National Association of Social Workers

2019 NASW Virtual Forum | October 16-17, 2019

Speakers

Bonnie Brandl, MSW
LeAnn Bruce, PhD, ACSW, MVF-CSV
Ruth Glenn, MPA
Laurie Graham, PhD, MSW
Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW
Ijeoma Ogbannaya, PhD, MSW
Lisa Pape, MSW
Kiersten Stewart
Casey Taft, PhD
Laura Taylor, MSW, LSCSW
Jeff Zacharias, ACSW, LCSW, CAADC

Bonnie Brandl, MSW

Founder & Director National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life Boulder, CO

Bonnie Brandl is the founder and Director of the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL), a project of End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin (End Abuse). Brandl is a recognized national leader within the elder abuse field and violence against women movement. Brandl has worked in the violence against women movement since 1982 and has been with End Abuse since 1991. She has written national curricula for law enforcement, prosecutors, and victim service providers on elder abuse and facilitated trainings for thousands of professionals throughout the United States. She co-authored a book titled “Elder Abuse Detection and Intervention: A Collaborative Approach.” Her numerous published articles and manuals on abuse in later life have been distributed throughout the country. She received the NAPSA Rosalie Wolf award in 2008 and the IVAT Rosalie Wolf award in 2016. In 2011, she testified before the Senate Special Committee on Aging. Brandl was a steering committee member on the Elder Justice Roadmap project. Brandl has a Master in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin –Madison.

LeAnn Bruce, PhD, ACSW, MVF-CSV

National Program Manager, DVIPV U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Hardinsburg, Kentucky

Dr. LeAnn Bruce serves as the National Program Manager for the Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Assistance Program under the National Care Management and Social Work Office, Department of Veterans Affairs. For over 25 years, Dr. Bruce has been involved in the prevention and intervention of Domestic Violence and Intimate Partner Violence across a variety of settings throughout her social work career serving active duty military, Veterans, and their families. Dr. Bruce has served on several national committees and organizations dedicated to social work and ending violence. She is also an adjunct professor at Western Kentucky University School of Social Work. Dr. Bruce received her PhD in Social Work in December 2016 upon completion of her dissertation entitled, Assessing Moral Injury and Existential Well-Being in Returning Servicemembers.

Ruth Glenn, MPA

President & CEO National Coalition Against Domestic Violence Denver, CO

Ms. Glenn has worked and volunteered in the domestic violence field for over 25 years and holds a Masters’ in Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Colorado Denver, Program on Domestic Violence. Ms. Glenn has served on many domestic violence program and funding boards, provided hundreds of presentations on domestic violence victimization and survival, testified before the Colorado State legislature and the United States Congress, and provided consultation, training and technical assistance on a local and national level on victim/survivor issues. As a survivor, Ruth also often shares her experience to bring awareness about the dynamics of domestic violence. Ruth is the CEO and President of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Previously Ms. Glenn was employed by the Colorado Department of Human Services for 28 years and served as the Director of the Domestic Violence Program (DVP) for the last nine of those years, retiring in 2013.

Laurie Graham, PhD, MSW

Assistant Professor, University of Maryland School of Social Work Baltimore, MD

Dr. Laurie Graham is an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work where she teaches courses related to social work practice with communities, organizations, and survivors of violence. Dr. Graham received her MSW and PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social work where she was a Caroline H. and Thomas S. Royster Fellow. Her research interests include sexual and intimate partner violence and homicide prevention. She employs an intersectional lens to address violence prevention and has a particular interest in the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs and policies that seek to prevent multiple forms of violence perpetration. Dr. Graham is currently working on several projects related to these topics that include analyzing data from the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS), systematically reviewing international literature on child homicide in the context of intimate partner violence and adolescent dating violence prevention, and building community partnerships to support on-the-ground violence prevention efforts. Her research is informed by her practice experience supporting survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence as well as implementing community-based violence prevention programs. 

Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW

Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW has been the NASW Chief Executive Officer for more than five years, leading efforts that grow and support the social work profession in the United States. Dr. McClain previously served six years as Commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, a position appointed by Governor Deval Patrick, addressing reports of abuse and neglect for the state’s most vulnerable children, partnering with families to help them better nurture and protect their children. Prior to that position, Dr. McClain was Vice President and Executive Director of Value Options New Jersey where he built and oversaw administrative, clinical and quality management program infrastructures that increased access to behavioral health services for children and youth, including those in the juvenile justice system. During this time, Dr. McClain developed and maintained a provider network capable of delivering high quality, responsive services to 450,000 Mass Health members. Dr. McClain grew up in Texas, and is a distinguished alumnus of Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from West Texas State University, a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a PhD in Social Work from Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. He was an adjunct faculty member in the Urban Leadership Program at Simmons College Graduate School of Social Work.

Ijeoma Ogbannaya, PhD, MSW

Arizona State University School of Social Work, Tempe, AZ

Dr. Ijeoma Nwabuzor Ogbonnaya is an Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work at Arizona State University. She received her PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work in August 2012. Following her doctoral education, she completed a two year fellowship as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University Southern California. Her primary research interests are domestic violence, mental health, and racial/ethnic disparities among child welfare populations. She is working to build a research portfolio that supports the need for specialized services for child welfare-involved families affected by domestic violence. She hopes to use this portfolio to support her long-term goal which is to design and implement child maltreatment prevention interventions for families affected by domestic violence.

Lisa Pape, MSW

Deputy Chief Officer Patient Care Services U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Washington, DC

Kiersten Stewart

Director, Public Policy & Advocacy Futures Without Violence Washington, DC

Kiersten Stewart leads the Washington, D.C. office for Futures Without Violence. In that capacity, she guides the organization’s legislative strategy and serves as a source of information to Members of Congress, their staff and federal partners on how to prevent and reduce violence against women and children in the United States and globally. Prior to joining Futures Without Violence, Stewart served as the campaign manager and Chief of Staff to U.S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey. In her free time, Kiersten is most likely to be found on a soccer field or baseball diamond chasing after her two amazing children.

Casey Taft, PhD

Strength at Home Program, National Center for PTSD, National Center for PTSD, VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, MA

Casey T. Taft, PhD., is a staff psychologist at the National Center for PTSD in the VA Boston Healthcare System, and Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine. He was the 2009 Linda Saltzman Memorial Intimate Partner Violence Researcher Award winner from the Institute on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma. He has been Principal Investigator on several funded grants focusing on understanding and preventing partner violence, is on the Editorial Boards of five journals, and has published over 100 peer-reviewed academic articles and an American Psychological Association book on trauma-informed partner violence intervention.

Laura Taylor, MSW, LSCSW

National Director, Social Work Care Management and Social Work Veterans Health Administration (VHA)

Ms. Taylor was appointed as the National Director, Social Work in May 2014. In this role, she serves as the principal advisor on Social Work Professional Practice, including providing guidance to the Deputy Chief Officer, Patient Care Services, Care Management and Social Work, as well as Network and Medical Center Directors, other Patient Care Services program offices, and VA and VHA offices. Ms. Taylor is responsible for the professional practice of 15,000 masters prepared VHA Social Workers, the largest single employer of Social Workers in the United States of America. Ms. Taylor provides orientation to the role of Social Work Executive and oversees the graduate Social Work training program, with over 900 stipends; the largest Social Work training program nationwide. Ms. Taylor develops national policy for Professional Social Work for VA Central Office, VISN and medical center leaders. In addition, she provides guidance and consultation on Social Work practice within VHA.

Jeff Zacharias, ACSW, LCSW, CAADC

Jeff is currently the President & Clinical Director of New Hope Recovery Center and New Hope Counseling Center in Chicago and maintains a private practice. His areas of clinical expertise include working within the LGBTQI community, all forms of addiction with an individuals as well as their partners, severe and persistent mental health issues as well as all forms of trauma and its impact on holistic recovery. He has extensive experience speaking nationally and internationally on issues related to addiction, mental health, trauma and the LGBTQI community. He is on the Board of Directors for the NALGAP, is currently the Chicago Chair of NASW-IL and was recently awarded the 2015 NASW-IL Social Worker of the Year.