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2019 Volusia/Flagler Unit Award Winners

Social Worker of the Year:  Kian F. Jacobs LCSW 
Elected Official of the Year:  Sheriff Michael J Chitwood  
Public Citizen of the Year:  Pastor Donna Choate
Public Citizen of the Year:  Mark Geallis  

March 8 , 2019,  SW Month Celebration VF Unit

(Updated 4/11/19)

SW Month Celebration

Volusia Flagler had a successful March 8 event to celebrate SW month at local LPGA resort in Daytona. A big piece of the success is that everyone seemed to have a genuine good time. We hope to keep this momentum as we plan for the coming year.

May, 2019

The newly assembled Steering Committee will be meeting May 18. If you are interested in helping out, volunteering time, participating with input into your choice for continuing education credits, and networking with a new group of professionals, please contact unit chair Kian Jacobs at Future events are currently in development and are fluid, open to change.

All are encouraged to sign up.

Of Concern

Please remember to practice social work safely. Be aware of potential dangers, unusual people, compulsive clients, angry clients, over attached clients, and safety considerations such as keep your desk facing the door. Trust your intuition, use your skills, and be safe out there.

A close member of our social work community recently lost their husband this week. We know strength will pull her through. Love and prayers to Itana Pinansky and her family. So sorry for your loss.

Please see below:

As many in the Jewish community already have been made aware, Nick Pinansky died unexpectedly on January, 8, 2019. Nick leaves behind our friend Itana, and his two gorgeous daughters, Samara, age 3, and Rosalie, age 2.

The girls currently attend the part-time preschool program at the Roth Family Jewish Community Center.

In the wake of Nick’s death, Itana will have several new expenses and one less income in her household. She currently works part time as a Hospice Social Worker, but will most likely have to move to full time to receive healthcare and other benefits necessary to care for her family.

The JCC has graciously extended the maximum financial assistance possible to the Pinansky family so that the girls can continue their preschool education. However, there are other costs and fees involved, and the girls may need to attend the all-day program in order for Itana to work full time and have childcare.

My hope in creating this fund is to allow Samara and Rosalie to continue to be cared for in a safe and familiar place without financial burden.

The donations you contribute to this fund will be paid directly to the JCC in an account for the girls’ education and child care needs, and will be tax deductible.

To donate, go here and make sure you designate your donation to “The Pinansky Tuition Fund.”

Please feel free to share this post in an effort to reach as many people who are able to help.

Thank you so much for your support for the Pinansky family.

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Kian Jacobs, LCSW, EMDR Certified - Unit Chair



Marilyn DeLeura, LCSW

 Special Events Chair

 Teresa Wright, MSW

Membership Chair

Angela Mastropiero 

Unit Secretary

Barbara Hope
Legislative/ PACE Chair


Communications Chair

Itana Pinansky

Member –at-Large

Phyllis LaVigna, LCSW