NASW-NYS Suffolk Division

NASW-NYS Suffolk Division


Welcome to the NASW-NYS Suffolk Division — building strength through association in the Suffolk county. If you have any questions, or would like to get involved with the Suffolk Division, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

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Division Updates


Division Programs

Steering Meetings

The NASW-NYS Suffolk Division meets monthly to discuss issues impacting the profession and share ideas on programs and initiatives that would best serve our members and community. All meetings are on Mondays, from 5:45PM - 7:00PM. All members, new and current, are welcome to drop by at any upcoming meeting! 

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Division Facebook Group

The NASW-NYS Suffolk Division Facebook Group is a place for members and potential members to engage with a network of peers to connect, discuss, and share knowledge, information, and professional resources. 

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Community Events

Our Division hosts a variety of events, including continuing education workshops, networking events, volunteer opportunities, and more! Please visit our Events Calendar to view upcoming events hosted by our Division. We also welcome suggestions and ideas of the types of programming and events you would like to see!


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2019 Social Work Awards


APRIL 13, 2019

Please join us in celebrating this year's winners of the NASW-NYS Suffolk Division Social Work Awards. Registration is now open!

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Suffolk Division Student Scholarship

Congratulations Lisa Ponce - 2019 NASW-NYS Suffolk Division Student Scholarship Award Recipient!

Please join us in celebrating Lisa and this year’s award winners at the 2019 NASW-NYS Suffolk Division Social Work Awards Brunch event on Saturday, April 13. Registration now open!

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NASW-NYS Suffolk Division


Suffolk Division Steering Committee

Mara Kasdan, LCSW
Suffolk Division Chair (2017-2019)

Mara Kasdan is a graduate of the Stony Brook University School of Social Welfare and is currently an LCSW and a Certified Trauma Professional. In December 2016, she received her SDL/SBL post-masters leadership degree from Stony Brook University. In 2014, she was an appointed member of the NASW Task Force to promote school social work and has been a member of the Suffolk County NASW Steering Committee since 2015 where served on the nominating subcommittee, scholarship committee, and brunch committee as well. She has worked for the Brentwood School District as a social worker since 1991 and has experience in Wyandanch schools.

Silas W. Kelly, LMSW

Region 5 Representative, Nassau and Suffolk Divisions (2017-2019)

Robin Acconi

School Social Work Committee

Joan Burke

Aging Committee

Susan Datri

Veterans Committee

Alyson Lawther

Private Practice Committee

Lois Logan

The Mentoring Initiative

Zarie Sedigh

Hospital Social Work

Sonia Palacio Grottol

Cultural Committee


Are you interested in mobilizing social workers in Suffolk County? Come join the NASW-NYS Suffolk Division Steering Committee! We are seeking a group of candidates who can represent the division and have a passion for supporting their region. If you are interested in joining the Suffolk Division Steering Committee, please submit your information to