. Chapter elections will officially open on May 14, 2018 and run until June 12, 2018.

All candidates are running to serve 3-year terms (with the student representatives serving 1-year terms) to begin July 1, 2018.

Thank you to all of the candidates for your leadership and interest in serving the Michigan membership.!

Vice President for Social Policy

Edward D'Angelo, LMSW

Social workers serve Michigan residents across a wide range of service systems and geographic locations. It is my goal to help NASW-Michigan represent the interests of NASW-Michigan members and those we serve, by effectively engaging in the public policy dialogue with relevant and credible data, analysis and insights, so that we will help policy-makers to make informed decisions, and are respected in that capacity. This will be done in a manner that is courteous, civil, collaborative and resolute, effectively leveraging the strengths and resources of NASW-Michigan.

Region 4 Representative (Board of Directors)

Kent, Ionia, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, and Ottawa Counties


Robert S. Lathers, MSW, LMSW

My goal for NASW-Michigan is that it strives to "tenaciously promote and represent all social workers in Michigan" to policy makers, funders, employers, the general public and state government officials regardless of political party affiliation. It must be advocated that the issues social workers address and work with are fundamentally non-partisan and aimed at achieving maximum self-determination of all citizens in the most adequate, effective, and efficient manner. Social work is a best value focused profession.


Audrey Litts, LMSW

As a multiple private practice owner and former school social worker, I have a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities facing mental health professionals, as well as clients, children and families. My goals are simple - serve as a strong advocate for social workers and other mental health professionals and remove barriers for access to care. Every facet of social work has a different set of challenges, and it's important that all perspectives are heard. It's equally important for those of us serving in leadership and advocacy roles to demonstrate determination and follow-up so progress can be made.

Region 6 Representative (Board of Directors)

Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, Livingston, and Shiawassee Counties


Nedra Cannon, LMSW

I wish to serve as Region 6 Representative. I am a long standing resident of the area in which I wish to represent. I wish to play a critical role in promoting policies that help individuals, families, and our communities to fulfill their potential and to lead healthy, productive lives. My goals are to continue to build on the core values that we all follow and strive to uphold and advance all of our skills. I want our region to "continue advocate for Social Work safety, student loan forgiveness and developing resources for at-risk populations. 


Erica Shifflet-Chila, PhD, LMSW

As a social worker and an educator I believe that recruiting new social workers into active roles is a top priority. I also believe that NASW is best suited to advocate for our profession, our students, our clients, and all vulnerable and at risk populations. As a Board member I will focus on advocacy and recruitment, as well as networking within my region and throughout Michigan.


Mary Skene, LLMSW, AASW

My goals are to support the development and professional gains of social workers in research-based knowledge, to support further development and research of Animal-Assisted Social Work and the benefits to our clients, to increase the awareness between members and non-members about the dynamic opportunities within the NASW, to assist the efforts of the NASW to increase membership and revenue, and to assist in the promotion of events and regional networking opportunities to promote connectivity for social workers in our counties.

Region 10 Representative (Board of Directors)

Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, Monroe, and Washtenaw Counties


Ellen M. Craine, JD, LMSW, ACSW, INHC

I want to help social workers see the value in NASW membership. One way to do this is well published free programs for NASW members with a small fee to attend for non-members. Programming would include presentations by any NASW committee looking for more visibility. Additional programming will be on relevant and timely topics for social workers developed in consultation with the community.


David Manville, MSW, LMSW, ACSW

Have been a social worker since the early 1980s and have been involved with many fields including foster care, delinquency, father's rights, children's rights, custody and parenting time, domestic violence, sexual assault and currently focused on human trafficking. I mentor/advise BSW students and teach ethics/values and policy classes. There are many gaps in services to all these populations that must be corrected.


Cheryl Des Montaignes, LMSW

Now that I am at a place in my career with the time and flexibility to attend meetings and be involved in committees, I find myself very interested and excited about becoming actively involved with the NASW and also having a positive impact on macro levels. I have experience working in a variety of areas including foster care, child protection, prisons, mental health, substance abuse, and education and in a range of settings from cities to rural areas including an Indian reservation. I have long standing concerns and interests encompassing policy that impacts children and teens and other vulnerable people.


Kathleen Nelson, LMSW

I have been in the field of social work for 22+ years in various capacities. Now that I have retired from my full time job, I would like to work within my profession to seek change. Social workers have the ability to impact those we serve, our field, and the community at large, and I would like to be a part of this in Michigan.


Stephen L. Rassi, PhD, LMSW, MA

My NASW-Michigan Board experience as board member, treasurer, Michigan delegate to four Delegate Assemblies, and as an author of the revisions of the NASW Policy for work with transgender clients, well prepares me to serve in this position. As a board member, my priorities would include advocating for more equitable treatment for at-risk members of our society: those living in poverty, and those from marginalized and oppressed groups; ensuring that all are included as full participants in our schools and places of business; and the active promotion of both education and legislation to end bullying and discrimination against at-risk students.

Region 11 Representative (Board of Directors)

Wayne County


Sara Bazydlo, LMSW, CAADC

Hello! My name is Sara Bazydlo and I am a SUD Social Worker at the VA Medical Center in Detroit. As Region 11 Representative, I aim to advocate for high professional standards within the social work field, cultivate positive changes and initiatives in Detroit, Wayne County, and communities throughout the state, and create greater access to resources, support, and educational opportunities for members and non-members of NASW. I come equipped with skills including psychotherapy, policy writing and revision, program develop and evaluation, and educational training and consultation.

BSW Student Representative (Board of Directors)


Alexander Barich, Eastern Michigan University

Learning more about macro social work, and ways that I can be of service is my main goal. Also, learning more about policy and the most effective ways to advocate for policies that fit social work values and ethics. In addition, by getting more involve with the NASW community, I will be a more effective advocate for the client systems that I will serve when I graduate.

MSW Student Representative (Board of Directors)


Staci Carpenter, Simmons College

As the MSW student board representative, I intend to practice and demonstrate the NASW social values while working with the chapter. I hope to empower social work students and represent their ideas and concerns. It is also my hope to continue making strides as technology directs our field. This includes bridging connections to students of distance learning programs.


Erik Fuller, Western Michigan University

As the MSW student representative I plan to advocate for MSW students across the state. It is important that MSW students receive the career resources they need, and effective communication and relevant events are the key in this respect. I will advocate for more Macro programming, while also trying to bridge the gap that often exists between the Micro and Macro practices. It is important that we begin thinking holistically about social work practice, and I pledge to have these conversations and advocate for an integration of Micro and Macro practice.


Lauren Presutti, Grand Valley State University

Passionate about mental health, I am an aspiring clinical social worker completing my MSW degree in West Michigan. As an individual with a physical disability and four study abroad experiences in college, I highly value diversity and cultural competence. NASW has been instrumental in helping me navigate my path as an MSW student and I seek an opportunity to give back to the organization. With numerous leadership positions under my belt, I have the skills and knowledge needed to excel in the MSW Student Representative position. I am extremely dedicated to my goals and find professional networking invaluable and revitalizing.


Danielle Swantek, Wayne State University

As the MSW Student representative of the Michigan Chapter, I will perform the duties of this role to the best of my ability. It is important to me that the students of the state of Michigan are informed about what NASW-Michigan is doing and be connected to services that can benefit their future practice as social workers. While completing the BSW program at Wayne State University I felt that more could be done to bridge future social workers to the professional community that NASW provides. My goal is to develop solutions to these gaps in all Michigan social work schools.


Crystal Turbett, LLBSW, CMA, Wayne State University

Enthusiastic BSW social worker looking to finish her term as the BSW student rep and continue as the MSW Representative for the NASW-Michigan Board of Directors.


Emily Young, Michigan State University

As MSW Student Representative to the Board of Directors, I will support, promote, and advocate for the future of the social work profession. It is my professional goal to advance policies that improve the quality of life for our most vulnerable citizens in Michigan, particularly those affected by substance use disorders. Through involvement with the Board, I hope to inspire and empower social work students across the state to participate in matters that affect the future our profession and the clients we serve.

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