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Tracy Whitaker, DSW, ACSW earned her MSW and DSW from Howard University. As the Director of the NASW Center for Workforce Studies, she conducts studies and disseminates information about the professional social work labor force, and implements innovative training programs in emerging areas of practice. Dr. Whitaker has held management positions at NASW with responsibility for policy and social work practice, international and equity programs, and government relations and political action. She served as the executive director of a transitional center serving homeless women with substance addiction and mental health issues; as a court monitor overseeing the deinstitutionalization of St. Elizabeth's Hospital and the development of community-based mental health services in the District of Columbia; and as the deputy director of a federally-funded, national resource center that supported and examined issues related to the behavioral health of women across the life cycle.

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Mark Gaynor, LCSW has practiced in the field of Social Work for over thirty years. After graduating from the Columbia School of Social Work he went on to augment his professional training at the New Hope Guild Psychotherapy Post Graduate Center in New York. He was Senior Social Worker at the prestigious Yale Psychiatric Institute. Quickly recognized for his level of contribution, he broadened his role at Yale by moving into the position of Clinical Manager for the Partial Hospital Program. In 1980 Mark opened what is now a thirty-year private practice serving adults and adolescents with mental health and addiction disorders. He has developed a specialty in the area of bariatric treatment. To his clients and his practice, Mark brings a unique combination of personal and professional expertise in the field of health and weight management. Continuing in his commitment to helping clients of diverse socio and economic backgrounds, Mark now maintains his private practice in New Haven, CT.

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Velma Penermon Stevens, MSW, ACSW, is a member of NASW and she serves on the steering committee of the Big Bend Unit of NASW-FL Chapter. She works for the Sickle Cell Foundation, Incorporated, where she has been employed for the past 9 years. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University and her graduate degree from Florida State University. She has worked in the field of social work for the past 20 years. She has worked with various populations e.g. substance abuse, domestic violence, homeless, youth, mental health and other disenfranchised populations. She also has experience as a hospice social worker. She is also very actively involved in her local church where her husband serves as pastor of the small congregation.

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Social Workers Serving the Disenfranchised
 
 
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Mark A. Lazarus, MSW, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has provided services to victims of crime in Florida and has provided psychiatric health services in a treatment center. He earned his Masters of Social Work degree from Florida State University. He currently serves as the Director of Services at the Renaissance Community Center, coordinating services to persons experiencing homelessness.

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Bill Wertman is the CEO for Alzheimer’s Project, Inc. in Tallahassee, Florida. Bill has been with Alzheimer’s Project, Inc. since January 2006. Bill is also an adjunct instructor with the FSU College of Social Work and the Division of Social Work at Thomas University. Bill serves as a field placement supervisor for social work interns in their clinical rotations for the FSU College of Social Work and is currently supervising interns at Alzheimer’s Project, Inc. who are interested in Gerontological social work and two students who are currently in rotations with other agencies. Bill is currently the Community Outreach Chair for NASW-FL Big-Bend Unit. Areas of interest include Alzheimer’s disease, elder depression, and the combined areas of religiosity and faith as healing interventions and the implications for caregiver coping strategies.

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Social Workers Wear Many Hats
 
 
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Gary Bailey MSW, ACSW is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. He received his MSW from Boston University School of Social Work. He is a professor at the Simmons College School of Social Work; and at the Simmons School of Nursing and Health Studies. Bailey is an award-winning professor who has played top leadership roles in the social work field. He is president of the International federation of Social Workers representing over 745,000 thousand social workers from 90 countries. He is the first person of color to hold this position and the first North American in over 20 years. He served as president of the National Association of Social Workers-USA (NASW), and was named Social Worker of the Year by both the Massachusetts chapter of the NASW and the national organization in 1998. He served as chairman of the National Social Work Public Education Campaign, which promotes increased education and public awareness about the importance of the social work profession.

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Social Workers Wear Many Hats