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Garrett Hebel, MSW, LICSW, SUDP

NASW WA 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

NASW WA 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!

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TyKera Williams, LSWAIC

NASW WA 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.

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Patricia Barnes-Cannon, MSW

NASW WA 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.  

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Danielle Flores, MSW, LICSW

NASW WA 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. 

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Syrene Miller, MSW, LSWAIC 

NASW WA Chapter 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. 

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Liz McCully

NASW WA Chapter Western Washington Region Representative FY 2023 - FY2024

Liz McCully is a long-time resident of Seattle who enjoys bicycling, hiking in the Cascade mountains, and camping with her 11 year old son. Liz divides her time across her advanced internship in pediatric palliative and hospice services, volunteering on the local crisis line, and keeping up with classwork. After graduation in Spring 2022, Liz plans to work as a medical social worker in hospital, crisis intervention, hospice, palliative or oncology. Liz currently attends Boise State University's online MSW program, and previously earned a Masters in Teaching from City University of Seattle (2007), and an undergraduate degree in cultural anthropology and ethnobotany from The Evergreen State College (2000). Prior to returning to school for her MSW, Liz taught in both Seattle Public Schools and Highline Public Schools.

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Rayanna Tensley

NASW WA Chapter 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.

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Elizabeth “Liz” McCully

NASW WA Chapter Western Washington Region Representative FY 2023 - FY 2024

I have resided in Seattle, Washington since the late 1990s, and I am graduating in May 2022 with my MSW from Boise State University. In my advance year internship, I am working in pediatric palliative and hospice care, providing in-home visits, coordinating care and helping families connect to desired services. I have long been passionate about working with marginalized, historically underserved and vulnerable populations, seeking out volunteer opportunities with the Prisoner Correspondence Project, Crisis Connections, and Providence Hospice of Seattle. I am a dedicated advocate for autism awareness and research, self-identifying as neurodiverse, and raising a child on the autism spectrum.

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Claudia Sellmaier, MSW, MA, PhD

NASW WA Chapter 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. 

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Svetlana Shjerven

NASW WA Chapter MSW Region Representative FY 2023 

I am a long-time resident of Western Washington who currently attends Arizona State University’s online MSW program. I am an honor student and work 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 my 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 my time between these concurrent roles, I worked as a clinical intern at Ohana Behavioral Health in Issaquah, where I provided individual therapy, referral services, and some case management for clients. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences from Central Washington University. I am proud to be a social work professional and strive to make a positive impact on the micro, mezzo, and macro level. I believe in meeting the current needs while advocating to address the root of those needs. After graduation, I plan to split my time between providing therapy and maintaining a role in behavioral health crisis response/follow-up. I intend to pursue LICSW licensure and hold active committee role(s) related to social policy and advocacy, drawing from my 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.

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Allison Weide

NASW WA Chapter BSW Student Representative FY 2023

I care about the standards and values of the NASW and the profound impact social workers have. I am working towards my BSW with concentrations in Trauma Studies and Substance Use Disorder. As the first President of my university’s Student Social Work Association, I appreciate collaborating with people who share the same values and are held to the same ethical standards. I believe 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 my 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. I am confident that my education and experience make me a well-qualified candidate for this position.

NASW-WA Chapter Executive Committee

Garrett Hebel, MSW, LSWAIC, SUDP

NASW WA Chapter President FY 2022 - FY 2023

Executive Committee Member

Miguel A. Juárez, EdD, MSW

NASW WA Chapter President-Elect FY 2022

Executive Committee Member

TyKera Williams, LSWAIC

NASW WA Chapter 1st Vice President FY 2021 - FY 2022

Executive Committee Member

Patricia Barnes-Cannon, MSW

NASW WA Chapter 2nd Vice President FY 2021 - FY 2022

Executive Committee Member

Danielle Flores, 

NASW WA Chapter Secretary FY 2021 - FY 2022

Executive Committee Member