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Board of Directors

2017 Executive Committee

Catherine Credeur, LMSW, OSW-C
(Term: 1/1/2017 - 12/31/2017)
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. 
Tara J. Schapmire, PhD, MSSW, CSW, OSW-C, FNAP
(Term: 1/1/2017 - 12/31/2017)
Tara Schapmire joins the Board as President-Elect. With a PhD in social work from the University of Louisville, she serves on the faculty of the University of Louisville’s School of Medicine and the Kent School of Social Work. Her research interests include psychosocial care of cancer survivors and their families, gerontology, palliative care, survivorship and inter-professional education. She is co-investigator on a HRSA grant aimed at development of an inter-professional gerontology curriculum for learners in medicine, nursing, social work, dentistry and pharmacy. As a co-investigator on the Kentucky LEADS Collaborative, she and her team are dedicated to reducing the burden of lung cancer in Kentucky and beyond through development, evaluation, and dissemination of novel, community-based interventions to promote provider education, survivorship care, and prevention and early detection regarding lung cancer. 
Bill McDermott, MSW, LCSW
(Term: 1/1/2016 - 12/31/2018)
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, and his current responsibilities overseeing budgets and fiscal management, will be of great use to him as Secretary-Treasurer. 
Alison Mayer Sachs, MSW, OSW-C 
(Term: 1/1/2017-12/31/2017)
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.


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Sarah Conning, LCSW
(Term: 1/1/2016 - 12/31/2018)
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. 
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Andrea Karoff, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C
(Term: 1/1/2016 - 12/31/2018)
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
Chelsea Kroll, MSW, LMSW, OSW-C

(Term: 1/1/2017-12/31/2019)
Chelsea Kroll will serve as Education Director. A member of AOSW since 2002, she previously served as AOSW Annual Conference Chair, Conference Planning Committee member, Education Committee member and State Representative. She has been an out-patient social worker for the past fourteen years and is currently employed by East Alabama Medical Center. Prior, she spent five years as a hospice and hospital social worker. Additionally, she has twenty years of combined active/reserve service in the U.S. Army. 

Membership Director
Eucharia Borden, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C
(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
(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.
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Sage Bolte PhD, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C 

(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.
Jane Dabney, LISW-S, OSW-C

(Term: 1/1/2017-12/31/2019) 
Jane Dabney will join the Board as a Director-at-Large. Jane earned her master of social work degree from Cleveland State University, and is also a certified oncology social worker. A member of AOSW since 2001, she was leader of the Blood Cancer/Blood & Marrow Transplant Special Interest Group (SIG) from 2007 – 2016, and a member of the AOSW Membership Committee. In 2012 she was honored with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Hematology/Oncology Social Worker of the Year Award. Jane provides clinical social work in the Blood & Marrow Transplant program at The Cleveland Clinic.