The Houston Branch of NASW/Texas covers the following counties: Austin, Colorado, Fort Bend, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller, Wharton.
Schools of Social Work in the Houston Branch include: University of Houston Graduate School of Social Work, University of Houston - Clear Lake (BSW program only), Texas Southern University - Houston (BSW Program) and Prairie View A&M University (BSW Program).
Crystal Sallans, LCSW, Branch Chair (2015-2017)
Steven Lee Parks, LMSW, Nomination and Leadership Identification Committee Representative (2014-2017)
Chloe Walker, LMSW, Region 6 Board Member (2015-2018)
Elizabeth Gonzalez, Treasurer
Josephine Tittsworth, LBGT Committee Member
Jillian Bissar, Networking Chair
Januari Leo, TPACE Committee Member
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2016 NASW/Houston Branch Awardees
Lifetime Achievement – Travis Courville
Mr. Courville’s commitment to social work has been evident in his years of practice. He has been involved in many aspects of social work throughout his career. He was worked with the homeless population, the veterans community and various aspects of clinical social work. Mr. Courville’s passion, knowledge and expertise has been passed on to his students at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. Mr. Courville has proven himself to be a man of character, exceptional clinical aptitude and commitment. He is dedicated, diligent and passionate about his work the work of the clientele he serves.
Social Worker of the Year – Januari Leo
Januari Leo has made significant contributions to the social work profession. Throughout her professional career she has embodied the essence of social work values and the importance of social justice. Januari serves on several committees in Houston, the state of Texas and within the National Association of Social Workers.
Student of the Year – Twaunette Sharpe
Twaunette has contributed to her community by volunteering with children at the Sehah Fitness Center, tutoring in the after-school program and volunteering to read to children at KIPP Peace Elementary School. She also serves by volunteering at Search Homeless Services and Healthcare for Homeless and the Beacon.
Public Elected Office of the Year – Anna Eastman
At a time when Texas public schools are under attack at both a financial and operational level, education advocates are critical to the process of relaying fact and experience based evidence in an effort to ensure that ALL children are given an equal opportunity education. Utilizing her background as a social worker, Houston Independent School District Trustee , Anna Eastman, has fought for transparency, equality and inclusion in the largest school district in Texas.
Media of the Year – Greg Groogan
Mr. Groogan has been a powerful advocate for children diagnosed with intellectual development disabilities in the school setting. He is also a champion for impoverished and disempowered citizens through his investigative reporting. His reporting has led to the creation of legislation that improves children’s and educator’s safety in the school setting and that has protected public citizens from mistreatment.
Public Citizen of the Year – Fran Watson
Fran served as the Disability Hospitality subcommittee chair for the 26th national Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change and currently serving on the Houston Bar Association’s Lawyers for Literacy and the Minority Opportunities in the Legal Profession Committees. Fran was involved int eh fight for the Houston Equal Rights Ordnance (HERO); Fran is also the President of GLBT Political Caucus. Fran was elected to serve as board president of Montrose Grace Place, whose mission is to provide a safe, welcoming environment for vulnerable homeless youth of all sexualities and genders.
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