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The National Executive Committee consists of the National President, National Vice President, National Secretary, National Treasurer, Two (2) Members-at-Large, Office of Student Affairs President, and the Immediate Past President, who serves for a one-year term. This Committee is responsible for the implementation of policy formulated by the National Steering Committee and carrying out its responsibilities as indicated by the Constitution and By-Laws.







National President

J. Toni Oliver is the 12th National President of NABSW.  Ms. Oliver served for 18 years as the Founder, President and CEO for ROOTS…planting seeds to secure our future, Inc., the only adoption agency in Georgia and one of a very few in the country to focus solely on improving adoption opportunities for African American children. As an independent contractor and expert in the field of child welfare, Ms. Oliver provides training and consultation to public and private child welfare agencies throughout the United States and abroad.  Ms. Oliver received her BA from Bennett College in Greensboro, NC and her MSW from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA where she was selected as the Temple University School of Social Administration’s Alumni Fellow in 2006.


National Vice President

Roxanne Ellis-Denby LCSW, LPN is a Licensed Clinician employed as an outpatient therapist, by the State of Connecticut Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services (DMHAS). She has been employed by the State of Connecticut for 16 years. Prior to her position at DMHAS, Roxanne worked as a clinician and correctional nurse in the prison setting for 11 years.  Roxanne is a part of the State of Connecticut’s Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) and the Disaster Behavioral Health Response Network (DBHRN).  Roxanne received her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford Connecticut and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Fordham University in New York.  She is also a Licensed Practical Nurse, Clinical Director for a Home based clinical agency and Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Saint Joseph. Roxanne has been a member of NABSW since 2004. She is the President of the Greater Hartford ABSW. Roxanne served as National Membership Co-chair, Disaster Preparedness/Trauma Response Co-chair; co-authored NABSW Disaster Manual and Crisis Plan; assisted in the development of National’s new website; Health & Wellness Committee.


National Treasurer


Tamara “TJ” Jackson, MBA is the national treasurer.  Tamara joined the Atlanta Chapter Association of Black Social Workers in 1999 and has served as vice president and corresponding secretary; and currently serves as the chapter president since 2011.  Tamara has worked in the social service industry servicing children, adolescents and families for over 18 years and is the Finance Director of Family Ties, Inc.  Their mission is to support families in becoming self-efficient in safely maintaining children in the home.  Tamara has over 15 years of finance experience along with 10 years of human resources experience.  Tamara is committed to providing direct services to the community through several outreach programs particularly geared toward to women and children.










National Recording Secretary

Traci Lewis is the National Recording Secretary.  She began her journey in NABSW as a student by joining Mwanafunzi, The Ohio State University ABSW Chapter, in 1985. Traci has been a continuous member of NABSW since 1990. She is currently Vice-President and National Steering Committee Representative for the chapter and humbly served as the student chapter advisor to Mwanafunzi for 17 years. Traci has held appointments as the National Student Advisor for the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) and the National Membership Co-chair. She is the Mid-West Regional Liaison, has worked on the national website and is a member of the Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response Committee. She has also developed or assisted in the development of several handbooks and manuals to assist in documenting policy, procedures and transitions within the organization. Traci is Director of the Access Collaborative Program at The Ohio State University.  A native of Columbus, Ohio, Traci is the very proud mother of two beautiful girls ages 17 and 7.



National Corresponding Secretary

Stephanie Jackson serves as the corresponding Secretary and was elected at the national conference in Chicago,
Illinois. She is an active member and past president of the New Orleans chapter of ABSW. She is the past local
Chair and co chair of the National Conference in New Orleans, La. In 2010 and 2015. She has traveled
extensively with the International Education Committee of NABSW. Mrs. Jackson is a MSW graduate of the Southern University School of Social Work and a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Louisiana. Professionally,
Ms. Jackson provides counseling and services to individuals with developmental disabilities.







National Member-At-Large

Cassandra E. Gayle-Palmes, MSW, spent her career focusing on the dynamics of family preservation – keeping children safe and preventing unnecessary placement.  She managed several family preservation programs nationally and in the Caribbean.  She worked in both the public and private sectors of social service.  As a social worker for over 40 years and a NABSW member since 1980, her passion is helping others, Kinship care and traveling.  Her grandchildren are the true highlights of her life.  Cassandra is the Director of Community Resources at Family Ties, Inc. which allows her the opportunity to network and collaborate programs in Georgia.  Cassandra’s educational background includes a MSW from Fordham University and a BS from City College of New York.




National Member-At-Large

Ms. Sondera Malry is one of the National Member@Large.  She was elected and has served since 2014.  She has been a member of NABSW since 1974, joining as a student while in the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Houston.  As an active member of NABSW for over 40 years, Ms. Malry has served on the Nominating Committee, served as the Presidential Affairs Coordinator for the 10th National NABSW President, Co-Chair of the Harambee Rituals and Ceremony committee, as the Sankofa Mentorship Project Consultant, as well as the National Corresponding Secretary, serving from 2011 thru 2014.  Ms. Malry has also beem the Student Advisor to several Houston area Graduate and Undergraduate student chapters for NABSW.   Ms. Malry obtained her LMSW, with a specialty in Administration and Planning from the University of Houston in 1976, and has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1989.  She recently retired from the State of Texas' Protective Services for Children after over 35 years of service.  Ms. Malry continues to provide approved State Supervision to social work practitioners and trainees who are seeking Licensure.  She is in private practice with Malry & Associates.











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