​NASW-FL's CCNLI is responsible for overseeing our awards process as well as Chapter elections.  If you have any questions, please ​contact NASW-FL at 1-800-352-6279 or info.naswfl@socialworkers.org.

​Board of Director's Nominations Open

​Deadline: May 20

NASW-FL is soliciting nominations to be considered for vacant positions on the Florida Chapter

Board of Directors and the Chapter Committee on Nominations and Leadership Identification (CCNLI).   

The nomination process is self-submission.
Nominate yourself if your leadership experience and skills

match one of the descriptions for a vacant position

Open ​Statewide Positions

  • First Vice President
  • BSW Student Representative
  • MSW Student Representative
  • 5 members of the Chapter Committee on Nominations and Leadership Identification

Open Unit Positions:

  • Heartland Unit Chair
  • Lake/Sumter Unit Chair
  • Space Coast Unit Chair
  • Southwest Unit Chair
  • Treasure Coast Unit Chair

Click here to review the Job Descriptions

Click Here to submit your nomination.


Nominations are closed for the 2022 Annual Social Work Awards. The nominations are being reviewed and announcements will be coming soon!

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: info.naswfl@socialworkers.org .

The 2022 NASW-FL State Award Winners

Join us in congratulating the 2022 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. 

Veronica Latchman, MSW,
Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern

Social Worker of the Year
Broward Unit

Walter Arrington 
Social Work Student of the Year
Northwest Unit

Denise Sowell-Montford, ACSW, LCSW 

Social Work Educator of the Year
Emerald Coast Unit

Senator Annette Taddeo 
Elected Official of the Year
Miami-Dade Unit

Kari Peterson 
Public Citizen of the Year
Emerald Coast Unit

Congratulations again to the 2022 award winners!

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

Volusia / Flagler Unit Chair


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