President and Chair
A. Elizabeth (Betsy) Cauble is Head of the Department and Associate Professor of Social Work at Kansas State Universty. She has taught in the social work program at KSU since 1993. She received both her MSW and PhD at the University of Minnesota.
Prior to KSU, Dr. Cauble was a child welfare adminstrator at Franklin County Children Services in Columbus, Ohio. She also has been director of a hospital social work department, a family therapist, and director of a custody mediation research project.
While completing her graduate education, Dr. Cauble and her husband owned and operated a receiving home for children. At KSU, she was involved in the development of child welfare traning modules, co-directed the SRS Training Grant from 1997 to 2000, conducted focus groups throughout Kansas as part of a U.S. Department of Justice Grant through the Juvenile Justice Authority of Kansas to assess community needs in the area of juvenile justice, and participates in the Manhatten Network to End Violence Against Women.
Her primary area of teaching is social work practice and public policy. Her research interests involve child welfare system and how violence against children constitutes a community health risk and behavioral health preparedness response, and recovery in rural areas.
Leadership roles in the National Association of Social Workers include: President of the Kansas Chapter (2001-2003), Chair of the KNASW Professional Standards Committee (1997-2001), NASW Board Member (2004-2007), NASW Board Executive Commttee (2006-2007), Chair of the NASW Membership Committee (2005-2007), NASW Board Representative to the National PACE Committee, and President of the NASW Assurance Services Board of Directors.
In 2004 Dr. Cauble received the Kansas Social Worker of the Year award.
Tony has an M.B.A. in Finance from Mount St. Mary's University and a B.S. in Business Administration from The Ohio State University. He completed experienced leadership training at GE's Crotonville Learning Center and is certified in Six-Sigma Quality program.
Tony currently serves on the American Society of Association Executives' Insurance Company Board, NASW Assurance Services and Assurance Services Insurance Company Boards.
Jeane W. Anastas, PhD, LMSW is the President of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain profressional standards, and to advance sound social polices.
Dr. Anastas has been a long-standing and active member of NASW. As well as being President, she has served as convener for the Action Network for Social Work Education and Research (ANSWER), a coalition of social work organizations committed to increasing legislative and executive branch advocacy on behalf of social work educaion, training, and research. She is also a member of the NASW Worforce Research Advisory Workgroup and previously served on the Board of Directors of the Institute for Advancement of Social Work Research (IASWR) and the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR). Dr. Anastas has served as Chair of the National Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues (NCLGBTI), Chair of the National Committee on Women Issues (NCOWI), and as a member of the National Committee on Nominations and Leadership Identification (NCNLI).
Dr. Anastas is active in her state NASW Chapter, serving as president of the Massachusetts Chapter and was named Social Worker of the Year in 1995.
Dr. Anastas is a professor at the New York University (NYU) Silver School of Social Work, and is highly regarded in the field of social work doctoral education and research. She was named a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Visiting Scholar for academic years 2006-2007, and received the CSWE Greatest Recent Constribution to Social Work Education in 2007. Dr. Anastas was elected to the National Academies of Practice in Health Care in 2007.
Dr. Anastas has published extensively on women issues, GLBT rights, mental health, and social work education, includingTeaching in Social Work: Theory and Practice for Educatorsand the forthcoming Doctoral Education in Social Work. She received her BLS in social work from Boston University, her MSW from Boston College, and her PhD from Brandeis University in Boston, Massachusetts.
Dr. McClain joins NASW after serving six years as Commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, a position appointed by Governor Deval Patrick. While there, he oversaw a budget of $850 million and a workforce of 3,500 employees to address reports of abuse and neglect for the state’s most vulnerable children, partnering with families to help them better nurture and protect their children.
Prior to that position, Dr. McClain was Vice President and Executive Director of the New Jersey Division of Child Behavioral Health Service Center (Value Options) where he built and oversaw administrative, clinical and quality management program infrastructures that increased access to behavioral health services for children and youth, including those in the juvenile justice system. His team also developed a web-based information management system to improve real-time access to case information by child services personnel.
As Vice President of Network Management and Regional Operations for the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership, Dr. McClain developed and maintained a provider network capable of delivering high quality, responsive services to 450,000 Mass Health members.
A native of Texas and an alumnus of Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch, he holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from West Texas State University, a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a PhD in Social Work from Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. Dr. McClain is an adjunct faculty member in the Urban Leadership Program at Simmons College Graduate School of Social Work.
Barbara Conniff, MSW, ACSW (Pennsylvania Chapter) currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Milestone Centers, Inc., a private, non-profit community based agency providing a continuum of treatment and support services to individuals with mental illness and developmental disabilities and their families.
Conniff received a BA from Carlow College in psychology and a MSW from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a member of the national Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW) and a current member of the NASW national Board of Directors. Her 43 year professional career has included a variety of local health care, public health, and mental health care positions. She is a graduate of the First Class of the Allegheny County United Way, and Carnegie Mellon University collaborative sponsored Non-Profit Executive Training Program.
Barbara served on the NASW Foundation Board from 2007 to 2010.
Suzanne Dworak-Peck served as President of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Elected in 1986, her term of office ran from July 1, 1987 to June 30, 1989.
Dworak-Peck is a Past-President of the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW), represents more than 500,000 social workers in over 80 countries around the world. She is the first and only Ambassador for IFSW.
She is also the founder of NCN, the NASW Communications Network, Inc. NCN has provided the media and entertainment industry with a centralized information and resource outlet for social issues, nationally and internationally and other programs including the "Si" awards to recognize outstanding portrayals of social workers and social issues.
She received her BA cum laude in psychology from the University of Southern California, where she also earned her MSW as an NIMH Fellow. A social work practitioner, Suzanne Dworak-Peck has spent much of her career working with vulnerable and traditionally excluded populations as well as providing clinical supervision and treatment to families and individuals.
he has served as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Social Work at the University of Southern California and has held field faculty appointments at UCLA School of Social Welfare, and within the California State University system. At USC, she chaired Los Amigos and served on the Board of Councillors. Additionally, she chaired the California Board of Behavioral Sciences which regulates the legal practice of over 40,000 licensees in clinical social work, educational psychology, and marriage, family, and child counseling.
As President and founding member of the California Coalition for Mental Health representing over 30 mental health organizations and as president twice of the California Council of Psychiatry, Psychology, Social Work and Nursing, Dworak-Peck represented more than 40,000 mental health professionals. She served on the Interdisciplinary Advisory Committee of the Journal of Hospital and Community Psychiatry as well as has represented social work at the National Mental Health Leadership Forum, composed of over 35 national consumer and provider organizations. She was Co-Chair of the National "Mental Illness in America" hearings and was on the Board of the National Mental Health Leadership Foundation.
Dworak-Peck is a Past President of the California Chapter of NASW and chaired the Political Action, Legislative, and Koshland Awards Committee and served on the Social Work Image Council. Currently she is a member of the California Social Work Archives Hall of Distinction Committee to recognize the most significant social workers in California and the Strategic Planning Commission for the New Center for Psychoanalysis.
Her activities in NASW at the national level included the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. She was Co-Chair and Treasurer of the PACE Board of Trustees. She also chaired the Delegate Assembly and the Western States Coalition. She chaired the International Rhoda G. Sarnat Committee and, at present, she chairs the Campaign Advisory Committee for the NASW Foundation National Social Work Public Education Campaign.
She served as Vice President for North America of the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) and as the U.S. delegate on the Executive Committee.
Among her honors is the distinction of Social Worker of the Year, California Chapter and selection as one of five social workers to represent the profession in the Centennial Exhibit. She was appointed by the Governor of California to the White House Conference on Families and to the Board of Behavioral Sciences, and the International Communications Industries Association Achievement Award.
In addition, Dworak-Peck was Co-Chair of the National Institute of Mental Health/State of California Mental Health Manpower Advisory Panel.
NASW co-presented her with the first International Rhoda G. Sarnat Award for advancing the public image of social work. She is also an NASW Pioneer. She received the 2011 Nickel Award for Outstanding Professional Services by a Social Worker from the University of Southern California.
Jean Parr is the Program Director of the Member Insurance Program for the American Chemical Society (ACS). In this capacity, she directs the development, marketing and administration of the group insurance plans for ACS members and is also the Secretary of the Board of Trustees Group Insurance Plans for ACS members.
Ms. Parr has held a variety of positions since joining the ACS staff in 1981. Prior to her current position, she was the Head of the Department of Career Services (1997-2002), Staff Liaison to the ACS committee Economic and Professional Affairs, and served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Commission on Professionals in Science and Technology.
From 1990-1996, she directed the ACS Membership Activities Department and was the Staff Liaison to the ACS Membership Affairs Committee and the Admissions Committee. She was appointed Chair of the Membership Committee, Council of Scientific and Engineering Society Executives, 1993-1995. She spent the first ten years of her tenure at ACS in the Department of Government Relations and Science Policy.
She holds a BS degree in Plant Science from the University of Delaware.
Deborah A. Reyes is President of Capital American Mortgage Company (residential and commercial real estate mortgage financing) and the Deborah A. Reyes Consulting and Training Group (personal and professional development, real estate industry, business evaluation and strategic planning) in Coral Gables, Florida.
Previously, she was the Executive Vice President for Helpco Financial Services, Inc. Prior to that, she handled operations for an agency of the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, handling life, disability, and pension administration.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from Florida International University in Miami, Florida. She holds a number of leadership positions on several boards: Chair of the World Foundation for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, Inc., First Vice President for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami, and Chair of the National Board Alumni for Girl Scouts of the USA.
In addition, she serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Builders Association of South Florida, the Federal National Mortgage Associate Advisory Council for the Partnership Office, and the Fannie Mae Foundation Community Colleges Initiative - Miami Dade Community College.
She has also held board and leadership positions with Fannie Mae Southeastern Regional Advisory Board, Chase Manhatten Mortgage Corporation Wholesale Customer Advisory Board, Girl Scout Council of Tropical Florida, Girl Scouts of the USA, Miami-Dade County Public Schools Academy of Finance, National Association of Professional Mortgage Women, and the South Florida Association of Professional Mortgage Women.
Ms. Reyes has received a number of awards for her voluntary work as well as recognition within her industry, including: Outstanding Business Women of the Year by the Coral Gable Chamber of Commerce, the Athena Award, the highest award from Girl Scouts of the USA - Thanks Badge and from Boy Scouts - La Flor de Lis Cubana, and the Zonta Club International Volunteer of the Year Award.
Diana Stroud is the Assistant Dean for Advancement and Alumni Affairs at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, Champaign, where she was responsible for raising more than $17M during the Brilliant Futures Campaign and a part-time, medical social worker at Provena Covenant Medical Center, Urbana.
During her career she worked as an Assistant Administrator in Long Term Rehabilitation Centers, as a hospital Medical Social Worker and as the Assistant Director of a Child Welfare Agency in Peoria, IL. In 1998 she joined the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois, Champaign as the Director of Development, eventually becoming the Assistant Dean before moving to positions in the Vice-Chancellor’s Office and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, where she works on a variety of projects including community and health informatics, expansion of broadband and digital inclusion.
Diana joined NASW as a student and has served on the local program, nominations and legislative committee; at the Illinois State level as Vice-President, chair of the membership, child welfare, awards and legislative committees; nationally as a delegate to the Delegate Assembly seven times, Regional Representative to the National Board, Treasurer of the National Board, member of the finance, executive and by-laws committees, and chair of the personnel and finance committee. Currently serving as a member of the NASW Executive Search Committee.
Memberships include; NASW, founding Member of Prevent Child Abuse Illinois, Alpha Delta Mu Honor Society, Champaign County Executive Club, Leadership Illinois, and a United Way Pillar
Diana was named Social Worker of the Year in Peoria and the State of Illinois in 1990, one of her proudest accomplishments.
Diana earned her BSW from Illinois State University and MSW from the University of Illinois, Champaign, specializing in public policy-administration.
Bo Walker, LCSW, DCSW is the Clinical Director (formerly the Chief Operating Officer) of Partnership for Families, Children & Adults (formerly Family & Childrens Services of Chattanooga, Inc.). In this role, he is responsible for the oversight of all clinical services for the agency and Director of the Counseling Center and Family Support Services Program. He also is responsible for accreditation implementation, Performance and Quality Improvement, risk management, staff development and training, and records management. The Partnership is the oldest and largest family service agency in the region with over 20 programs and services, over 130 employees and an $8.3 million operating budget. Approximately 74,514 lives were impacted in 2009-2010 through agency services. The agency is a member of the Alliance for Children and Families and accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children (COA).
Previously in private practice, Walker has 35 years of clinical and administrative experience in a variety of practice settings. A Diplomate in Clinical Social Work (the highest credential bestowed by NASW), Walker has been recognized locally, statewide and nationally for his outstanding practice in the social work and mental health fields. He was named Social Worker of the Year by the Tennessee Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (1992) and Professional Advocate of the Year by the Tennessee Conference on Social Welfare (2004). He was recognized by the National Mental Health Association with the Ruth P. Brudney Social Work Award (1994). Walker has a B.A.degree in Sociology from Warren Wilson College, and was recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award (1994). He has a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Tennessee College of Social Work. In March 2006, Walker was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Tennessee Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.
Walker has held multiple offices with the National Association of Social Workers, Inc. (NASW), including President and Delegate Assembly representative for the Tennessee Chapter. As a delegate, Walker was involved in the 1996 and 1999 revisions of the NASW Code of Ethics. Walker was a participant in the 2005 and 2010 Social Work Congress, convened to develop social work imperatives for the next decade. Walker served as Vice-President of the National Board of NASW from 2006 to 2009. He currently serves on the NASW Assurance Services Board, the NASW National Ethics Committee (NEC) and the NASW National Committee on Nominations & Leadership Identification (NCNLI).
On a local level Walker has held key leadership positions in a variety of social, fraternal and service organizations, and Boards of Directors. A sample of affiliations include: Boys Scouts of America (Assistant Scoutmaster & Cub Master), 100 Black Men of Chattanooga (Past President), Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (Past President), and Chattanooga Choral Society for the Preservation of African-American Song (Past President). He has served on the Board of Directors for the AIM Center (Psychosocial Rehabilitation Program), Y-ME of Chattanooga (Breast Cancer Education & Support), and the Tennessee Conference on Social Welfare. He currently is President-Elect for Kiwanis of Chattanooga and Co-Chair of the Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute Board of Trustees. Walker also is on the Professional Advisory Committees for the social work programs at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga and Southern Adventist University.
A native of Selma, AL, Walker has a diverse personal and professional experience base. A former adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Chattanooga State Technical Community College, Walker is a popular lecturer and trainer. He provides training in social work ethics, cultural diversity/competence, family systems, and a variety of other topics.
Walker has been married to his wife, Pat, for over 35 years. They have two sons; Quincy, age 34, a graduate of Fayetteville State University (Sociology), and Brian, age 30, an Eagle Scout and graduate of Howard University (Architecture). Walker is an Elder at the Brainerd Church of Christ.