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Monday, August 1

Take One: Meet New Chapter President – Giesela Grumbach, LCSW

Dee Goodale-Mikosz, LCSW

As Giesela Grumbach, our new Chapter President, and I began the conversation for “Take One,” it was evident from the start that the NASW Illinois Chapter has and will continue to play an important part in her life. Giesela recounted many of the reasons that keep her an enthusiastic advocate of the Association. These include giving back and contributing to the profession, networking with like-minded professionals with the same goals, purposes and aspirations, diversity of the individuals you meet by becoming involved, and the positive experiences one enjoys in making this connection. As Giesela said, “I have made many lifelong friends through my involvement with the NASW Illinois Chapter.”

 When Giesela is not working on NASW business, she is mom to daughters Kenria and Sarah. Kenria is a college student and out in the workforce this summer. Sarah is a recent 8th grade graduate who will be attending Tinley Park High School in the fall. Though Kenria and Sarah do much of their socializing with their teenage friends these days, Giesela and her daughters continue to share family vacations, “shopping” trips, concerts and “good” talks whenever those moments present themselves.

 In her full time work life, Giesela is a Family Life Educator for the University of Illinois Extension. Extension is the outreach component of the Urbana/Champaign Campus that provides research-based information to a variety of audiences including parents, school children, senior citizens, professionals and homeowners. Extension reaches over one and a half million people each year through educational opportunities via workshops, newsletters, the Internet, school enrichment, audio-video conferencing, satellite programming, radio and television, point of purchase displays and kiosks. Program content areas include Youth Development (4-H), Consumer and Family Education, Nutrition and Wellness, Horticulture and Environmental Issues (Master Gardener Program) and Economic Development. As a Family Life Educator, Giesela offers a range of trainings that focus on parenting; discipline, building character in the home and family relationships. Family Life programs cover the life span and as Giesela commented, “It is important for social workers to know about these programs and utilize them.” To learn more about University of Illinois Extension visit the website at http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/.

 During the past year as President Elect, Giesela re-energized and re-established the Chapter Committee on Diversity which has a new proposed name – The Committee for Diversity Awareness and Cultural Competency – that will be voted on at the August Chapter Board of Directors meeting. Since the late 1990’s she has also been active with the Violence Task Force and International Activities Network. From 1999-2001, she served as the Chicago District Chair and Board Representative. Giesela sits on her city’s Community and Economic Development Commission and participates in community volunteer opportunities when time permits. She is a member of the Governors State University Advisory Board for the MSW program and the Trinity Christian College Advisory Board for the BSW program.

 Giesela’s passion centers around humanitarian issues. Giesela said it best, “People from all walks of life and nationalities interest me. I want to know who they are, where they’re from and how they experience life. I also feel passionate about issues pertaining to human rights, social justice and serving underrepresented populations. I enjoy encouraging others and seeing people grow, especially our clients – this is what excites me.”

 An undergraduate education in sociology at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights served Giesela well. She went on to obtain her MSW from Loyola University Chicago’s Graduate School of Social Work. Later she completed a two year post graduate training at The Family Institute on the campus of Northwestern University in marriage and family therapy.

 As we concluded our conversation, Giesela talked about several of the goals that she has set for herself during her term in office. These include developing a new strategic plan, taking part in the Delegate Assembly in August in Washington, DC and expanding leadership opportunities for all members. Giesela reflected on the following, “We need to make sure information is shared, future leaders developed and members’ skills honed in such a way that our committees, networks and task forces thrive. Information sharing and training are vital if we are to attain the level of continuity that is needed to benefit each group. Committee, network and task force members have a responsibility to communicate the progress of their work in a manner that benefits the Chapter and ensures the likelihood of continuity of work regardless of current membership. The NASW has been lucky in this regard. We have had great leadership. We need more people to step up and be willing to serve in leadership roles. The NASW recognizes our members currently serving in a leadership capacity. We appreciate everything they do and we need to ensure that the great work they have accomplished is not lost but rather transferred to others in order to keep it going.”

 Just for fun Giesela loves attending the theatre, going to the Chicago Sinfonietta and loves to be where she can participate in water sports when on vacation. As a child, she took dance classes and dance continues to be an interest as she participates in a partnered dance class called “Stepping.” Interested in investing, Giesela helped found an investment club which she participated in for quite some time and hopes to become involved with one, again, sometime in the future.

Welcome to President Giesela Grumbach and “someone you should know.”

Posted on 08/01/05 at 12:32 PM


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