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NASW Ohio Chapter 2017 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 

Vice President

Rosemary Frech

 

MSW Student

Holly Robinson

Deja Williams

 

BSW Student

Colleen Garlock

Kaylee Hively

Jessica James

Kimberly Morgan

Kenna Rearick

Natasha Stewart

 

Region 1 (Toledo Area) Director

Elijah Jones

Jamie Lehtomaa

Diane Yates

 

Region 3 (Cleveland Area) Director

Christina Boozer

Matthew Capezzuto

Larry Heller

LaToya Logan

John Eric Johnston

 


MSW Student


Holly Robinson

 
Education: I am currently an undergraduate student at Cedarville University. I will graduate on May 6, 2017 with a degree in social work. I will attend The Ohio State University ASAP MSW program in June, 2017. I will graduate in May of 2018.


What leadership, collaborative skills, and experience do you bring to this position?
I have had the opportunity to develop and exercise leadership in multiple different areas. In previous years, I have been an intern at Madison Health Hospital, where I learned valuable social work skills as I performed discharge planning for patients and attended interdisciplinary meetings. I have also been an intern for multiple summers at Safe Families for Children- Cincinnati, where I learned office management and organizational skills. This year, I am an intern at Family Violence Prevention Center, where I have performed case management duties, facilitated groups, and participated in gathering and logging statistics. Additionally, I have worked together with my senior social work peers to put together multiple events throughout our last semester, even working as the chair of a grant writing committee for our biggest event. These experiences have shown me the value and importance of effective collaboration.


NASW Leadership History and other leadership experiences related to the position sought:
I am a new member to the NASW, and therefore have never held a leadership position within the organization. However, I do have some experience in leadership. Specifically, I have served as a leader in my internships by training other interns and creating instructions for future interns. I have served as the secretary of the Cedarville University chapter of Phi Alpha, working closely with other officers and members to sponsor different events throughout the year. Additionally, I have served as a Getting Started leader at Cedarville University, helping freshman become acclimated to college life. I believe these experiences have helped me build a solid foundation of what it means to be a strong, humble, and effective leader.


Position Statement
As a social work student, I am constantly learning. I believe that learning is a livelong endeavor and that the more educated we can become, the better we can serve our clients. I hold high the ethical standards of the social work profession and believe that adherence to these values are the foundation of the profession. I recognize the value of micro, mezzo, and macro social work and believe that all of these levels must work together in order to enact lasting change. Personally, I have a strong conviction to help children and families stay safe and healthy. In the future, my goal is to work with families in an effort to achieve this objective. I would also like to create and advocate for policies that are applicable and realistic in an ongoing effort to seek justice for oppressed and marginalized populations.


Deja Williams

 

Education: University of Michigan- Fall 2018


What leadership, collaborative skills, and experience do you bring to this position?
My experience working in various leadership positions has taught me the value of teamwork and communication within the work environment. I have been both a team member as well as a team leader in a professional setting. I have gained extensive experience working and serving clients presenting as students, members of the community at large, and individuals with lower mental functioning through planning and coordinating awareness events, building community and intentional relationships, fostering student development, and prospective student outreach. I have collaborated with co-workers and team members to plan and implement events and programs that raise awareness about local and state issues applicable to the community. My work with clients promotes self-sufficient and self-sustained outcomes, as well as, a sense of empowerment to reach future goals and objectives. In my work experience, I have had the opportunity to interact with individuals in diverse and minority populations; including race, ethnicity, gender, religion, and socio-economic status. My student leadership experience has also given me the responsibility to design posters, flyers, slides, Google quizzes, spread sheets and sign in charts through which I have developed proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Publisher and Excel. Through my internship experience I have completed research, conducted a needs assessment for the city of Jackson, Michigan and community outreach through phone, email, and postal communication to persons and organizations in my local area. I worked alone under little to no supervision which required me to self-motivate to complete the tasks assigned. I was responsible for presenting myself as a professional during meetings with individuals working at agencies and organizations in the Jackson area, as well as, conducting structured interviews with these individuals to gain the needed information for the research I was conducting. I recorded my findings and research data into spread sheets and transferred all my collected data into a final paper. Many of my leadership experiences, including my internship, have allowed me to gain experience in hiring processes, and recruitment.

Position Statement
I am a recent BSW graduate as of May 2017. In the fall, I am attending The University of Michigan to begin a 12-month advanced standing MSW program, in which my concentration area is mental health and my practice method is clinical social work. I hope to work for persons presenting severe mental illness including but not limited to schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and antisocial personality disorder. I am also passionate about serving human trafficking victims, mentally disadvantaged individuals, as well as, working to better communities at large. I have gained some experience in these areas through recent internship and volunteer positions. I hope to be a voice for these populations while serving in the field. My strengths include reliability, hardworking, self-motivation, and working well with others. I am seeking an opportunity to serve as the Masters of Social Work representative to gain experience working in the macro social work field, while working to better my community by advocating for their needs and services. I will contribute new prospective, enthusiasm, and a drive to the team. I have collaborated in many of the position I have held and look forward to doing the same with the team.


BSW Student


Colleen Garlock

Education: I am currently a BSW student at Youngstown State University in a partnership program with Lakeland Community College. I am slated to graduated by June of 2019

 

What leadership, collaborative skills, and experience do you bring to this position?
I have been in a leadership role in my work at the Cleveland Clinic where I was part of the team that helped start the Yoga program for employees. I have also been in charge of administrative tasks and coordinated the work of departments in my various positions. From a collaborative standpoint, I currently work in the field as a CPST and I collaborate with other team members to ensure that our clients get the best possible care. I have also collaborated with individuals in my own community and been part of teams that help to bring awareness of the current opioid epidemic to families within neighboring communities. Lastly, I helped to start several social-media groups that help raise awareness and educate family members whose loved ones are suffering from SUD.


Position Statement
I am a highly-motivated and passionate advocate in the field of Adult mental health and chemical dependency. I decided to come into the field of social work because of the personal issues my family faced with a loved one's addiction. I have since become an exemplary student and have sought to think outside the box in my approach to this work. I have brought my passion for education, and mindfulness into my current role as a CPST worker in the field. I seek to learn evidence-based practices and use harm reduction principles in order to provide the best possible outcomes for the individuals I serve. I also work with and am active in my own community in order to bring education to those whose loved ones are suffering from the ravages of addiction.

 

 

 


Kaylee Hively

 
Education: Ohio University May 2018


What leadership, collaborative skills, and experience do you bring to this position?
I currently facilitate all treatment groups within a juvenile facility, I have completed public speaking classes at Ohio University. I am resilient, resilient to me means I am flexible. When troubles arise, I am able know to stand up for my values and for my clients when needed. I am able to think strategically, I am able to scrutinize and evaluate situations and develop a plan or goals, both in the present and in the future. Another skill I believe I posses is the ability to communicate effectively. Once I develop a plan for the organization, I am able to efficiently communicate it to my clients or peers.


NASW Leadership History and other leadership experiences related to the position sought:
I am part of the student social work association at Ohio University. I attended Advocacy Day with NASW and took the lead role in asking questions of the representatives to effectively make the groups objectives known.


Position Statement
I am a junior at Ohio University Lancaster campus. I will be getting my bachelor’s degree in Social Work. I have received my CDCAII, striving for LISW. This point in my academic career I have concentrated on counseling and social work related courses, as well has psychology and behavior modification. I have received my associates in Human Services, my bachelors in spring 2018. I am currently employed as a resident care worker at the Perry Multi-County Juvenile Facility. I have had my personal hardships in life that have put me on the path to becoming a social worker. I believe my life struggles have helped me become the hardworking and caring individual, I am today. Without the trials I have been through I do not believe I would be on this path, or filling out an application for an amazing position such as this one. I am someone who has a strong sense of self, what my morals and values are and believe that all people no matter what situation they are in should be given a shot at a meaningful life. I hope to be elected for this position to become more involved in advocating for social workers, so we have what it takes to help our communities.


Jessica James

 
Education: I am currently a student at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio. I will graduate in May of 2018.


What leadership, collaborative skills, and experience do you bring to this position?
Throughout my first three years of college, I have had countless opportunities to get involved not just on my college campus, but also in the surrounding community and I have been sure to take full advantage of every opportunity possible. You can see my attached resume for further explanation but I have held countless leadership positions on various clubs on Ashland's campus, and I have also had the chance to enter the field of criminal justice and do a few internships. Although these were more criminal justice related internships, there were still aspects of social work that showed through each one.


Position Statement
Ever since I was a little girl, I have always had a passion for helping others and I am fortunate enough that I am now able to translate this passion into a career. I am a selfless individual who believes that the ultimate well being of others will translate into the well being of our society as a whole. I believe with myself having a double major and having countless experiences in the fields of social work and criminal justice, I can bring a unique perspective to the NASW Ohio Board of directors. Although I am still a student, through my internship experiences and other involvement in the community, I can bring real world, practical advice to the board with still having the perspective of a student and someone who has not officially entered the field of social work.

 

 


Kimberly Morgan

 
Education: I am a student at Brescia University I graduate in December 2017


What leadership, collaborative skills, and experience do you bring to this position?
The leadership skills I display are I am focus, confidence, I have integrity and I am very passion at becoming a quality social worker and making a difference in clients life. The collaborative skills I have are building relationships, team player, curious, trust, safety, appreciative, listen to understand and seek to find answers. There are a number of skills I can bring to the position, I bring excellent communications skills listening, writing and speaking. I bring analytical and problem-solving skills. I use creativity, reasoning and past experiences to identify and solve problems effectively. I have experience working with a diverse population of people. I have a positive attitude and an out going personality. I am open minded and career driven.


Position Statement
I currently work at the Veteran Affairs Medical Center. I started there in 2007 as a nursing assistant. I worked on a surgery unit, which means Veterans had surgery and then returned back inside the community. On the behalf of the Veteran, I have worked with family members to assure the Veterans are returning back to the community with the necessary related medical equipment (RME). I knew at this point I wanted to become a social worker; I wanted to make certain they knew the purpose of completing all paper work thoroughly. In the process of returning back to the community they would have everything needed. There were many Veterans discharged from the Medical Center and were not equipped with the RME. Veterans are assigned to discharge social workers however, if the family is not honest on the paperwork and or don’t have a medical background, might be unfamiliar with what to request. There were Veterans that returned back to the Medical Center in the hopes of selecting RME supplies. My outlook is if Veterans can return back to the community with the necessary materials the first time, it will eliminate the frustration and multiple trips to the medical center.


Kenna Rearick

Education: I am currently a BSW Student at Youngstown State University. I will graduate in the spring of 2019.


What leadership, collaborative skills, and experience do you bring to this position?

I currently serve as a Supplemental Instruction (SI) leader for roughly 100 students in an Introduction to Sociology course at my university. Beginning in August of 2017, I will serve as a team mentor for other SI Leaders in social science courses. I currently act as a Health & Human Services representative in my university's Student Government Association, where I am a member of the Student Life Committee and Diversity & Inclusion Committee. I am also employed as the Residence Manager for a transitional housing facility that serves homeless women and children. All of these aforementioned positions require a high degree of skill in conflict resolution and collaboration with peers, social work colleagues, and the community at large. In the past, I served as a Corps Member and Assistant Team Leader with a team of 6 other individuals in AmeriCorps NCCC (Atlantic Region, Class XXII.)


NASW Leadership History and other leadership experiences related to the position sought:

In my role as a Supplemental Instruction Leader, I am required to facilitate course review sessions with varying group sizes; these sessions have been attended by up to sixty students at a time. I must display competency and sensitivity for content relating to basic sociological concepts. In my role as a Residence Manager, I must display empathy, competency, and patience with our population of twelve women and their children. In my role as a Student Government representative, I have brought the attention of the university to various issues relating to diversity and cultural awareness, and I am a founding member of the Diversity & Inclusion committee. While serving in AmeriCorps NCCC, I was the designated Health & Wellness Liaison for the six individuals on my team; in this capacity, I provided conflict resolution, mental health wellness, crisis management, and communication with the Mental Health Social Worker employed at our base campus.


Position Statement
As a BSW student, I am particularly interested in issues pertaining to cultural competency, social justice, and human rights. I firmly believe that social workers have a responsibility to care for individuals where other societal structures have lacked in providing basic human rights and social justice. While academic knowledge provides a necessary foundation for entering the social work practice, the material experiences of oppressed individuals are equally vital in understanding how to prepare for the profession. In my capacity as the BSW Student representative, I hope to serve as a voice for Ohio's next generation of future social workers. Now, more than ever, we as social workers need to prepare to serve others within the context of a rapidly-changing sociopolitical climate. As a proud AmeriCorps alum, I am an outspoken advocate for young people servicing their communities, and I believe that this kind of humanitarian service to others will prove invaluable in fighting against social injustice. I am looking forward to serving communities of Ohio through this position, and I hope to act as a positive representation of the goals, values, and ideas that are shared by my fellow future social workers.


Natasha Stewart
Education: I am currently a student at Wright State University and anticipate graduation in 2018.


What leadership, collaborative skills, and experience do you bring to this position?
I am patient and able to analyze most of the possible outcomes and consequences of a proposed intervention before deciding on which would best suit the situation. I work well under pressure and able to keep my composure. I can empathize well with others’ life circumstances and provide guidance and constructive feedback when it’s called for. I am an organized individual in my personal life and highly adaptable to the environment around me. I will find creative ways to break through the barriers that hinder the task-completion process. I am committed and observant and if a task needs to be completed by a deadline, I will find a way to get it done. I am currently on the NAMI planning board for the Strides for Mental Health 5K. Was challenged to lead the fundraising for the event and was able to expand active area business and individual donations surpassing previous years records. While serving on the board I was asked to review the Montgomery County by-laws. After completing an extensive review, I noted several items needing to be either addressed or readdressed. My recommendations to the board moved forward and the board has established a new planning committee to fully vet out and incorporate my recommendations which will provide stronger support to the mental health of the local community.


NASW Leadership History and other leadership experiences related to the position sought:
In 2010, I became a founding member of Sinclair Community College's BriTe SiGnAL Alliance diversity club as well as their self-appointed club liaison. I drove to other colleges and universities within a 50 mile radius and attended their diversity club meetings once a month to ensure students across the Miami Valley knew what inclusive activities were available to them. Before graduating from Clark State Community College in 2016, I was an active member of their Diversity Club and advocated for an inclusive climate on campus. Currently, I sit on the LGBTQ Health and Aging Advisory Board of Greater Dayton as their student representative and provide input on a new client survey being created. Furthermore, I have developed material in an effort to do away with conversion therapy in the state of Ohio and personally introduced information to House Representative Rick Perales during the 2017 NASW Advocacy Day in Columbus, Ohio. Additionally, I am a member of NAMI and volunteer at their Montgomery County chapter, where I hold a certification as a Family Support Group Facilitator.


Position Statement
I am a student at Wright State University pursuing a BSW and certificate in Gerontology. I am passionate about Mental Health awareness as I have a special-needs child and fully understand the gaps in care for those who need it most. Equally, I am passionate about Veteran's rights and access to quality healthcare, as well as LGBTQ rights. Currently, I am volunteering at the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Montgomery County where I advocated for funding and assisted in the organization of the 2017 5K Mental Health walk/run. Additionally, I sit on the board of the LGBTQ Health and Aging Advisory Board of Greater Dayton as their student representative. Holding the position of a BSW student board member would allow me to broaden my professional development as well as allow me to continue advocating for the banning of conversion therapy, improving veterans' healthcare, and increasing mental health funding, with an even louder voice. Upon obtaining licensure, I hope to work with the veteran and aging populations as well as in the community with the local and state-wide LGBTQ organizations. I am honored to be afforded the opportunity to run for this amazing position with NASW.


Regional Director - Toledo Area (NW Ohio)


Elijah Jones

 

Education: BSW, 2013, University of Toledo MSW, 2014, University of Toledo


What leadership, collaborative skills, and experience do you bring to this position?


I bring strong organizational skills to this position with a strong history of working with many social workers and future social workers in the Toledo area. I have strong communication skills and social media skills. I have organized and helped plan for meetings and forums. As a social worker, I believe in collaboration within the profession and outside of the profession. I have experience collaborating with other professions and have presented at conferences how other professions and social workers can collaborate.


NASW Leadership History and other leadership experiences related to the position sought:

This past year I worked on helping the NASW Ohio connect with social workers in Region I. For the past 2 years I have served as the Region I Representative for the Ohio Community Health Worker Association and coordinated meetings for networking, education, and information.


Position Statement
Elijah Jones is a PhD student in Educational Psychology at the University of Toledo and a Doctor of Social Work student at Walden University. He is a LISW and a LICDC in Ohio. He has been a member of the NASW since his senior year of undergrad and completed his BSW in 2013. He went on to complete his MSW in 2014 at the University of Toledo and is an adjunct instructor in the social work program. Elijah is passionate about the social work profession and this past academic year supervised 6 social work students in various placements throughout the community. He is on the board of an LGBT+ drop in center in Toledo, Ohio and is currently working with a local agency to offer mental health services to the Latinos in the Toledo and surrounding area. He has served on mission teams in Haiti, Chile, and Mexico. He has done free Mental Health First Aid trainings, volunteered as an abstract reviewer for conferences and grant reviewer for the local Homelessness Board. Although his full-time job revolves around providing clinical services, his passion is in macro level social work practice, working with the community, and teaching.


Jaime Lehtomaa

 
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Social Work, 2017 The University of Findlay Findlay, Ohio


What leadership, collaborative skills, and experience do you bring to this position?
I have had multiple opportunities to collaborate and/or offer leadership assistance in all aspects of my employment and education, often across socio-economic and cultural diversity. I have facilitated programming for children impacted by mental illness, and for individuals living in poverty. Prior to pursuing Social Work, my career was in Early Childhood Education for ten years, during which I was either a Lead Teacher or Co-Teacher of children ages 6 weeks-12 years.


Position Statement
As a graduating senior, I am drawn to multiple avenues of social work practice; but my true passions lie in education and advocacy. I am particularly interested in advocating for collaborative approaches to mental health services, and for education and awareness of compassion fatigue and related phenomenon. In particular, I am drawn to advocating for resources to provide continuing education, training and support to helping professionals, especially Social Workers, in self-care and stress management. What I lack in experiences as a practicing Social Worker, I more than make up for in motivation and eagerness to provide a voice for professionals active in the field. In partnership with a more experienced Social Worker from whom I may learn, I know I have much to bring to the table in providing support to Toledo-area professionals.


Diane Yates

 
Education: BA- 2000, Lourdes (College) University, Sylvania, OH MSSA-2004, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

 

What leadership, collaborative skills, and experience do you bring to this position?

I am the Administrator of our Nurse Aide Training Program. In my position, I am constantly required to collaborate, negotiate, network, and organize, not only for the staff but for all the trainees and community partners who utilize our training programs.


Position Statement
I am interested in the Regional Director position. I would like to utilize my experience and networks to help further the Social Work profession. Initially, I chose Social Work because of my desire to work with adolescent mothers. Once degreed and licensed, I worked as a Social Worker for youths in foster care. I also worked in community mental health as a Community Support Provider and then was offered a management position in a large agency working with people with Developmental Disabilities. While employed full-time, I returned to school to earn my Master’s Degree while also starting a home care company to care for people who are elderly or infirmed. Two years after starting the home care company, I started a health care training program for Nurse Aides, which has since branched out to include other health care related training. Eleven years later, both companies are still in existence today! A long-time NASW member, I am an extrovert who is energized by being around others. I am very involved in my non-denominational church. ! I love to keep busy and feel enriched when I experience a sense of accomplishment.


Regional Director - Cleveland Area (Cuyahoga County)


Christina Boozer

 
Education: MSSA 2011 Case Western Reserve University Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Master Business Administration (Finance) Expected August 2017 Ohio University Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) 2008, Magna Cum Laude Cleveland State University Associate of Arts 2005, Kent State University


What leadership, collaborative skills, and experience do you bring to this position?
I am a certified State of Ohio Trauma Informed Care Instructor and have instructed interdisciplinary staff in an entire agency (DYS). I have participated on a policy revision team I have utilized data to drive operational efficiency decision making and advocated on behalf of interdisciplinary staff to streamline service delivery and remove bottlenecks I have provided supervision to interns I have provided training supervision to LISW candidates


Position Statement
My interests are in engaging social workers to organize and advocate for ourselves in obtaining the respect we deserve as professionals in multiple settings which also may result in higher or equal pay. I also am an advocate for anti-bullying workplace practices. I believe in providing education and advocacy on positive leadership practices to agency leaders to transform culture and improve engagement of staff which also may lead to improvements in productivity and perceived satisfaction in work-life balance. I have an interest in operational efficiency and empowering multiple stakeholders in the front lines to participate in the process that will lead to high quality, timely, effective, and ethical provision of services.


Matthew Capezzuto

 

Education: Master of Science in Social Administration, 1995, Case Western Reserve University Bachelor of Arts in Social Work, 1993, The University of Akron, Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology, 2006, Walden University Doctor of Public Administration, in progress, projected 2017, Valdosta State University


What leadership, collaborative skills, and experience do you bring to this position? 
I have been in leadership roles for most of my career. I am the founder and Executive Director of a multi-site behavioral health agency. In this role I am responsible for the oversight of operations from legal and ethical perspectives and for establishing and maintaining what I believe is a positive work culture. I also regularly collaborate with other agencies in the community, with governing bodies, and with professional organizations in efforts to remain current with industry standards and to stay abreast of innovation occurring in the field. In addition, as an assistant professor in a college of Counseling, Psychology, and Social Sciences I am or have been tasked with management activities such as supervision of adjunct faculty members and organizing the development of the Human Services program. As a supervisor of adjunct faculty members, I was once recognized for my team-building success and asked to discuss my approach with other full-time faculty members at an annual meeting. I’ve also been in leadership roles in the Human Services program and with the Student Professional Development Committee. From these experiences, my leadership skills have been developed and refined over the past decade, and to this end I consider my best skills to be: 1) the capacity to motivate others, 2) the ability to engage others, including individuals and organizations, with success, and 3) leading by example, particularly in relationship to following through with tasks and projects. I never like to leave anything undone, and I never like to doubt my own capabilities or the capabilities of others, within reason and defined parameters. I consider myself to be a transformational leader, meaning that I am more of a motivator and innovator than technocrat, although I am capable of getting tasks completed with the precision and efficiency often associated with the technocratic or transactional leadership approach. Finally, I have further refined my leadership skills and approaches while moving through my second doctorate degree, which is in Public Administration, with an emphasis on public policy and public service management. In this program I have studied theories of leadership and management and the influence of politics, policy, and bureaucracy on public service delivery. I am currently in the process of proposing my research for my dissertation. The dissertation will be a program evaluation of a pilot, early behavioral intervention program with newly injured workers, sponsored by the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation and Ohio Psychological Association. I am a member of the task force that is responsible for developing the program and educating its providers.


Position Statement
As a Social Worker with many years of experience, my vision for the field has evolved quite substantially over the past couple of decades. While it is likely easy to understand simply through namesake that Social Work is a helping profession, much of the depth and breadth of what social workers do, in my opinion, goes largely unnoticed. This is true for all sub-specialties of the field. My vision for the future of Social Work is that its major role in our developing local, national, and international societies and civilizations will be better recognized by the public. In addition, I would like to increase the awareness of social workers’ foundational competence to provide more diverse services that typically fall under the purview of other professionals in related fields and, to this end, initiate relevant education and training programs to provide social workers with opportunities to gain commensurate skills. It would be my delight to help move the field of Social Work forward in these regards through innovation, education, and training, and by better establishing its identity in the public and professional domains. I would approach these goals with great ambition to ensure that Social Work thrives long into the future.


Larry Heller

 
Education: Master of Social Work, May, 2016, Cleveland State University (CSU) (4.0 GPA) Bachelor of Social Work, May, 2015, (4.0 GPA in Social Work) from CSU, Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling expected May, 2018 from Cleveland State University Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, May, 2015 (4.0 GPA in Psychology) from Cleveland State University Associate of Applied Science: Chemical Dependency Specialist and Human Service Generalist, 2013 Summa Cum Laude, Cuyahoga Community College.


What leadership, collaborative skills, and experience do you bring to this position?
I have served as a leader, both on campus and throughout our community. I have served in several student organizations, including our Social Work Honor Society and our NASW Student Club. I have both led service activities and led collaboration efforts with other student organizations. I have led our Food Drive events and coat drives. I have led our food drives for several years as our NASW Student Club has collected more than 2000 pounds of food for our Hike 4 Hope event, supporting the Garden valley Neighborhood Center and Food Pantry. I led our recent food drive for our campus food pantry, in which our NASW Student Club has recently been honored with winning a University competition among more than 200 Student Organizations. I was recently awarded the first ever Cleveland State University "Outstanding Community Engagement" Award for my community service, leadership, and encouragement of collaboration among our college and our larger community. I have also served as a leader and encouraged collaboration throughout our larger community. I have served on a community Mental Health Task Force, Voter Registration Drives, and the Collaboration for a Safe, Fair, and Just Cleveland. The latter involved a collaboration of civic, community, political, and academic leaders throughout our community. I have been an active member of the Greater Cleveland Congregations, an organization of more than forty religious congregations, of a dozen faiths, uniting and collaborating together to achieve common goals. I have the honor and privilege to serve on the Mental Health Response Advisory Committee (MHRAC), created and required by the recent Consent Decree between the U.S. Department of Justice and the City of Cleveland. The Consent Decree requires community feedback on all proposed polices. I recently was named to chair the Community Outreach Committee, responsible for organizing public forums, and getting community feedback on proposed policies. As Chair of the Community Outreach Committee, I have been charged with recruiting committee members, and with oversight of all aspects of preparing these community events. I have been responsible for coordinating with all parties, including the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney's Office; the City of Cleveland and the Office of the Mayor; the Cleveland Division of Police; the Federal Court-Appointed Monitoring Team; our city and county courts, (including Mental Health, Recovery, and Veterans Dockets), area Mental Health agencies, administrators, and professionals; academic and non-profit professionals; and community activists and concerned citizens. While it is an honor and a privilege to serve, it is the service itself which is the greatest reward. I never imagined how good I could feel by serving others, and standing up for our most vulnerable community members. I have served as an advocate for those with mental illness, the homeless, those with other physical or developmental disabilities, our LGBTQ population, and I am committed to speaking up for anyone who has not yet found their voice, or who may feel disenfranchised or powerless. I look forward to serving the field of social work, and the NASW Ohio (and Region 3), and expanding my service by helping others to reach and help more people more effectively.


NASW Leadership History and other leadership experiences related to the position sought:
I have proven myself to be a leader within the NASW Ohio, leading by example, and leading by serving. I have been an active member of our NASW Student Club at CSU, and have been an active participant in many of our NASW events. I am a regular participant at the NASW Ohio Conference, and have attended the NASW National Conference. I have for several years served as a volunteer at the CCCOSW, and have assisted with the planning committee and have recruited attendees, sponsors, presenters, and a keynote speaker, and have participated as a presenter. I have been an active participant and leader in several NASW activities. The first time I attended our NASW Ohio Advocacy Day, I realized I was the only participant from my school. I believed we could do better. Rather than complain about what I thought should be, I tried to envision what could be, then set about to achieve it. I have been taught that Social Justice is an important ethical principle, as well as a moral imperative. I contacted several faculty members in our Social Work Department, and began discussing my plans with other students. I soon learned that transportation concerns and financial concerns were two very important influences, which may prevent many students from participation in Advocacy Day. I then wrote a successful Grant Proposal, obtaining a grant to pay the registration fees and to provide a chartered bus for transportation to our Advocacy day event. After being the only student from my school to participate in Advocacy day one year, the following year we brought more than forty students! I have also helped to encourage involvement in our NASW Ohio Conference. Our NASW Student club involvement has grown from sending three or four members for one day, to sending more than a dozen members for the entire conference! I hope to continue and expand these efforts, and to collaborate with other schools and with our area professionals, to expand involvement and engagement rather than mere membership.


Position Statement
As a student I have been a member of several organizations. Some I support only through membership, and some through occasional participation in select activities, while others merit my full engagement. My goal is to actively encourage such engagement in our NASW Ohio and our Region 3, as I have done in our NASW Student Club at CSU. I have a proven track record of dramatically increasing and encouraging engagement. I have helped to dramatically increase involvement in our NASW Student Club at CSU, and support for our NASW Ohio events (as described in other areas of this application). I hope to encourage interaction and collaboration between our schools and our area agencies and professionals, and to dramatically increase networking opportunities and education events. I hope to increase enthusiasm for our regional awards, and hope to create rubrics of objective criteria for each award. I hope to increase engagement through mentoring. Many of our local agencies may need well-educated workers. I would like to try encouraging our members to become active in education and mentoring, both to help recruiting and to encourage engagement and active involvement.


LaToya Logan

 
Education: MSSA 2006 Case Western Reserve University, BA 2004 Michigan State University Ed.D 2012 (ABD) Walden University


What leadership, collaborative skills, and experience do you bring to this position?
The responsibility of the regional director is to ensure that the issues specific to the Cleveland area are represented and addressed through the Ohio Chapter, to provide support and guidance to stakeholders. To be successful, it is important to be involved in the Cleveland community to reflect the needs, resources and goals for long-term progress. I have a clear understanding of the goals of the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County, having participated in the strategic planning for the last few years. It is important to understand the funding resources and limitations, as well as, the identified need areas highlighted by the board. This enables effective collaboration for joint advocacy areas and opportunities to shape what occurs in our service areas. I have worked with transitional age court involved youth, both in correctional facilities and the community. In response to a gap in service for youth discharging without supportive family and housing, I developed Project LIFT, a nonprofit to provide essential re-entry and reintegration services. This endeavor best highlights my leadership and collaborative skills as it reflects my ability to advocate for financial resources and political support for a highly-stigmatized group. In addition to advocacy, I have written grants, developed a webpage, developed trainings, and collaborated with various stakeholders to galvanize support and community investment. I also started a clinical consultant company to address the limited availability of LISW-S supervisors available in the workplace providing supervision for social workers seeking advancement in their license, career and abilities. It has and is my practice to be of service, to those seeking services and to the social workers striving to be of service.


Position Statement
Social workers are unique due to the commitment to advocacy. On March 8, 2017, the NASW asked social workers to wear red or call off work in solidarity of Women’s Rights. At the end, many were unaware of the next advocacy steps or the direct connection between the Women’s Rights movement and Black Lives Matter or access to mental health treatment. As social workers, it is our ethical and professional responsibility to advocate for social justice issues that not only impact our communities or reflects our narrative, but attempts to silence or deny access to opportunities for any group. There is no difference in 2017 than 1990’s when Black and Brown youth were incarcerated in droves due to racially charged and inadequate research, referring to them as super predators. Or the 1980’s, when crack cocaine ravaged communities, tearing families apart and incarcerating those suffering from addiction. The November 2016 election did not worsen systematic racism, women’s equality, or economic oppression, it made it visible for those who did not see. We must advocate for those without a voice. Not simply advocacy for money, but for widespread legislative changes that will have a fundamental and long-lasting impact on our community.


John Eric Johnston

 

 Education: MSSA, May 2017, Case Western Reserve University, Bachelor of Music Education, May 2012, Kent State University

 

What leadership, collaborative skills, and experience do you bring to this position?
I have previous experience as a manager for a large theatre company. In that position, I would often manage teams of up to 90 people. I was also responsible for guest relations. I helped coordinate volunteers for the 2017 Cuyahoga County Conference on Social Welfare. I believe in team work, utilizing multiple perspectives, and communicating as effectively and efficiently as possible.

Position Statement

I have made the shift from the world of education to the world of social work, and I am excited to begin my social work career in Northeast Ohio. In many of my past positions and my current role at University Hospitals, I have had the pleasure and experience of working on interdisciplinary teams and value social work's role in many different professional realms. I look forward to opportunities to influence individuals and policies along side of my fellow social workers to improve service delivery, social justice, and the welfare of the people throughout Cuyahoga County.

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