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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.



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

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.




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.



Member at Large 

Sean Stallworth 


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.



Member at Large 








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 48 years to her husband John, has 5 adult children and 7 grandchildren.




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

Lindsey DeRousse, LMSW, BS, CDP



Region 4 Representative

Robert Lathers, MSW, LMSW





Region 5 Representative

Richard Osburn, LMSW, ACSW, DCSW


AOA –Fellow, ACBT-Emeritus, ITMS, AKA-Pilot License.


Friendly neighborhood backwoods social worker who continues to fail at rocking chair retirement. Currently working part time as a clinical social worker for Cancer Services of Midland County after long career in the child welfare, family services, and community mental health systems.  Now in 55th year working as a social worker starting with a Settlement House in Chicago and has been on and off NASW-Michigan Board since the mid-70s.  Past President of National Rural Social Work Caucus. Rural life and issues have and still are a passion.



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 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
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 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.


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 is a member of the Junior League of Detroit serving on the State Public Affairs Committee. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, volunteering, practicing yoga, crafting, and sewing.


BSW Student Representative

Alexander Barich


Alex is a dedicated BSW student at Eastern Michigan University (EMU) with an anticipated graduation date of April 2019. Alex has maintained an 3.96 GPA and is an active member of Trio Student Support Service and EMU’s Honor College. He has completed several continuing education courses, on social work-related topics. He will start field placement in the fall of 2018 at Lenawee Community Mental Health Authority. He plans to begin a MSW program, with a concentration in interpersonal practice, immediately following his graduation. In addition, he obtained an Associate’s of Arts degree, with honors, from Jackson College in May of 2017.


Alex has worked as a Certified Peer Recovery Coach since June of 2016. Alex currently works at Pathways Engagement Center in Adrian Michigan. He is a trained Smart Recovery facilitator. He also has experience facilitating engagement and life skills groups. In addition, he is a member of Lenawee County’s Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition.


Alex is dedicated to increasing his knowledge base of social work practice and is committed to being of service to the community. He is looking forward to helping the NASW team fulfill their mission of improving the quality of life for the people of Michigan.



MSW Student Representative

Erik Fuller


Erik is a MSW student at Western Michigan University with a concentration in Policy, Planning, and Administration. He holds a BA in Religion from Hope College and a MA in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. His career interests include program evaluation, development, and running for office. He is especially interested in working to promote human rights and equality through legislative action and reform.


Erik is married and has two children, a son who is 6 and a daughter who is 3. In his off time, he is an avid Michigan Wolverine fan and enjoys running and being outside.


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