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Board of Directors

2018 Executive Committee

                            President
Tara J. Schapmire, PhD, MSSW, CSW, OSW-C, FNAP
Email: tara.schapmire@louisville.edu​
(Term: 1/1/2018 - 12/31/2018)
Tara Schapmire, PhD, MSSW, CSW, OSW-C , FNAP earned her PhD in Social Work from the University of Louisville and she serves on the faculty of the University of Louisville’s School of Medicine and the Kent School of Social Work.  Dr. Schapmire’s research and teaching interests include psycho-social care of cancer survivors and their families, gerontology, palliative care, survivorship and inter-professional education.  She is a co-investigator on a National Cancer Institute grant funding the development of training program for 160 health science educators to provide interprofessional education in oncology palliative care at 35-50 institutions across the nation. This project aims to help students of the health sciences at these institutions learn the skills and knowledge essential for providing effective team-based, patient-centered palliative oncology care. She is co-investigator on a HRSA grant aimed at development of an interprofessional 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. 
       
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President-Elect
Eucharia Borden, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C
(Term: 1/1/2018 - 12/31/2018)
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 was most recently Membership Director and previously 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. 
       
    Secretary-Treasurer
Bill McDermott, MSW, LCSW
Email: william.mcdermott@nyumc.org 
(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. 
 
    Past-President
Catherine Credeur, LMSW, OSW-C
Email: catherine.credeur@utsouthwestern.edu 
(Term: 1/1/2018 - 12/31/2018)
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. 


Directors

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Sarah Conning, LCSW
Email: seconning@ucdavis.edu
(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
Email: slocumkaroff@sbcglobal.net
(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

Email: Chelsea.Kroll@eamc.org 
(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
Kerry Irish, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C
(Term: 1/1/2018 - 12/31/2019)
Kerry Cox Irish, LCSW, OSW-C, has worked in oncology and hospice-care settings since 1995, and was intimately involved in the creation & development of the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing as co-founder and founding director. She served in this capacity until October 2010, when she decided to “return to her roots” in direct practice as a clinical social worker. Kerry has her master’s degree in social work from the University of Georgia and is also an ordained interfaith/interspiritual minister, having completed a two year seminary program at One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in New York in 2015. She has advanced certifications in oncology social work and interactive guided imagery, and has published and also presented at multiple local and national conferences on a variety of psychosocial oncology care-related topics. Kerry has been a longtime active member of AOSW, serving on multiple committees, on the Board of Directors and as Chair of the 2012 Annual Conference. Kerry lives with her husband and two children, Jacob and Lilia, in Norway, Maine, and enjoys hiking, running, cross-country skiing, cooking, reading and writing
       
   
Research Director
Sophia Smith, PhD, MSW
(Term: 1/1/2018 - 12/31/2019)
Sophia Smith has been an active member of the Research Committee for the past 8 years. In addition, she has served as the Research Editor for the AOSW Navigator newsletter for the past 3 years. She is an active member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Survivorship Guidelines Panel and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Survivorship Committee. In addition, she serves as a senior scientist member of the Duke Oncology Nursing Center of Excellence. As an Associate Professor and social work researcher at the Duke School of Nursing, Sophia focuses on improving the quality of cancer care including end of life and post-treatment survivorship. Her research focuses on identifying psychosocial needs and leveraging technology in delivering/testing behavioral health interventions among the cancer community. Sophia’s colleagues refer to her as a “Bridger”, i.e., someone who brings together diverse individuals from across the country to form a multidisciplinary team focused on improving cancer care. As a two-time cancer survivor, she is honored to apply her passion for oncology social work research as the AOSW Research Director
       
   
Director-at-Large
Meredith Cammarata, MSW, LCSW-R
(Term: 1/1/2018 - 12/31/2019)
Meredith Cammarata, LCSW-R is a Senior Clinical Social Worker at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC).  She provides psychosocial supportive counseling to outpatients being treated by the gynecological and sarcoma services and supervises licensed clinical social worker staff.  She has completed training and research focusing on utilizing cognitive behavior therapies in helping to relieve cancer related distress.  Her current clinical interest and research focus on parenting with cancer, creating interventions for families at the end of life, and the impact of cancer on body image. She graduated from Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service, with a master’s of social work degree specializing in children and families.  She has completed post-master’s education in palliative care and end of life, cognitive behavior therapy for cancer patients, hypnosis and social work leadership.   She has served on the AOSW Education and Conference Committees and was the AOSW 2017 Conference Chair.  Meredith was the recipient of the 2016 AOSW Clinical Social Worker of the Year Award. 
       
    Director-at-Large
Jane Dabney, LISW-S, OSW-C

Email: dabneyj@ccf.org
(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.