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NASW Ohio Chapter 2018 Board Elections
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The following candidates are running for a position on the Ohio Chapter Board of Directors. For more information about each of the candidates scroll down. 

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About the Candidates 

President-Elect

Crystal Dunivant

Tiffany Lombardo

 

MSW Student

Makenzie Gingerich

Tasha Henderson

Aleksandra Tyler

Ellen Williams

  

BSW Student

Sarah Bailey

Alison Laber

 

Region 5 Director

Ami Peacock

 

Region 6 Director

Pamela Miller

 

Region 8 Director

Debbie Dickson

 

 


President-Elect

 

Crystal Dunivant, MSW, LSW

 
Education: The University of Akron, Master of Social Work and Bachelor of Art in Social Work-Summa Cum Laude

 

What leadership, collaborative skills, and experience do you bring to this position? 
I am currently the chair of the Staff Training Education Committee and the co-chair of the Inclusion & Diversity at Community Support Services, Inc. I am consistently collaborating with internal and external customers to best meet the needs of our staff members. I work closely with clinical supervisors to identify strengths and opportunities for improvement with new staff. I coordinate training opportunities with community partners on a regularly basis to address educational needs and to increase cultural humility for all agency staff. I work with NASW board members to support and empower social workers across the state. I am cultivating social work knowledge and skills to future social workers as a Part-Time Instructor at the University of Akron.


NASW Leadership History and other leadership experiences related to the position sought:
I am the previous director for the NASW Ohio Region Region 8. I currently serve as the treasurer for the board of directors for NASW Ohio. I also serve as the chair of the PACE Committee for Region 8.


Position Statement
I have been a gatekeeper of the social work professor for over ten years. I engaged members and connected the core values of social work with social work field practice during my time as regional director. I continue to identify and enlist political candidates that have platforms that align with the values of NASW. I believe that social and political justice is a priority and a path to effective change. As treasurer, I work with board members and the executive director to maintain financial solvency of the organization. My future goals are to identify creative initiatives to recruit and maintain NASW members. I want us to continue to provide educational and continuing education opportunities for our members. I envision NASW Ohio Chapter being the premier organization to promote social justice and advocacy throughout the state of Ohio.


 

Tiffany Lombardo, LISW-S, LICDC-CS, ICCS

 
Education: Master of Arts Social Service Administration, 2009, University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration, Bachelor of Arts. Sociology, 2004, Xavier University

What leadership, collaborative skills, and experience do you bring to this position? 
My current role has offered me the opportunity to work across multiple sectors and initiate collaborations among providers for program development. I work with elected officials and other public employees, healthcare systems, community behavioral health systems, and the justice system currently on multiple projects. I work with multiple community coalitions in the Greater Cincinnati area and hold positions on various committees as well. Additionally, I am a graduate of the NLIGC EXCEL Leadership Course in 2017.


NASW Leadership History and other leadership experiences related to the position sought:
I currently sit on the Ohio Chapter Ethics Committee, as well as an initial member of the Macro Practice Committee. Additionally, over the past year I have been a trainer for Region 6 and a presenter at the annual NASW Ohio Conference in November. I have held leadership positions on various community and agency committees (including as Chair and Vice Chair) and have a lot of experience working within the Board system. My experience working with a Board and collaborating with other would make me an asset to this position. Additionally, I am an elected precinct captain for the Butler County Democratic Party, therefore advocating in the political arena is not an area I would shy away from.


Position Statement
Ohio has some of the best social workers in the country and my hope is that this will only continue to grow. Our country and our state is currently faced with social issues that will impact us for generations to come. It is up to those of us who value service, social justice, the dignity & worth of people, the importance of human relationships, integrity and competence to stand up and fight. Social Workers MUST be a part of the solution! This starts with training and educating social work students. We need to foster their passion and prepare them. The next Jane Adamms is out there! As President-Elect, I would work tirelessly to ensure that NASW Ohio continue to be a voice for social workers in Ohio and fights for our Core Values. My strengths in networking, collaboration, and organization/planning will be utilized to advocate for the promotion and support of social workers in Ohio. I want to see the profession of Social Work elevated in our society to the same respect given to other licensed professions. We deserve it! My focus would include advocacy for the social work profession and a focus on licensing and supervision within the state.

 

MSW Student


Makenzie Gingerich

 
Education: I will be pursuing my Master's Degree at the University of Toledo starting this May. Bachelor's Degree in Social work from the University of Findlay- May 2018


What leadership, collaborative skills, and experience do you bring to this position?
As President of Phi Alpha, I learned the importance of communication, time management, and team work skills. I learned how to empower my chapter members and disperse tasks that fit each person's strengths. I was President of the Phi Alpha Social Work Honor's Society my senior year at the University of Findlay. I led my chapter in a presentation at the 2017 CSWE National Conference, where we came in second place. I also led my chapter in organizing Take Back the Night, which is an event that raises awareness about sexual assault and domestic violence, in hopes of ending all forms of violence.


Position Statement
I am a growing professional that has a passion and love for Social Work. I grew up in a small Amish community. With that said, not only am I a first generation college graduate, I am a first generation high school graduate. I was accepted into the Advanced Standing program at the University of Toledo and will be pursuing my Master's Degree starting this May. I would be honored to sit on the Board and help shape the work of NASW to better serve social work students.

 

 


Tasha Henderson, SWT

 

Education: Current MSW Student at The Ohio State University, Expected Graduation May 2019, Bachelor of Science in Education, 2017, The Ohio State University


What leadership, collaborative skills, and experience do you bring to this position?
My student research positions have supported a variety leadership opportunities in teaching, disseminating, and researching areas of positive youth development. Over the past 2 year I have worked closely with faculty and staff in the College of Social Work to produce publications and presentations within the scope of social work.
My role as a student research assistant within the Community and Youth Collaborative Institute has provided me with project management skills in relation to data collection, organization of large data sets, basic analyses, and report building. I have utilized these skills to analytically review current Community Collaboration for School Improvement Models, case study examples of school intervention processes and disseminate research findings. During the past two years I have engaged in conferences sharing analyses of mental-health interventions, interdisciplinary teams and climate change in schools. I continue to expand on leadership opportunities in the college and community. Through the LiFEsports Initiative, I have collaborated on an intervention and research team evaluating the outcomes of summer and year-long sports programming. Through these experiences I have narrowed my own research interests and have a clear focus for my continued educational path. Currently, I have several positions related to the leadership experience I seek in the MSW Student role on the NASW Board of Directors. I provide service to the profession of social work through membership in NASW and School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA). Through these memberships I have participated in Ohio Advocacy Day, the National SSWAA Conference, and the SSWAA Research Forum. I am the student chair of the Mental Health Education Integration National Consortium (MHEDIC) an interdisciplinary task force addressing national mental health concerns. In the College of Social Work I was recently selected as a College of Social Work Champion, in this role I lend insight to incoming and prospective MSW students on the power of a social work degree. In addition, I serve in leadership roles across the community from non-profit organizations such as Columbus Humane to university based programs such as the Neighborhood Design Center. In these roles I'm able to lend time, resources, and build experiences with the youth and communities I wish to serve/

Position Statement
The profession of social work is known for drawing on community, school, and individual strengths and resources. I believe a social work background and license will provide myself the tools to begin understanding and pursuing answers to educational disparities, lack of opportunities, and access to resources within urban low income communities. The field of social work provides unique opportunities to understand and intervene in the lives of youth through multiple systems. Through my current social work field practicum with the Community and Youth Collaborative Institute I hope to continue expanding on my skill sets within the field of social work. I continue working individually with youth and teaching in urban settings, as well as combining my background in education with social work resources. My intention is to create these linkages in the community, schools, and classrooms in order to impact youth and alter their life outcomes.

 

 



Aleksandra Tyler

 

Education: Master of Social Administration and Master of Non-Profit Organizations, Expected December 2019, Case Western Reserve University, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, 2016, Ohio University, Certificate of Wealth and Poverty, 2016, Ohio University


What leadership, collaborative skills, and experience do you bring to this position? 
My leadership and educational experiences have taught me the importance of communication, active listening, collaboration and diversity in perspective and thought. My work in promoting and facilitating the self-advocacy of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities has taught me that one of the most important skills a leader can possess is the ability to listen. Most recently, I have served as the director of communications on the student-run governing board of The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. This experience has reaffirmed to me that obstacles are best tackled in collaborative environments where diversity in perspective and thought is both welcomed and expected. Finally, I believe in the importance of being willing to learn from others. If elected, I will bring with me a willingness to learn from my colleagues through respecting their perspectives and experiences. Although I have not held any NASW leadership positions, I have had the opportunity to serve as a leader in my undergraduate and graduate careers. In my undergraduate career, I served as both meal coordinator and intern at United Campus Ministries, an inter-faith non-profit dedicated to social justice and community service. My responsibilities included coordinating volunteer services, facilitating inter-organization partnerships and recruiting potential interns and volunteers. Currently, I serve as the director of communications on the student-run governing board of The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. My responsibilities include assisting in the planning and implementation of council sponsored events and initiatives, and promoting school and university events. If elected, I would use my previous leadership experiences as a foundation to build upon in my work on NASW Ohio's Board of Directors.

Position Statement
My passion for advocacy in all forms drives my social work practice. Through my experiences in working with vulnerable populations, I have gained an understanding and appreciation for the unique and crucial role social workers play in our society. If elected, I would relish in the opportunity to support and further the mission of the NASW through representing the interests of the next generation of social workers. It would be an honor to help build upon the foundation laid by past and present social work professionals.

 


Ellen Williams

 

Education: MSW The Ohio State University May 2019, BSW The Ohio State University May 2018


What leadership, collaborative skills, and experience do you bring to this position? 
I have worked with at-risk youth in the Columbus community for three years in a variety of settings. I have experiences working with youth and families from all backgrounds in school settings, after-school programs, sport-based youth development programs, therapeutic settings, and mental health daytreatment programs. I am knowledgeable about injustices happening within the community as well as our country and take an active role in protests, marches, and other advocacy work. I am not afraid to use my voice and be a leader within the community. I have extensive experience working on diverse teams of colleagues and coworkers on task forces and accomplishing projects. I will bring a unique passion to this position.

Position Statement
I hope to serve as a student representative on the NASW Ohio Chapter Board of Directors to enhance my professional development and to make meaningful contributions within our community of social workers. I am extremely passionate and dedicated to the social work profession. I am excited for an opportunity to improve the lives of social work student and to work collaboratively with and learn from other professionals.

 


BSW Student


Sarah Bailey, SWA

 

Education: Bachelors in Social Work, Liberty University, Anticipated September 2018, Associates of Applied Science in Social Work, Clark State Community College, 2001

 

What leadership, collaborative skills, and experience do you bring to this position?
I have been a 4-H and an American Heritage Girl leader over the years so I know how to plan and implement decisions. I also know how to work with others to get plans completed in a timely manner and even strive to get items done ahead of time. I am also a member of the Tau Sigma National Honor Society and Pi Alpha National Honor Society - Chi Theta Chapter.


Position Statement
I am passionate about helping others help themselves and to improve their lives through providing services and finding resources in the community to aid them. I strive to follow the code of ethics in both my education, my practicum sites and even in everyday living. I enjoy thinking outside of the box to produce workable solutions to problems for individuals and groups and helping implement those ideas or plans. .

 

 

 

 

 


Allison Laber

 
Education: I am currently a third-year undergraduate student at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) pursuing a dual degree in psychology and social work. I will graduate in August of 2019.


What leadership, collaborative skills, and experience do you bring to this position?
Over the last several years, I have had extensive opportunities to develop as a leader and work collaboratively with others to give back to my community, all of which make me an ideal candidate for a NASW board position.

First, I am a member of BGSU’s highly regarded President’s Leadership Academy (“PLA”), which is a four-year, extremely competitive (I was one of twenty-two freshmen selected among close to 300 applicants), service-focused scholarship program whose mission is to help students develop the skills necessary to give back to their communities. The cornerstone of PLA is the concept of servant leadership: that leaders exist to serve others, and that good leaders implement the values of collaboration, teamwork, diversity, and inclusion. For the entire month of July leading up to my freshman year, I participated in a full-time workshop to kickstart the development of servant-leadership skills, and by the end of my freshman year, I was named Cohort Member of the Year. The PLA curriculum includes both leadership development as well as service learning. Thus, through my experience in PLA, I am not only contributing to the college and local communities by the service activities in which I am involved (such as serving as a Special Olympics coach, volunteering at a local adoption agency, planning a two-day leadership conference for area high school students, planning a 5k run, and serving as a mentor for at-risk youth at PathStone), but I am learning how to enhance my leadership skills, which will help me inspire and motivate others to give back to their communities. To date, I have dedicated more than 500 hours to the coursework and community service projects associated with PLA. In addition, through BGSU I have participated in the LeaderShape Institute, a six-day workshop that challenges participants to lead with integrity, as well as the Global Leadership Certificate program, a six-week workshop that teaches participants to lead and communicate on a global scale.

Second, I spent the fall 2017 semester studying abroad in eleven countries across four continents through the Semester at Sea program, where I was chosen as one of only five “IMPACT scholars” among more than 550 students. Selected due to my proven commitment to community service and desire to further that commitment during the voyage, my role not only was to engage in service activities such as volunteering in orphanages and schools, but even more importantly, to lead, motivate, and collaborate with my fellow students to do the same. I have created a student organization that has partnered with a school in Ghana and aims to empower students through education.

Third, I have served as an academic peer mentor, an orientation leader, and a senator for undergraduate student government at BGSU. Through all three of these positions, I have learned the importance of relationships, how to advocate for others, and how to connect people with resources to help them succeed.

Fourth, I am actively involved in a campus sorority, where I have learned how to collaborate and handle conflict as the risk management chairperson, plan events and collaborate with a team as the Panhellenic delegate, and demonstrate the principle of self-determination as a member of the standards committee.

Fifth, in my recent social work classes I have gained valuable knowledge and skills in areas such as diversity, abiding by the NASW Code of Ethics, and practicing intake interviews, assessments, and intervention planning.

Finally, in addition to these skills that I have gained through my experiences in class and in the community, I have personal attributes that would help me contribute to the NASW Board. I am patient, approachable, empathetic, sensitive, selfless, and non-judgmental. I am also incredibly organized, motivated, and focused. Excelling academically has always been very important to me and I work very hard to accomplish this, but I also recognize the importance of learning outside of the classroom.

In sum, my experience as a member of BGSU’s Presidential Leadership Academy, serving as an IMPACT scholar in the Semester at Sea program, working as a peer mentor and orientation leader, serving as a student government senator, holding several leadership positions in my sorority, developing social-work-specific skills through my coursework, and my personality traits would allow me to contribute significantly to the NASW Board.

Having recently become a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), my experience with NASW is limited. However, as set forth in detail in my response to the previous question, I have extensive leadership experience, including as a member of BGSU’s elite leadership academy where I have spent in excess of 500 hours engaged in servant leadership activities designed to develop and hone my leadership skills, serving as an IMPACT scholar where I led my fellow students in community service activities while studying abroad last semester, working as a peer mentor and orientation leader, serving as a student government senator, and holding several leadership positions in my sorority. These experiences would allow me to contribute positively and immediately to the NASW Board.


Position Statement
Giving back to the community is a mandate that my parents instilled in me as a child and one that I have pledged to live by throughout my life. Community service is at the very core of who I am now, and who I plan to be in the future. My choice of college, majors, and extra-curricular activities all were based on the opportunities I would have to give back to the community and to learn how to motivate others to do the same. I chose to study social work because it reflects the importance of service in my life and demonstrates that giving back to the community and helping those in need is not merely lip service or something I plan to do only in my spare time. My professional goal is to work with children from diverse cultural backgrounds through one-on-one counseling. The opportunity to work with vulnerable members of the community and make a difference in their lives is something I feel called to do and I am excited to embark on my career as a social worker. If elected, I would work tirelessly as a member of the NASW Board. Thank you for your consideration.

 

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