Meet the Interns

NASW says “Hello” to Deb PuzzoDeb

I’m Debra Puzzo, an MSW student at George Williams College of Aurora University. I stumbled into social work trying to get non-profit experience after graduating with a Masters in International Politics from the University of Glasgow. The only organization close to where I lived was in mental health and I fell in love with the micro aspect of social justice. I decided that adding a more practice-oriented degree would make me be a better overall advocate for change. However, my passions are still on the macro level so I’m very excited to be spending the 2018-2019 academic year as an intern with the NASW! My macro niches of particular interest are immigration and asylum, healthcare, sexual violence, and information technology and access—though it’s not hard to get me riled up about other injustices! For micro, I love working with refugees and immigrants as I did in my foundational internship with World Relief of Aurora/DuPage in Illinois. I also currently work with adults with mental illness in residential care.  For self-care, I enjoy yoga, carbohydrates, and true crime podcasts. I’m looking forward to working with the NASW and thus all of you!

NASW says “Hello” to Josh WorachekJosh

Hello! My name is Josh Worachek and I just began my foundational field placement here at NASW- Wisconsin Chapter. I am currently pursuing my Master of Social Work degree at George Williams College of Aurora University. I currently hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Northern Michigan University. I have been working directly with youth and adults who are delinquent or have developmental disabilities for over 6 years and I plan on continuing to work with this clientele once I become a licensed master’s level social worker. I chose to complete my field placement here at NASW because I have a passion for social welfare policy, as the impact of legislative action is critical to the well-being of Wisconsinites and social work practice.

NASW says “Hello” to Kendall FergusonKendall

My name is Kendall Ferguson and I am interning part-time at the National Association of Social Workers – WI chapter. I received my BA in 2014 from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in Political Science and Russian / Eastern European Studies. I am currently working towards a Master’s of Social Work at UW – Madison, with an emphasis in mental health. My goal is to combine my love of political work with my need to provide social care. My aim is to work in trauma, specifically with adolescent and adult women, as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, while remaining actively involved in legislative advocacy for homeless and healthcare rights. In addition to my social work interests, I also work as a freelance statistician and enjoy all things Eastern Europe and Disney related. I hope to retire to Iceland someday.

NASW says “Hello” to Emily BrookeEmily

Hello! My name is Emily Brooke and I am interning part-time at the National Association of Social Workers- WI for Fall of 2018, and Spring of 2019. I currently attend the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in pursuit of my Bachelors of Social Work with a minor in Women and Gender Studies. I will be graduating in May and plan on attending graduate school to obtain my Masters in Social Work. My passion for social work sparked while working as a Nursing Assistant and seeing the lack of support our older adults receive in long-term care facilities, and wanting to be in a role that would help to defend vulnerable populations. That driving desire to help others has since transformed into an interest for policy advocacy. I’m so incredibly excited to have the opportunity to intern with NASW-WI, where I will be able to promote change, empower others, and gain invaluable experience. Macro-level practice in regards to policy is so incredibly influential to social workers, and the clients we serve. I am looking forward to increasing my knowledge, and addressing large-scale topics affecting Wisconsin.