There are no local events planned at this time.  Please visit the Events page for other opportunities.


Tracey Aittama, MSW - Unit Chair



(Updated 8/31/17)

The Big Bend Unit continues to host a monthly Networking Breakfast on the 4th Tuesday of each month from 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. You are invited to come and learn more about community resources and local agencies as well as network with your social work colleagues.  Social Work students and professional social workers are encouraged to attend our networking breakfasts, even if you are not a member of NASW. 

The meeting is held at Tapestry Senior Living of Tallahassee - 2516 W. Lakeshore Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32303 - and they have graciously agreed to donate breakfast each month  This is a wonderful opportunity for social workers, social work educators, and social work students to get to know one another.  

If you would like an opportunity to provide a 15 minute presentation on your agency or program at an upcoming Networking Breakfast or be added to our chapter mailing list for information on future events, please email Rebecca Carter with your email/contact information and she will add you to the list:

Chapter Elections:

Congratulations to our very own Carol Campbell Edwards, LCSW who was elected in as the President-Elect position for the NASW Executive Committee

2017 Big Bend Social Work Unit Awards:

  • Social Worker of the Year: Andree Aubrey, LCSW
  • Nominee for SW of the Year: Lisa Bretz, MSW and Christopher Collins, MSW 
  • Social Work Student of the Year: Heather Smith, MSW
  • Nominee for SW Student of the Year: Sonnie Mayewski, MSW 
  • Social Work Educator of the Year: Victoria Verano, MSW
  • Nominee for SW Educator of the Year: Stephen Tripodi, P.h.D
  • Elected Official of the Year: Gil Ziffer 

2018 Big Bend Social Work Awards:

Nominations are now being accepted for our 2018 social work awards. Please vote online at
www.naswfl.org. No paper nominations will be accepted!

Deadline: December 15, 2017

Big Bend Unit Leadership:

Thank you to all who have volunteered to be a part of our unit leadership committee. I you have any input for our unit please contact  Tracey Aittama.

Tracey Aittama, MSW: Unit Chair

Carol Campbell Edwards, LCSW: immediate Past Chair

Andree Aubrey, LCSW: Continuing Education Chair

Rebecca Carter, MSW: Continuing Education Co-Chair

Victoria Rose, MSW: CCNLI Chair

Jocelyn Hayes, MSW: Membership Chair

Sonnie Mayewski, MSW: Communications/social Media Chair

Melanie Meyer, MSW Student: Legislative Chair

Julie Menendez: MSW Student: Secretary/Treasurer

Samantha Rust: FSU MSW Student Representative

Caitlin Bailey: FSU MSW Student Representative

Candace Thompson: FAMU MSW Student Representative

Aliyah Vanduyne: FAMU BSW Student Representative

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