ABCSW Board of Directors

President
Lucia Anna Leo, MSW, LCSW-S, BCD

Lucia Anna Leo is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work and Board Approved Clinical Supervisor. She is a professional with 30+ years of experience in the medical and behavioral health services including inpatient and outpatient settings, non-profit, for profit, governmental agencies, and institutions of higher learning. Currently, Ms. Leo has been employed at the Department of Veterans Affairs VCB as a SW Supervisor for eleven years and in private practice at Mariposa Wellness Center, PLLC in McAllen, Texas since 2019.

Vice President
Ajus Ninan, MSW, BCD

Ajus Ninan is an active-duty Army Clinical Social Worker. He has held various clinical and leadership positions in Military Behavioral Health and the civilian sector. Mr. Ninan believes the idea of “service” is fundamental to his being and a career in Social Work was an obvious step. Before the military, he dedicated his career as a social worker to helping people in many different not-for-profit agencies, including working with victims of crime (rape, sexual abuse, child abuse, domestic violence), Veterans mental health and substance abuse services. Mr. Ninan is passionate about the strengths-based approach, systems thinking and the Social Work professions ability to promote social change, enhance well-being and empower human relationships.

Secretary
Michelle Dixon George, MSW, LCSW, BCD

Michelle Dixon George is an Associate Professor of Social Work at Messiah University where she also serves as the Social Work Field Coordinator. With over 27 years of Clinical experience, she maintains a clinical practice with New Life Counseling Services. Ms. George’s areas of treatment expertise include depression, anxiety, relationship conflicts, trauma, abuse and faith-based interventions. She has been a member of the ABCSW Board of Directors since 2018 and currently serves as Secretary. Ms. George is a member the Executive Committee of Pennsylvania Association of Social Work Education (PASWE) and the Steering Committee for Uganda Studies Program of the Coalition of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). She is an active member of the Tri-State Consortium of Field Directors and the Think Tank for the Pennsylvania Governor’s Office of Advocacy & Reform. Ms. George maintains membership with the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) and North American Association of Christians in Social Work (NACSW). She presents regularly at regional and national conferences.

Treasurer
Bryan L. Pyle, MSW, BCD

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Directors

Jana Edwards, MSW, LCSW, BCD

Jana Edwards has specialized in treating couples in her private psychotherapy practice in Denver, Colorado for 35 years. She developed Neurodynamic Couples Therapy, which she teaches to other couples therapists in workshops and consultations. Ms. Edwards is also the author of Why Are You Driving Me Crazy? How the Dramas of Marriage Can Change You for Good (Langdon Street Press, 2016). In addition to the ABCSW Board, she serves on the Council of Advisors at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work.

Stephanie Felder, PhD, LCSW, LCAS-A, BCD

Dr. Stephanie Felder is a Commander in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. She is a subject matter expert on homelessness completing her doctoral degree at the National Catholic School of Social Service, The Catholic University of America. Dr. Felder serves as the Program Manager at the Defense Health Agency’s Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence. Prior to active duty, she served as Healthcare for Homeless Veteran Coordinator for the Fayetteville VA Medical Center. Dr. Felder is a national advocate for female veterans experiencing homelessness.

Shannon Harrison, PhD, LCSW, BCD

Shannon Harrison has a PhD in Social Work, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and is the Director of Evidence Based Solutions. She has served for almost thirty years in acute care mental health settings. Dr. Harrison’s valuable experience has inspired her to focus her clinical expertise in the area of suicide prevention. She is accredited as a School Suicide Prevention Specialist from the American Association of Suicidology (AAS). Dr. Harrison also is certified by AAS as a Psychological Autopsy Investigator. She is a Board Certified Diplomat, a Certified Advanced-Child, Youth and Family Social Worker, and a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor.

   

Charu Stokes-Williams, PhD, BCD, LICSW

Dr. Charu Stokes-Williams is a Major in the United States Air Force. Currently, she is stationed at Incirlik Air Base in Adana, Turkey serving as the Mental Health Flight Commander at the 39th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron. Dr. Stokes-Williams has held numerous positions in the Air Force to include Director of Behavioral Medicine, Director of Psychological Health and the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Program Manager. She is passionate about clinical research and mentoring new social workers and military members. In her spare time, Dr. Stokes-Williams enjoys traveling to exotic places abroad, yoga and hiking.

Monique Worrell-Oriola, DSW, LCSW-C, BCD

Dr. Monique Worrell-Oriola is a Commander in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. She is a subject matter expert in health disparities completing her doctoral degree at the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, at the University of Southern California. Dr. Worrell-Oriola has served in various federal capacities and has made sustained technical contributions across the federal government which has impacted public health. She has focused her career on advocating for access to and retention of care for vulnerable populations and providing timely and evidence-based training for the providers that care for them.