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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
  • Vice President for Social Policy
  • Vice President of Finance and Budgeting


  • 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. 



Barbara Hiltz, LMSW - Clinical & Macro


Barb Hiltz is a Clinical Assistant Professor and MSW Program Director at the University of Michigan.  Her academic and professional work focuses on the sustainability of community-based organizations, including the role of innovations, social enterprise and social entrepreneurship in shaping social service delivery. 

Barb received her MSW from the University of Wisconsin in 1998. Since that time, Barb has worked in interpersonal, community and administrative practice. Barb worked as an advocate for children impacted by domestic violence and as a forensic interviewer, both in Minnesota.  She also served as executive director of a program for men who abuse their domestic partners in St. Louis, MO, and a cancer support organization in Ann Arbor, MI.  In 2011, Barb co-founded The Brides Project, a social enterprise designed to raise money for cancer support services. She has been at the University of Michigan since 2015.



Vice President of Social Policy

Edward D’Angelo LMSW - Clinical & Macro


President & CEO of The Information Center, Inc., The Family Resource Place (Taylor, MI) since the start of 2008, providing leadership and management of all aspects of the organizational functioning and achievement of mission including: programs and services, financial management and accountability, human resources and staff development, community relations and board development.  


LMSW certified in both Clinical and Macro Social Work.  He holds a Masters of Social Work, from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (1979) with dual specializations in Policy and Planning and Administrative Methods. He received his Bachelors of Sciences of Social Welfare, from The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH (1978).



Vice President of Finance and Budgeting

Marijo Upshaw, LLMSW, MBA


Marijo Upshaw, LLMSW, MBA, is an experienced social entrepreneur. Her career has spanned over 30 years at the social administration, leadership and management level. She received a MSW from Wayne State University and a MBA from the Executive MBA Program at Rutgers University. She is a full-time lecturer who teaches at both the School of Social Work (SSW) and the Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She has developed social entrepreneurship curriculum for both schools and teaches courses in Social Entrepreneurship, Impact Investing. Intervention and Program Planning and Social Work Leadership. She co-chairs the Social Entrepreneurship Committee (S-ENT) at the SSW, and coordinates the Social Entrepreneurship track of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Certificate at the business school. SAGE Publishing and the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) awarded Marijo and the S-ENT committee the Innovative in Teaching Award in 2018.


Previously, Marijo was a principal of Social Work p.r.n., an entrepreneurial start-up that grew into the leading national provider of social work staffing services in the U.S. She also served as the Leader of Financial Services for Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin, Inc., where she led a broad portfolio of dynamic programs to help vulnerable populations build financial capabilities that touched the lives of 10,000 people annually.


Marijo is passionate about helping others build ventures and movements that address transformative, inclusive and equitable social impact and systems change through innovation and enterprise. Additionally, she desires to address a gap in the social work research around entrepreneurship and better understand the entrepreneurial intentions of social workers. She is currently pursuing an advanced research certificate from the SSW. Marijo's research interests coalesce around the intersection of social work and entrepreneurship She was recently awarded a grant from the Kauffman Foundation to participate in their inaugural entrepreneurship research bootcamp.




Dominique Golden, MSW


Dominique is a recent graduate of Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She received her MSW with a concentration in Community Development and a Certificate in Human Service Management from the School of Social Work (SSW). She earned a Certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship from Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University as well. She is passionate about using Social Entrepreneurship to combat todays social challenges like poverty, homelessness, and the plight of the refugee crisis.


Dominique is the Alumni Chair on the Social Entrepreneurship Committee at the SSW. SAGE publishers and the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) awarded the committee the Innovative in Teaching Award in 2018 for the ground-breaking work the committee is doing to promote and foster entrepreneurship among key social workers. The committee hosted several events that encouraged and supported aspiring and existing social work entrepreneurs in 2019 including an annual Social Entrepreneurship Conference that attracted nearly 300 participants, a Social Work Start-up Story Night that featured budding and long-time social work innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders in for-impact organizations, and Social Work Build, a 9-week business planning course for aspiring social work entrepreneurs developed in partnership with The Build Institute in Southwest Detroit.


In her spare time, Dominique works on her very own social enterprise, Rights4Refugees. Modeled after Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, Rights4Refugees works with socially conscious customers, companies, and foundations to deliver monthly hygiene items to resettled refugees impacted by natural and manmade disaster. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, spin class, and watching the latest season of Big Brother! 



Region 1 Representatives
Judith Krause, LMSW-Clinical


Judy has been a therapist for the past 20 years providing services for substance use, depression, anxiety, and PTSD; with additional expertise in elder services, home health and hospice. She recently completed certification for social work supervision and also a certification for working with veterans with PTSD and/or Moral Injury


Judy has been very active in the Upper Peninsula, serving on the boards of the National Alliance for Mental Illness, West End Suicide Prevention, and CISM-Critical Incident Stress Management team. She was also a liaison/mentor for Michigan State University for the distance education program for several years.


In her free time Judy is a crossfitter, working out 4-5 times a week, and enjoys kayaking, swimming, biking, hiking, snowshoeing, and skiing. She has two bio children, 5 bonus kids, 14 grandchildren and a few great grands...the youngest 3 months old! 


“I feel like I was born a social worker. In my youth I would visit all of the people in my neighborhood, they were elderly. I’m thinking today they were probably all about 40-50 years old! I have always loved being with people.”


Region 2 Representative

Jill Strahan, LMSW-Clinical


Jill Strahan graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan with a major in Sociology and a minor in Philosophy.  She later earned her Master of Social Work from Wayne State University.


Jill began her career as a Clinical Social Worker in 2012 working in the Michigan Department of Corrections.  She currently works with the Traverse Health Clinic where she continues to fulfill her passion of being involved with the Criminal Justice System as well as working with adolescents. 


Jill is committed to service and passionate about serving those in the community.  She believes in empowering those having the courage to seek out mental health services and providing them with tools, treatment, and resources they need. 


Jill and (soon to be) husband have 2 fur babies.  They enjoy the great outdoors, hockey, and debating about what movie to watch. For self-care, Jill enjoys yoga (she is also a registered yoga instructor), going for walks, and being in the woods.   


Region 3 Representative

Phyllis Colagross, LMSW-Clinical, C-SWHC, CSW-G


Phyllis has been a clinical master social worker since 1996 when she graduated from Wayne State University with a concentration in health care social work. She has earned her NASW credentials for expertise in gerontology (CSW-G) and health care social work (C-SWHC). She also possesses a certification in supervision and retention of staff from Michigan State University.


As the Behavioral Health Director at a non-profit, federally qualified health center in Northern Michigan, Phyllis provides support and direction to many talented social workers and professional counselors who provide behavioral health services in approximately 7 counties, 12 clinics, 2 school-based health centers, and 18 school settings. The Behavioral Health Department consists of clinic, school-based and medication assisted treatment services. The Behavioral Health Department was awarded a special State of Michigan tribute as the Alpena County “Chosen Culture Change Agent” for 2020 for the Behavioral Health Department’s dedication and holistic approach in the treatment of substance use disorders and for their behavioral health service delivery in the school environment.


Phyllis is passionate about helping other health care clinicians provide evidenced-based, quality care services to patients all over Northern Michigan. Phyllis loves to serve area senior citizens in Alpena by serving as the Board Treasurer for the Samaritas Affordable Living organization. She also takes part in a multi-disciplinary prevention and education service board for Alcona County with the vested interest in protecting children.


In her free time, Phyllis enjoys taking her dog for walks, spending time outdoors in the summer time and Fall, reading with other social workers as a part of the NASW Book Club, and sharing time around a campfire with family and friends.


Region 4 Representative

Karen VanDeusen, Psy.D., ACSW, LMSW-Clinical & Macro



Region 5 Representative

Susan Williams, LLMSW-Clinical


Sue is as the Lead Mobile Response Advocate at Shelterhouse in Midland, MI. Sue provides services to those who have experienced Domestic Violence or Sexual Assault. She believes advocating for the clients is her highest priority. She offer resources, crisis intervention and counseling. Sue’s hope is that by meeting clients where they are they can regain their power and confidence enabling them to start over and make their own choices as they move forward. 


Sue obtained her Bachelor of Social Work degree from Saginaw Valley State University in 2013. In 2016 she received her Master of Social Work Degree from Michigan State University with a focus on Organizational Community Leadership. Sue received a certificate of completion for Emerging Leaders through Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence.


In her spare time, Sue is a board member for Girls on the Run, as well as a coach. She volunteer as a Child Specialist for Royal Family Kids Camp. She is an active runner with 40+ races under her belt, two are full marathons. Running is her way of decompressing and self care.  Sue has been married for 26 years and has two adult children.




Region 6 Representative

Mary Skene, LMSW-Clinical, AASW


Mary B. Skene is an animal-assisted social worker who works private practice alongside her canine therapy partner, Stryder.  She received her Bachelor’s of Social Work from Spring Arbor University, alongside a double-major in psychology, and her Master’s of Social Work from the University of Denver with an accompanying Animal-Assisted Social Work Certificate. When she isn't hard at work, she spends her time honing dog training skills, being social, or dabbling in hobbies. She is currently working at Advanced Behavioral Medicine in Howell, Michigan.


Region 7 Representative

Ronnie Tyson, LMSW-Clinical & Macro


Ronnie Tyson graduated from Michigan State University School of Social Work with a Bachelors in social work (2001) and a Masters in macro social work (2002). My “Odyssey into the social work profession progressed as my understanding of how individual commitment to social work professional values can be influenced by organizational culturesHence my professional social work practice values havelead me to seek opportunitieswhere values based leadership is professed and practiced. Values based leadership is where the behavior of staff and the organization is based on the stated values of the company or profession.


As a faculty member for Western Michigan and Michigan State universities (2001-20012) I enjoyed exposing students to the realities of diverse practice environments. My goal was to exemplify values based leadership and inspire social work practice behaviors which motivate systems change. The combination of these factors initiated a deep passion to create organizational culture which merges the medical and social models of disability with values based leadership during program development into organizational change initiatives. Since 2012, I have moved into non-profit leadership which allows me to practice values based leadership during organizational change in behavioral health organizations.  


My current work as multi-site program director at a non-profit, allows me to “Live”according to our shared core social work values. Our shared core social work values are the foundation for our organizational culture which restores and enhances relational integrity,which insures quality relationships among our professional staff. Our shared core values provides the reference point for quality communication, quality communication is our method to promote simultaneous individual and organizational development. I have learned to improve myself through enhancing the well-being of others. 


Region 8 Representative
Miriam Halprin, LMSW-Clinical & Macro


Miriam is a social worker with Licensed to Care.  She works with a physician at a chronic pain clinic and provides professional consultation, educational training and advocacy toward responsible health care and social policies as they relate to the dynamics of the client populations.  Within the realm of emerging scopes of social work theory and practice, Miriam is particularly interested in promoting ethical alternatives to opioids for chronic pain, more effectively responding to the failure of the War on Drugs and supporting the social work profession’s proactive and progressive integrity, values and agency in the face of inevitable establishment forces.  Her skill sets include a strong background in the areas of crisis intervention, child welfare and infant and child development as well as community health.


Miriam obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree with a double major in Psychology and Political Science from Michigan State University.  After several years in the field, she went to Wayne State University and received a Master of Social Work Degree in 2000.  Miriam has subsequently received certifications for Supervision in Child and Family Services through Michigan State University, Core Supervision through NASW-Michigan, and Political Social Work through the University of Michigan.


Miriam is a Master Gardener volunteer through Michigan State University Extension Services.  She is President of her neighborhood association and is actively involved in her children’s school district and other activities.   Miriam spends time with her faith community and is overtly responsive to current events and issues that are integral to the health, safety and welfare of her children, family, friends, community and colleagues.  She is an avid reader who enjoys being with her family and friends, listening to music, crafting and creative projects, and the company of her two cats, Mini and Max.


Region 9 Representative

Jennifer Klauth, LMSW-Macro


Jennifer is the Manager of Recruitment and Outreach at the Western  Michigan University School of Social Work in Kalamazoo, MI. A Michigan native, she holds both a BSW and MSW from Baylor University. She is an LMSW with a background in human trafficking services and coalitions, married to Bo, a PhD student at WMU, and a first-time momma to the world’s cutest toddler, Iris. She is eager to learn alongside her colleagues in NASW, and work together towards lasting social change for a more just world.



Region 10 Representative

Ellen Craine, JD, LMSW-Clinical & Macro, ACSW, INHC


Ellen has been in private practice as a clinical social worker for over 25 years. Her background includes practice experience in private practice, hospice social work, in-patient child adolescent work, social policy advocacy, and education.



She opened Craine Counseling and Consulting Group in 2019. Ellen currently provides clinical social work services to couples, families and individuals (children, teens and adults). She has experience in the areas of loss and grief due to a wide variety of issues; work in the domestic abuse area; addressing integrative medicine working with oncology patients (she has presented at an integrative fellowship training sponsored by Beaumont Hospital on this topic with a focus on pediatric oncology patients). Ellen also works with veterans and their families on an outpatient basis through Give an Hour. In addition, she does social work ethics consultations for social workers utilizing the NASW Code of Ethics (2017) and a model she developed called “Navigating the Social Work Ethics Maze: The 5 Pillars for Consideration”. This model has been copyrighted. She utilizes a strength based and empowerment focused therapy tools with all of her clients.



Ellen has served on the MI-NASW Ethics Committee for approximately 13 years beginning in 2003. She currently is a Board member of MI-NASW and is the Region 10 Representative through June 2021.



Ellen has presented numerous continuing education course for MI-NASW, Eastern Michigan University, and Michigan State University. Topics include, but are not limited to: Legal and Ethical Issues Regarding Subpoenas for Social Workers, Legal and Ethical Issues with Informed Consent (in general, with teens, and related to telehealth), Legal and Ethical Issues with Domestic Abuse Screening and Safety Planning. Loss and Grief with Childhood Cancer (regardless of prognosis); Navigating the Social Work Ethics Maze: The 5 Pillar for Consideration; Legal and Ethical Issues with Medical Marijuana: An Introduction to Medical Marijuana’s History in The United Sates



Ellen is also a trained, and now retired, divorce and family mediator. She appeared on the Cooking Channel TV show Restaurant Redemption as a family mediator, which aired November 5, 2013; link to clip can be seen at



She has recently published two articles: High Mileage Questions for Social Workers via The New Social Worker magazine on-line; When A Child Is Diagnosed with Cancer via Social Work Today magazine on-line. She is currently working on a book on social work ethics. Ellen is currently working on a chapter in a book with 29 other women called Women Who Empower.


Region 11 Representative

Sara Bazydlo, LMSW-Clinical, CAADC


Sara is a Clinical Social Worker at the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center in Detroit, MI. Sara works with Veterans experiencing co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders in an outpatient setting. She is passionate about helping Veterans restore a full and rich life of recovery. Her journey as a social worker has woven together the fields of substance use and trauma across the lifespan. She is particularly interested in the intersections of alcohol/drug use and interpersonal violence. While Sara's primary work is clinical, she has a heart for macro social work practice. Sara comes equipped with skills including psychotherapy, policy writing and revision, program development and evaluation, and educational training and consultation. 


Sara obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Psychology and Women and Gender Studies from Hope College in 2012. She then received a Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Michigan in 2013 with concentrations in interpersonal practice and mental health. Additionally, Sara earned a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC) certification through MCBAP.


In her spare time, Sara enjoys spending time with friends and family, volunteering, practicing yoga, crafting, and sewing.


BSW Student Representative

Jennifer Lafon




MSW Student Representative

Denard Fenaud


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