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Chapter Election Results

A very special thanks to everyone who participated in the election. 


President-Elect - Sharon Gandarilla-Javier, PhD, LMSW, LCSW

Second Vice President for Budget & Finance - Christopher Collins, ACSW, LCSW

Secretary - Julie Johnson, ACSW, LCSW

MSW Student Representative - Neal Sinha, BSW

BSW Student Representative - Carroll Merand

Chapter Committee on Nominations and Leadership Identification (CCNLI)

  • Melissa Coral Bermudez, MSW, LCSW, LICSW
  • Hilda Martinez Reyes, ACSW
  • Velma Stevens, ACSW, LCSW
  • Caron McKenize-Davis, BSW

Delegate Assembly:

  • Michael Alicea, LCSW
  • Seth Berkowitz, LCSW, CCLS
  • Stacy Kratz, PhD, LCSW, CAP
  • Amy Moncion, BSW, MSW, LCSW
  • Peter Downes, LCSW

Unit Chairs:

Central Unit Chair - Amy Moncion, BSW, MSW, LCSW

Emerald Coast Unit Chair -  Denise Baril, BSW, MSW

Miami-Dade Unit Chair  -  Marcela Gomez-Bogomolni, MSW 

Nature Coast Unit Chair  -  Christina Cazanave, MSW 

Northwest Unit Chair  -  Ryan Bullard, BSW, MSW, LCSW 

Sarasota/Manatee Unit Chair  -  Kerry Dennis, ACSW, LCSW, MCAP, CSAT, SAP


The 2021 NASW-FL State Award Winners

Join us in congratulating the 2021 State Award winners.  They make life easier for others, achieve results when taking risks, demonstrate outstanding leadership, act with courage and exemplify social work values and ethics. 

Edith C. Caballero, LCSW
Social Worker of the Year
Miami-Dade Unit

Grace Jones
Student Social Worker of the Year
Tampa Bay Unit

Shanna L. Burke, PhD
Social Work Educator of the Year
Miami-Dade Unit

Nicholas Duran
Elected Official of the Year
Miami-Dade Unit

Rabbi Jonathan Lubliner
Public Citizen of the Year
Northeast Unit

Congratulations again to the 2021 award winners!


Nominations are closed for the 2021 Annual Social Work Awards is closed.  Award winners were notified by their units and award ceremonies were planned during March, Social Work Month.

Awards Information:

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 and honored during the Annual Conference.  

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: .