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Board of Directors

2016 Executive Committee

                   President
Alison Mayer Sachs, MSW, OSW-C 
Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center
Email: asachs@emc.org 
(Term: 1/1/2016-12/31/2016)
Alison Mayer Sachs is Community Outreach and Patient Support Services Director at Eisenhower Medical Center, Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center, where she is involved in the development, implementation and monitoring of community outreach, education, disease prevention and health promotion programs. She maintains a presence as a Certified Oncology Social Worker, facilitating five disease specific cancer support groups, providing direct patient care and offering patient education on a variety of cancer related topics. She is an instructor in the Eisenhower Medical Center Graduate Medical Education Program (GME) working with first and second year internal and family medicine residents, and a field instructor in the MSW program at the University of Southern California (USC). A member of AOSW since 2002, Alison served as a Director-at-Large from 2007 - 2008, was a member of four and Chairperson of two Annual Conference Planning Committees and has presented at each of the 2011-2014 conferences. Alison was the recipient of the 2011 AOSW Leadership in Oncology Social Work Award. Her professional affiliations include the American Cancer Society, Lung Cancer Alliance, the Desert Cancer Foundation and the Oncology Nursing Society.
     
   President Elect
Catherine Credeur, LMSW, OSW-C
Email: catherine.credeur@utsouthwestern.edu 
(Term: 1/1/2016 - 12/31/2016)
Catherine Credeur received her MSW from Louisiana State University and her BSW from Louisiana College.  She has been at UT Southwestern/Simmons Cancer Center since 2013. Catherine is a faculty member for ACCC’s Financial Information and Learning Network. She was honored with the 2011 LLS Hematology-Oncology Social Worker of the Year award. She was a SWON moderator from 2006 – 2009, served as Communications Director from 2010 – 2012 as well as being a member of the 2015 Conference Committee.  Catherine hopes to engage AOSW members more actively in leadership and professional development. 
     
  Secretary-Treasurer
Bill McDermott, MSW, LCSW
Email: william.mcdermott@nyumc.org 
(Term: 1/1/2016 - 12/31/2017)
Bill McDermott received his BS in Business Administration, his MBA, and his MSW all from St. Louis University. He has worked at New York University Clinical Cancer Center since August 2014. Bill previously represented the Northeast region of AOSW in 2005-2006. Additionally, he has served on the board of Incarnate Word Hospice in St. Louis as well as serving as the manager of Social Work for many years at St. Vincent’s Cancer Center in NYC. Bill believes his previous experience in business management as well as his current responsibilities overseeing budgets and fiscal management will be of great use to him as Secretary-Treasurer. 
 
  Past-President
Penelope Damaskos, PhD, LCSW-R, OSW-C
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Email: DamaskP1@MSKCC.ORG​ 
(Term: 1/1/2016-12/31/2017)
Penny Damaskos is the Director of Social Work at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Prior to this she ran the Center’s Resources for Life After Cancer (RLAC), which provides ongoing group, seminar, and individual counseling to cancer survivors. Penny started her career at MSKCC and has served as an oncology social worker there and at other area hospitals for more than 18 years. She graduated from New York University‘s Silver School of Social Work and received a PhD degree from Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University. Her clinical interests focus on cancer survivorship, group work and resilience in oncology staff. Penny has been a member of AOSW since 1995 and has held leadership positions in AOSW and the National Association of Social Workers-NYC Chapter.
 

Directors

conning.jpg      Advocacy Director
Sarah Conning, LCSW
Email: sarah.conning@uchospitals.edu  
(Term: 1/1/2016 - 12/31/2017)
Sarah Conning received her BA in English from Carleton College and her MSW from UC-Berkley. She was also a Jane Addams Fellow at the Indiana University Center of Philanthropy. Sarah previously co-led the Radiation Oncology SIG for AOSW as well as being a scholarship recipient to the 2014 conference. She has also written several AOSW News articles including “The Affordable Care Act: What’s In It For Our Patients?” and “What Are You Doing Down in the Basement? Radiation Oncology SIG.” Sarah currently leads quality improvement activities in radiation oncology at the University of Chicago Medicine, as well as serving on planning teams for a new oncology care model, an expanded screening protocol in geriatric oncology, and a new patient financial counseling program. 
     
andrea.jpg   Communications Director
Andrea Karoff, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C
Email: slocumkaroff@sbcglobal.net
(Term: 1/1/2016 - 12/31/2017)
Andrea Karoff received her BS in Engineering from the University of Illinois and her MSW from Loyola University. Since 2004, she has been the Coordinator of Psychosocial Oncology at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Andrea also served as AOSW Illinois State Representative from 2008 – 2011 and as a SWON Co-Moderator from 2010 – 2012. She has been a social worker for 20 years, 18 of which has been focused solely on oncology social work. Andrea believes that strong, open and adaptive communications is essential for AOSW’s success.
     
 
Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships*
Krista Nelson, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C 
(Term: 1/1/2016 - 12/31/2018)
* non-voting board position
Krista Nelson is an oncology social worker who received a bachelor's degree from the University of Washington, and her Master of Social Work from Portland State University. She has been a part of the Providence Health & Services oncology since 1997 providing psychosocial care to those with cancer and their families. She has specialized in many cancers over the years and is interested in the effect of cancer on the family.
 
Krista is a past President of the AOSW Board of Directors and past invited Director of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS). She has been a speaker at local and national conferences on issues of survivorship, palliative care, breast and lung cancer, distress screening and children who have a parent with cancer.
 
In 2015, Krista was named as a finalist in the Schwartz Center Compassionate Caregiver of the year award and received and Innovation Award from the Association of Community Cancer Centers and was elected to their Board of Trustees in 2016.
     
  Education Director
Christina Bach, MBE, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C
 
OncoLink www.oncolink.org
Email: christina.bach@uphs.upenn.edu 
(Term: 1/1/2014-12/31/2016)
Christina is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work and The Perelman School of Medicine/University of Pennsylvania Bioethics program. Christina also completed the Smith School of Social Work End of Life Care certificate program. Christina is currently Educational Content Specialist and Psychosocial Content Editor with OncoLink. Previously she worked at Penn Medicine for 15 years and in oncology social work for 12 years in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Christina serves on several local cancer service committees, including the American Cancer Society transportation coalition and the Advisory Board for Camp Kesem/UPENN. Christina is a self proclaimed “techie,” and enjoys bringing technology to her patients, through the use of social networking and Facetime/Sykpe interactions. She also volunteers regularly with her certified therapy dog, Finn, at local libraries and also at Camp Kesem every summer. Christina is also very interested in bioethics and mediation in ethical dilemmas. She is an active field instructor of MSW students and clinical supervisor at the United Community Clinic counseling program. Christina is the recipient of the ExCEL in Social Work Award of Excellence and was also named as Southeastern Pennsylvania Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Patient Services Volunteer of the Year. Christina previously served as AOSW’s Social Networking Coordinator and Pennsylvania state representative.
     
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Membership Director
Eucharia Borden, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C

Lankenau Medical Center 
Email:bordene@mlhs.org
(Term: 1/20/2016 – 12/31/2017)
Eucharia received her MSW from Temple University. She has a strong passion for working with individuals living with a chronic illness, including mental illness, HIV/AIDS, and for the past 8 years, adults living with cancer in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Within AOSW, Eucharia has been a member of the Membership Committee and most recently served on the Education Committee. She has been a speaker for local organizations, actively participates in the Philadelphia area Social Work Oncology Group (SWOG) and is a member of the Cancer Transportation Advocacy Group (CTAG), advocating for the transportation needs of cancer patients in the Philadelphia area. Eucharia participated in the 2013 ExCEL in Social Work program. In 2012, she was one of 21 Oncology Social Workers across the country that received a LIVESTRONG Foundation Community Impact Project Grant to teach a 10-week online coping skills training course called Pillars4Life™, which addresses the social and emotional challenges associated with cancer, providing patients with the tools they need to thrive in the face of cancer. She was also the recipient of the American Cancer Society's 2012 Look Good...Feel Better® State Sunrise Award for Pennsylvania's East Central Division. Eucharia has been a field instructor to several students over the years. 

     
  Research Committee Director
Julianne Oktay, MSW, PhD
 
University of Maryland School of Social Work
Email: joktay@ssw.umaryland.edu 
(Term: 1/1/2015 – 12/31/2017)
Julianne Oktay began her social work education at the University of Michigan, where she received her MSW. Following, she focused on research to enhance her skills and earned her PhD in social work and sociology in 1974. Her interest in medical social work was inspired by observing the work of social workers at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She accepted a position at the University of Maryland School of Social Work in 1978 and worked there for thirty five years, focusing on health specialization. She taught research in both the MSW and PhD programs and served as director of the PhD program from 1999-2008. Her connection to AOSW began when she gave a workshop on research at AOSW’s inaugural Annual Conference in 1984. Since then she has published and presented research on psychosocial aspects of cancer, including breast cancer, family issues, BRCA genes and distress screening. Julianne has been a member of the Research Committee (formerly known as SWORG) and has conducted numerous workshops on research at AOSW conferences.
     
sage.JPG   Director-at-Large
Sage Bolte PhD, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C 

Life with Cancer, Inova Cancer Services
Email: sagebolte@gmail.com
(Term: 1/1/2015 – 12/31/2017)
Sage Bolte received her BA in both psychology and social work at Hope College. She continued her studies at the University of Michigan where she received her MSW. During her studies and internship at Michigan she became aware of the limited information and support regarding sexual health available to persons diagnosed with cancer. She received the American Cancer Society’s Doctoral Training Grant in 2008 and obtained her PhD in social work from The National School of Social Services at the Catholic University of America in 2010. Dr. Bolte is known nationally for her work/teaching in sexual health and cancer and collaborates with nursing and social work groups to teach health providers how to assess and address the sexual health needs of patients and their partners.
     
  Director-at-Large
Larmender A. Davis, MSW, LMSW, OSW-C 
The Wellness Plan 
Detroit, Michigan
Email: larmender.davis@gmail.com 
(Term: 1/1/2014-12/31/2016) 
Larmender A. Davis is a professor at Wayne State University School of Social Work where she teaches at both the bachelor and master level. Previously she served for five years as the Director of Supportive Oncology Services at a NCI-designated,comprehensive cancer center. She received her Master of Social Work degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI with a focus on administration and community projects. She is currently pursuing a PhD in organizational psychology. Larmender has over 20 years experience in grassroots non-profits focusing on at-risk youth and domestic and sexual violence. She has presented papers and workshops at many professional conferences locally and nationally and has received numerous grants to assist young girls, women, and oncology patients improve and enhance their lives. As a macro-level social worker, her interests include social work leadership, ethics, and implementing distress screening and palliative care services at her cancer center. She also serves as a group facilitator at Gilda’s Club and is a field instructor for various schools of social work.