Member Engagement 2015 Awards Anwar Najor-Durack, chair of the Michigan Social Work Board, receives the 2015 Sunny Andrews Award from presenter Brian Philson, executive director. The award recognizes outstanding commitment to social work regulatory board service and is named for a former ASWB president. Barb Whitenect, president of the New Brunswick Association of Social Workers, receives the 2015 Sunny Andrews Award from presenter Merri-Lee Hanson, registrar. The award recognizes outstanding commitment to social work regulatory board service and is named for a former ASWB president. Lisa Crockwell, executive director and registrar of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers, receives the Board Administrator Award for Outstanding Commitment to Social Work Regulatory Board Service from presenter Mona Romaine-Elliott, NLASW president. 2015 Board and Committees The 2016 Board of Directors (left to right): President Dorinda Noble (TX), President-Elect M. Jenise Comer (MO), Director at Large Richard Silver (QC), Director at Large Melinda Pilkinton (MS), Treasurer Carole Bryant (SK), Director at Large Steven Pharris (TN), Director at Large Fran Franklin (DE), and Director at Large Patricia O’Reilly (WV). The ASWB Board includes at least five licensed social workers, a member board public member, and a member board staff member. The Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Committee helps set policy for the ACE program and recommends providers for approval by the ASWB Board. From left: Valerie Sims-Rucker (IL), Ellen Costilla (NM), Micki Lilly (NC), Marcia Heitz (IL), Elaine Halsell (BC), Board liaison Patricia O’Reilly (WV), Alison MacDonald (SK), Donna Ennis (MN), and Chair Anwar Najor-Durack (MI). The Bylaws and Resolutions Committee completed a two-year charge to review ASWB’s bylaws and bring them up to date with current best practices. From left: Tim Brown (TX), Mary Macomber (FL), Winifred Anthony-Todman (VI), Board liaison Richard Silver (QC), Mark Scales (NS), Chair Kristi Plotner (MS), and Carla Moore (LA). The Exam Committee meets up to four times each year to review and approve test questions for use on the ASWB examinations. Examination Committee members are appointed from among ASWB item writers. Front row (left to right): Mary Stebbins (VA), Liz Johnston (CA), Stephanie Washington (TX), Carmen Howlette (MD), June Yee (AB), Esther Song (VA), Carl Hokanson (MN); second row: Sharon Cutts (CT), Greg Winkler (WI), Benjamin Rosenberg (NY), Brent Meyer (GA), Tammy Dyson (BC); back row: Kelli Cortes (GA), Bora Sunseri (LA), Adolpha Bassett (NC), and Susanna Hendrickson (KS). Not pictured: Miriam Balen (BC) and Sujata Pai (NY). The Finance Committee is charged with reviewing the association’s finances and recommending financial policies that provide guidelines for fiscal management. From left: Treasurer and Chair Carole Bryant (SK), Mel Harrington (SD), and President-Elect M. Jenise Comer; not pictured: Kim Frakes (NV) and Dan Wheelan (RI). The Governance Task Force completed its two-year mandate to review ASWB’s governance structure and make recommendations to the Bylaws and Resolutions Committee for best practices to support a changing and growing organization and a robust Strategic Plan. From left: President Dorinda Noble (TX), Lisa Crockwell (NL), ASWB CEO Mary Jo Monahan, Amanda Duffy Randall (NE), Fran Franklin (DE), and ASWB Executive Vice President Dwight Hymans. The Nominating Committee is elected to develop the slate of candidates for election at the Annual Meeting. From left: Barb Whitenect (NB), President-Elect and Board liaison M. Jenise Comer (MO), Chair Tim Brown (TX), and Sandra Barlow (FL). ASWB’s Mobility Task Force is charged with developing a framework and plan for social work practice mobility and license portability that will be implemented across member jurisdictions. From left: Mark Hillenbrand (IA), Jim Akin (FL), Chair Dorinda Noble (TX), Harold Dean (AR), Joan Cloonen (ID), Lisa Crockwell (NL), Ellen Burkemper (MO), Florence Huffman (KY), Carmen Collado (NY), Courney Papale Newton (LA). Not pictured: ASWB President-Elect M. Jenise Comer (MO), ASWB Secretary Fran Franklin. The Practice Analysis Task Force was charged with balancing the data obtained from the practice analysis survey and their own subject matter expertise to create the recommended blueprints for the new ASWB examinations scheduled to be launched in January 2018. Front row, seated left to right: Jenna Crawford (PA), Susan Feyen-Reay (NE), Dana Calhoun (AL), Monique Stinson (SC), Brianna Matsuura (CA), Joe Schriver (AR). Standing from left to right: Jeffrey Trant (MA), Pamela Huggins (MO), Efia Miles (GA), Alejandro Zamora (ID), Tiffany Welch (PA), Jennifer Winship (CA), Mark Gagnon (VT),Sharon Zimmerman Wilson (OH), Velia Villegas-Aguillon (TX), Jenna Wilke (WI),Dianna Cooper-Bolinskey (IN), Jean Leong (AB), Steven Ramos (AK), Nelly Chow (AB). fThe Regulation and Standards Committee completed a three-year review of the Model Social Work Practice Act, or model law, to ensure it reflected the best practices of social work regulation in current use. Front row: Spencer Blalock (MS), Renée Cardone (PA); back row: Chair Lisa Crockwell (NL); Robert Showers (LA); Laura Thiesen (AK); and Director at Large and Board liaison Steven Pharris (TN). Not shown: Brock Greek (WY). The Regulatory Education and Leadership (REAL) Committee plans the annual education meeting on a topic established by the ASWB Board of Directors in keeping with the objectives of the Strategic Plan. Front row: Ginny Dickman (ID), Nick Smiar (WI), and Director at Large and Board liaison Melinda Pilkinton (MS). Back row: Leisa Askew (AL), Deana Morrow (NC), Merri-Lee Hanson (NB), and Chair James Marks (OK). 2015 Administrators Workshop Jurisdictional board staff attending ASWB’s second annual Administrators Workshop listen intently while learning from each other. The ten member board staff members attending the Administrators Workshop training were evenly distributed between social workers and other professions, as well as between U.S. and Canadian jurisdictions. The diversity added to the richness of the discussions. 2015 New Board Member Training The third class to attend New Board Member Training, in Washington, D.C., collaborated on writing and performing a song about “ASWB’s helping family” to show their appreciation of their experience. ASWB offers New Board Member Training to help new and longtime regulators understand their role as members of social work regulatory boards and their shared mission of public protection. The first session was held in Miami, Fla. The second New Board Member Training session was held in Washington, D.C., and was filled to capacity. Attendees represented 18 member jurisdictions, ASWB staff, and guests from the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards who were auditing the class.