Please give a brief biography, including your education, licensure or certification level and employment history.
I am currently the executive director of the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board. I have been director since August 2014. Prior to joining the board, I was director of the office of program compliance within the Ohio Housing Finance Agency. I currently serve as president of the Homes on the Hill CDC board. I have previously served on other boards. My education is in the social sciences and business. I have a master’s degree in geography and an MBA.
Give a synopsis of your regulatory and professional experience. Please emphasize your involvement with ASWB.
My career has largely been spent helping individuals and businesses navigate government rules and regulations, first as a compliance administrator, now as the director of a licensure board. I view my role as one of helping enforce high standards while providing empathetic support and encouragement. I have attended several ASWB conferences and formerly served on the Bylaws and Resolutions Committee, which I chaired for one year.
Finally, make a brief statement on the major issues you see facing ASWB, and how you would address them.
My perspective is that ASWB’s challenges are largely the challenges all licensure boards face:
- Ensuring that reasonable and appropriate public protection regulation of social work practice continues to exist in the face of efforts to deregulate licensed professions
- Establishing mobility practices that ensure a vibrant social work profession while respecting the needs of individual jurisdictions to regulate
As a board administrator, I would view it as my role to provide feedback to the ASWB Board and staff regarding how these challenges are being faced at the jurisdictional level.
With respect to a challenge related specifically to ASWB, I think as an organization it faces a challenge related to its own success. As a successful association, how can it continue to stay relevant and effective? As someone who views himself as a link between the regulation of the profession and those who are practicing, I look forward to working with ASWB Board members and staff to keep ASWB on its successful path by exploring new services, resources, and tools to help boards and social workers.
Date jurisdiction board term ends/ended: N/A. Currently serving as a board administrator.
Please give a brief biography, including your education, licensure or certification level and employment history:
Proven regulatory leadership: I have worked as a social work regulator for 27 years. I have served in leadership roles in my career at the Minnesota Board of Social Work to ensure the board’s mission of protecting the public. My career at the board includes promotions from staff social worker to assistant director to my current position, beginning in 2008, as the board’s executive director. I am responsible for leading and managing the agency as the CEO, with a yearly budget of $1.2 million, a staff team of 13, more than 15,000 regulated licensees, and a complaint resolution process of approximately 400 complaints per year.
I serve as the agency chief budget officer, am the responsible authority for agency data and data security, and direct the licensure and complaint resolution programs in compliance with state and federal laws. I direct agency operations, technology initiatives, and education and outreach initiatives, and serve as agency legislative liaison, spokesperson, and media relations person. I have years of experience with public speaking at both local and national levels with a variety of audiences. I am skilled at project management, leading the board through three strategic planning events, major technology projects, and internal business process review and improvement. I value collaboration and have created partnerships, serving on local, state, and national committees to further support our mission of public protection. In addition, I work with state and federal agencies to monitor state, national, and international issues and to respond effectively to emerging policy and social work practice issues.
Credentials: I hold an active Licensed Social Worker (LSW) license in Minnesota, issued in 1990 via the grandparenting provision when licensing was first enacted in Minnesota. I earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. My professional background includes five years of direct supervised practice experience in Minnesota and serving as a counselor at the Ramsey County Rape Crisis Center and a senior citizen outreach worker at a local community center in St. Paul, where I developed and managed a new community outreach program.
Give a synopsis of your regulatory and professional experience. Please emphasize your involvement with ASWB:
Decades of ASWB experience: I have been active in ASWB in a board administrator capacity representing Minnesota since the 1990s and have served in several ASWB leadership roles. I have been fortunate to attend ASWB Education Conferences and Annual Meetings of the Delegate Assembly on a regular basis. Most recently, I was appointed to the Regulatory Education and Leadership Committee for 2016–2017, serving as chair of the REAL Committee responsible for the 2018 Education Conference. I attended the first ASWB Executive Leadership Training in 2018. I actively participate in the Administrators Forum and was elected chair of the forum from 2013 to 2016. I received the Glenda McDonald Board Administrator Award for Outstanding Commitment to Social Work Regulatory Board Service in 2009. I have also served on the ASWB Finance Committee, Finance Audit Committee, and, at the request of the CEO, participated in the 2014–2018 ASWB strategic planning meeting as chair of the Administrators Forum. I also collaborated in the development of the new ASWB Administrators Workshop and served as a facilitator for the 2014 and 2015 training programs.
Finally, make a brief statement on the major issues you see facing ASWB, and how you would address them:
Passion for excellence: I am passionate and committed to our collective public safety missions, which is demonstrated by my more than 25 years of service in social work regulation. I believe ASWB is a leader in the regulatory systems and I am confident I can contribute to the ASWB mission to achieve strategic outcomes. My extensive regulatory experience, professional skills, and long-standing involvement with ASWB set a solid foundation from which to envision both maintaining a strong and steady organization and cultivating new and exciting “relevant regulation” with ASWB membership.
ASWB priority issues: I believe the major issues facing ASWB are opportunities to create positive change and influence in regulation and to promote and ensure a sound organization. As a member organization, we must work collectively to continue to develop and implement the ASWB strategic plan with both internal and external strategies and measure outcomes and performance.
- Mobility: Partner with and support member jurisdictions to implement social work license mobility as a key priority. Continue to gather data, construct a model, policies, regulations, and infrastructures that will enable jurisdictions to implement effective and efficient regulations that serve both professionals and the public.
- Service to jurisdictions: Continue to meet the needs of member jurisdictions by creating tools and providing services to board administrators to assist in meeting our missions in ever-demanding times with limited resources.
- Exam integrity: Maintain the integrity of the examination program at an affordable cost to applicants.
- Partnerships: Continue strategic partnerships to strengthen the regulatory community. Monitor and gather reliable data on regulatory, policy, workforce, and emerging social work practice issues, in an effort to be proactive, responsive, and support the regulatory community.
- Leadership: Continue to implement methods to develop ASWB leadership and continue to assess and implement sound strategies to ensure a stable and responsive agency.
Date jurisdiction board term ends/ended: Does not apply.