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(Updated 4/15/19)

Happy Springtime to all of our Tampa Bay members. As you are probably aware, our Unit remains active on many diverse fronts. Last month, we celebrated Social Work Month with our Unit's Celebration and Awards Event at Suncoast Hospice/Empath Health in Clearwater.  In addition to honoring our Unit Award winners, the President of the NASW FL Board of Directors, Ms. Carol Campbell Edwards gave an inspiring keynote presentation. Then, earlier this month, our Unit held a CE workshop at the Children's Board of Hillsborough County which focused on eating disorders. The presenter, Ms. Laura Lange, LCSW, from the Eating Recovery Center of Chicago, offered attendees outstanding information for assisting clients with these afflictions.  

Looking forward, our Unit is now seeking direction from the NASW FL Board of Directors as to ways we might support a unique initiative offered by Saint Leo University's School of Social Work. Simply put, this initiative involves supporting  a Social Justice Camp for high school students!

Next month, our Unit will host the Director of the University of South Florida's School of Social Work, Dr. Riann van Zyl. He has agreed to present a CE workshop titled Innovation, The Scientific Method & Social Work Practice. Look to register for this sterling event very soon. 

Next, our Unit's CCNLI, Dr. Stacy Kratz, will soon be interviewing candidates to serve as our Unit's MSW and BSW reps. These positions offer local social work students a great opportunity to become involved with our Tampa Bay Unit and assist them with getting an "in depth" look at the workings of our Unit as well as additional contact with our professional social workers.  

Finally, on April 26 & 27, I'll be attending the NASW FL Board of Directors Meeting in Orlando. As your representative on the Board, I welcome hearing from you regarding any issues, concerns, questions or ideas that you'd like me to bring before the Board. So please feel free to email me at:



P.S. Don't miss the opportunity to register early for our Annual NASW FL Conference in Orlando. It will be held June 13 to 15, 2019 with a Pre-Conference starting on June 10, 2019

WANTED: NASW members with an area of expertise. If you have an area of administrative or clinical expertise, consider giving a workshop at the Tampa Bay Unit this year. In doing so, you will receive a paid honorarium and mileage reimbursement at the rate of 44 cents per mile to and from the workshop location. In the event you are coming from more than 50 miles, you will receive payment for a night in a motel that is proximate to the workshop location. Interested? If so, contact me at


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P.S. As a benefit of NASW membership, I continue to offer members a review of their resume. The goal of this complimentary review revolves around offering you suggestions to sharpen and focus your resume. Also, I will use my  40 year social work career to offer members interviewing tips."

As always, feel free to submit your ideas to make our Tampa Bay Unit better. Currently, we're in need for ideas to increase our membership and ensure that you receive maximum "bang" for all of your annual dues "bucks." If you have ideas or wish to volunteer, please contact Jack at


Tampa Bay Unit 2019 Social Work

Month Photo Gallery


May 16, 2019 • Tampa,FL
*NASW-FL Tampa Bay Unit presents "Innovation, The Scientific Method & Social Work Practice" with Riann van Zyl, PhD, Professor and Director of the USF School of Social Work,
from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at The Children's Board of Hillsborough County.Registration is $5 for NASW members and $20 for Non-members.  Registration is free for BSW/MSW students, retired and unemployed NASW Members. You MUST pre-register for this workshop.  There will be NO on-site registration.   


Jack Smith, LCSW - Unit Chair

​Unit Vice Chair
Sharon Barber

Chapter Committee on Nominations and Leadership Identification (CCNLI)
Stacy Kratz 

Political Action for Candidate Election (PACE) Committee 
Christine Campbell, LCSW 
Mary Martinez-Drovie

Social Media

Elizabeth Thomas, MSW

Brittany Peters 

491 Board Liaison
Susan Infanzon

Chapter Supervisory Task Force
Nancy Gordon
Susan Infanzon


Stacy Kratz

MSW Representative


BSW Representatives