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2019 NASW-Michigan Election Slate Announced

Monday, April 29, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Duane Breijak
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NASW-Michigan is excited to announce the slate of candidates for the 2019 Chapter Board of Directors elections. Chapter elections will officially open on May 20, 2019 and run until June 14, 2019.


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!


President- Elect


Colleen Crane, LMSW

As a member of NASW since 2001 I strongly believe in the mission and goals of NASW. Previously, I have served on the NASW board for eight years in the state of Montana as a Regional Representative and then as President-Elect. I am excited for the opportunity to represent the social workers of the state of Michigan as President-Elect for NASW and bring some of my experience in Montana home. Currently I teach as a LEO Lecturer II at the University of Michigan School of Social Work where I teach courses in policy and practice. I also have a private practice in Farmington Hills.


Barb Hiltz, LMSW

It is an honor to be considered to serve NASW-Michigan.  I look forward to the opportunity to integrate my leadership, practice, and academic experience to serve the association and its members. I am committed to the profession of social work and believe that as a united group of practitioners and change agents, we can have a substantial impact in addressing the social, economic and environmental challenges facing the people and communities we serve. I look forward to working closely with the NASW staff, board and members to further the mission of social work in our state and beyond.  


Vice President of Finance


Ronnie Tyson, LMSW

My goal as Vice President of Finance is to increase non-dues revenue by working with the NASW Michigan staff on public and private grant funding. The NASW Michigan current supervision and licensure certificates and trainings provide opportunity to increase non dues revenue and offset staffing cost into grant proposals.   


Marijo Upshaw, LLMSW, MBA

I am an adjunct faculty at Wayne State University where I teach in the School of Social Work and the School of Business. I have over 30 years of social work leadership experience and have managed annual program budgets over $10 million. I have garnered extensive business, programmatic and organizational knowledge, skills and abilities leading an entrepreneurial and fast growth social work staffing company and serving as the leader of financial services for a large enterprising nonprofit organization. I am passionate about addressing unmet needs and social inequalities through social innovation. I am a second-generation social worker and a strong advocate for the profession. 





Dominique Golden, MSW

I am a true catalyst for change, servant leader, and community advocate. In Fall 2017, I transitioned from Corporate America to start a full-time graduate program at Wayne State University. There, I leveraged my business skillset to combat social challenges in the community in Detroit. I earned a MSW with a concentration in Community Development, a certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship from the Mike Illich School of Business, and a certificate in Human Service Management from the Network for Social Work Management (NSWM). 


MSW Student Representative


Denard Fenaud

I hope to help people in practical ways. Including using equitable evaluation to capture stories, touch points, and individual journeys to create objective metrics to help everyone achieve their best life. I plan to bring awareness and education to policy changes that are both structural, culturally competent, and clinically sound. Lastly, I would like to continue the efforts of creating capacity building opportunities for allies and leaders for Macro social work among students with mentorship opportunities for our seasoned NASW members. 


Austin Lowes, BS

I am interested in becoming the MSW Student Representative to gain valuable educational experience. I am eager to work with NASW in this capacity. My career goal is to become an agent of change for tribal communities at the macro level. I have an interest in substance abuse, mental health services, and social policies affecting vulnerable populations.


Michelle Mattison, BA

I am a Detroit native and MSW candidate at the University of Michigan majoring in Interpersonal Practice with a concentration in Mental Health. I embrace the arduous moments of advocacy with strength, grace and compassion to seek a resolution. As a mother, I aim to create an inclusive society for my children and other marginalized communities by addressing the lack of access to community support services. I utilize life experiences, academic endeavors and service work history to progress initiatives of healing. I encompass virtues of world peace to strategize and address conflict while still being direct and assertive. 


Brandon Mitchell

My career goals are aimed to evolve the role and efficacy of school social workers into more of a preventative, school-wide approach. Our community should be striving to implement preventative approaches, that build relationships and instill self-efficacy. I see schools as the focal point where social workers should be evolving their role by building supportive relationships throughout the community and with teachers, staff and students. I aim for a career in research, but I am first here to learn from those that have come before me. I see this as a dynamic opportunity to both contribute and learn. 


Bezil Taylor

Opportunities to advocate for people excite me. As a bachelor’s graduate and current MSW student at Michigan State University my goal is to work to bring awareness to issues with students and community constituents and advocate for fairness and equity on their behalf. I see being elected to this position as an opportunity to effect change for some of the state’s most vulnerable populations, as well as people who are committing their lives to social work practice. 

Delegate Assembly


Reggie Huff, LMSW, ACSW

I hope to represent the NASW in a professional and competent way to ensure the success of the organization


David Manville, LMSW, ACSW

I have been a social worker for 37 years and currently am a full time Lecturer at Eastern Michigan University.  My passion and expertise is in the area of human trafficking.  I also teach social welfare policy.  My interests for pursuing social justice are Native American policies, issues of sexual violence, various reforms as related to treatment of human trafficking survivors


MaLinda Wilson, LMSW

As a licensed clinical social worker for 16 years, I have a strong commitment and desire to be more involved in social justice policy, reform and advocacy. I believe that serving as a Delegate for NASW-Michigan will allow for greater opportunities to organize and help develop strategies and solutions to improve policies. My goals would include, increasing awareness while promoting legislative and social changes related to mental health, mass incarceration and women’s issues.  Additionally, being involved in global entrepreneurship and philanthropic causes, I'm motivated to help others by bringing my leadership strengths to the NASW-Michigan.


Region 2 Representative


Amy Cox, LLMSW

As Region 2 Representative, I will reflect the unique needs and challenges experienced by rural social workers in Northern Michigan and advocate for NASW policies and activities that support the work we do. Mental health, substance use, trauma informed care/classrooms, care for the aging and criminal justice reform are all urgent matters in our region. Uniting social workers and the sectors we represent to ally for positive change is my priority. 


Brendan O’Donnel, LLMSW

I am a newly graduated MSW. I am motivated to contribute to the professional organization as able to elevate the concerns and achievements of social work professionals across the state and Region 2. The skills and expertise of social workers are vital as we rise to the challenges facing our communities.


Jill Strahan, LMSW, 200RYT

My goals as the Region 2 Representative are to collaborate with other social workers in the region to identify community needs as well as potentially offer events that could work towards meeting these identified needs. I would also like to encourage self-care for the social workers in the area, and throughout NASW. I also hope to offer yoga classes to those interested.

Region 5 Representative


Susan Williams, LLMSW

My role as a Region 5 Representative would be to engage the community in understanding the roles, values and responsibilities of the social work profession. Social workers are often the first point of contact for people. As a recent graduate of Emerging Leaders, through Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence, I would utilize my skills to further impact the region for the good of all people and the social work profession.


Region 8 Representative


Melissa Callan, LMSW, ACSW

My goal is to serve social workers in my region, work to provide more networking and educational opportunities, and to do the best job I can to serve members' interests. 


Miriam Halprin, LMSW, ACSW

My goals are to: enhance professional development and growth for members and colleagues, advocate and promote the social work profession overall and within domains, develop, maintain and advance sound ethical standards in theory and practice, and increase understanding/knowledge of a diverse and expansive profession. I hope to support and advocate toward optimal educational/ professional opportunities, sponsor partnerships for continuing education training with area agencies, support chapter members, NASW-MI and NASW National in word and deed, and to promote agency and institutional integrity, transparency and accountability. 


Stephanie Lange, LMSW, CAADC, CCS-M

I have been in the field for 24 years working in many aspects of social work. I am very involved in assisting students in finding their way through their adolescent journeys, including their gender struggles. My focus includes at-risk youth and other vulnerable populations that often struggle to find a voice. I am hard working and dedicated to the field of social work. 


CCNLI Region 9 & 10 Representative


Katrina Sternaman-Rosenbaum, LMSW, ACSW

I am interested in becoming more involved with policy decisions in order to grow my career as well as hopefully make more change for vulnerable populations.


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