Membership Engagement Committee

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The mission of the Membership Engagement Committee is to recruit, retain, and reclaim membership of social workers and other like-minded professionals with a commitment to the principles and standards of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and our Code of Ethics. 

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Chris Heckert

NASW WA Chapter Membership Engagement Committee Co-Chair

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.

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Syrene Miller

NASW WA Chapter MSW Student Representative 2020-2021

Syrene A. Miller is currently an MSW student at Boston University. She has interned with Frontier Behavioral Health and with Leslie Camden-Goold Homeless Liaison for Central Valley School District. She is excited to serve as the MSW representative to improve student involvement, advocacy, and networking in Washington State. She also serves as the co-chair of the Membership Committee for NASW-WA.

Samantha Powers

NASW WA Chapter Western Washington Region

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Garrett Hebel, MSW, LICSW, SUDP

NASW WA 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.


Rocky Lucas

NASW WA Chapter Western Washington Region

Amy Trussell

NASW WA Chapter Eastern Washington Region

Amy Trussell (MSW, LCSW) received my MSW from University of Texas in Austin and have my LCSW in FL, GA and ID. She has social work and leadership experience in child welfare, community mental health and managed care. She is currently a senior manager of a specialized program in a managed care company. When not working, she enjoys volunteering at Meals on Wheels and spending time with her husband and two sons. She lives in Spokane, WA