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2016 NASW Illinois Chapter Statewide Awards

Nina Nguyen, NASW Illinois Chapter Manager, Membership and Communication

Congratulations to this year's 2016 NASW Illinois Chapter Statewide Award winners! The individuals below were selected by the NASW Illinios Chapter Statewide Awards Committee as people whose work in their professional and personal lives has upheld basic tenets of the social work profession—giving voice to those who are without voices. An awards ceremony will be held later this fall to honor this year's statewide award winners.

Congratulations to this year's winners!


LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT: Carol Goldbaum, PhD, LCSW

Carol Goldbaum (PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago; MSW, Loyola University Chicago; LCSW) is the quintessential social worker. She has been and continues to be clinician, educator, advocate, administrator, and activist with multiple professional organizations over her fifty-year career. She is clinical and program consultant and trainer to various human service organizations and individuals locally, nationally, and internationally. Carol is on the Advisory Council for Age Options, the Suburban Cook County Area Agency on Aging, as well as the NASW Illinois Chapter Cultural Competency Task Force, Older Adults Shared Interest Group, Retired Social Worker Shared Interest Group, and the GLBT Aging Task Force of Metropolitan Chicago. She participates in community and international social activism.


SOCIAL WORKER OF THE YEAR: Chasity Wells-Armstrong, MSW, CADC

Chasity Wells-Armstrong (MSW, Governors State University; CADC) is a macro-level social work practitioner, certified addictions counselor, and community activist. She has served in numerous roles on the NASW Illinois Chapter Board of Directors. She has also served as advisory board member for several social work programs in the state, has taught as adjunct professor, and has been a leader in community organizations such as the NAACP and Harbor House Domestic Violence Shelter. Chasity currently serves as Congressman Bill Foster's (IL-11) Deputy District Director. She was elected to the Kankakee City Council during 2015 and is the first black woman elected to represent the Fifth Ward in the city of Kankakee. 


EMERGING LEADER: Alison Leipsiger, MSW, LSW

Alison Leipsiger (MSW, Washington University; LSW) is director of public policy and advocacy at Forefront (formerly Donors Forum), Illinois’ statewide regional association of grantmakers and council for nonprofits. She studied human development and family studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and completed her master’s of social work at Washington University in St. Louis, focusing on economic and urban development. Prior to graduate school Alison served one year in the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps, serving in Sacramento, Tucson, and the Gulf Coast. Alison previously worked for Illinois state Senator Daniel Biss as his legislative director.


PUBLIC CITIZEN OF THE YEAR: Annetta Wilson

Posted on 03/01/16 at 08:00 AM

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A well-deserved tribute to a hard working, caring and knowlegeable social worker, with whom I am honored to have been associated.

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