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Wednesday, May 9

2018 NASW-Illinois Chapter Election Results


Congratulations to the newest members of the NASW-Illinois Chapter Board of Directors! All new board members will begin their term on July 1, 2018. Thank you to all of those who participated in this year’s election!




PRESIDENT-ELECT (One-year term followed by two-year term as president

Grisel Rodriguez-Morales (MSW, Loyola University Chicago; LCSW) works at Rush University Medical Center – Department of Social Work and Community Health as manager of health promotion programs, overseeing Rush Generations, a wellness membership program for adults and caregivers that provides access to a wealth of information and resources geared toward aging and improved health and function. With experience in aging and mental health, Grisel has worked in interprofessional health care teams and with individuals and families of diverse cultural, ethnic, religious, economic, and other diverse backgrounds. She has offered cultural competency training to health care and social services providers. As faculty of the NASW Supervisory Leaders in Aging (SLA) Program, Grisel engaged trainees in learning ways to promote culturally competent gerontological practice. Grisel also holds an academic appointment as instructor to the adjunct faculty in the Rush University (RU) College of Nursing – Department of Adult Health and Gerontological Nursing. As part of the faculty involved in Interprofessional Education (IPE) at Rush University, Grisel manages the Health Mentor Program, a volunteer program of adults with multiple chronic conditions that help RU graduate students better understand the psychosocial factors involved in health self-management. Coaching, teaching, and fostering collaborations are some of the areas of great interest to Grisel. She also loves pausing to spend quality time with her husband and their children. Grisel is past chair of the NASW-Illinois Chicago District.


SECRETARY (Two-year term)

Hilary Edgerly (MSW, Southern Illinois University Carbondale; LCSW) has spent her career serving veterans and their families. She began her career at VA Illiana Health Care System in Danville, Illinois, shortly after graduate school. She has experience in many program areas including care management and long-term care, with special emphasis on dementia care, acute medicine, home care, primary care, and returning combat veterans programs. In 2011 Hilary began supervising social workers in those areas as well as those in the Visual Impairment Service Team, Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders Program, Caregiver Support Program, and Palliative Care Program. In November 2016 Hilary was detailed to the role of acting chief of the Social Work Service and continues in that role today. As acting chief she has administrative and clinical oversight and responsibility for over 50 social workers, nurses, and support staff who provide care to veterans in outpatient, inpatient, and community settings. Hilary has extensive experience in policy/program development and management, advocacy, accreditation and survey readiness, system redesign and process improvement, clinical supervision (including development of social work Simulation Lab for MSW students), and continuing education workshop development and presentation. She has worked on numerous local, state, and national workgroups and task forces to decrease psychosocial barriers to care for veterans and their caregivers.


MEMBER AT-LARGE (Two-year term)

Alison Leipsiger (MSW, Washington University; LSW) is executive director of Reimagine Illinois, a new policy and advocacy organization affiliated with the State Innovation Exchange. Alison comes from state government where she served as legislative director for Illinois State Senator Daniel Biss. Alison studied human development and family studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and earned an MSW at Washington University in St. Louis, focusing on economic and urban development. Prior to graduate school she served one year in the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps. Alison previously worked for the Heartland Alliance and Forefront, is on the Turning Point Behavioral Health Center Advisory Council, and serves on the University of Illinois’ College of ACES Alumni Board of Directors. Alison was the recipient of the 2016 NASW-Illinois Chapter Emerging Leader Award and currently serves on NASW-Illinois Chapter’s PAC Endorsement Board.



Tasheika Nash (MSW Student, Aurora University) she has been volunteering for the past two and a half years as a Will County CASA advocate, acting in the best interest of the children. In May 2017, she became the EAP Representative at Navistar where she has worked for the last 20 years. In December 2017, she successfully completed her foundation internship at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox, working in the inpatient psychiatric unit. During her internship, Tasheika was able to attain many skills that may be utilized throughout her social work career. She was able to understand the importance of human rights and the need for healthcare for everyone. Tasheika is currently the NASW-Illinois Chapter Liaison for Aurora University. Tasheika is also continuously seeking to gain more skills and broaden her education. She is a Labor Assistance Professional (LAP) member, and she gains expertise in the field of EAP by attending their monthly training sessions. Tasheika is a member of NIEAPA, an organization that is dedicated to the advocacy for and the promotion of employee assistance and other workplace-based behavioral health, substance abuse, and organizational consultation services.



Julia Swanson (BSW Student, Olivet Nazarene University) was not always so certain of her life calling. Originally a nonprofit business major, Julia always desired to make the world a better place and knew that helping others was her primary goal. As she became more aware of multi-systemic social issues, Julia began searching for a profession that could have direct impact on the well-being of the lives of individuals. With the Gallup's Strengths of restorative, belief, consistency, harmony, and discipline, Julia felt at home once discovering the option of social work. While pursuing social work, Julia enjoys studying areas of special interest such as mental health, poverty alleviation, and community development. Julia firmly believes that social work has always been her professional calling and is passionate about uncovering the social work field to new students on her college campus, Olivet Nazarene University (ONU). While serving as the networker and NASW Student Representative on the Diakonia Social Work Council at ONU, Julia has enjoyed the ability to connect students with resources and opportunities in the profession. As teaching assistant for the Department of Social Work and Criminal Justice at ONU, Julia has continued developing her professional life in social work  while appreciating further opportunities to engage with both students and faculty.



Krista Woods (MSW, University of Illinois at Chicago; LCSW) has worked in the field of social work/social service for over 20 years. She has worked in senior leadership and direct service in her various positions. Her dedication and high level of professionalism and ethics spans services in child welfare, inpatient and community mental health, and managed care. She is currently founder and president of Integrity Clinical Consulting and Training in Homewood, IL, which provides training and clinical therapy services; many of her clients receive Medicaid benefits and are of color and/or are members of the LGBTQ community. She is licensed as a continuing education provider and conducts trainings in Illinois and across the United States on ethics, cultural competence, and other topics. Many of her trainings focus on professional and firsthand experiences being a person of color, and working in and with marginalized and oppressed individuals, families, and communities. Her passion in training and education is to help social workers better understand impacts of various forms of racism and oppression, and how to use our privilege as social workers to help others and to work toward greater institutional changes in society. She was instrumental in developing and leading integrated care teams in the state’s Medicaid expansion program and created a statewide mobile mental health crisis protocol for Medicaid managed care plans in partnership with community mental health centers. She wishes to continue to provide leadership by serving as the Calumet District Chair and working with NASW members to navigate social work education and practice in challenging social/political times using various modern mediums.



Rosanelly Garcia (MSW, Loyola University Chicago; LCSW) has been committed to providing support, guidance, and direct service to survivors of trauma within the community. As an advocate and proponent for the rights of at-risk youth and adults, Rosanelly collaborates with community partners and organizations to create opportunities as well as facilitate access to resources that support the fulfillment of client goals. Working on the front line with vulnerable populations has allowed Rosanelly to have unique insight into the difficulties faced by the individuals she has served. Rosanelly has over 8 years of experience working in a variety of settings and diverse clients. She holds a master’s degree in social work with a concentration in children and families from Loyola University Chicago. Her professional background and passion to serve the community has granted her the ability to work closely with individuals impacted by immigration, recidivism, homelessness, domestic violence, and trafficking, to name a few.



Patricia Schofield (MSW, Aurora University; LCSW; CADC) started her career as a hairdresser where she learned the importance of listening and guiding others to positive outcomes. Her success gave her the confidence to return to school to gain a social work degree. Even though she was referred to as a nontraditional student, she graduated magna cum laude and went on to earn her MSW, LCSW, and CADC. Patricia started her career in 1992 as a mental health and substance abuse therapist but went on to gain a school social work endorsement. She first worked in Carpentersville District #300. A family move brought her to BlackHawk Area Special Education District, followed by a move to Bureau Marshall Putnam Special Education District. She ended her school career by retiring from Princeton District #115. She has served on the local area land committee (LAN) and was a district board member for the school social workers organization (IASSW). In 2000 she opened a state-licensed mental health and substance treatment facility in Princeton. She was owner and clinical director of this successful agency until she sold it in June 2014. Since that time she has enjoyed retirement.



Jami Harland

Posted on 05/09/18 at 11:00 AM


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