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.

Mark Buttiglieri, LCSW-R  (2018-2019)

Alyssa Gibbons
Alice Ackerman
Gina Corona
Stephen Oby Jr.
Cheryl Mills
Cohen Miles-Rath
Alex Saint Laurent
Evenia Daskarolis
Kalli Kontos
Roman Krassner
Kaitlyn (Kait) Abreu
Rukhsar Asfe
Vilma Vanessa Herrera
Kevin Wilson
Afsha Malik
Stephanie Lamendola
Joselyn Mejia
Tynisha George
Sarah Smith
Capri Christianson
Monique Russell
Eridian Falcone
Nicole Genc
Alicia Figeroux
Misty Boldt
Teresa Presti

Evelyn Williams, MSW
Policy Coordinator


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.

Matthew S. Mackey, MSW Student
2020-2021 NASW-NYS Intern
Adelphi University

Matthew has experience in advocacy planning, fundraising, public speaking and has worked in the healthcare field advocating for families with Special Needs Children. Xe aspires to run for public office one day on a social justice platform and looks forward to helping shape and advocate for policy reform with NASW-NYS.

Interests: Bioethics, Healthcare, Civil Rights, Immigration Reform, Social and Restorative Justice, Criminal Justice Reform, Writing, Advocacy, and Public Speaking.

Ryan Kane, MSW Student
2020-2021 NASW-NYS Intern
University at Albany: Macro Concentration
Ryan has a background of providing case management in residential settings. He has worked with varying populations at different social service agencies. This includes working with adults with substance use disorders, adults with disabilities, and adolescents.

Ryan is interested in reform and advocacy for environmental policies, and criminal justice policies on a local and national level.

Olivia Knox, BSW Student
2020-2021 NASW-NYS Intern
Marist College

Olivia has previously interned with Hudson River Housing and New York State Assemblymember Jonathan Jacobson at his Poughkeepsie office. She has experience with case management and is looking forward to growing her experience working with NASW-NYS as an agent for change.

Olivia’s interests focus on criminal justice and political social work in order to address the systemic injustices in the world.

Looking to join the AGR Committee? Although there is currently a waiting list for this session, you can send an email to the AGR Chair or Executive Director.

Mark Buttiglieri, LCSW-R
Director of Social Work at SUNY Upstate Medical University Hospital
NASW-NYS AGR Committee Chair
Samantha Fletcher, Ph.D., MSW
Executive Director

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