NASW-WA Chapter Board of Directors FY 2023
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Garrett Hebel, MSW, LICSW, SUDP
Chapter President FY 2022 - FY 2023
With a Bachelors in Social Work and Spanish from Loras College in Dubuque, IA, and a Master of Social Work from Loyola University of Chicago, Garrett moved to Seattle in 2016 when he joined Harborview Medical Center in Seattle to serve as a Mental Health Practitioner, in which he provides outpatient assessment, case management, referral, and group and individual therapy for clients with mental health and substance use disorders. Garrett holds licenses in WA as an Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and Substance Use Disorder Professional.
Miguel A. Juárez, EdD, MSW
Chapter President-Elect FY 2023
Dr. Juarez is a Field Director and Associate Professor of Social Work at Heritage University, Toppenish, WA. He has taught college level courses, e.g., Human Behavior and the Social Environment, Policy, Cultural Diversity, and Research, since 2004. Dr. Juarez earned his BSW from Heritage University, his MSW from Eastern Washington University, and his EdD in Organizational Leadership from Northcentral University. Dr. Juarez is an active member of the community where he resides. He is passionate about equity and social justice. Dr. Juarez enjoys spending time with his family and friends. For Dr. Juarez education is the key to success!
TyKera Williams, LSWAIC
Chapter 1st Vice President FY 2023 - FY 2024
TyKera earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biopsychology with minor in Entrepreneurship from Loyola University of Maryland and a MSW from Seattle University. She has empathically served those who are challenged by chronic health conditions, substance use and sustaining mental wellness. TyKera is a lifelong learner who passionately advocates for equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging.
Danielle Flores, MSW, LICSW
Chapter Secretary FY 2023 - FY 2024
Danielle has been actively involved in NASW since serving as a Student Representative in 2014. Since then, has served in the roles of Executive Assistant and Membership Services Director with the Nevada Chapter. She has also served as Secretary in various student organizations and on several non-profit Boards. She obtained her LICSW and is currently employed with DCYF.
Patricia Barnes-Cannon, MSW
Chapter 2nd Vice President FY 2022 - FY 2023
Patricia Barnes Cannon has been a resident of the state of Washington since 2014. She received her BA in education/social welfare and MSW with dual specialization in child welfare and policy, administration, community development from Arizona State University. She completed postmasters work at the University of Arizona in interdisciplinary studies including cultural anthropology, Indigenous studies/administration.
Syrene Miller, MSW, LSWAIC
Eastern Washington Region Representative FY 2022 - FY 2023
Syrene A. Miller is an MSW graduate from Boston University, with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communication. She currently works for a community mental health agency as an Intensive Outpatient Clinician using Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Forward Facing Trauma Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Rayanna Tensley, MSW, LICSWA
Eastern Washington Region Representative FY 2023 - FY 2024
Rayanna has been an advocate of participant choice and community involvement within a leadership position for almost 5 years. While working at Excelsior, she had the opportunity to be a member of our diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) council. When she began her MSW degree she ran for vice president of our Master’s in Social Work Student Association (MSWSA). She held this position for 1 year before holding the position of president during her second year. She was also the chapter’s MSWSA liaison for IOTA Beta. At Goodwill, Rayanna worked alongside our VP of Workforce and Family Services (WFS) to continue our efforts of DEI work and became the co-chair of our equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) committee. Over the last few months, she has had the opportunity to work as the Goodwill’s coordinator for the state as they strive to provide digital equity with Goodwill Connect Grant.
Western Washington Region Representative FY 2023 - FY 2024
Claudia Sellmaier, MSW, MA, PhD
Western Washington Region Representative FY 2022 - FY 2023
Claudia Sellmaier, MSW, MA, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work and Criminal Justice at the University of Washington Tacoma. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate students about policy advocacy, macro practice, research, and disability studies. Claudia received her MSW in Germany and worked for years with young adults struggling with unstable housing.
MSW Student Representative FY 2023
Svetlana is a long-time resident of Western Washington who currently attends Arizona State University’s online MSW program. She is an honor student and works in multiple social work roles, serving within the CARES Fire Department program as an advocate and providing follow-up referral services for those who utilize 911 alongside other first responders, volunteering her time as a support groups facilitator for youth at the non-profit organization Lambert House, and serving on the Legislative Action Committee for NASW-WA Chapter. Prior to dividing her time between these concurrent roles, she worked as a clinical intern at Ohana Behavioral Health in Issaquah, where she provided individual therapy, referral services, and some case management for clients. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences from Central Washington University. She is proud to be a social work professional and strive to make a positive impact on the micro, mezzo, and macro level. She believes in meeting the current needs while advocating to address the root of those needs. After graduation, her plan is to split her time between providing therapy and maintaining a role in behavioral health crisis response/follow-up. Svetlana intends to pursue her LICSW license and hold active committee role(s) related to social policy and advocacy, drawing from her diverse experience to help inform macro level decision-making that addresses public safety/health concerns, accessibility of services, and the profession of social work as a whole.
BSW Student Representative FY 2023
Allison cares about the standards and values of the NASW and the profound impact social workers have. She is working towards her BSW with concentrations in Trauma Studies and Substance Use Disorder. As the first President of my university’s Student Social Work Association, she appreciates collaborating with people who share the same values and are held to the same ethical standards. She believes individual struggles are the result of larger systemic injustices and we must attend to immediate needs while simultaneously working to change the system and remove the barriers that maintain social inequalities. Volunteering on multiple school boards in different communities has cultivated her ability to work with diverse groups of people. Past work as a Preschool Director strengthened indispensable skills like time management, adaptability, and attention to detail. Allison is confident that her education and experience will make her a well-qualified candidate for this position.