CHAPTER SLATE FOR 2022-2023 ELECTIONS

NASW Washington Chapter Board of Directors

NASW-WA Members: The 2022-2023 Chapter Elections are now closed. The candidate's biographical and platform statements are below. Voting was open through May 9, 2022. 

 

Thank you for voting! The Chapter will announce the election results in mid-May!

President - Elect (vote for one)

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Miguel A. Juárez, EdD, MSW

I serve as the Field Director and Associate Professor of Social Work at Heritage University in Toppenish, WA. I have taught college level courses, e.g., Human Behavior and the Social Environment, Policy, Cultural Diversity, and Research, since 2004. I earned my BSW from Heritage University, my MSW from Eastern Washington University, and my EdD in Organizational Leadership from Northcentral University. I am an active member of my community and I am passionate about equity and social justice. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. For me, education is the key to success! I am highly motivated and committed to the social work profession. Also, I am currently the NASW-WA Chapter 1st Vice President. I would like to continue serving the Chapter as the President- Elect.

First Vice President (vote for one)

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TyKera Williams, MSW, LSWAIC

After being appointed to the Secretary Position for NASW-WA chapter for the 2021-2022 year, I have directly observed the positive impact of effective documentation. Being able to provide this service for the WA chapter has allowed our chapter to communicate clearly with detailed action plans so that we can efficiently prioritize and accomplish necessary tasks. If given the opportunity I will happily continue to dedicate my administrative skills and support regarding Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion efforts of the NASW-WA chapter.

Secretary (vote for one)

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Danielle Flores, MSW, LICSW

I have been actively involved in NASW since serving as a Student Representative in 2014. Since then, I have served in the roles of Executive Assistant and Membership Services Director with the Nevada Chapter. I have also served as Secretary in various student organizations and on several non-profit Boards. I have since obtained my LICSW and am currently employed with DCYF. 

 

In any Secretary position, I feel it is important to have accurate documentation and would seek to maintain detailed and timely records for the Chapter. Professionally, I am adept at managing multiple tasks and pride myself on being very organized. I possess excellent written and verbal communication skills and I take great pride in being active in the roles I commit to and in developing collaborative relationships.

Eastern Washington Geographical Region Representative (vote for one)

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Rayanna Tensley

I have been an advocate of participant choice and community involvement within a leadership position for almost 5 years. While working at Excelsior, I had the opportunity to be a member of our diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) council. When I began my MSW degree I ran for vice president of our Master’s in Social Work Student Association (MSWSA). I held this position for 1 year before holding the position of president during my second year. I was also the chapter’s MSWSA liaison for IOTA Beta. At Goodwill, I 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, I have had the opportunity to work as our Goodwill’s coordinator for the state as we strive to provide digital equity with our Goodwill Connect Grant.

 

I am excited for the opportunity to serve as the Eastern WA representative for NASW-WA State. I am dedicated to the values and ethics social workers strive to embody and ready to serve. Thank you for your time.

Western Washington Geographical Region Representative (vote for one)

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Callie Hills, MSW, LICSWA

I humbly submit my candidacy to represent NASW-WA to contribute to my community and colleagues in service to the people of Washington. I have worked in executive leadership in healthcare for nine years, engaging in roles inclusive of political advocacy, public speaking, clinical research, project implementation, process improvement, grassroots campaigns and direct patient care. I hope to learn with and from my fellow social workers to strengthen our community and in turn, our country, by eliminating barriers to quality of life and equality for at-risk people. I am passionate about practicing with cultural humility and working to empower my clients in my practice.

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Elizabeth “Liz” McCully

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.

 

NASW membership has shown me the numerous strengths of the organization to provide educational opportunities, connect and champion its members while advancing the social work field. In the past year I have enjoyed my role as MSW Student Representative on the Board of Directors, where I can amplify students' topical interests. On the Membership Engagement Committee, I have helped identify topics of interest and community members willing to contribute to the important work with which NASW-WA is engaged. It would be an honor to continue my engagement as the Western Washington Representative. The Puget Sound has been my home for many decades, and I hope to represent my fellow members, giving a voice to their concerns and interests as the social work field continues to evolve and grow. I want to carry the voices of my region with honor, identifying the unique concerns and needs for Western Washington social workers. This work requires focusing on the need to improve equity in order to promote diversity and inclusion to those that are marginalized, oppressed and under-represented. I am excited and committed to these goals, and I hope to turn words into action while serving as your Western Washington representative.

MSW Student Representative (vote for one)

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Savannah Davis

My name is Savannah Davis, and I am a first-year MSW candidate at Seattle University graduating in June 2023. I recently became a member of NASW Washington and the Legislative Action Committee. I believe I am a strong candidate for Student Board Representative because I have strong communication, outreach, and organization skills. I have a talent for engaging people and bringing them together to share their perspectives. As an AmeriCorps member with United Way King County Benefits Hub, I organized a food pantry at North Seattle College and increased awareness and engagement for the Benefits Hub program. I have been interning with International Community Health Services - Holly Park clinic for the 2021-2022 school year. I am passionate about community mental health, lowering barriers to mental health care, and working for equitable, systemic change. I live in North Seattle with my fiancé, dog, and two cats.

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Svetlana Shjerven

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.

BSW Student Representative (vote for one)

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Allison Weide

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.