NASW NH Chapter Board of Directors Slate 2021

Name: April Mariska

Position: Member-At-Large

Statement: I am employed as a Senior Psychiatric Social Worker at New Hampshire Hospital. I began my employment at NHH just one week after moving to NH in 2014. I’m also an Adjunct Professor at Plymouth State University, where I’m in my third year of teaching Addictions & Related Disorders.

I’ve been an active member of the NASW since May 2003, joining shortly before graduating with my MSW from Southern Connecticut State University. Since that time, I’ve been licensed as a clinical social worker in four states as I’ve moved around the country. With each move, I quickly connected to the state chapter of NASW to network with other social workers and have direct involvement in advocacy efforts. I’ve found the NH NASW to have the most robust community involvement and it would be a privilege to serve on the board as a member at large.



Name:
Gina Apgar


Position:
Member-At-Large


Statement:
I have spent the last 15 years working with children and families in a variety of roles focused on adversity, disabilities, special healthcare needs, and trauma to cultivate resilience and promote positive outcomes. I pursued my MSW and LEND training to expand my capacity to serve this population and will graduate in May 2021 from the University of New Hampshire. Prior to fulfilling the MSW Student Representative position on the NASW NH board, I volunteered for five years on another nonprofit board where I served as Secretary, participated in local, state, and national advocacy efforts, and coordinated professional development opportunities. I was presented with the NASW NH MSW Student of the Year award this year, a testament to my commitment to the profession, excellence, and service. I recently accepted a post-grad position as a pediatric integrated behavioral health provider in Dover, NH. I would be honored to continue to serve on the NASW NH board as a member at large.


Name:
Cassandra Cogley

Position: BSW Student Representative – Plymouth State University (Non-Voting)

Statement: I came into the social work program a little later than most, as a second semester sophomore. Out of all the departments I have looked t and been through here at PSU, I have never felt more at home as I do with the Social Work department. I believe I would be a good candidate for this wonderful opportunity because, I believe that there is just not enough advocating going on for any specific situation really, and I have confidence that I can do my part to help those who cannot use their voices themselves. Spreading awareness is really important to do, now more than ever with the pandemic still rising. More people are in need, but less people are taking those steps to reach their hands out for help.


Name:
Julianna Labul

Position: BSW Student Representative – Plymouth State University (Non-Voting)

Statement: I am a junior social work major, with a minor in Anthropology/Sociology. I will be graduating in 2022 and continuing my education to get my masters in Social Work. My concentration is primarily around mental health, poverty, and homelessness. I consider myself to be a very well organized and conscientious person. My experience in various social work intern positions as well as the president of the Social Work Club at Plymouth State has given me the opportunity to increase my experience in the field. I believe that my passion for advocacy in the field, my dedication to the values of social work, and connections with the student body through the Social Work Club as well as my work with students at the Writing Center make me a well-rounded and desirable candidate for this position. Thank you for your consideration.


Name:
Zach Marx

Position: BSW Student Representative – University of New Hampshire (Voting)

Statement: I was exposed to the power of community work from a young age. I began volunteering with mental health organizations at the age of 12, working to offer adequate supports for individuals who may be struggling. This volunteer work surrounded me with individuals who knew the importance of giving everyone a voice. These voices have the ability to point out problems in communities and give ideas of how to address these problems. 

As the BSW Representative for the University of New Hampshire, I will use the strong voices of the UNH community to point out and address the problems New Hampshire faces. The wisdom of fellow Social Workers will be instrumental in this process, and I am grateful to have been given this opportunity. I will also happily report the great work the NASW has done and plans to do to the UNH student body.


Name:
Elizabeth Robinson

Position: MSW Student Representative – University of New Hampshire

Statement: I seek to create a career dedicated to women who have experienced varying forms of marginalization and trauma. However, through my previous work with brain injury survivors, I have seen the limitations they face due to macro level policies. This instilled in me the importance of change from the larger system. My experience as a member of the BBBS young professionals board demonstrates my ability to navigate introducing the voices of social work students (the next generation of social workers) to the NASW NH board. I will work to garner more members from the student population and be an advocate for students to participate in their profession at a mezzo and macro level. I have the skill set and drive to create change at the policy level and challenge the systems that perpetuate oppression. I feel privileged to be a candidate for a body of social workers fostering a better environment for all.


Name:
Jessica Goff

Position: MSW Student Representative – University of New Hampshire

Statement: As an MSW student, I am seeking this opportunity to broaden my scope of experience within committees and professional organizations. This aligns with my interest in macro practice, specifically policy advocacy and community organizing. Between my high school graduation in 2014 and entering UNH’s MSW program in 2019, I received my bachelor’s degree and worked/interned in a variety of social service settings. During this time, I recognized the critical need for educated professionals to be involved in shaping the policies that affect direct service provision. My learning in the MSW program is moving me closer to this goal, as would this opportunity.

This year, my policy placement with the NH Council on Developmental Disabilities has provided a great leadership opportunity and I seek to increase these skills and expand my impact through my involvement with the NASW. I thrive in collaborative environments and bring a fresh perspective that is informed through the perspectives of social justice and diversity-inclusion.


Name: Sydney Olson

Position: MSW Student Representative – University of New Hampshire

Statement: My personal philosophy has been shaped by my education, work, and volunteer experiences. It is a true reflection of my core values and beliefs, and is aligned with the NASW’s Code of Ethics. Regardless of age, culture, class, ethnicity, disability, gender, race, religion or sexual orientation, I recognize that relationships matter most in building trust, mutual respect, and maintaining the well-being of individuals and families. I have several strengths that would be essential as an effective MSW Student Representative, including strong interpersonal, communication and organizational skills, high emotional intelligence, and an ability to maintain high levels of trust and integrity. I believe I have a responsibility to be culturally competent, trauma informed, and engage in solving critical social issues. This aligns with the NASW’s mission to promote social and economic justice, and the improvement of human well-being by valuing diversity and advocating for improved social policies and services.