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2014 NASW Illinois District Awards

Nina Nguyen, NASW Illinois Chapter Manager, Communication and Membership

Congratulations to this year's 2014 NASW Illinois District Social Work Awards! 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. Award ceremonies will be held in the corresponding district across the state. To find out more information about the award ceremonies, be sure to check out district page: www.naswil.org/naswil/districts/


Public Citizen of the Year: Carole S. Franke
Carole S. Franke (RN) is director of youth opportunities for the Iroquois- Kankakee Regional Office of Education and coordinator of the 21st Judicial Circuit Family Violence Coordinating Council. She works collaboratively with diverse groups in recruiting, training, and mentoring community volunteers to implement a culture of service and responsibility. She serves on the boards of the Child Network, Habitat for Humanity, Teen Court, Kankakee Area Regional Vocational Education System; serves on Illinois Teen REACH Advisory Council, Illinois Afterschool Network BOD; Illinois Children's Mental Health Partnership; chairs Child & Adolescent Local Area Network # 26, and serves as advisor for the Kankakee County NAACP Youth Council. She believes that everyone working together can truly make a difference in his/her communities.

Social Worker of the Year: Yolanda Jordan
Yolanda Jordan (MSW, University of Illinois-Chicago; LCSW) has worked in the field of social work for the past 23 years. She began working for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services in 1993 where she provided services to children and families in the foster care system in different capacities. She enjoyed her work with families and worked hard at reunifying families while keeping children safe. Yolanda is currently associate social work director for Madden Mental Health Center. She has also been in private practice for the past 14 years with an office in Bolingbrook, IL. She provides outpatient psychotherapy services to individuals and families with a focus on women and depression.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Kim Boland-Prom
Kim Boland-Prom (PhD, Portland State University; MSW; MA, Lewis and Clark; LCSW) has had a career which included positions working with crime victims and offenders as well as mental health counseling. She relocated to the Midwest to work as the first administrator of Loyola University's MSW at Carthage, a satellite program for the School of Social Work. She is currently associate professor in the Social Work Department at Governors State University where she teaches graduate and undergraduate students. Kim is grateful for the opportunity to teach and support students as they learn about their profession. Her research interests include professional ethics and regulation.

Click here for details about the Calumet District awards event in Bolingbrook: http://www.naswil.org/calendar/events/3026/


Public Citizen of the Year: John Maki
John Maki (MA, The University of Chicago; JD, Loyola University Chicago) is executive director of the John Howard Association of Illinois (JHA), the state's only nonpartisan prison watchdog and correctional policy advocate. As head of JHA, John's commentary on prison reform has appeared in national, state, and local media outlets. Alongside his work at JHA, he serves on multiple governmental and nonprofit committees and boards.




Social Worker of the Year: Evelyn J. Diaz
Evelyn J. Diaz (AM, The University of Chicago) was appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel in May 2011 to lead Chicago's Department of Family and Support Services where she administers an annual budget of $300 million to deliver social service programs to over 300,000 residents in the areas of children, youth, homelessness, domestic violence, aging, workforce development, and human services. She has also served as Mayor Richard M. Daley's deputy chief of staff, overseeing the city's initiatives on poverty, jobs, and economic security. Before working in government, Evelyn served as a policy advocate and associate director at the Chicago Jobs Council, and as a direct practitioner providing domestic violence counseling and managing community-based programs for disadvantaged women.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Phyllis B. Mitzen
Phyllis B. Mitzen (AM, The University of Chicago; ACSW) consults with Health and Medicine Policy Research Group on long-term care reform policy and sits on Illinois State Advisory Boards to the Department on Aging, State Ombudsman Program, and Illinois Housing Development Authority. She coordinates the Older Adult Studies Program for The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. Phyllis formerly worked for the Council for Jewish Elderly developing and managing home and community-based social services. She and Martha Holstein co-edited, Ethics in Community-Based Elder Care. Phyllis is board president of Rembrandt Chamber Players, Streeterville Organization of Active Residents, and founding president of Skyline Village Chicago, a collaborative neighborhood organization designed by older adults to create friendships, community, and a network of resources.

Click here for details about the Chicago District awards event in Chicago: http://www.naswil.org/calendar/events/3010/


Public Citizen of the Year: Fred Spannaus 
Fred Spannaus (MA, University of Illinois at Springfield; SPHR) is an independent consultant. His practice focuses on nonprofits and local governments and includes social research, evaluation, grant writing, supportive housing, and human resources. Among his products are studies of the impact of factory closings on employees, homelessness, housing for persons with HIV/AIDS, and truancy. His grants have raised more than $71 million for Midwest nonprofits. As a citizen activist he has advocated for marriage equality, immigration reform, and the abolition of capital punishment. Fred was the executive director for 19 years of Dove, Inc., a human services agency. He currently serves on the Decatur Board of Education.

Social Worker of the Year: Janet Reckard
Janet Reckard (MSW, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; LCSW) has been a school social worker for Livingston County Special Services and the Hammitt School at The Baby Fold. Since 1988 she has been employed as a school social worker for Bloomington/District 87 public schools and has worked in all of the schools pre-K through high school. She currently serves as a bilingual (Spanish/English) social worker/counselor and administrative assistant at Bent Elementary School in District 87. In addition, Janet has been in private practice since 1991, specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) with anxiety disorders, especially OCD.


Lifetime Achievement Award: Tonya Manselle
Tonya Manselle (MSW, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; LCSW) has had a wonderful career working predominately in healthcare, holding both direct service and administrative positions in hospitals, rehabs, hospice, and home health. She has worked as consultant and clinician in long-term care and also as an inpatient psychiatric worker. She had the opportunity to be both an adjunct and faculty member at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), served as an Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) exam contributor, and is currently an NASW licensing review instructor. After retiring in 2008, she continues to enjoy teaching a course at UIUC and working on a p.r.n. basis at a local hospital.

Click here for details about the East Central District awards event in Decatur: http://www.naswil.org/calendar/events/2973/.


Social Worker of the Year: Joan Lodge
Joan Lodge (MSW, Aurora University; LCSW) has twenty-two years of experience in direct service and administrative functions. She began her career in mental health immediately after graduation. In her current capacity as director of emergency services for Rosecrance, she oversees numerous programs which all focus on helping individuals with mental illness who are either homeless, accessing services for the first time, or in psychiatric crisis. Joan's mission has been to provide necessary services to instill hope and assist those we serve on their journey to recovery. 



Lifetime Achievement Award: Susan Razbadouski
Susan Razbadouski (MSW, University of Illinois at Chicago; ACSW; LCSW) is currently in clinical practice at the Geiger Clinic of Psychiatric Care. In 2013 Sue left Family Counseling Services of Northern Illinois, where she started as a therapist and eventually became executive director in 1997. She's been active in NASW throughout her career in elected and appointed positions including president of the NASW Illinois Chapter. In addition she's served on local community boards and committees. When told she was the recipient of this award, Sue said "It's really humbling to be chosen by my peers for this award. Social work's been a career I love where I've been able to make a difference in people's lives. What could be better than that?"

Click here for details about the Jane Addams District awards and CEU event in Rockford: http://www.naswil.org/calendar/events/3034/


Public Citizen of the Year: Susan Trieschmann
Susan Trieschmann first heard the term "throwaway kids" while volunteering in restorative justice circles, and it moved her to action. She owned a catering/café management company for thirty years. After losing one of her business partners to cancer, she decided to see if there was something else she was passionate about and found restorative justice, a way of listening with your heart and sharing from your soul. She heard too many youth say they needed money and couldn't find jobs so they started stealing, dealing drugs, and more. She combined her love for the restaurant business with her passion for helping kids and started Curt's Café, a workforce and life skills training program.

Social Worker of the Year: Terry B. Northcut
Terry B. Northcut (PhD, Smith College; MSW, University of Tennessee) is associate professor at Loyola University Chicago. She has also taught at Smith College, the University of Southern California, the University of Tennessee, and Belmont College. She received a Children's Human Rights Fellowship from Loyola in 2011 to study social protection and social welfare interventions in Ethiopia. She has also been awarded a summer research stipend to focus on postpartum maternal attachment styles in Addis Ababa. Her publications and scholarly interests include: integration of psychodynamic theory and cognitive-behavioral techniques, religion/spirituality in psychotherapy, and mental health in Ethiopia. With Nina Heller, PhD, Terry co-edited "Enhancing psychodynamic practice with cognitive-behavioral techniques." Her mental health practice includes psychotherapy with adults, supervision, and consultation.

Click here for details about the Northeastern District awards event in Evanston: http://www.naswil.org/calendar/events/3016/


Public Citizen of the Year: Judge James Wexstten
Judge James Wexstten (JD, Southern Illinois University) recently retired as 5th District Appellate Judge, holding thirty-seven years in the legal profession and serving twenty-five of those as judge. He served as president of the Illinois Judges Association, the Legislative Committee of the Illinois Supreme Court, and the Judicial Ethics Committee. Judge Wexstten served on the Legislative Committee for Juvenile Justice which redrafted the Illinois Juvenile Code, the board of Prevent Child Abuse-Illinois, and was a founder of the Southern Thirty Adolescent Center, providing emergency shelter for abused and neglected children. He currently serves on the board for the Lawyers Assistance Program, providing help to those with substance abuse or mental health issues, and the Illinois Equal Justice Campaign for legal aid.

Social Worker of the Year: Carla Hanks

Lifetime Achievement Award: Charles Parr 
Charles Parr (MSW, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; ACSW) has been president of Riverbend Head Start and Family Services in Alton for sixteen years. During his forty year career in social work, he also worked at Wabash Area Development in Enfield and The United Methodist Children's Home in Mt. Vernon. Under Charles' leadership, Riverbend Head Start was one of the models for the research program that led to the creation of the national Early Head Start program. The agency now serves over 1,000 children age birth to five and their families throughout Madison County with comprehensive early education, health, and parenting services.

Click here for details about the Southern District awards event in Mt. Vernon: http://www.naswil.org/calendar/events/3023/


Public Citizen of the Year: David B. Bingaman
David B. Bingaman (MSW, St. Louis University; LCSW; ACSW) has positively impacted the lives of hundreds of thousands of people during the course of his 38-year social work career. He served as social worker at the Hines VA Hospital, founded the Vet Center in Oak Park, directed a program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, served as administrator of the Illinois Department of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse, worked as vice-president of Martha Washington Hospital, managed the nationwide Employee Assistance Program for the U.S. Postal Service that counseled 30,000 clients per year, and currently serves as deputy regional administrator for the Health Resources & Services Administration at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

Social Worker of the Year: Gregory D. Watson
Gregory D. Watson (MSW, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; LCSW; LMFT; ACSW) has worked in a variety of outpatient mental health settings since 1978. He has been with TriCity Family Services in Geneva, IL, since 1988. He also received his marriage and family therapy training at the University of Illinois' Institute for Juvenile Research in Chicago. Greg has done supervision and training for most of his career and has facilitated TriCity's much-coveted live supervision program for graduate interns since 1994. Greg is co-creator and has been facilitator for over 25 years of TriCity's highly successful Wilderness Challenge Program, an eight-day remote wilderness adventure therapy program for at-risk youth.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Sheldon Isenberg 
Sheldon Isenberg (AM, The University of Chicago; LCSW) has been a practicing clinical social worker for forty-seven years, most of it in the Naperville area. He was assistant professor in a social work school where he taught psychotherapy and family therapy courses. Sheldon has also been active in professional activities such as securing social work licensure in Illinois and securing the rights of clinical social work clients to have insurance reimbursement for their counseling sessions. He was an early developer of a multidisciplinary counseling practice in Naperville and active for many years with the Naperville United Way and the Naperville Chamber of Commerce. 

Click here for details about the Three Rivers District awards and CEU event in Oak Park: http://www.naswil.org/calendar/events/3011/.


Public Citizen of the Year: Tom D. Goodell
Tom D. Goodell is directing pastor of Crossroads United Methodist Church. He has been a United Methodist pastor since 1989 and served in his present capacity at Crossroads since 2004. He has served as past president of the Washington Threads Hope and Love Clothing Center and works with the SouthSide Mission Adopt a Block ministry in Peoria. In the aftermath of the November 17, 2013, storms that struck his community, he helped lead efforts to provide shelter for residents, 30,000 hot meals over two weeks, a Christmas toy drive that benefited 200 families, and block parties that recently brought 1,370 neighbors affected by the storms back together. 


Social Worker of the Year: Karen Watson
Karen Washington-Watson (MSW, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; LCSW) has been a social worker for over eleven years. Inspired by her volunteer work at a domestic violence shelter, she returned to college to earn a social work degree. Helping others and promoting social justice has always been her passion. Karen has worked in a variety of settings including domestic violence, chemical dependency, child welfare, and private practice. Currently Karen works for Vitas Innovative Hospice Care as a hospice social worker. 


Lifetime Achievement Award: Julie Caron Sims
Julie Caron Sims (MSW, Loyola University of Chicago; ACSW; LCSW) began her career as intake psychiatric social worker at Central Psychiatric Clinic in Cincinnati. She has worked in foster care/adoption, crisis mental health, school social work, and utilization management, and has provided counseling in outpatient hospital, domestic violence, family, and youth service settings. Julie has been a fieldwork supervisor for graduate students at the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan, and Spring Arbor Universities. A former foster parent, she served on the board of the Mental Health Association of Tippecanoe County, IN, where she was awarded the Governor's Award for Community Service. Since 2001, Julie has been a Disaster Mental Health Volunteer with the American Red Cross and now works at FamilyCore.

Click here for details about the West Central District awards event in Peoria: http://www.naswil.org/calendar/events/2977/

Congratulations to all of our 2014 District Award Winners! 

Posted on 03/03/14 at 08:00 AM


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