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2021 Executive Committee

President
Bill McDermott, MSW, LCSW

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(Term: 1/1/2021- 12/31/2021)

Bill McDermott, MSW, LCSW, has been an oncology social worker for 30 years. He recently retired as the Social Work Manager at NYU Langone Health Perlmutter Cancer Center. Bill served as AOSW Teasurer from January 2016 - December 2018. He has co-chaired two AOSW/APQS joint one-day conferences at NYU. Bill has served on the Finance Committee and Awards Committee, and has also presented at several AOSW conferences.

President-Elect
Sarah Conning, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, APHSW-C

(Term: 1/1/2021 - 12/31/2021)

In my twenty years as an oncology social worker in direct practice, nothing has been more valuable for my professional growth and resilience than the mentoring, education, resource sharing, and connection I have gained through membership in AOSW. Like many of you, I rely on AOSW as my go-to community for keeping current in the field, for staying grounded in our professional values, and for finding inspiration for my work. I would be honored to serve AOSW as President-Elect, and the skills I will bring are those honed through years of social work practice: good listening, creative collaboration, and resourceful problem solving.
 
I served as the AOSW Advocacy Director 2016-2018 and have continued more recently as the acting chair of the Advocacy Committee, working alongside other committed volunteers. Together we have worked to articulate an advocacy agenda for AOSW—envisioning greater equity in healthcare, more person-centered cancer care, and more empowered social work leaders throughout the oncology workforce. Advocacy is central to AOSW’s mission, closely tied to our education, research, and community-building activities. Our Association thrives when these strands of our mission are individually strong and tightly woven together. As President, my aim will be to continue incorporating new members and new voices of leadership into the great work that is happening in AOSW.
 
For all of us and for our Association, 2020 has been a year like no other. More than ever, this is a time for us to speak out boldly, to serve and stand with people facing cancer, and to invest in our community of learning and support. The next few years will be pivotal in defining our roles as oncology social workers and empowering our members to build lasting positive change. I look forward to our work together!

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Michael Grignon, LMSW, CCM, MBA

(Term: 1/1/2019 - 12/31/2021)

Michael earned his MSW in 2004 and his MBA in 2009 from the University at Albany. As Director, Patient Access & Education for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, he was responsible for the strategic management and growth of the patient services program for the Upstate New York/ Vermont Chapter. Currently Michael works as a Social Work Case Manager with a health benefits company.  Michael believes that informed stewardship of AOSW's fiscal resources is critical to our ability to continue to fulfill our mission. With his unique set of social work and business management skills, Michael aims to promote financial growth while maintaining our commitment to our core values as social workers and our commitment to our mission.

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Sara Goldberger, MSSW, LCSW-R
(Term: 1/1/2021 - 12/31/2021)

Sara Goldberger, MSSW, LCSW-R, has been an oncology social worker for 30 years. Currently she is the Senior Director, Program for the Cancer Support Community Headquarters. She has also worked in hospitals and community NFP settings. She is a member of several Advisory Boards is a frequent presenter and author. As AOSW strives to continue to advance excellence in psychosocial oncology, Sara hopes to play a part in efforts to educate, advocate, develop resources, expand on research initiatives and create networking opportunities so that AOSW can improve the care of people impacted by a cancer diagnosis.

Directors

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Nina Miller, MSSW, OSW-C

(Term: 1/1/2019 - 12/31/2021)

Nina currently serves on the National Navigation Round Table Steering Committee and the Comprehensive Cancer Control National Partners Leadership Team.  She is engaged with the CDC Distress Screening Research Project, the American Cancer Society Patient Reported Outcomes Research Project Advisory Team, and George Washington Cancer Institute Survivorship Research Project Advisory Group.  She leads the Advocacy Committee of the Commission on Cancer and the Advocacy & Outreach Committee of the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. Nina’s clinical practice spanned 15 years.  She completed an Office of Cancer Communications fellowship at NCI and managed NCI’s Cancer Information Service at the University of Wisconsin.  At the American Cancer Society, Nina was divisional Director, Patient Services. She is currently with the American College of Surgeon’s Commission on Cancer.

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Brittany Nwachuku, MSW, LSW, OSW-C 
(Term: 1/1/2019 - 12/31/2021)

Brittany Moore received both her Bachelors and Masters degree in Social Work, along with a certificate of psychosocial oncology, from the University of Louisville's Raymond A. Kent School of Social Work. Presently, she is a part-time teaching faculty at the University of Louisville. Since being a member of AOSW, Ms. Moore has served on the Advocacy Committee, Education Committee, as the Ambulatory Care/Fee-for-Service SIG Leader, the AOSW Navigator Kudos Column Editor, and as Social Media volunteer. As the Communications Director, Ms. Moore hopes to maintain and improve clear communication between the Board and AOSW members on all platforms.

Diversity Equity & Inclusion Director
Eucharia Borden, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C

(Term: 1/1/2021 - 12/31/2021)

Eucharia received her MSW from Temple University. She has a strong passion for working with individuals living with a chronic illness, including mental illness, HIV/AIDS, and for the past 8 years, adults living with cancer in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Within AOSW, Eucharia most recently served as President and Membership Director and previously served on the Education Committee. She has been a speaker for local organizations, actively participates in the Philadelphia area Social Work Oncology Group (SWOG) and is a member of the Cancer Transportation Advocacy Group (CTAG), advocating for the transportation needs of cancer patients in the Philadelphia area. Eucharia participated in the 2013 ExCEL in Social Work program. In 2012, she was one of 21 Oncology Social Workers across the country that received a LIVESTRONG Foundation Community Impact Project Grant to teach a 10-week online coping skills training course called Pillars4Life™, which addresses the social and emotional challenges associated with cancer, providing patients with the tools they need to thrive in the face of cancer. She was also the recipient of the American Cancer Society's 2012 Look Good...Feel Better® State Sunrise Award for Pennsylvania's East Central Division. Eucharia has been a field instructor to several students over the years. 

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Heather Goltz, PhD, LMSW, MEd

(Term: 1/1/2020 -12/31/2022)

Dr. Heather Goltz is an Associate Professor at University of Houston-Downtown and holds appointments with Baylor College of Medicine and MEDVAMC. She has co-authored over 25 peer-reviewed articles and almost $2.8 million in research grants from ACS, NIH, DOD, and VA, primarily focusing on genitourinary cancer survivorship and sexual health. As Education Director, her focus is on building research competencies and capacity among members, and working with the Board and Research Committee to secure funding and offer professional development opportunities to improve members’ ability to competently and effectively form research collaborations and integrate research activities into practice.

Membership Director
Jennifer Dunn, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C

(Term: 1/1/2021 - 12/31/2023)

    Jennifer M. Dunn, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C is a Certified Oncology Social Worker at Washington University School of Medicine-Siteman Cancer Center.  She received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Kansas and a M.S.W from Washington University in St. Louis Brown School of Social Work specializing in Mental Health.  Jennifer has experience with adult and pediatric hospice and supportive care, volunteers for bereavement camps and retreats for children and adults and works as a support group facilitator for the Cancer Support Community of Greater St. Louis.  Jennifer is a 2019 Social Work Fellow in Palliative and End of Life Care from the New York University School of Social Work.  Jennifer has been an active member of the AOSW since 2015 and an active participant on the AOSW Membership Committee as co-chair of the Diversity & Inclusion sub-committee.    
    
AOSW is dedicated to supporting practitioners as we navigate critical challenges to our nation’s healthcare system.  As a member of the AOSW Board of Directors, I will dedicate myself to building upon the foundation of member services by championing new and innovative ways to support members across the country.  I will work with members across the AOSW Board of Directors to stay current of the major events and issues impacting the daily lives of members and will advocate for services and benefits that reflect the ever-changing atmosphere of healthcare and oncology services.  

Research Director
Allison Werner-Lin, PhD, LCSW​

(Term: 1/1/2021 - 12/31/2023)

Allison Werner-Lin, PhD, LCSW, EdM, is Associate Professor at the School of Social Policy and Practice. She conducts qualitative, mixed methods, and longitudinal research, teaches doctoral level qualitative inquiry, and regularly trains learners to conduct qualitative social work and interprofessional research in health care. Her research explores the intersection of genomic discovery and family life, with a particular focus on adolescents and young adults from families with genetic predisposition to cancer. Allison has served as an investigator on multiple, interdisciplinary, NIH-funded grants examining dissemination and implementation of emerging genomic technologies in reproductive, pediatric, adolescent, and emerging adult contexts. She is a Senior Advisor to the Clinical Genetics Branch of the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics at the National Cancer Institute where she oversees psychosocial research and mentors early career researchers. 
 
Allison is the Founder and Director the Advanced Certificate in Oncology Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania, which is currently on hold due to the pandemic. Shehas practiced in community-based organizations providing individual, family, and group counseling to families affected by cancer, and she maintains a small private practice for parentally bereaved children and teens. Allison received her PhD and AM in clinical social work from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago and a master’s degree in human development from the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. 

Director-at-Large - State Representatives
Camille Faunda, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C ​

(Term: 1/1/2021 - 12/31/2023)

    Camille Faunda, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, is an experienced oncology social worker employed with Moffitt Cancer Center and an active member of AOSW’s Membership Committee and Mentorship Sub-Committee. Her career at Moffitt has included experience working with patients in clinic and admitted to the hospital approaching end of life as well as in the outpatient Head and Neck Clinic. She has been an active participant on AOSW’s Mentorship Committee to proactively match oncology social workers across the country who share common passions and professional goals. Camille developed and initiated a grief debriefing group at Moffitt for resident physicians through the University of South Florida. She presented this group’s development and success at the 2019 Annual AOSW Conference.
    
As AOSW’s Director-at-Large for State Representatives, Camille hopes to empower unity amongst oncology social workers across the United States by hosting regular meetings, sharing knowledge, and understanding the diverse care settings within each state. She will act as a proactive advocate between state representatives and the Board of Directors through effective communication. She will continue to be a well-informed and active participant on AOSW committees, and recruit involvement from both new and existing members.

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Linda Mathew, MSW, LCSW-R, OSW-C
(Term: 1/1/2020 -12/31/2022) 
Linda's interest stems from her current leadership position at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Cultivating the skills that our colleagues have within oncology is vital to the growth of AOSW. In this position, Linda's goal is to provide forums for our new members, who may need additional support, as they learn more about AOSW SIGs and the benefits they can obtain from being involved in them. She believes that SIGs give new members the opportunity to learn from seasoned AOSW members, who can impart leadership skills and assist with cultivating interests in specialized areas of practice. Linda received the 2018 Award of Excellence in Clinical Practice from Socia Work Hospice & Palliative Care Network; the 2016 Exemplary Mid-Career Social Work Leadership Award from NASW/NYC Chapter; has served as a mentor to NYU Zelda Foster Palliative Program, as well as guest lecturing at NYU Zelda Foster Palliative Care Studies. She supervises social work staff at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Linda is also a member of the Children’s Treehouse Foundation Advisory Board for CLIMB® and is the co-coordinator for MSK Social Work Department’s Talking with Children About Cancer Program.