Senator Gibson (2nd from left) was awarded the NASW-FL Big Bend unit's Social Work Elected Official of the Year.  She was presented her award on March 13 in Tallahassee.  (L to R) Tracey Aittama, MSW, NASW-FL Big Bend Unit Chair LCSW, Senator Audrey Gibson, Vicky Rose, MSW, Carol Edwards, LCSW, NASW-FL Board President and Jim Akin, ACSW, NASW-FL Executive Director

Upcoming Events

There are no local events planned at this time.  Please visit the Events page for other opportunities.


Jamilla Abughali, MBA, MSW, Registered Clinical Social
​Worker Intern, Unit Chair


The Big Bend Unit continues to host a monthly Networking Breakfast on the 4th Tuesday of each month from 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. You are invited to come and learn more about community resources and local agencies as well as network with your social work colleagues.  Social Work students and professional social workers are encouraged to attend our networking breakfasts, even if you are not a member of NASW. 

The meeting is held at Human Services Building at 1000 W. Tharpe St., Tallahassee, FL 32303  This is a wonderful opportunity for social workers, social work educators, and social work students to get to know one another.  


If you would like an opportunity to provide a 15 minute presentation on your agency or program at an upcoming Networking Breakfast or be added to our chapter mailing list for information on future events, please email Rebecca Carter with your email/contact information and she will add you to the list:

2020 Big Bend Social Work Unit Awards:

  • Social Worker of the Year: Jacqueline Barksdale, BS, MSW, LCSW
  • Social Work Student of the Year: Holley Nicholson
  • Social Work Educator of the Year:Robin Perry, Ph.D., MSW
  • Public Citizen of the Year:Senator Audrey Gibson
  • Social Work Citizen of the Year: Rev. Candace McKibben

Big Bend Unit Leadership:

Thank you to all who have volunteered to be a part of our unit leadership committee. I you have any input for our unit please contact Tracey Aittama.

Jamilla Abughali, MBA, MSW, Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern, Unit Chair

Rebecca Carter, LCSW: Continuing Education Co-Chair

Victoria Rose, MSW: Legislative Chair

Kristyn Robinson: Membership Chair

Josette Georges, MSW Membership Co-Chair

Sonnie Mayewski, MSW: Communications/social Media Chair

​Alisah Lauderdale, MSW: Event Chair

Open - CCNLI

Open: Legislative Chair

Erykah Tharpe: Secretary/Treasurer

Open: FSU BSW Student Representative

Erykah Tharpe: FSU MSW Student Representative

Open: FAMU MSW Student Representative

Open: FAMU BSW Student Representative

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