AGR is a way for NASW-NYS members to take the lead on our Chapter’s advocacy and policy work. The committee is tasked with crafting and executing a yearly legislative agenda for the Chapter. In the past, the Chapter’s advocacy has been handed by an independent consultant. To revitalize our policy efforts and empower our members, we created AGR to let the members decide our legislative agenda.

AGR are members of the Chapter who are appointed annually by the Board of Directors. The selection is based on a member’s interest, expertise, and the committee’s priorities.

The larger AGR committee is broken into 5 subcommittees. Each subcommittee focuses on specific topics that match the scope of their specialization. The subcommittees independently identify a policy issue, and then reconvene once a month to the larger AGR committee to provide updates on their progress.

Chair
Gerald Myers, LCSW-R (2022-2023)

Members
Misty Boldt
Nicole Genc
Gina Corona
Alyssa Gibbons
Kalli Kontos
Michael Korzelius
Matthew Mackey
Megan Marshall
Yael Monselise
Pilar Bonilla
Cheryl Mills
Sarah Smith
Charles Briscoe

Evelyn Williams, MSW
Policy Director
ewilliams.naswnys@socialworkers.org

 

Evelyn G. Williams has over 30 years of progressive experience in health care administration, consulting, legislative advocacy, and teaching at the baccalaureate and graduate levels. Her primary professional direction was in community health care assisting in opening three community health centers (CHC) and providing technical assistance to CHC’s in the federal Region II locations. She also held several administrative positions in the NYS Department of Health. In 1999, after completing eleven years as the President/CEO of Whitney M. Young Jr. Health Center, Evelyn chose to pursue her consulting career, working with community-based organizations in the areas of program development, strategic management, and leadership.

Her consultant endeavors include providing consultant services to state and federal agencies, community-based organizations, and social/cultural groups. She assisted organizations in opening health care programs, developing short and long-term strategic plans, writing grants, conducting organizational performance evaluations, designing fundraising projects, facilitating governing board retreats, and planning and implementing statewide and national conferences and professional meetings.

Concurrent with the progressive experience in health care, Ms. Williams has had varied teaching positions since 1979. Completing her tenure in FORUM and the Center of International Programs within Empire State College, she is currently a lecturer within the School of Social Welfare, University at Albany.

Ms. Williams’ leadership skills are represented through serving on several statewide and regional professional organizations’ governing boards, as well as her role as legislative chair and chairperson of the community health care statewide association.

Ms. Williams, in addition to the above, is a certified yoga & Shake Your Soul/Dancekinetics instructor and a proud grandmother.

Olivia Knox, MSW
Policy Assistant
oknox.naswnys@socialworkers.org

Olivia Knox, BSW, is a recent graduate from Marist College with a Bachelors in Social Work and minors in Sociology and Criminal justice. This upcoming year, she will begin her Masters of social work program from Stony Brook University with a specialization in Community, Policy and Political Social Action. Olivia is on the NASW-NYS Revolutionize Social Work Leadership team. This team is leading the journey to transform social work by identifying the ways in which racism is perpetuated in our profession to hold these systems of power accountable. Olivia’s interests focus on criminal justice and political social work in order to address the systemic injustices in the world. After graduate school, she hopes to continue doing the grassroots work that attracted her to the field of social work.

Questions? Suggestions? We'd love to hear from you!

Looking to join the AGR Committee? Please Contact:
Gerald Myers, LCSW-R
Psychiatric Social Worker, New York State Office of Mental Health
NASW-NYS AGR Committee Chair

Samantha Fletcher, Ph.D., MSW
Executive Director