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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
  • President-Elect
  • Vice President for Social Policy
  • Vice President for Standards and Services
  • Treasurer
  • 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. 



Abigail Eiler, LMSW

Abigail Eiler, LMSW, MSW is a licensed clinical social worker and educator with more than 10 years of experience working in tribal and non-tribal communities across the country and in Canada. Ms. Eiler is employed as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the University of Michigan School of Social Work where she teaches various interpersonal practice courses to MSW and PhD students. She also holds an appointment as a licensed clinical social worker in the Athletic Department and is helping train social workers as Michigan Medicine rolls out Behavioral Health Collaborative Care in Ambulatory Care. Eiler has been a field instructor since 2010 and continues to promote the use of evidence-based practices and practice-based evidence across the life course. 


Vice President of Standards and Services

Carlynn Nichols, LMSW


Carlynn received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Michigan in 1990. She subsequently received her Master of Social Work from Wayne State University with a focus on Children, Youth and Families in 1994. She is a Licensed Master of Social Work in Macro and Clinical Practice. Carlynn is the Chief Clinical Officer at The Children’s Center of Wayne and an Adjunct Professor at Madonna University.


Carlynn has over 20 years of experience in human services working with children, youth families involved in multiple systems. She began her career in public mental health at Southwest Counseling Solutions (SWCS) as a home-based therapist. In her 14 years at SWCS she rose to the position of Director of Children Youth and Families. Following SWCS, she works as the Director of Children’s Initiatives for Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority. In this position she was responsible for the oversight, management, development and coordination of services for children and youth with Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED) and their families within Wayne County’s public mental health system.  In this role, her focus was to develop a comprehensive system of care for children and youth who are served by multiple systems.  In 2014, she joined the executive leadership team of The Children’s Center which has an 85 plus year history of serving children and families in Wayne County.


Vice President of Social Policy

Susan Grettenberger, PhD, LMSW, MPA


Dr. Grettenberger is the Social Work Program Director at Central Michigan University. She has  extensive practice experience in direct service worker and administration, in HIV/AIDS, child welfare, domestic violence and substance abuse. Her direct practice has been primarily in Latino communities in Michigan and Chicago. She has conducted research in various aspects of faith-based service provision and HIV/AIDS.  Since becoming a social work educator, her teaching has ranged from direct practice to social welfare policy and social justice advocacy.



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 .


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.


Vice President of Finance and Budgeting – Elect

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.



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.


Addtionally, 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

Chérie Elahl, LLMSW


Chérie Elahl is the program director at North Kent Community Services (NKCS). She is focussed on creating programming that will help those that utilize services at NKCS achieve economic independence, with the hope of combatting generational poverty in northern Kent County. She also advocates at the county level that the essential needs of northern Kent County residents are not overlooked. Chérie was a non-traditional student who received her BSW in 2014 and earned her MSW in 2015. Both degrees were obtained through Grand Valley State University (GVSU). She received the BSW macro practice award in 2014 through GVSU and completed her MSW internship experience at NASW-Michigan. Chérie is a mother of an adult son and enjoys any moment that she is able to spend with him. She is happiest when she is partaking in nature, preferably near Lake Superior. 


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
Nicole Schmidt-Nutt, LMSW, ACSW


Nicole Schmidt-Nutt is a Mental Health Therapist at Community Mental Health in Lansing Michigan.  Nicole has an Associated in Business from Delta Community College, a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Central Michigan University and Master of Social Work from Michigan State University.  Her work experience includes supervision of staff, case management, home based services, private practice, child welfare, working with probation/ paroles, sex offenders, developmental delays, substance abuse and domestic violence.  She has worked with the population fields of children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. 


Region 7 Representative
Pamela Pitlanish, LMSW, IMH-E(IV), CHAIS


Pamela is a member of NASW-Michigan's Human-Animal Bond Workgroup and Private Practice Workgroup. Previously, she was a Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health-Detroit Chapter Board member. Pamela is a private practice social worker and lives in Flint.

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
Stephen Rassi, PhD, LMSW, MA


Dr. Rassi is a graduate of University of Michigan (MSW, 1997; MA in Psychology, 2004; PhD in Social Work and Psychology, 2011). Stephen is a clinical social worker at the University of Michigan CGSP (Comprehensive Gender Services Program) and a lecturer for the Eastern Michigan University, School of Social Work, Health Administration Program, and Public Health Program, teaching graduate and undergraduate students.  Having both clinical and macro social work licensure, he sees clients in Ann Arbor and East Lansing for a variety of psychological concerns, including anxiety disorders, PTSD, and complex comorbid mental health concerns, and works with many clients who have gender identity concerns. In addition to his NASW roles, Stephen is a member of WPATH, AASECT, APA, and CSWE.


In his work with NASW, Dr. Rassi has served as a delegate to their National Delegate Assembly several times. He was successful in adding protections based on gender identity or expression to the Social Work Code of Ethics, and was the lead author of the current version of the NASW National Policy on Transgender and Gender Identity. In his work with CSWE, Stephen currently serves on their Council on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression, helping to craft policy that creates equity for transgender social work educators, social workers, and their clients, and advising CSWE on transgender concerns.


Region 11 Representative

Deirdre Laney-King, LMSW


Deirdre Laney-King received her Master of Social Work (MSW) at the University of Michigan in 2013, after completing a dual BA in Women’s Studies and Sociology at Wayne State University in 2011. At the University of Michigan, Deirdre was named a Community Based Initiatives Scholar and graduated with an MSW degree in Management of Human Services, with a concentration in Community and Social Systems and a minor in Community Organizing. Deirdre has worked in various community-based settings in Detroit and Wayne County since 2011, including environmental justice, youth programming and services, integrated health care and community mental health. Deirdre currently works as Special Projects Coordinator for the Center for Excellence at The Guidance Center, as well as a clinician at a private clinic. She is guided by principles of social justice, anti-oppression, feminist and trauma-informed approaches.

BSW Student Representative

Crystal Turbett


Crystal Turbett is a BSW Graduate of Eastern Michigan University as of August of 2017. While at Eastern, Crystal participated in many fundraisers such as the SWRK fundraiser to help raise money for the Eastern's School of Social Work. She has also raised money for children in need and has worked in food pantries across the Wayne County area. She has spent her time mentoring teenage girls at Vista Maria for the past five years. She spends most of her time giving back to underprivileged populations. "Project Backpack" being her favorite charity event to participate in, only because she helped over 15,000 children in Detroit receive backpacks for the school year. Crystal is in the process of applying to four different Masters programs. She is not yet sure what she would like to focus on in the Social Work world.


Crystal works full time with Diabetic pediatric patients to get them the supplies they need. In her free time, she likes to work out, hunt and fish.


MSW Student Representative

Sarah Eicher


Sarah Eicher is an MSW Candidate at the University of Michigan, concentrating in Community Organizing and with an area of practice in Community and Social Systems. Sarah graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Social Work degree with a minor in Psychology. While at Eastern, she served as the Vice President of a student organization dedicated to combating human trafficking through education, public awareness through artistic engagement, and fundraising for survivor services in Michigan. During her studies, she participated in a service learning course in Jamaica working with families of at-risk youth and will continue in global practice as a Global Activities Scholar through the University of Michigan.

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