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2011 NASW Illinois District Awards

Nina Nguyen, NASW Illinois Manager, Communications and Membership

Congratulations to this year's District Awardees! The below individuals have exemplified in their professional and personal work the basic tenets of the social work profession--giving voice to those who are without voices. Awards ceremonies will be held in the corresponding district. To find out more information about the awards ceremonies, be sure to check the district page: http://naswil.org/naswil/districts/.


Lifetime Achievement Award: Susie Tate (MSW, University of Illinois at Chicago; LCSW)




Social Worker of the Year: Jackie Haas (MSW, University of Illinois at Chicago)




Public Citizen of the Year: Vincent E. Clark





Social Worker of the Year: Mary E. Garrison (MSW, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; LCSW; ACSW) is currently assistant professor of social work at Millikin University and adjunct faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Mary has had extensive practice experience in the social work field, with over fifteen years of practice in mental health services. She is also a part-time private practitioner at Decatur Psychological Associates. Throughout her career, Mary has served as a therapist, clinical supervisor, manager, consultant, child development specialist, and victim/witness advocate. Mary has been active in providing continuing education opportunities for colleagues through professional workshops, presentations, and trainings domestically and internationally.



Public Citizen of the Year: Kathleen Taylor






Social Worker of the Year: Stephanie L. Kutzen (PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago; LCSW), is founder and director of Employee Consultation Services, a human resources consulting firm in Chicago. She specializes in designing, managing, and evaluating services related to corporate social responsibility, specifically the relationship between corporate activity and social issues. A nationally certified employee assistance professional (EAP), she also adjunct professor at the Jane Addams School of Social Work (University of Illinois at Chicago) and the Dominican University Graduate School of Social Work. During her forty years of professional experience as a trainer and consultant, Stephanie managed over twenty EAP programs in the private and public sectors. She consults actively on leadership, human system dilemmas, and change management.



Lifetime Achievement Award: Elise Cadigan (MSW, Kansas University; LCSW)






Lifetime Achievement Award: Richard L. Jones (PhD, Case Western Reserve University; MSSA, Case Western University)





 Social Worker of the Year: Ida Anger (MSW, City University of New York; LCSW)


Public Citizen of the Year: Benjamin S. Wolf (JD, Boston College) is an attorney who has served as director and chief legal counsel of the ACLU of Illinois' Institutionalized Persons Project since 1984. The Illinois Institutionalized Persons Project provides legal representation to Illinois residents of prisons, jails, mental health centers, and developmental centers and institutions for children such as group homes and foster homes. He supervises the project's legal and educational work and provides legal backup on such issues for the ACLU's lobbyist in Springfield. A native of Evanston, Wolf received his undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis. Ben served as a law clerk for U.S. District Judge James B. Moran in the Northern District of Illinois from 1979 through 1980. Prior to joining the ACLU legal staff, Wolf was a litigation associate at the law firm of Jenner & Block in Chicago from 1980 to 1984. 



Social Worker of the Year: Kris Grawitch Fulkerson (LCSW; MSW, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville) has been program coordinator at Heartlinks Grief Center at Family Hospice since 2004, where she has helped grow the program into an outreach center providing onsite and mobile grief programming for people of all ages in a six county radius in southern Illinois. In addition, Kris works in area schools to help children struggling with life issues, particularly bullying, through her program, Coping4kids.

 Public Citizen of the Year: Donnie Bland is a single parent of a twelve-year old son and currently works as service technician for Laclede Gas Company. He has been a Family Hospice and a Family Hospice Heartlinks volunteer for five years. Donnie visits people that are dying and provides grief counseling to people that have suffered the loss of a loved one. He also routinely fundraises for Family Hospice and Family Hospice Heartlinks. Donnie's love for people comes directly from his love for his faith. He is driven with a great passion to be a blessing to people regardless of their religious beliefs, and strives to encourage all people to join him in unconditionally loving and serving one another.

Posted on 03/01/11 at 08:05 AM


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