2020 Continuing Education Presenters

The Presenters


Jenny Andersen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who lives with her wife and rescue pitbull in Illinois.  Her most recent work has been supporting inclusion for transgender students and implementing anti-racist work with clinicians and schools.  Jenny’s background includes work with diverse youth and adults, and she currently serves as the chairperson for the Social and Economic Justice and Peace committee for the National Association of Social Workers and committee member for the NASW National Committee for LGBTQ Issues.  

Detective Roger Baker is originally from Boston Massachusetts. Roger has been with the City of Madison Police for 29 years and has been a detective since January of 2000. Roger has worked a variety of specialized assignments and for the last ten years has focused on working cases involving missing and exploited children and Human Trafficking. Roger regularly works with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies as well as local and national nonprofit organizations serving victims of Human Trafficking. Roger is a member of the Dane County Coordinated Response Team for Human Trafficking and serves as the Madison Police subject matter expert for Human Trafficking. Roger has a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati.

Kate is a member of the Eau Claire City Council, a 2014 graduate of the social work program at UW Eau Claire and currently works for Wisconsin Conservation Voters advocating for clean drinking water and environmental justice. As a social worker, Kate understands that the environmental movement is all about people and how our most pressing environmental issues impact people disproportionately. She uses a macro social work lens in her work to advocate for a clean, safe, fair future for all.


Dafna Berman is a psychotherapist with Froedtert & the Medical College of WI. She received her MSW from Washington University in St. Louis and is currently pursuing an MBA with a concentration in Healthcare Management, at UWM. Berman is the Southeast branch representative to the NASW-WI Chapter and serves as a member at large on the Executive Committee. She also serves on the Chapter’s Professional Standards & Regulations, and the Legislative & Social Action Committees. On the national level, Dafna is a member of the Expert Panel tasked with reviewing and updating the NASW Mental Health Policy Statement. Last year, Dafna was appointed by DSPS Division of Policy Development to serve on the Behavioral Health Review Committee. Dafna has over twenty years of experience in So-cial Work and has dedicated the past ten years to clinical work. She specializes in working with clients who experience severe and persistent behavioral health issues, often due to trauma.


Dr. Edwards is a clinical social worker.  She received her MSW degree from Howard University School of Social Work and her PhD from the National Catholic School of Social Work, Catholic University.  Dr. Edwards has served as an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at Howard University from academic year 2011-12 to the present. Prior to her academic appointment at Howard University School of Social Work she served on the faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work. She maintains a private practice where she provides clinical social work psychodynamic and psychoanalytic treatment.  Dr. Edwards’ range of experiences extends from providing clinical services to inpatient psychiatrically hospitalized children, adolescents and adults to outpatient psychotherapy to individuals, couples and families.  Prior to entering Academia, she was the Clinical Director of the Emergency Psychiatric Response Team at the Federal Bureau of Investigation for a period of ten years.  In her position she was responsible for the assessment, intervention and treatment of crisis cases where she provided trauma treatment in a wide range of clinical scenarios.  Previous governmental involvement was in her position as a policy analyst in the Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services in the Office of the Assistant Director for Policy Evaluation.   She currently serves on the Board of the Washington School of Psychiatry in Washington, D.C., and has previously served on the Board of the Montgomery County Mental Health Association.  Dr. Edwards has served as a clinical consultant to numerous agencies in Washington, D.C.  Dr. Edwards has extensive experience in clinical social work practice and has publications in the areas clinical social work practice and social work education.  She is an active member of the National Association of Social Workers, The Greater Washington Society for Clinical Social Work, the Clinical Social Work Association, and the American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work.

Dr. Katherine Drechsler earned her MSW from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and her Doctorate of Social Work with Clinical Emphasis from George Williams College of Aurora University. She currently is the Field Coordinator for the Social Work Program and is the Advisor for the Student Social Work Organization and the Phi Alpha Honor Society. Prior to joining the UW-Whitewater faculty full time in 2014, she worked twenty-seven years in the social work field as a clinical social worker working with adults with mental health and substance abuse diagnoses, in child welfare, in juvenile justice, and in residential treatment for adolescents. Dr. Drechsler’s research interests include addictions, foster care, adoption, diversity and difference in practice, and enhancing teaching in social work education. Dr. Drechsler primarily teaches practice courses and field experience.


I am a licensed clinical social worker in California and Massachusetts, with almost 30 years of licensed clinical experience. I have worked in private social service agencies; health and behavioral centers and hospitals; as well as county and state agencies.  I am an associate professor at San Jose State University, San Jose CA. My research has been international and primarily focused on the health and behavioral health needs of refugees and forced migrants, and culturally-effective practice for these populations.




Roberta R. Greene Professor Emerita, was the Louis and Ann Wolens Centennial Chair in Gerontology and Social Welfare at the University of Texas Austin. She is the recipient of 2 Fulbright Awards. Her practice experience includes clinical practice, policy, administrative, and research expertise. She is an NASW Pioneer, known for her advocacy work on nursing home reform. She was the 2015 recipient of the Knee/Whitman Outstanding Achievement Award which recognizes significant impact on national health, public policy, and/or professional standards. A Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, she has conducted significant research on resilience among Holocaust survivors. A prolific author, she has written numerous books including A Handbook of Human Behavior in the Social Environment (Francis & Taylor), Caregiving and Care Sharing: A Life Course Perspective (NASW Press, 2014), and Resiliency Theory: An Integrated Framework for Practice, Research, and Policy (NASW Press, 2012). Her latest book is  Human behavior theory and social work practice with marginalized oppressed populations.   London: Routledge (2019).

Dr. Anthony Hill, EdD, MSW
Dr. Anthony (Tony) C. Hill, Ed.D., MSW is a tenured, associate professor at Springfield College School of Social Work and Behavioral Sciences at Springfield College. Dr. Hill earned his B.S. degree in Human Services and Administration from Springfield College, his MSW from the University of Pennsylvania and an Ed.D from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Dr. Hill has extensive experience in both the fields of social work and education and has been employed as a clinician, adjunct faculty member, school social worker, assistant principal, principal, and college administrator. Dr. Hill’s experiences provide him with a unique perspective to teach students and work with organizations in addressing ways to improve staff morale, multicultural, diversity, and political, economic, and social justice issues. 


Laurel Iverson Hitchcock, PhD, MPH, LICSW, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  She is interested in social work education, technology and social media, interprofessional education and service learning pedagogy. In 2012, she received the SAGE/CSWE Award for Innovative Teaching for her work incorporating social media into her social work courses. 

Dana Johnson, MSW, CAPSW, holds a Master’s of Social Work degree and is credentialed to practice social work in the State of Wisconsin. He has over 10 years of management and administration experience; particularly in the area of child welfare, supervision and management, agency and culture change, and administration. His areas of expertise and direct practice include child welfare services and reform, medical social work, higher education and training, leader-ship development, innovation theory, ethics and boundaries, trauma-informed care, and LGBTQ+ diversity and inclusion. Mr. Johnson is the Director of Kewaunee County Department of Human Services in Kewaunee, WI. He is the owner and lead trainer/facilitator of Grow My Life, LLC.

Nathalie Passion Jones, PhD, MSW is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work at Tarleton State University. Her research interest includes: Healthy Aging, Mentorship of Women in the Academy & The Use of Tech as a Teaching Tool. In 2017, she received the Kenneth L. “Rock” Clinton Study Abroad Award for her applied learning initiatives through service learning in Costa Rica from Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Ms. Melinda Marasch was born and raised in WI, receiving her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from UW-Milwaukee. Melinda has dedicated almost 25 years to her passion in helping others. She recently moved back to WI from CO where she has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and continues her career as a social work/mental health trainer and consultant. Melinda specializes in clinical training, supervision and development of programs for social workers and other direct care providers. She often helps non-therapist direct care staff to be efficient, effective and therapeutic in the work they do. She has worked in residential, school & outpatient care; within healthcare (e.g. HIV/AIDS medical case managers, patient navigators), public (e.g. department of human services case workers, child support enforcement workers), and community-based organizations. Melinda is a member of the international Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), and has presented numerous trainings across the U.S. on therapeutic approaches such as Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Informed Care, self-care, mental health issues, deescalation and more.


Chelsey Nisbet, MSW, APSW is a veterinary social worker at Lakeshore Veterinary Specialists. She is one of two veterinary social workers in Wisconsin and in that role she tends to the human needs that arise in the relationship between humans and animals. She also supports all employees within the organization around the areas of compassion fatigue, burnout and mental health. Previously, Chelsey worked in child welfare in various capacities in Waukesha County, Milwaukee County, Minnesota and North Dakota. Chelsey holds a Master’s degree in social work from UW-Milwaukee and teaches adjunct at UW-Milwaukee with undergraduate and graduate social work students. She instructs on direct practice skills, group practice and behavioral health. Chelsey received her Bachelor of Social Work with a specialization in social welfare from Minnesota State University Moorhead. Her solution-focused, person-centered approach helps her to “build resilience from every direction.” Chelsey also conducts professional and non-professional trainings, conference presentations and workshops on: resilience, trauma-informed care, child-adult relationship enhancement, meaningful self-care and diversity. Her talks are both informational and motivational; she is regarded as a truth-teller and encourager, with a passionate and inspiring style.


Jack is a social worker with over 20 years of experience as a community organizer, advocate, professor, and clinician. Jack is a graduate of the Joint MSW program between NC A&T State University & UNCG. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist; Certified Clinical Supervisor in Addictions; and holds the NASW NC Certificate in Clinical Supervision. Jack is also a certified Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) with the Department of Transportation.  Jack is also a frequent adjunct professor in social work at the BSW & MSW levels. He has received teaching and academic awards for his work in the classroom. He has over 10 years of teaching social work students in NC. Jack is an advocate and former lobbyist. He has worked with NASW NC, NAMI NC and the National AHEC Organization. In 2007 Social Work Today Magazine named Jack “One of Today’s Most Influential Social Workers”.


Ed is currently an Associate Professor and Acting Chair of Business and Management at Keuka College in Up State NY.  Previously, he served in Chair and Program Director roles for the Social Work Division.  Prior to his transition into higher Education he held several leadership roles in health care and non profit organizations.  Ed has an MSW and PhD in Social Work from the University of Maryland’s School of Social Work and an MBA from Binghamton University.