Division Chairs

The NASW-NYS Chapter has 10 regional divisions across the state, led by a Division Chair. The Division Chair serves the two-fold purpose of implementing programs locally and reporting to the Regional Representative and Chapter’s board.

Submit inquiries to Romel Wilson, LMSW at rwilson.naswnys@socialworkers.org


Cheryl Mills, LCSW-R
Interim Western Division Chair (2019)

Cheryl Mills, LCSW-R, is a graduate of the University at Albany's School of Social Welfare and has been an active member of NASW-NYS for 30 years. Cheryl has extensive experience in health care and health care and mental health care, which includes almost 11 years as a medical social worker at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. During that time, she also served as field instructor for the University at Buffalo's Master of Social Work program. Cheryl also has almost eight years of social work case management experience in a health maintenance organization, handling medically complex case management with individuals with multiple chronic illnesses. She was the first master's level social worker to be employed by this organization, as well as the first social worker to obtain the Certified Case Manager (CCM) credential. 

Visit the NASW-NYS Western Division Page at https://naswnys.org/western





Genesee Valley Division Chair

The position for the NASW-NYS Genesee Valley Division Chair is currently vacant. If you are interested in serving, please contact Romel Wilson, LMSW, Member Relations Specialist at rwilson.naswnys@socialworkers.org

Visit the NASW-NYS Genesee Valley Division Page at https://naswnys.org/geneseevalley





Southern Tier Division Chair 

The position for the NASW-NYS Southern Tier Division Chair is currently vacant. If you are interested in serving, please contact Romel Wilson, LMSW, Member Relations Specialist at rwilson.naswnys@socialworkers.org

Visit the NASW-NYS Southern Tier Division Page at https://naswnys.org/southerntier




Elyssa Saltzman, LMSW
Central Division Chair (2018-2020)

Elyssa Saltzman is currently a Team Social Worker with Hospice of Central New York. Elyssa has been a long-time member of the Central Division, having previously served as Central Division’s CNLI Representative for the last three years. As Division Chair, her goal is to provide active engagement with Central Division members by providing opportunities to members for networking and updates relating to information about NASW, locally and nationally, as well as updates within the profession.

Visit the NASW-NYS Central Division Page at https://naswnys.org/central



Susan Everett, LCSW-R
Mohawk Valley Division Chair (2017-2019)

As an LCSW-R, Susan has provided services for children and families within the educational system for many years. Recently, she has become involved in training future social workers through Keuka College’s BSW program where she serves as an adjunct professor and advisor. She is a consultant for both the Oneida County Department of Mental Health and Office of the Aging; providing evaluations and clinical support. In her private practice, she specializes in depression, anxiety and grief counseling. She has been committed to promoting the field of Social Work for many years and has been a long-standing member of NASW.

Visit the NASW-NYS Mohawk Valley Division Page at https://naswnys.org/mohawkvalley



Northeast Division Chair

The position for the NASW-NYS Northeast Division Chair is currently vacant. If you are interested in serving, please contact Romel Wilson, LMSW, Member Relations Specialist at rwilson.naswnys@socialworkers.org

Visit the NASW-NYS Northeast Division Page at https://naswnys.org/northeast




Colleen Susan Biavati, LMSW, ACSW
Hudson Valley Division Chair (2017-2019)

Colleen Biavati is an LMSW and has both her Bachelors and Masters in Social Work. She also holds a Leadership Certificate in Human Services from Cornell University and NY State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.
Colleen has nineteen years of direct client practice in child welfare; working with high-risk teenagers, the Juvenile Justice System, Child Protective Services, Adult Protective Services and individuals with disabilities. She also worked in the Planning Analysis and Evaluation Unit at Rockland County DSS, where she worked with contracting agencies to ensure accountability and quality performance. She believes it is our responsibility to help train the leaders of tomorrow and has served as a field instructor for many years, as well as initiating and developing the first student internship program to train BSW and MSW students in the field of Child Welfare at Rockland County DSS.

Visit the NASW-NYS Hudson Valley Division Page at https://naswnys.org/hudsonvalley



Hawa Jalloh, CASAC, MSW
Westchester Division Chair (2018-2020)

Hawa Jalloh is a graduate-level social worker from Fordham University and also holds a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) certification from the New York State OASAS. Jalloh is currently the Director of Operations and Inpatient Admission at St. John’s Riverside Hospital, Behavioral Health Services Department in Yonkers, New York, working with individuals diagnosed with substance use disorders. Jalloh was recognized as “Student Achiever” at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Work in 2014 and was also awarded the “Whitney M. Young, Jr. Award for Social Action and Change” in 2013. In 2011, Jalloh became an NASW member and have been involved in several committees (Universal Health Care, Awards Dinner, and the Nominating Committees) and continues to be an active member within the NASW Westchester Division and was nominated to be an NASW Delegate Assembly Member in 2012. Jalloh serves as leadership on numerous boards in the Westchester area.

Visit the NASW-NYS Westchester Division Page at https://naswnys.org/westchester



Eileen Moran, LCSW
Nassau Division Chair (2017-2019)

Eileen Moran is a social worker with over twenty years of experience in mostly the healthcare system. She began working in the field providing counseling and concrete services to terminally ill patients (both adults and pediatrics) and their families. After several years, Eileen transferred to the children’s bereavement where she provided group and individual counseling to bereaved children. I also did community outreach to schools, funeral homes, and houses of worship. Following her work in hospice, Eileen worked for a counseling center with marriage and family, individual and mandated clients in recovery. She has published a children’s bereavement book titled You Wouldn’t Understand.

Visit the NASW-NYS Nassau Division Page at https://naswnys.org/nassau



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.

Visit the NASW-NYS Suffolk Division Page at https://naswnys.org/suffolk