Amelia Lochner Malavé (She/Her/Hers)
Interim Director/Director of Operations and Development
518-463-4741 ext. 103
Amelia has served the NASW-NYS membership since March 2015. Previously, she served as the Chapter’s Executive Assistant, Program Coordinator, and Grants and Development Specialist. She is a 2014 graduate of SUNY Geneseo with degrees in Political Science and Sociology. Amelia lives in Albany, NY with her husband Tomás and their cat Buttermilk Pancakes.
Natalya Sandul (She/Her/Hers)
Business Operations Manager
518-463-4741 ext. 102
Natalya has been with NASW-NYS since 2007. She started out as a part-time bookkeeper while earning her bachelor degree in Accounting at Siena College. Since 2011, she has worked full time as the Chapter Accountant and handles the responsibility of all financials of the organization.
Natalya is passionate about gardening, baking, and traveling. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her four children and five grand children.
Olivia Knox (She/Her/Hers)
518-463-4741 ext. 105
Olivia Knox earned a bachelors in social work from Marist College in 2021. While Olivia was completing her BSW, she served as the Communications Assistant for the National Association of Social Workers, New York State Chapter. In this position she assisted with the Chapter’s social media presence and advertising opportunities. Upon graduating, she enrolled in an advanced standing masters of social work program at Stony Brook University. In 2022, Olivia earned a masters in social work with a specialization in community, policy, and political social action. While Olivia was completing her MSW, she served as the Chapter’s policy assistant. In this position, Olivia coordinated the Chapter’s first in-person advocacy day, assists with developing the Chapter’s policy priorities and provides information to members on New York state policy relevant to the social work profession. Olivia became the Policy Coordinator at NASW-NYS in March 2023.
Olivia is also 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 the profession to hold these systems of power accountable. Olivia’s interests include criminal justice reform and political social work in hopes of addressing the systemic injustices in the state.
Outside of social work Olivia enjoys spending time with family, friends and exercising. She also enjoys reading and exploring new places.
Nelle Morehouse (She/Her)
518-463-4741 ext. 104
Nelle has served the NASW-NYS membership as Program Coordinator since October 2022. She completed her MSW in 2020 from UAlbany, and previously worked as the Recruitment and Admissions Coordinator for the School of Social Welfare at UAlbany. In her spare time, Nelle enjoys cooking, sewing, and spending time with family and friends.
Katie Huntington (She/Her)
518-463-4741 ext. 100
Katie graduated from Hartwick College in 2020 with a BA in English. She has experience working as a non-profit administrator in the human services arena, and she is honored to help support the social workers and other activists who make our world more just and equitable for all. In her free time, Katie enjoys reading, studying astrology, and spending time with her husband Wyatt and their dog, Hammy.
MSW Intern - CPPSA Concentration
Stony Brook University/School of Social Welfare
Christina graduated with her Bachelors in Social Work from Stony Brook University in Spring of 2023. Christina has previously worked with local community service agencies, women and family shelters, religious organizations, and food banks. Christina is passionate about helping others and engaging within communities. Christina is extremely excited to be working with NASW-NYS as an agent for change.
Interests: Policy Reform, Healthcare, Affordable Housing, Food Security
Jacob Schoff (He/Him/His)
University at Albany - SUNY
Jacob Schoff is a graduate student at UAlbany, where he will graduate with his master's in social work in the Spring of 2024. Jacob graduated with his bachelor's in social work from Siena College in the Spring of 2023. While completing his BSW, Jacob acted as a public awareness coordinator for several campus-wide walks. He has also assisted homeless veterans as part of an interdisciplinary team and has served those who are homeless and without shelter in Albany. Jacob is excited to continue serving the unsheltered homeless through employment with the Joseph's House Outreach Van.
Jacob is looking forward to the macro level experience an internship with NASW-NYS will provide and is excited to encourage social justice. He has an interest in the homelessness crisis, as well as the intersection of our mental health, substance abuse, and healthcare systems. Professionally, Jacob aspires to advocate for others, while encouraging policy reformation in our healthcare and criminal justice systems.
In his free time Jacob enjoys being outside and spending time with family and friends. He enjoys basketball, bicycling, and hopes to visit every national park in his lifetime!
Policy Team Intern - MSW Concentration
School of Social Welfare/University at Albany
Angelo graduated with his Bachelor of Arts from St. John's University in 2016 with a major in English Literature and a minor in Philosophy. Angelo has previously worked with nonprofits tackling food insecurity and in higher education through his experience serving in the Siena College AmeriCorps VISTA program. Angelo is passionate about mental health disparities in the capital region, especially as they relate to food insecurity and public health. Angelo is excited to be working with NASW-NYS to support systemic change in our communities.
Interests: food sovereignty, mental health care access, renal social work, harm reduction