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​NASW-FL's CCNLI is responsible for overseeing our awards process as well as Chapter elections.  Currently, we're taking nominations for the Annual Social Work Awards.  Please refer to the appropriate information below.  If you have any questions about submitting an award nomination, please ​contact NASW-FL at 1-800-352-6279 or


Social Work Awards are Closed

Deadline: December 16, 2019

The National Association of Social Workers, Florida Chapter (NASW-FL) established annual Social Work Awards to honor outstanding professionals and members of the community at the local, state, and national level.  Awards are given in the following categories:

  • Social Worker of the Year (Must be a current NASW-FL member)
  • Social Work Student of the Year (Must be a current NASW-FL member and enrolled in a
    ​CSWE-accredited  social work program in FL)

  • Social Work Educator of the Year  (Must be a current NASW-FL member who is affiliated with a
    ​CSWE-accredited social work program in Florida as a faculty member, adjunct, or field instructor)

  • Public Citizen of the Year (Must not be a social worker or have a degree in social work)
  • Elected Official of the Year (Must be a current local, state or federal elected official)

Awards are considered at the local unit level, and recipients are honored at their unit’s Social Work
Month event in March.  Unit winners are then considered at the state level.  

Click here to review the award criteria.

If you have any questions about the awards or the nomination process, call NASW-FL at 1-800-352-6279 or email: .


The NASW-FL 2019 elections results are:  

President-Elect - Susan Mankita, MSW, LCSW
Second Vice President for Budget and Finance - Earl Ledford, LCSW, CST, CAP, CET
Secretary -  Julie Johnson, LCSW, ACSW
MSW Student Rep - Ashton Sanchez
BSW Student Rep  - Ashley Rodriguez

CCNLI (Chapter Committee on Nominations Leadership Identification)

Dr. J. Michael Alicea
Joyce Couch, MSW
Elizabeth Dosoretz, MSW
Unit Chairs

Sarasota/Manatee Chair - Kerry Dennis, ACSW, LCSW, MCAP, CSAT, SAP
Tampa Bay Unit Chair - Sharon Barber
Miami-Dade Unit Chair - Patricia Hernandez, MSW, MPH, CHC

Thank you to everyone who voted.