Congratulations to the Winners!
NASW NH Social Worker of the Year
Paula L. Mattis, MSW
Paula Mattis has been a proud member of NASW since she joined as a student in 1986. She has served as President, Vice-President, Secretary and as a board member for the New Hampshire Chapter. She has also been active in SLAC, PACE, Nominations Committee and served as the chapter’s newsletter editor.Paula was appointed as the Director of Medical and Forensic Services for the New Hampshire Department of Corrections in March of 2015. She has primarily worked in the field of behavioral health in both community and inpatient settings and also worked in the field of animal welfare. Whatever population she has served, she has relied upon
her values and skills as a social worker to help others and influence change.
She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s degree in social
work from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. She is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a recipient of the Regent’s Award for the New England Chapter. She has also been recognized by Riverbend Community Mental Health Center as a Champion for Mental Health.
Paula is an experienced public speaker, facilitator and planner. She enjoys working on committees, looks forward to collaborating with others to promote change and believes that social workers are a national treasure.
Legislator of the Year
The Honorable Cindy Rosenwald
Prior to being elected to the Senate, Cindy Rosenwald served seven terms in the NH House of Representatives, as a member of the Finance and Health, Human Services, and Elderly Affairs Committees. She was the Deputy Democratic Leader from 2015-2018. A Nashua resident for thirty years, Senator Rosenwald has a bachelor's degree from Harvard College and a master's degree from Rivier University. She and her husband, Peter Klementowicz, have two grown children.
Citizens of the Year
Becky Whitley and Dellie Champagne
Becky Whitley, Esq.
Becky is responsible for carrying out the policy priorities put forth by the Children’s Behavioral Health Collaborative, while working with stakeholders to identify and implement policies that will transform the way we care for youth with complex behavioral health challenges, and their families.
Becky received a B.B.A. from The George Washington University and a J.D. from Vermont Law School. After graduating from law school, Becky worked with the Disability Rights Center – NH (DRC) as a staff attorney, representing children and families navigating New Hampshire’s complicated service delivery system. During her time at DRC, Becky had a particular specialty and interest in children’s issues and Medicaid policy - working with children and families involved in multiple systems. She worked on issues such as access to appropriate medical, special education and other community-based services and developed a deep understanding of the programs and services available to New Hampshire children. She also saw first-hand the gaps in the systems set up to serve our children. From 2015-2017, Becky transitioned from practicing law and worked with the Environmental Defense Fund as a consultant for Moms Clean Air Force. During this time, Becky worked with a diverse group of activists, stakeholders and elected officials to build public and political support for climate action and to highlight the impact of climate change on children’s health.
Dellie Champagne, M.Ed.
Dellie is the Community Engagement Coordinator for the Children’s Behavioral Health Collaborative. Dellie’s work includes outreach and relationship building with the community, stakeholders, and partnering organizations. Her efforts will help build a constituency of mental health advocates comprised primarily of children, youth and families.
Dellie received her BA in Sociology and her M.Ed. in Education from the University of New Hampshire. She is currently working on another Master’s Degree in Human Services. Dellie’s passion for mental health awareness comes mostly from her lived experience. Her son lives with Schizoaffective Disorder and Dellie has advocated for his needs from the onset. She serves on the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Council for the Disability Rights Center and is a member of the Board of Directors of NFI North. She was recently awarded the 2017 Champions for Mental Health Award from Riverbend.