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Executive Director of Metropolitan Family Services Calumet
“I am a member of both the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the National Association of Black Social Workers (NABSW). I have a passion for impacting children and families and making a difference in the communities I serve. By representing the NABSW at the 2012 NASW Illinois Chapter Jobs Summit this spring, I have been involved with a working group that is exploring innovative agency partnership models for field instructions. Schools of social work are charged with preparing and equipping future social workers with a strong academic foundation. Providing opportunities for field placement is vital in putting values and vision to the test of day-to-day reality. Additionally, it is a chance to truly understand what it means to engage an individual, group, or community in moving forward and achieving their goals. I chose to get involved in the jobs summit so I can be a conduit to making sure this happens!
In addition to my recently completed term as NABSW President, I had the opportunity to work on joint programming with the NASW Illinois Chapter towards enhancing the relationship between both associations.”
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Audrena A. Spence is executive director of Metropolitan Family Services Calumet, a comprehensive social service agency providing a wide array of services to individuals and families for more than fifty years. Under her leadership, her annual budget has grown from $5 million in 2007 to currently $10 million. With a staff of 240, Metropolitan Family Services Calumet serves more than 6,400 clients annually throughout the greater Roseland community. Audrena is an active member of numerous professional and civic organizations including the Community of African American Mental Health Professionals, National Association of Social Workers, and the National Association of Black Social Workers. She was recently selected by Leadership Greater Chicago for the 2013 Leadership Fellows Class.