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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. 



Kevin Holzinger, LMSW, ACSW, CAADC


Kevin graduated high school from Galesburg-Augusta, Michigan.  His college education includes an Associate and a Bachelor of Arts with a minor in Psychology both from Colombia College. He is holds a Master of Social Work 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 2010 with a clinical focus in both medical and mental health. Kevin is passionate about working with Veterans, and specifically enjoys working with them in a residential treatment setting. He was an accomplished leader in the military, and is a recognized leader in his current organization. Kevin is committed to service, and he looks forward to bringing that commitment to the NASW and all Social Workers throughout our communities in the state of MI.



President - Elect

Barbara Hiltz, LMSW


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


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! 



Member at Large 

Sean Stallworth, LMSW 


Sean is a clinical social worker who provides therapeutic services to individuals and families, with a focus on homeless Veterans and their families. As early as adolescence, he had a deep desire to serve others by helping them improve their quality of life.


Sean believes that “The client is the driver and clinicians are the pit crew responsible for using holistic, client-centered approaches to help the client arrive at their desired destination.”

Sean is passionate about the therapeutic process and helping clients move from a place of vulnerability, lack, and uncertainty to survival, sustainability, and significance.


Sean is a tenured Air Force Veteran who from 1999-2009, served stateside and abroad at duty stations in Germany, Jordan, Ireland, and Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Sean received his bachelor’s degree in workforce education and development from Southern Illinois University. Sean holds a master’s degree in social work from Western Michigan University.



Region 1 Representatives
Judith Krause, LMSW

Shelley Ovink, LMSW, ACSW, CAADC


Shelley Ovink received her MSW from Michigan State University (’98) and Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Detroit (’74) in Psychology, Minors in Social Work and Sociology.   

She retired from Pathways CMH from a career that  began working with the adult DD population, moving on to older adult specialist with promotion of the Gatekeeper Program, ending that career with MIA outpatient clinician duties which included certification in the multi-family group process for people diagnosed with schizophrenia. Shelley also retired from Lutheran Social Services Outpatient Services, which included a variety of work from supervising substance abuse programs in the western U.P. prison camps, supervising caseworkers for the Voices for Youth Program and facilitating domestic violence intervention programming. She currently runs a private practice with DV intervention and is recognized as an expert witness on DV perpetration.


Additionally, Shelley is a member of the Michigan Board of Social Work and the disciplinary subcommittee. She currently sits on the NASW-Michigan Chapter Ethics Committee and shares the Region 1 Representative role on the Board of Directors, where monthly meetings are developed into CE events on a regular basis. Shelley has worked to bring meetings to the Houghton area as well as to Marquette. 


Shelley has been married for 50 years to her husband John, has 5 adult children and 7 grandchildren.




Region 2 Representative

Jill Strahan, LMSW



Region 3 Representative



Region 4 Representative

Audrey Litts, LMSW


Audrey is the owner of Thriveworks Counseling in Grand Rapids and Portage, which provide outpatient counseling and medication management services.  Audrey serves as the administrator for her companies and navigates the daily challenges and tasks that come with working in private practice.  Previously, Audrey served as an Executive Director of a non-profit youth organization, and as a school social worker.  Audrey's strengths and experience include medical billing and insurance credentialing in private practice, non-profit management, grant writing, school social work including working with youth in the school setting and providing special education services in schools and in virtual environments.  Audrey and her husband were also foster parents for several years, and she has also spent time as a participant in the child welfare system.


Audrey's is passionate about expanding access to mental health care in southwest Michigan, especially in rural areas, and advocating for better policies and reimbursement rates from medicaid as well as private insurance companies.  She also believes strongly in empowering those seeking mental health services to advocate for themselves by providing them the tools, information and referral sources in order to get the help they need.


Audrey received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management from Northern Michigan University in 2005 and her Master of Social Work degree from Western Michigan University in 2011.


Audrey, her husband and three small children live on a farm in the South Haven area where they enjoy gardening, chasing chickens around the yard, and the beautiful chaos that comes with having children under the age of five.  For self-care, Audrey enjoys yoga, antiques and listening to audio books.


Region 5 Representative

Susan Williams, LLMSW


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, 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


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 have lead me to seek opportunities where 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


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

Marian Tripplett, LMSW, M.ED


Marian Tripplett, LMSW. M.Ed. is a graduate of Lake Michigan College (AA, Social Work, 1991) and Western Michigan University (BA in Applied Liberal Studies, 2002; MA in Educational Leadership/Organizational Analysis, 2008; and MSW, 2011).  Marian 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.  


Her areas of specialization and research include intercultural social work practice, capacity building and culturally responsive clinical interventions.  Marian has over twenty-five years of experience in human services.

Region 10 Representative

Ellen Craine, JD, LMSW, ACSW, INHC


I graduated from MSU with a bachelor’s of science in social work, with a dual in psychology and a minor in criminal justice.  Following MSU, I went to Wayne State Law School and received my JD. While there, and following completion of my degree, I was called to get my master’s in social work. I received my master’s from U of M in 1991. Since graduating, I have held many social work positions including in-patient child and adolescent psychiatry and hospice social work. I am also trained as a divorce and family mediator.  Currently, I am in private practice seeing therapy clients and do social work ethics consultations.


In addition, I teach CEU classes for EMU and will be teaching for MSU this coming fall. Classes I teach include domestic abuse, subpoenas, informed consent, medical marijuana, and loss and grief when a child is diagnosed with cancer. All classes include ethics discussions.  In addition, I will be teaching a 90-minute class for second year medical students at Oakland University’s medical school introducing them to social work ethics.  My other passion, is building an integrative medicine program for pediatric oncology patients at Beaumont Children’s Hospital in Royal Oak.

My MI-NASW experience includes being a member of the ethics committee for approximately 13 years.  During this time, I served as the chairperson for one year. In addition, I was a member of the social work and the courts committee at the national level for approximately three years.


Region 11 Representative

Sara Bazydlo, LMSW, CAADC


Sara is a SUD 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. Sara comes equipped with skills including psychotherapy, policy writing and revision, program development and evaluation, and educational training and consultation. At the VA Medical Center, Sara serves on various committees including the Social Work Professional Standards Board.


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





MSW Student Representative

Michelle Mattison


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