2021 Award Recipients

Social Worker of the Year

Stephanie Savard, LICSW

Stephanie Savard is the Chief External Relations Officer for Families in Transition, providing strategic direction on external partnerships and engagement with government stakeholders, community leaders and the non-profit sector.Stephanie also serves as the Director of the New Hampshire Coalition to End Homelessness, a non-profit that provides advocacy, research and training focused on homelessness in the state of New Hampshire.

Before her current role, Stephanie served as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer and as a member of the Interim Executive Leadership Team. She has held various positions within the organization since joining the non-profit in 1996, working on the issue of homelessness and providing development and oversight of the clinical services offered to the adults, families, and children the agency serves. Stephanie is a New Hampshire Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in homelessness, trauma, substance misuse, program development, organizational strategy, and systemic collaboration. She has a Master’s in Social Work from Boston University, and a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Associate’s in Chemical Dependency from Keene State College.

Stephanie is appointed to the New Hampshire Governor’s Commission on Alcohol & Drugs, serves as its’ Treatment Taskforce Chair, and has also been appointed to the New Hampshire Council on Housing Stability.She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, and current member, and past Vice-President, of the New Hampshire Chapter. Stephanie was named a 40 Under 40 Leader of New Hampshire by the Union Leader and Business Industry Association in 2004, is a member of the Leadership New Hampshire Class of 2021 and the Leadership Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce Class of 2011.

Citizen of the Year

Lianne Prentice

Lianne Prentice is the Director of The Community School, an independent day school in South Tamworth. She has worked there in myriad capacities since 2001, after teaching in local public schools for ten years. The school, besides being a place that educates teens, works to build and support sustainable communities; food is a natural vehicle for this work. For the past fifteen years, Lianne has been using locally-sourced meats, dairy, fruits, and vegetables to create inventive meals, most often served to the public by donation, because she believes that good food, grown by people we know and not corporations, should be a right and not a privilege. Last March, when students were sent home to learn remotely in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Lianne found herself with time and an empty schoolhouse. In the face of growing community fear and isolation, Lianne began cooking meals, as much for her own peace of mind as to help others. The school retrofitted its farm stand with freezers and a refrigerator stocked with 400-500 meals each week, through September and 75-150 meals a week through the winter, offered by donation with the guideline to pay “what you can or what you think the meal is worth to you and our community.”

Additionally, a small group of volunteers baked sweet treats to add to the savory meals, and donated these five days a week throughout the summer and fall. The school also started a Share Shelf and fridge where townspeople drop off pantry and household items for folks to take as needed. This program supported those suffering from economic downturns brought on by wide-spread shutdowns; those who feared due to the unpredictability of viral contagion the most basic chores of shopping for groceries; and our neighbors who simply craved the emotional sustenance good food lovingly-prepared can bring to a table. Local farmers and producers donated goods, folks with means sent funds to underwrite the program, and many bellies were filled. This work will continue for as long as there is need during an uncertain time. To date, we estimate that Lianne, with kitchen support from a core group of community members, has served close to 10,000 meals. Lianne was raised in Sandwich, New Hampshire, now lives in South Tamworth, and is nurtured by her deep roots to these communities. She has three children, Henry, Madeline, and Hilary, who make her laugh most days, and who are her biggest food fans and critics.

MSW Student of the Year

Gina Apgar

Gina Apgar is a graduate student at the University of New Hampshire and will complete her studies this May. She pursued a graduate degree in social work to expand her capacity to practice and improve systems of care for children and families. She has spent the last 15 years working with this population focused on early childhood adversity, disabilities and special healthcare needs, and trauma-informed practices to cultivate resilience and promote positive long-term outcomes. She was appointed a graduate assistantship position with the Department of Social Work in which she concentrates on perinatal loss and bereavement research. As an MSW student representative she was also appointed to Academic Standards for Student Policy Issues, the Department of Social Work Research Sequence Committee, and new student orientation. Gina is a Volunteer Advocate in Special Education and former NH-ME LEND trainee. In her free time, Gina enjoys spending time with her family at beach and with her Labrador retriever at the local dog park.

BSW Student of the Year (PSU)

Sally Cederberg

My name is Sally Cederberg and I am a senior Social Work student at PSU. I am grateful to be continuing my education at the University of Michigan as a part of their Advanced Standing MSW program starting in August. I am also lucky this semester to be learning new skills in my block placement at CADY Inc., specializing in court diversion programming, nonprofit management, and substance misuse prevention.

Outside of Social Work, I enjoy leadership, traveling, and exploring New Hampshire. My passion is having a voice for those who society has traditionally silenced. I have never doubted that this profession was made for me and I am ecstatic to see what my future holds. Thank you to NASW NH and PSU for this opportunity of a lifetime!

BSW Student of the Year (UNH)

Elizabeth Kipp

Elizabeth Kipp, BSW Student, UNH is currently a full-time student in her senior year at the University of New Hampshire. As an Advanced Standing student, she will be finishing her BSW in May of 2021 while also working toward her MSW with the anticipated graduation date in May of 2022. Outside of academia, Elizabeth works with veteran students at the university and balances a family of four at home. Engaging with communities to support families is Elizabeth’s passion and she is grateful for the work she has been able to do with Community Action Partnership of Strafford County this past year during her internship. This coming year brings new depths of learning and the opportunity to collaborate with Kenya Connect, fellow social work students, and UNH advisors (Mary Banack and John DeJoie) to develop and implement workshops on Sexual Health and Reproduction along with the local communities in Kenya to support their students. Elizabeth has been humbled by her experience as the BSW representative for NASW-NH in the 2020-2021 academic year and looks forward to a strong relationship moving forward.