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Candidate Biographical Information - 2013


Name: Karen Coulam
NASW Member Since:

Current Employment: Therapist and financial assistant, LifeSTAR
Previous Employment:
 LDS Family Services; Prodigy Dance Studio; Live-in caregiver; Weber Human Services
NASW Chapter and/or National Activities:

Community Leadership:  White Ribbon Committee Member at Millcreek Junior High. January - February 2013 Educated youth about internet safety, including pornography Family Mentor; Refugee Advocate Sept. 2008–April 2010 Provided friendship and on-going assistance to 6 Somalia Bantu families; Supervisor, Refugee Service Learning Club Oct.2009–May 2010 Educated 25 elementary students about the cultural diversity within the community through refugee pen pal exchange, guest speakers & world geography lessons; Preschool Teacher – Sept. 2006-May 2009 Educated children 2 ½ to 5 yrs; Reading Tutor – Sept. 1997-May 1998; Grief VolunteerFamily Summit Foundation March1997–July 1997 Planned and led support group for children who are experiencing loss through either death or divorce, earned certificate in grief awareness and assistance; Adoption Practicum, LDS Family Services April 1996-Feb 1997; Historian, LDSSA Institute of Religion Apr. 1995-July 1996; V.P, International Folk Dance Team, Ogden LDS Institute Aug. 1994-May 1995; Full-time Missionary, The Church of Jesus Christ of LDS Jan. 1993-Aug. 1994 Proselyted and provided humanitarian service in Ireland. 
Platform Statement: I am committed to being an advocate in strengthening the home and family and to seek out and help those in need at the Micro, Mezzo and Macro levels.

Name: Alan Misbach
NASW Member Since: 1991
Current Employment: Director of social work, Utah State Hospital
NASW Chapter and/or National Activities: Utah Chapter president, 2006-2008

Nominating Committee:

Name: Nicholas Call
NASW Member Since: 2012
Current Employment:
Student Intern, Highland Ridge Hospital; Current MSW student at the University of Utah
Previous Employment:
NASW Chapter and/or National Activities

Community Leadership: Co-President, U of U MSW Student Association 2012-2013 Academic Year President, WSU Social Work Club 2011-2012 Academic Year President, ACT Alumni Association August 1997-August 1998 Member, U of U College of Social Work Peer Mentors July 2012- present High Honors, Weber State University Spring 2010 Honors, Weber State University Summer/Fall 2010 Summer 2011 Member, WSU Student Association 2011-2012 Academic Year Member, Golden Key Honor Society 2011
Platform Statement: Community organization and leadership

Name: Melissa Meeks
NASW Member Since:
Current Employment: Access to Recovery Case Manager, Utah Support Advocates for Recovery Awareness (USARA)
Previous Employment:
Odyssey House Parent's Program Assessment and Referral Services Youth Care Inc.
NASW Chapter and/or National Activities:
MSW 1st year rep. University of Utah 2011-2012; MSW Statewide rep. University of Utah 2012-2013; NASW U of U Student Space Organizer 2012
Community Leadership: 2011-2013 Involvement with NASW and USARA activities, including volunteer work, rally for recovery, recovery day, field trip to Capitol Hill, etc.
Platform Statement: I would love to see NASW (specifically the Utah Chapter) maintain a strong executive board. I think that there are opportunities for growth and I look forward to being part of the organization in the future. I would like to help wherever possible to ensure that the NASW Utah Chapter retains its vitality.

Name: Stephen Moore.
NASW Member Since: 2010. 
Current Employment:  Therapist, Highland Ridge Hospital; Crisis Worker, Pioneer Valley Hospital; Therapist, LifeSTAR Network.
Previous Employment: Medical Social Worker , Intermountain HealthCare 2011-2013; Part-time Individual and Family Counselor (Practicum Placement), LDS Family Services, Salt Lake City Office, 9/1/2010 to 5/1/2011; Victim/Witness Assistant, Salt Lake District Attorney's Office, Domestic Violence Counseling Unit (Practicum Placement), 2010; Psychiatric Technician, University Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI), 2008 - 2010. 
NASW Chapter and/or National Activities: Nominating Committee Member, 2011-2013); U of U BSW Student Representative, 2010; First recipient of the U of U's NASW Award, which I received for my work on the board, 2011. 
Community Leadership:  I am a founding board member of The Bradley Center for Grieving Children and Families, a peer-based grief support group center located in South Jordan, Utah. I have experience working with geriatric populations, the acutely mentally ill, and with group, individual, and marital therapy.
Platform Statement: I have been a member of the Utah-NASW Executive Board for the past 3 years, originally as a BSW and MSW representative, and now as a CSW and professional member of the Board.  I appreciate and enjoy the work that NASW does to forward the Social Work profession, look forward to continuing to volunteer and work on the NASW Board. 

MSW Statewide Representative:

Name: Brett Bartruff
NASW Member Since:
 April 2012
Current Employment: Student
Previous Employment: 
 Office Aide, Weber State University Psychology Department (2011-2013); Temporary Milieu Coordinator/Lead Milieu Manager (2008-2011) Aspen Institute for Behavioral Assessment; Medical Coordinator/House Manager (2006-2007) Chrysalis, Inc.; Programming Specialist/Program Manager (2004-2006), Avatar, Inc.; Assistant Program Coordinator/Residential Trainer (2002-2004), Futures Through Choices
NASW Chapter and/or National Activities:
 Utah Chapter BSW Statewide Representative (2012-2013)
Community Leadership:  WSU College of Social and Behavioral Sciences' Outstanding Student 2012-2013; Vice-president, WSU Social Work Club; Convention Program Chair, Utah Region of NA, Public Relations Secretary, Northern Utah Service Committee of NA; Help-Line Coordinator, Northern Utah Service Committee of NA; Coach, Avatar, Inc. Special Olympics.
Platform Statement: I am honored to submit my candidacy for MSW Representative for the Utah Chapter of NASW. I plan to increase membership and involvement in NASW, for MSW students. Participation in NASW can help students get the most out of their education and prepare them for service in the field. My goal is to connect MSW students to the Utah Chapter of NASW, through being the MSW Representative. I have a wealth of experience both academically and vocationally that will help me accomplish this goal. Thank you for your time in reviewing my candidacy.

Name: Annie Haden
NASW Member Since:
Current Employment: Behavior Interventionist, Alternative Behavior Strategies
Previous Employment: Autism Aide, Carmen B. Pingree Center, 2005-2012 Office Specialist, Primary Children's Hospital, 2002-2004
NASW Chapter and/or National Activities:

Community Leadership:  Volunteer & Community Educator, Utah AIDS Foundation, 2001-Present; Special Education Advisor, Congregation Kol Ami, 2011-2012; Mental Health Advisory Board Member, Utah Pride Center, 2012-2013; GenderEvolution Committee Member, Utah Pride Center, 2012; Site Leader @ Our Store, National Day of Service, January 2013
Platform Statement: I am an energetic, skilled professional with over 10 years experience working and volunteering for in the social services. I am resourceful, results-oriented, and a strong team player who works well under pressure while keeping a sense of humor. My passion for social justice, mental health, and empowering communities motivates me to go consistently go above and beyond, as evidenced by my designation of 1st year MSW practicum student this past year. As a student representative, I will be an active voice for carrying the mission of the NASW to my colleagues and providing the board with the vision my cohort has for the future of social work as a whole.

BSW Statewide Representative:

Name: Stephanie Harding
NASW Member Since:
Current Employment: Student
Previous Employment:
Arby's Fast Food Restaurant shift manager (August 27-January 2013), Dr. Thomas Hannum lawn care and maintenance (May 2006-July 2012), and April Kunzler as a personal care provider (March 2011-July 2011).
NASW Chapter and/or National Activities:
Community Leadership: During high school was an officer of the Spanish Club, Family Career and Community Leaders of America, and president of the Key Club. (2008-2010) Was part of the organizing Committee for the Anything for a Friend/Rich Thompson fundraiser. (June 2012) Member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.(June 2012). I am currently an officer for the Weber State University Social Work Club with the position as the Scholarly Chair. At this time I am Co-Chairing the Silent Auction for the Brigham City Relay for Life 2013 event. Also, as of March 19th I am a member of NASW.
Platform Statement: As a BSW Statewide Representative I will do my best to connect students to the Utah Chapter. I will present myself in a professional manner at all times advocating the many benefits of NASW membership. My goal is to unite as many undergraduate students in the National Association of Social Workers as possible. I think it is very important that social work students become involved in the National Association of Social Works so that they are best prepared for future social work practice. With my past leadership experience and dedication to academic performance I believe that I would be perfect as the BSW Statewide Representative. I look forward to increasing membership in the NASW at Weber State University and am eager to learn more with the guidance of the National Association of Social Workers, thank you for your time in reviewing my candidacy.

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