The NASW Volusia-Flagler Chapter would like to bid our President Russ Rossilini, LCSW, DCSW, a fond farewell. He has been a NASW member since 1982. He has served as Chapter President and on the NASW Board of Directors twice, first from 2005-2007 and then again in 2015 to the present.  We as a chapter have benefitted from his wisdom in untold ways and we are glad that he will remain an active member of our unit.  He will present a 3 CE workshop for us on Saturday, January, 21, 2017, on adoption titled: “Wounded Souls.”  He was the mastermind of our Night of Unity, Night of Diversity presentation which brought the traditional tools of Social Work to a cutting edge as we dealt with the specter of terrorism at home and abroad. Over a hundred people from all walks of life, ethnic backgrounds, and religions met with our community leaders to express their viewpoints and discuss the struggles, misfortunes and heartbreaks that occur when people from different hues of the rainbow are unable to understand and help each other.

Heads up to our membership! The workshops that our Unit has put together this year have been truly spectacular and if you are getting your CEs on the computer, you are truly missing out. We have been able to converse with some of our most valuable community assets and problem solve in thought provoking and meaningful ways with our circle of Social Work practitioners. I know that many of us are tired and overwhelmed at work.  However, that makes it even more important that we validate each other and recharge our batteries. I always feel renewed and refreshed when I have heard the latest information impacting our field from a passionate spokesperson. I feel honored to be able to be among the professionals of this NASW organization and grateful that they have dedicated their lives to our important vocation.    

We waxed poetic at our holiday party and came up with the following:

Social Work Matters…

Social Work Matters…
Because it is the vehicle that empowers my teens to make positive choices.  
Social Work Matters…
Because without it my LBGTQ clients do not have a voice. 
Social Work Matters…
Because it is my life calling to advocate for those in need.  
Social Work Matters…
Because there is a lack of resources to help families cope with their struggles.
Social Work Matters…
Because without it, there would be less hope in the world and children need hope most of all.   


Elizabeth Engelman-Ferguson, LCSW - Unit Chair



Marilyn DeLeura, LCSW

Unit Chair/CE

Elizabeth Engelman-Ferguson, LCSW

 Special Events Chair

 Teresa Wright, MSW

Membership Chair

Nancy Brighton, LCSW

Unit Secretary

Jessica Hemesath, MSW

Legislative/ PACE Chair


Communications Chair

Leah Hampton, MSW

Member –at-Large

Phyllis LaVigna, LCSW      

Past Chair

Matt Gilmore, LCSW


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March 31, 2017 • Daytona, FL 
*NASW-FL Volusia/Flagler Unit is hosting a Social Work Month Celebration
from 6:00–9:00 p.m. at LPGA International County Club. The cost is $25.00 for dinner and a cash bar will be available.  Please register by March 27 - No late registrations can be accepted.

Registration is closed.

2017 Volusia/Flagler Unit Award Winners

Social Worker of the Year:  Randy Herman 
Elected Official of the Year:  Judge Dawn Fields 
Elected Official of the Year:  Andrew Spar 
Public Citizen of the Year:  Gary Wandelt 
Public Citizen of the Year:  Patricia A. Oaks

Our Face book page just keeps getting better and better thanks to Leah Hampton.  Check it out for more information regarding all recent and future events!


As always, all unit meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month at New Church Family at 3520 West International Speedway Blvd. Daytona Beach,( Route 92) at 6 p.m.