2021-2022 Chapter Ethics Committee 

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The Chapter Ethics Committee (CEC) is responsible for assisting the NASW Office of Ethics and Professional Review (OEPR) in addressing complaints filed against members in accord with the Association’s policy on professional review. 


Beda Heribson, MSW, LICSW

Ethics Committee Chair, Western Washington Region

Beda Herbison worked at the VA Medical Center, Seattle from 2000 - 2011.  Assignments included the Geriatric Clinic, The MS Clinic, Spinal Cord Injury Clinic and Community Programs.  Within the Community Programs, coordinated the Homemaker Home Health Aid (HHHA) program, the Adult Day Health Program and was a case manager for the Nursing Home Care Program. Developed end of life planning meetings for veterans who wanted to complete their advance directives; in retirement volunteered for End of Life Washington (at the time, it was Compassion & Choices Washington State) for about 3 years. Currently, in full retirement, volunteer activities include: providing supervision for licensure with a few social workers within not-for-profit agencies, working with End of Life Washington (continuing education/ambassador program) and gardening.

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Garrett Hebel, MSW, LICSW, SUDP

Chapter President 2021-2023

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.


Allison Bennett, MSW, LICSW

Eastern Washington Region

Allison Bennett (MSW, LICSW)- Allison Bennett lives and works in Spokane, Washington. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and English Literature from Western Washington University, and her Master of Social Work (Mental Health Concentration) degree from the University of Southern California.

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Katie Evans, LICSW

Western Washington Region

Katie Evans, LICSW was born in Oregon but raised in Pierce County Washington and considers Puyallup her home town. She an enthusiastic WSU Cougar fan as she holds a BA in Criminal Justice and Sociology from WSU but is a traitor when she obtained her MSW from UW in 2008. Katie has worked all over Pierce County in various social work roles that include Child Protective Services, Veterans Affairs Homeless Programs, JBLM as a Victim Advocate and a Military Family Life Counselor and a Manager of an Adolescent In Patient Psych Unit. This lead to her current role as the Intimate Partner Violence Program-Coordinator at the American Lake VA. She serves on the NASW-WA Ethics Committee and Volunteers her time as a Girl Scout Troop Leader and in the past as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children in State Custody. Katie likes to crochet, and loves her yellow Labrador retriever. She has also been married for 13 years and has a 9 year old daughter.

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Christopher Heckert, MSW, LICSW, CMHS

Western Washington Region

Chris Heckert (MSW, LICSW, CMHS) - Christopher is a licensed clinical social worker and child mental health specialist with a private practice in Bellingham, WA. He earned his Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California and is currently a Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) student at the University of St. Thomas. Christopher is also adjunct faculty at the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver.


Stacey Speelman, MSW, LICSW, CMHS

Western Washington Region

Stacey Speelman (MSW, LICSW, CMHS) - Stacey is a licensed clinical social worker with the additional designations of child mental health specialist and clinical supervisor. She earned her undergraduate degree in Speech and Hearing Science at The Ohio State University, and the Master of Social Work (Clinical) from Cleveland State University. She has also completed the Certificate in Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care (Pediatric track) through the University Of Michigan.

Ethics Committee Reports:
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