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2020 Executive Committee

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Sara Goldberger, MSSW, LCSW-R

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(Term: 1/1/2020- 12/31/2019)

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.

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Bill McDermott, MSW, LCSW

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

Bill McDermott, MSW, LCSW, has been an oncology social worker for 30 years. Currently he is 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 oint one-day conferences at NYU. Bill has served on the Finance Committee and Awards Committee, and has also presented at several AOSW conferences.

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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 of Albany. As Director, Patient Access & Education for 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 at Anthem (Blue Cross/Blue Shield). 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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Eucharia Borden, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C
(Term: 1/1/2020 - 12/31/2020)

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 was most recently 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. 

Directors

N-Miller-headshot-(2).jpgNina 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.

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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
Kerry Irish, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C

(Term: 1/1/2018 - 12/31/2020)

Kerry Cox Irish, LCSW, OSW-C, has worked in oncology and hospice-care settings since 1995, and was intimately involved in the creation & development of the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing as co-founder and founding director. She served in this capacity until October 2010, when she decided to “return to her roots” in direct practice as a clinical social worker. Kerry has her master’s degree in social work from the University of Georgia and is also an ordained interfaith/interspiritual minister, having completed a two year seminary program at One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in New York in 2015. She has advanced certifications in oncology social work and interactive guided imagery, and has published and also presented at multiple local and national conferences on a variety of psychosocial oncology care-related topics. Kerry has been a longtime active member of AOSW, serving on multiple committees, on the Board of Directors and as Chair of the 2012 Annual Conference. Kerry lives with her husband and two children, Jacob and Lilia, in Norway, Maine, and enjoys hiking, running, cross-country skiing, cooking, reading and writing.
 

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Sophia Smith, PhD, MSW

(Term: 1/1/2018 - 12/31/2020)

Sophia Smith has been an active member of the Research Committee for the past 8 years. In addition, she has served as the Research Editor for the AOSW Navigator newsletter for the past 3 years. She is an active member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Survivorship Guidelines Panel and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Survivorship Committee. In addition, she serves as a senior scientist member of the Duke Oncology Nursing Center of Excellence. As an Associate Professor and social work researcher at the Duke School of Nursing, Sophia focuses on improving the quality of cancer care including end of life and post-treatment survivorship. Her research focuses on identifying psychosocial needs and leveraging technology in delivering/testing behavioral health interventions among the cancer community. Sophia’s colleagues refer to her as a “Bridger”, i.e., someone who brings together diverse individuals from across the country to form a multidisciplinary team focused on improving cancer care. As a two-time cancer survivor, she is honored to apply her passion for oncology social work research as the AOSW Research Director.
 

Director-at-Large - State Representatives
Meredith Cammarata, MSW, LCSW-R

(Term: 1/1/2018 - 12/31/2020)

Meredith Cammarata, LCSW-R is a Senior Clinical Social Worker at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC).  She provides psychosocial supportive counseling to outpatients being treated by the gynecological and sarcoma services and supervises licensed clinical social worker staff.  She has completed training and research focusing on utilizing cognitive behavior therapies in helping to relieve cancer related distress.  Her current clinical interest and research focus on parenting with cancer, creating interventions for families at the end of life, and the impact of cancer on body image. She graduated from Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service, with a master’s of social work degree specializing in children and families.  She has completed post-master’s education in palliative care and end of life, cognitive behavior therapy for cancer patients, hypnosis and social work leadership.   She has served on the AOSW Education and Conference Committees and was the AOSW 2017 Conference Chair.  Meredith was the recipient of the 2016 AOSW Clinical Social Worker of the Year Award. 

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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.