I grew up in New York City and earned my bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Hunter College (CUNY). My doctorate is from the Ohio State University and, after a move to West Virginia, my professional experience included an enriching mix of higher education teaching and administration at the University of Charleston, the West Virginia Graduate College, and Marshall University. As well, I provided direct service to children and their families when I worked as director of psychological services and special education for the Kanawha County schools.
Community service has enriched my life through board member service for the Children’s Home Society of West Virginia, Goodwill Industries of the Kanawha Valley, Catholic Community Services, and the Kanawha Valley Senior Services. I am also an active supporter and coach for Kanawha County Special Olympics.
Give a synopsis of your regulatory and professional experience. Please emphasize your involvement with ASWB.
I was appointed to the West Virginia Board of Social Work as the public member and continue to serve as the board chair and delegate to ASWB. I will continue to serve until I am replaced.
As well, I was elected to the ASWB Board of Directors as the public member for two consecutive terms ending in 2015. In addition to board service, I served on the Strategic Planning Committee, Nominating and Finance committees, and the Bylaws and Resolutions Committee.
Finally, make a brief statement on the major issues you see facing ASWB, and how you would address them.
Challenges facing ASWB include:
- License portability; that is, the ability for a licensed social worker from one jurisdiction to practice in another jurisdiction. This might require interstate compacts but certainly requires a conversation and a solution.
- Professional integrity is another challenge. The norms for public and professional behavior are changing, especially with the use of media for communication, information, record keeping, and education. ASWB has been a leader in identifying the challenges to professional integrity, but we need more conversations at the grass roots level and with the public, something like a public education campaign.
- Public education on scope of practice includes educating the public about the practice of social work and what the profession means by “public protection.”
Date jurisdiction board term ends/ended: I continue to serve until I am replaced.