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2013 NASW-MA Chapter Award Recipients
Nancy Levine, LICSW, 2013 Greatest Contribution to Social Work Practice Honoree

Nancy Levine, LICSW

Greatest Contribution to Social Work Practice

Nancy Levine, LICSW is a clinician, educator, authority on the code of ethics, author, and presenter. She is an expert witness for the Massachusetts Social Work Licensing Board, faculty and field advisor at Simmons School of Social Work, and senior lecturer at Lasell College. She has performed crisis intervention, evaluation, and assessment of inmates at Suffolk County House of Corrections, was a hospital social worker, and an agency clinical director.

She has served on the Chapter’s Board of Directors, the Erna Gill Committee, the Speakers Bureau, and at one time on the Awards Committee. Perhaps most significantly, she has chaired and led the NASW Ethics Hotline for the last 15 years and she has been a member of National NASW’s Ethics Committee since 2007. She is seen as a seasoned practitioner who is unbiased, clear thinking, organized, understanding of boundaries related to confidentiality, and possessing an in-depth knowledge of the NASW Code of Ethics. She has the ability to clarify essential points, patience, open mindedness, and great humor. In this capacity she has mentored many colleagues in their understanding of NASW’s professional review process and contributed to the development of their ethical decision making skills.

Nancy’s publications are numerous and her public service includes the Newton School Committee and the Newton Election Committee.

Lisa Krinsky, LICSW, 2013 Beverly Ross Fliegel Award for Social Policy and Change Honoree

Lisa Krinsky, LICSW

Beverly Ross Fliegel Award for Social Policy and Change

Lisa Krinsky, LICSW earned her BA from Vassar College and her MSW in clinical social work at Simmons School of Social Work. She has a certificate from the Institute for Non-profit Management and Leadership at Boston University’s School of Management.

She is now nationally known for her single-handed work in developing the LGBT Aging Project in Jamaica Plain which she joined at its inception in 2001, and became its director in 2004. Lisa has been tireless in her efforts to educate the larger community about the necessity of inclusion and cultural competency for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender elders and caregivers. Lisa handles difficult questions and situations by listening and reacting with care and dignity demonstrating the highest positive image of a social worker. She has educated directors and other staff members and made real change in policies, and in how people are treated.

On a national level, Lisa is a founding member of the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging as well as a founding member of the National Roundtable on LGBT. Through her involvement, the acclaimed film Gen Silent, about LGBT aging, has gained global exposure. Lisa’s work is now recognized as a legitimate area of concern for both policy makers and providers across the commonwealth. She was named a 2012 Social Innovator by Root Cause’s Social Innovation Forum, and received Health Care For All’s 2012 Community Health Leader Award. We are so delighted to add this award to her extraordinary list of honors.

Marcos Rosenbaum, LCSW, 2013 Emerging Leader Honoree

Marcos Rosenbaum, LCSW

Emerging Leader

Marcos Rosenbaum has demonstrated that as long as there is energy and desire there is time to fulfill our dreams to help others. Marcos first received his LCSW in 2011 at the age of 69. With two careers already under his belt – the first in physics, the second in the corporate world – Marcos decided to follow his passion to work in a psychodynamic environment.

Born in Argentina, Marcos came to the United States at 35, and found creative ways to integrate his interest in helping people in need …the homeless, the immigrant, the depressed and the anxious…lead healthier, more fulfilling lives. His work is characterized by a gift of connecting with those who are accustomed to disconnection. His undoubted commitment to the Latino community and his natural facility with Spanish have been essential in his journey. Marcos served for three years on the Board of the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) Massachusetts and helped to found a new group within this organization, NAMI-Latino. He has hosted a weekly call- in radio show, NAMI Latino y la Comunidad, which is targeted specifically to Boston’s Latino Community.

Since 2004 Marcos has worked at the South Middlesex Opportunity Council in Framingham where he has held positions from case manager to clinician. He also works as a part-time clinician at Eliot Community Human Services in Lynn. Marcos personifies the values of professional social work and in a very short time has made a tremendous impact on clients, organizations, and communities. We are delighted to present him with the 2013 NASW Emerging Leader Award.

Joan Ditzion, LICSW, 2013 Lifetime Achievement Honoree

Joan Ditzion, LICSW

Lifetime Achievement

Joan Ditzion, LICSW has had a tremendous influence on the lives of millions of women and girls over the past four decades. As an original founder of the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective, Joan has been the co-author of all 9 editions of Our Bodies Ourselves which is now translated and adapted into 26 languages and was recently named by the Library of Congress as one of the 88 books that “shaped America.” For more than forty years Joan has taken the core values of the book and applied them to professional and community settings as a valued author, speaker, geriatric social worker, educator, and workshop facilitator. She has been a longstanding, passionate advocate supporting women’s health, growth and wellbeing, gender equity and human rights of women, and the vitality of feminist values.

Since 1985 Joan has been a geriatric social worker, a profession so compatible with her social justice values. Her focus has gradually transitioned to the issues of aging and older women and families, always combating sexism and fostering positive aging and intergenerational connection. She has done this in her writing, clinical work, speaking and adjunct teaching at Lesley University, Simmons College Continuing Education program, and many other local and national organizations.

Along with women all over the world who have benefitted from her leadership, the awards committee thanks Joan, and is thrilled to present her with the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Johnnie Hamilton-Mason, PhD, 2013 Greatest Contribution to Social Work Education Honoree

Johnnie Hamilton-Mason, PhD

Greatest Contribution to Social Work Education

Johnnie Hamilton-Mason, PhD is the recipient of this year’s Greatest Contribution to Social Work Education Award. Since graduating from Boston State College with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sociology and a minor in Black Studies, Johnnie has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to education. She is a graduate of Simmons College School of Social Work with a Master of Science in Psychiatric Social Work, and a PhD from Smith College School for Social Work.

Dr. Hamilton-Mason has been a professor at Simmons since 1991where she directed numerous programs such as the Academy for Undoing Racism. She has also held teaching positions at Wheelock College, Roxbury Community College, Boston University School of Social Work, Salem State School of Social Work, Lesley College, and the University of Massachusetts. She is currently a non- resident fellow in African American research at Harvard University’s W. E. B Dubois Institute.

An education consultant to numerous community groups in Boston, Johnnie has been sought out by multiple agencies for her expertise. She also has a long and distinguished career in faculty development and consultation. A prolific writer, she is well known regionally, nationally, and internationally for her articles and presentations on issues affecting African American women and families. A five year member of the editorial board of the NASW Health and Social Work publication, Dr. Hamilton-Mason is currently a consulting editor. It is indeed a great pleasure to present Dr. Johnnie Hamilton-Mason with this award.

Mary Reed, 2013 Public Citizen of the Year Honoree

Mary Reed

Public Citizen of the Year

Mary Reed, President and CEO of the Bessie Tartt Wilson Initiative for Children is an exemplary public citizen, advocate, educator, civic leader and mentor. She was one of the first straight allies and one of the first women of color to support the AIDS Action Committee endeavors; she was the first African American Executive Director of the YWCA and later Vice President of Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries; she is a distinguished member of the Board of Directors of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and chair of its education committee.

Her primary achievement is the non-profit Bessie Tartt Wilson Initiative for Children which focuses on the neediest families, whose children are in jeopardy of physical, social, cognitive and other developmental delays. Its 2006 Keeping the Promise: A Study of the Massachusetts Child Care Voucher System resulted in enhancing the continuity of care for over 50,000 children in the voucher program as well as other initiatives on transportation, communication for families with limited English, and workforce access and advocacy.

A respected leader in Boston’s black community, Mary has been described as an outspoken champion of education and prevention efforts in communities of color. She has received many awards for her community work and NASW-MA is proud to add this Public Citizen Award to that list.


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