2019 Board of Directors Nominations

For your review are the nominees for our upcoming NH NASW Board election.

Thank you for your consideration and thank you to all our nominees who have stepped forward to grow and strengthen our Chapter.



SECRETARY

Carol Sobelson
Concord, NH NASW Involvement/Positions Held/Years as an NASW member

  • NH NASW Treasurer
  • NH NASW board member

Platform Statement
I am pleased to offer myself as a candidate for Secretary of NASW NH. After graduating from Boston College with a major in psychology and elecmentary special education I received a degree from Columbia University School of Social Work. I have maintianed a private practice in Concord since 1984, establishing one of the earliest primary care-integrated practice site before joining a dynamic mental health practice at Capital Valley Counseling as a decade ago. I was a lecturer at the University of Connecticut School of social work and am currently on the CEU committee of NH NASW. My other volunteer work has been Chairperson of the Circle Program, a board member of CATCH, a leading affordable housing agency in Concord, and I currently serve on the board of Riverbend and I am a past Treasurer of NASW NH. NH NASW involvement has truly been a highlight of my professional careers and I would be honored to continue this work.

MSW STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE

Nicholas D’Amore Dover, NH

NASW Involvement/Positions Held/Years as an NASW member
Member for 1 year

Platform Statement
I feel tremendously fortunate for walking into the social justice-forward field of Social Work through a series of personal and professional experiences that have allowed me to offer help to others by engaging my own passions and competencies. Prior to graduate school, I learned some of the basics of the caring profession while facilitating ourdoor experiecnes with urban youth at a non-profit organization, mentoring adolescents and promoting healthy living as a residential counselor and adventure counselor at a therapeutic boarding school, and supporting individuals and families at a commuity based mental health agency. In professional, academic and personal realms, I find myself eager to provide assistance, but primarily guided by my confidence in the abilities, aspirations and resilience of those I work with. I hope to serve on the NH NASW Board to help ensure that Social Work continues to rely on client-driven practices and to maintain the connection between the academic, practical and political efforts of the field.

BSW STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE– UNH

Emma Fuini Hebron, CT

NASW Involvement/Positions Held/Years as an NASW member
Student member since 2019

Platform Statement
I am currently serving as the UNH BSW student representative on the faculty diversity committee. Through this, I have been able to collaborate with my professors and share with them my opinions on the issues of race, culture and opressionin regard to how they are being taught in undergraduate social work courses. As an advocate for Sexual Harrassement and Rape PreventionProgram, I enjoy spending my free time volunteering for survivors and providing them with support and resources. Through this position I hope to gain essential experience within my desired field fo study while being emersed among professionals who may be able to serve as my mentors. I hope to apply the skills I have learned in my time as a student in UNH’s social work program to serve in this role at NASW NH.

BSW STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE– PSU

Morgan Maxner Plymouth, NH

NASW Involvement/Positions Held/Years as an NASW member
Student member since 2019

Platform Statement
I am a non traditional student attending PSU and will be a senior in the Social work degree program. I feel a deep connection to PSU and its students. The social work students are an amazing group of individuals and I would love to connect them with all resources available to them. I am unsure of their familiarity with the NASW and would love to bring its purpose and benefits of membershio to them in any way I can. I am a hard worker and great at time management, and involved in my local community as well as school. I think this added to my age and deep respect for the PSU community make me a good candidate to be the PSU BSW Student Representative.

NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE

Trish Cox BS, MSED, MSW Newfields, NH NASW Involvement/Positions Held/Years as an NASW member
NASW NH Board of Directors for 2 terms
President of NASW NH

Platform Statement
In the past 6 years of service dedicated to NASW NH I have enjoyed seeing the new board members join into the mix of the past members. It is critical to always be looking ahead at committee volunteers to cultivate them for future board positions. It is critical to create a matrix of board needs to make sure there is a cross section of location, expertise and depth of experience in micro and macro setting to set up a successful board and organization.

Jessica Vaughn-Martin, MSW Litchfield, NH

NASW Involvement/Positions Held/Years as an NASW member
Prior student member; no recent involvement

Platform Statement
I would like to be considered for a position on the board of NASW NH as I feel I have a unique perspective to offer the field of social work. I was someone who returned to graduate school after 7 years working in the field as a case manager. I started my graduate school career at the UNH Manchster program and worked full time for the first two years. Then, my daughter joined our family and my studies were delayed, taking a year longer than anticipated. Through social work I have learned the value of building relationships, developing critical thinking and questioning my own inherent privilege. Since graduation in 2013 I have had the honor of serving the community as a funder, grant writer, adjunct faculty member, social work field liaison and most recently as the Director of a non profit serving survivors of violence in a co-located, comprehensive way.