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2019 Board of Directors Election
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Elections are now open for the BSW and MSW student rep positions!

 

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BSW Students

 

Taylor Blosser


Will complete bachelor's degree in May 2020 at Ohio State University

 

Leadership History: Current secretary for College of Social Work Student Association

 

Current NASW Member (Candidates would need to join before taking office): Yes

 

Position Statement: My name is Taylor Blosser and I am a senior at Ohio State University studying social work and public policy. I am very excited to help create change and be part of a group that strives for social justice, values people and the importance of human relationships. I view the National Association of Social Workers as a community that supports each other and makes serving others a priority. At Ohio State, I am the secretary of the College of Social Work Student Association and spend time volunteering in hospice and with homeless individuals. I hope to work in the mezzo and macro levels of social work and am passionate about criminal justice, poverty, human trafficking, and mental health. As the Bachelor of Social Work Student on this board, I hope to bring my drive and compassion to this wonderful community.
One of my most important personal values is compassion and empathy towards others. I want to see and help others succeed in any way I can. Previously, I worked at Ulta Beauty and during the time I was there, I trained all of the new hires. Creating a welcoming and safe environment for others is a priority of mine and what I learned through my position at Ulta carried over to my position in the College of Social Work Student Association. Having a welcoming environment is vital to be able to collaborate and create change and I want people to feel comfortable and brave enough to share thoughts and opinions.

Courtney Pelham

Graduation: BSW at Malone University class of 2020

 

Current NASW Member (Candidates would need to join before taking office): Yes

 

Position Statement: I am running for the position of being the BSW candidate because I find ethics a crucial part of the profession of social work. I think this position is valuable in allowing student input in the realm of ethics. Perhaps being effective on communicating common area(s) of confusion and/question that can help other students better understand the ethical principles we, as future social workers, are to abide by. I find myself as being a person easy to talk to and can therefore be a person other students and communicate concerns with by which I can help resolve. In sum, this position would allow me to be an advocate for future social workers by allowing their voices be heard and is therefore a position that is meaningful to me.


During my last internship, I formed a policy agenda for the United Way of Greater Stark county and have thus learned collaborative skills of effective communication and compromise of ideas/visions. Also, being a manager at a young age has helped me learn leadership skills of listening and team work despite any differences when working toward a common goal.

 

Leadership History: Member of phi alpha society, social work club officer, manager at Marcos pizza

Scarlett Purtee

Graduation: I plan to graduate in 2021 with Bachelors of arts with concentration in social work

 

Current NASW Member (Candidates would need to join before taking office): No


Position Statement: If I was to be apart of NASW I would be extremely eager to learn from the professionals I would be able to work with. I also would be able to bring forward different views to upcoming issues as a student. I am very interested in crime victims and I would like to talk about how we can better help those people as well.

 

I am an extremely hard worker. Not only am I a full time student but also work 30-40 hours a week. I was a cheerleader for my university. I always have gotten along well with the people I work with and cheer with.

 

Leadership History: Shift manager, and cheer captain in high school

 

 

MSW Students

Alexis Critchley

I graduated this past May with my BSW from The Ohio State University. This year I will be a full-time Advanced Standing MSW student with an area of emphasis in Social Justice and Community.

 

Current NASW Member (Candidates would need to join before taking office): Yes

 

Position Statement: For the past three years, I have been the lead organizer for Red Roots Community Garden. Red Roots is a volunteer-run intentional growing space for both organic food and community - without the separation of garden plots for each gardener, we learn the value of collective ownership and collective care for each other. We further our community’s reach to provide for the basic right of access to healthy food by also donating our extra produce to other organizations such as Food Not Bombs. On evenings and weekends, I bartend to help pay for my tuition and basic living expenses. Last semester I worked as a student representative for the Ohio Organizing Collaborative and we engaged in city-wide outreach promoting the state constitutional amendment Issue One, a major criminal justice reform effort supported by NASW Ohio. I am the lead organizer of Red Roots Community Garden where I have helped bring dozens of new volunteers into the garden. The purpose of Red Roots is to build a greater sense of community in Old North, Columbus - and we believe that access to fresh healthy food is a basic human right. Our mission is to increase people’s connection and interest in where their food comes from (as well as the knowledge of how to grow it) and to ensure healthy food is accessible to everyone. For many who come to the garden space it becomes a form of horticultural therapy. We currently have four volunteers who consistently come to the garden throughout the week, and in the 5 years since the garden’s inception, this formerly vacant lot has been a source of empowerment for many more. Our long term goal is to heal ourselves, our neighbors and our friends; as we believe that working with each other as we work with the land deepens our connection to other living things and ourselves. With every burst of color - whether fruit or flower - and every workshop, weekend BBQ or festival, it illuminates the reality of what it takes to grow food and community. I have been a member of the NASW since 2017 and I have attended various workshops and trainings facilitated by the organization. In 2018, I received certification as an Anti-Oppression Informed Practitioner. Although I do not have specific NASW leadership experience, while I pursued my undergraduate degree I often spoke to my classmates and connected them to resources pertaining to opportunities for free CEU trainings, Advocacy Day and the annual conference. My passion for community organizing, social policy and advocacy work has been nurtured by my love for social work. I have been engaged in community activism for the past seven years with organizations such as: Occupy OSU, United Students Against Sweatshops, and the Ohio Organizing Collaborative. As an MSW student representative, I am interested in the ways we can structurally and tangibly promote both self and community care on campus and within the profession. Rachel Elizabeth Cargle, community activist and author, described sharing our stories as form of “therapy and care,” and that “when we see ourselves in each other we open a gateway of permission to feel less alone, less vulnerable, more fortified and more free.” As an MSW representative, I hope to act as a connecting vessel to share the experiences, stories and perspectives of my peers with the NASW. "

 

Terra E. Campbell

Graduation: MSW, 2020, Cleveland State University


Current NASW Member (Candidates would need to join before taking office): Yes


Position Statement: As a self-supported and later returning MSW student, I believe my knowledge base, leadership experience, and impassioned voice for MSW students makes me a worthy candidate for the NASW board. Trauma-informed care, adverse childhood experiences, substance use disorders, feminist theory, and veteran issues comprise a few of my social work interests. As an intern with OhioGuidestone, I was able to work with at-risk young adults from inner-city Cleveland. I partnered with clients to mitigate self-identified barriers and increase self-efficacy. Next fall, I will intern with the VA in an IOP in Lorain County focusing on SUD recovery. Whenever gifted the opportunity, I take leadership seriously. Speaking with a clear, firm, and informed voice on behalf of those who cannot has been the most humbling purpose to my life. Before returning to the social services, I worked in hospitality for 10 years. I witnessed and experienced suffering of young professionals struggling to survive and find a place in the world. If elected for this position, I will represent MSW students that sacrifice daily for their client’s well-being with every ounce of energy and enthusiasm I have. Sincerely, thank you for your time and consideration in casting your vote for me.


In the various fields I have pursued in my career, I've always found myself in positions of leadership. I enjoy speaking up for what I think is right, both from effective and moral perspectives. I am not easily intimidated, yet enjoy being sensitively attuned to others. As a team captain on sports teams and in various employment positions, I enjoy the personal satisfaction of a group working together towards a goal to achieve something larger than ourselves. There is always something to learn and be gained if we only open our minds, change our perspectives, and look for the lesson.

 

Diana Shoaf Maier

Graduation: MSW, 2021, The Ohio State University Main Campus

 

Current NASW Member (Candidates would need to join before taking office): Yes


Position Statement: I would like to serve as a Student Representative on the NASW Ohio Board of Directors to further contribute to the profession and provide feedback about the perspective of a MSW student. Having been a member of NASW Ohio for a few years and attended the local conference, I have been impressed with NASW Ohio and all the services it provides to the profession. I am currently serving as Student Representative on the Field Advisory Committee for the OSU College of Social Work and find it a meaningful way to get more involved in the profession while continuing my studies, working full-time, and interning. I consider it a privilege and would love the opportunity to serve in a similar capacity on the NASW Ohio Board.


I currently serve as the Student Representative on the Field Advisory Committee for the OSU College of Social Work. I previously served as an AmeriCorps member and received significant leadership training from this role. Additionally, I am a graduate of the Vineyard Leadership Institute, a two-year seminary-level program focusing on leadership, management, and service to the community. In my teenage years, I served in countless leadership capacities through my extensive involvement with 4-H. I was a State 4-H Ambassador and represented Ohio 4-H at various events throughout the state. I was also elected President of various clubs I was involved with. I enjoy collaboration and teamwork.

 

Leadership History: I do not yet have any leadership experience with NASW. I have been a member for a couple year. I have attended a few of the networking events and one of the local conferences. I currently serve as the Student Representative on the Field Advisory Committee for the OSU College of Social Work. I previously served as an AmeriCorps member and received significant leadership training from this role. Additionally, I am a graduate of the Vineyard Leadership Institute, a two-year seminary-level program focusing on leadership, management, and service to the community. In my teenage years, I served in countless leadership capacities through my extensive involvement with 4-H. I was a State 4-H Ambassador and represented Ohio 4-H at various events throughout the state. I was also elected President of various clubs I was involved with. I enjoy collaboration and teamwork.

 

Nicholas Milburn


Graduation: MSW, 2020-2021, Walden university


Current NASW Member (Candidates would need to join before taking office): Yes


Position Statement: I am willing to serve as the MSW student rep, and help foster the connection between MSW programs in my area, and online MSW programs as well. I will speak of the great things that come out of the NASW!
President and founder of ssu pave student title nine team, treasure of the social work club in undergrad. Also I now serve as the treasure for the Pride committee for Portsmouth! It’s our second pride ever!

 

Jennifer Scott


Graduation: MSW, Anticipated 2020, University of New England


Leadership History: Student Officer (Treasurer), Phi Alpha Honor Society


Current NASW Member (Candidates would need to join before taking office): Yes


Position Statement: We often hear how important it is to find our passion and then to actively pursue it. I have always felt the need to help people in my career no matter what field I worked in, thus prompting me to study both Psychology and Sociology for my B.A. I eventually wanted to go to graduate school, but had no clue which field I would choose. It wasn’t until two jobs and 7 years later that I finally realized my passion was rooted in the social work field. I enrolled in a distance MSW program which allowed me to continue to work full time while developing as a social work professional. I will be finishing up my program this coming school year and am excited for what my social work future holds. Through my program, I have developed a strong professional identity rooted in empowerment, strengths-based and trauma-informed practice, and the importance of relationships. I have chosen to focus on an integrated concentration as both clinical and community practices are so closely intertwined and dependent on one another. I believe my professional lens and educational experiences will be an asset to Ohio’s Board of Directors.
My professional positions have required skills in developing and cultivating coalitions and community partnerships as a way of addressing widespread social inequities. I have also focused my professional practice on empowering those I serve as well as those I work with. Additionally, I am currently serving as a student officer for my University's Phi Alpha Honor Society (Treasurer).

 

Kelly Szydlowski


Graduation: Current student at Capella University obtaining my Maser's in Social Work. My projected completion date is September 2020.


Current NASW Member (Candidates would need to join before taking office): No


Position Statement: I am eager to become part of the NASW Ohio Chapter Board of Directors representing the MSW students. I am currently obtaining my MSW from Capella University with a projected completion date of September 2020. Providing services to children and their families is a passion of mine. My current position allows me to assist with bridging the gap between the school and home environments with a focus on positive parenting and connecting families to resources as needed within the county. Connecting to the social work community in an effort of decreasing the stigma toward mental illness and making access to services easier to ensure all are served, is a priority of mine. I look forward to the opportunity to learn from great minds and positively contribute to the social work practice. Thank you for your consideration.


The core values of NASW include service, dignity and worth of people, importance of human relationships and competence. I display these values daily with my current employment. When working with children and families, the parents are the experts. I look to them for answers and help them see another side to the puzzle. Collaboratively we work together to create a more positive and successful home. At work, I value my co-workers as a team. Even though we have our own caseloads, we all have our strengths that alone we work well but together we work better. Brainstorming ideas and making sure that we are doing everything we can for the families we serve is important to me. At the end of the day I want my families to feel valued.

 

Leadership History: I am new to NASW, however, I have natural leadership qualities. Many of the preventative case managers contact me to consult on cases. One of the principles I work with frequently compliments my work ethic and will tell me how much she appreciates me. I am thankful for her support of the preventative services and being a mental health/trauma informed school.

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