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The Pennsylvania Chapter of NASW is organized in 9 regions, called Divisions. The elected chairperson for each Division is listed below. If you would like to get involved in your division, contact the appropriate division leader. See map below to find your division.


Troy Brindle, LCSW, QCSW, DCH 


Troy graduated from Cairn University with a dual BS in Social Work and Bible in 1993 leading him to earn his MSW from Rutgers University, become licensed in 1995 and obtain his LCSW in 2001. He has been a member of NASW since 1995 and a member of the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work (PSCSW) since 2012. Troy has served on the Board of NASW-PA since 2011 as the Brandywine Division Chair and current President -Elect. He is one of the present co-owners and Director of Springfield Psychological which is the largest private outpatient mental health practice in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Troy is an experienced psycho-therapist who specializes in child/adolescent disorders, family and couples therapy, and adult behavioral health disorders. Troy worked in a variety of administrative positions over the past 24 years in both non-profit and for-profit settings. Troy has contributed to the publication of NASW-PA’s Private Practice Handbook, several professional articles and numerous professional speaking engagements at both the state and local levels. Most recently, Troy has been appointed as a Delegate to the NASW Delegate Assembly in Washington to represent the profession. Troy has played a key role in building coalitions, advancing the goals and objectives of the social work profession at a National, State, and local level. He is passionate in serving the members of NASW-PA, and represents our organization with energy, enthusiasm, and dedication.

Term: 7/1/2014 through 6/30/2017
Stuart Horowitz, LCSW, ACSW, QCS

Term: 7/1/2014 through 6/30/2016
LLoyd Lyter, Ph.D, LSW, MSW
Vice President

Dr. Lyter previously served three terms on the Board as Philadelphia Division Representative, Representative at Large, and Vice President. He also served as Chair, Chapter Committee on Nominations and Leadership Initiatives for five years. He has taught masters level social work students at Marywood University for over 21 years. He has taught baccalaureate students at Marywood University, and currently at East Stroudsburg University, where he directs the Marywood University Pocono MSW Program. Prior to teaching, his practice experience was in behavioral health, principally program development and administration in alcohol and other drug treatment programs. His education includes an MPA from Temple University, an MSW from Marywood University, and a Ph.D. in Social Work from Rutgers University. He publishes and presents frequently as invited and juried presenter at state, national, and international conferences, primarily related to psychopathology, racial bias in diagnosis, and the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, as it relates to social work. 

Marietta Scalise-Warnitsky, QCSW, LCSW

Marietta is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Qualified Clinical Social Worker. She has worked as a psychiatric social worker in a variety of capacities in the mental health field throughout her 25 + year career. Currently, she is working in a large private mental health practice and as an adjunct faculty member at Marywood University.

Marietta has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Therapy from College Misericordia, Dallas, PA and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Marywood College, Scranton, PA. She has also worked as a social work educator for 15 years at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Additionally, Marietta has presented various seminars and workshops on a national, state and local level for many years. She has been a member of NASW (National Association of Social Workers) for over 25 years and currently is serving a second term on the NASW-PA Executive Board of Directors as Secretary.

Term: 7/1/2015 through 6/30/2017
Matthew Winger, LCSW, ACSW, C-SWHC, C-ASWCM

Term: 7/1/2014 through 6/30/2017
Nikole Heilmann, LCSW, ACSW
Brandywine Division Chair

Term: 7/1/2014 through 6/30/2017
Jessica MacIntire, LCSW
Central Division Chair  

I obtained my BSW from Messiah College in 2012 where I double majored in Social Work and Criminal Justice. Immediately following I went to Rutgers University to complete my MSW specializing in Aging and Gerontology in 2013. For the past 2 years I have been working with older adults in a personal care home as a social worker and supervisor. I passed my LCSW exam in March of 2016.

Term: 7/1/2014 through 6/30/2017
David Breiner, LSW, M. DIV
Eastern Division Chair

Term: 7/1/2014 through 6/30/2017

Kimberly Hardner
Northwest Division Chair

Jamie Lynn Plocinski, LCSW
North Central Division Chair

Jamie Plocinski is a licensed clinical social worker with a bachelor’s degree in social work from Lock Haven University and master’s in social work from Marywood University. She has over 15 years experience in the mental health field ranging from clinical director, outpatient director, therapist, adjunct professor, child welfare worker, and providing educational trainings and clinical treatment groups. Jamie has been an active member with the National Association of Social Workers since 2007.

Term: 7/1/2014 through 6/30/2017

Justin Behrens
Northeast Division Chair

Katherine A. Shecora, LSW
Southeast Division Chair

An alum of the University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy and Practice (formerly The School of Social Work, Class of 1994), Ms. Shecora has worked in academia, administration, research and direct service in her twenty plus years as a social worker. Positions have included serving as a fellow at the Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research; and later at the Field Center for Children's Policy, Practice and Research; both at the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Shecora then worked as a contractor and later as the continuous quality improvement coordinator for Children's Service, Inc., a not-for-profit social service agency; and then as an independent contractor for the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) Assessment Unit at the Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC). Ms. Shecora then served as a foster parent recruiter and trainer, as well as a Red Cross certified first aid instructor for a therapeutic foster care program based out of Norfolk VA, before assuming her current position as an Employee Assistance Specialist at Optum Health. Ms. Shecora has volunteered with the state chapter of the NASW PA, having co-presented at the state NASW conference in 2013 and 2014 on the topic of the "Urban/Rural Social Work Divide". In both 2015 and 2016, Ms. Shecora again co-presented at the state NASW conference on the the topic of "The Ethics of Play and Self-Care". At the division level, Ms. Shecora previously served on the Interim Steering Committee (2013-2014), and later (2014-2015) as the Data Management And Communications Officer before assuming the position as the Southeast (formerly Philadelphia/Southeast) Division Chair in 2015 to finish out the remaining year on the term. In 2016, Ms, Shecora was elected to a full three year term, and looks forward to continuing to collaborate with the Board, and especially with the Division Representatives, to serve the needs of the social work community in Philadelphia, Montgomery and Bucks Counties.  

Cornell Davis, III
Southeast Division Representative I

Cornell Davis III is a professional and competent social worker who enjoys working in the areas of child welfare, research, education, and capacity building. Over the last ten years, Cornell has had the opportunity to spearhead program evaluation and community education efforts within Temple University’s Center for Social Policy and Community Development which targeted urban youth who were at­risk for suicide, a progressive afterschool education program, community technical assistance, and a program for parental involvement. Program evaluation and research based efforts also incorporated being a part of a grant writing and proposal team that sought to secure new funding opportunities. Cornell also served as a child welfare advocate and research team member, while working to address the issue of childhood obesity through the Healthy Corner Store Initiative, that was run out of Temple University’s Center for Obesity Research and Education. Experience in child welfare was extended to additional opportunities as an adoptions caseworker, and to be employed as a houseparent—a unique endeavor that allowed him the privilege of caring for children within a group home setting that emphasized family­ style living.

Maria Weidinger
Southeast Division Representative II

Maria T. Weidinger, ACSW, LSW is currently working as adjunct faculty at Gwynedd Mercy University and Delaware County Community College where she teaches several classes on aging in addition to sociology, social problems and psychology. She is a graduate of Temple University and Community College of Philadelphia. Prior to teaching she worked for 30+ years as a geriatric social worker in various administrative and direct service positions along the continuum of care for older adults. This included work in home care, senior centers, adult day care, hospice, nursing care centers and the Alzheimer’s Association. She is active in the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers and is a former chair of the Philadelphia Division. She is dedicated to sharing her passion for work with older adults and future human service professionals. In her non-teaching hours she served a four year term on Plymouth Township Council in Montgomery County, volunteers for the Alzheimer’s Association of Delaware Valley and will soon be trained as a volunteer Ombudsman with the Center for Advocacy of the Rights and Interests of the Elderly (CARIE).

Term: 2014 through 2017

Kevin Caridad, PhD, LCSW
Southwest Division Chair

Term: 7/01/2015 through 6/30/2018
Tanisha Paige, BSW
Southwest Division Rep

A native of the Northern Virginia area, Tanisha first attended Northern Virginia Community College where she earned her associates degree in social science with a Deaf specialization, as well as a career studies certificate in American Sign Language. She then went on to graduate in May 2015 from George Mason University with her BSW. Following her graduation from GMU, Tanisha moved to Pittsburgh to pursue her MSW at the University of Pittsburgh. She expects to graduate from the program in December of 2016.

Tanisha has spent the past 15 years working in the child care field. Starting out as a preschool teacher, she has worked as an infant multiples specialist for the past nine years. Her many years of early childhood development experience and her experience working with families has helped her begin to transition into a career as a social worker in the field of child welfare. Tanisha most recently interned with the foster care unit within the Department of Community and Human Services in Alexandria, Virginia. While there, she developed a training for foster parents titled "Ambiguous Loss in the Foster Care System”. Tanisha also worked with the Fairfax County Kinship Care Committee during a semester-long independent study.

While attending GMU, Tanisha served two terms as an officer in the school’s social work student association, and served as the NASW-VA BSW Student Representative during the board’s 2014-2015 term. She has also been a volunteer with the children’s bereavement camp, Comfort Zone Camp, since the summer of 2014.

Tanisha has been an NASW member for two years and is proud to serve on the board of an organization that shares her passion for advocating for the best interests of professional social workers, as well as the communities they serve.

Professional interests: Child Welfare, Forensic Social Work, Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing Community 

Term: 7/1/2015 though 6/30/2018
Kristie Jo King
West Central Division Chair

Kristie Jo King is the West Central Division Chair of the NAWS-PA.  Kristie Jo is a graduate from Our Lady of the Lake University where she obtained her master’s degree in Social Work focusing on Hispanic family and children; Kristie Jo obtained her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Kutztown University, and her associate’s degree in Social Work from Reading Area Community College.  Kristie Jo is currently the Director of Social Services at Windy Hill Village- Presbyterian Senior Living and is an Adjunct Professor at Penn Highlands Community College.

Term: 7/1/2015 through 6/30/2018
Daisy Heidenreich
MSW Student Representative

Term - 7/1/2015 through 6/30/2016
Vanessa Trinidad
BSW Student Representative  

Growing up, my biggest inspiration was my mother. Over the course of 23 years of her being a foster parent, I met many Social Workers who inspired me to pursue a career in this field. I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and moved to Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania circa four years ago. Shortly after getting settled in my new home and knowing the direction I wanted to take my career in, I enrolled at Misericordia Univerversity for my Bachelors in Social Work. During my sophomore year, I became employed at Children’s Service Center as a Residential Program Worker. Through this type of employment, I was able to gain first hand experience of some of the challenges and obstacles that a social worker may face when working in a micro setting such as this. The direct service work I was providing to my clients inspired me to research the goals and outcomes of macro Social Workers based on the obstacles faced by helping professionals regarding available programs and funding. I have come to understand the importance of macro Social Workers and how their work affects social workers in a micro setting. My dream is to one day become a social worker in the foster care system and I hope to one day affect change on a macro level, including policies and legislation, to make life better for people on a smaller scale.

Term: 7/1/2015 though 6/30/2016





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