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North Central Texas - Dallas Area


The North Central Texas-Dallas Branch of NASW/Texas covers the following counties: Collin, Dallas, Ellis, Hunt, Kaufman, Navarro, Rockwall.

Schools of Social Work in the North Central Texas-Dallas Branch include: Texas A&M University - Commerce.


Steering Committee



Nancy Jensen, LCSW (pictured above, left), Interim Branch Chair (2015-2017)
Doris Marshall, LCSW (pictured above, right), Interim Nomination and Leadership Identification Committee Representative (2015-2017)
Alex Huffman, LCSW, Region 3 Board Member (2016-2019)

Libby Kay, LCSW, ACSW 

Linda Openshaw, DSW, LCSW, ACSW 

Katy Perkins, LMSW-AP

Kathi Turner, LCSW, ACSW 

Mary Wallace, LCSW, ACSW

Vanessa Vaughter, LCSW, MDiv

Veronica Lopez, Student Representative

Cindy Little, Student Representative


Upcoming Events

Please join us for the 2017 Social Work Awards Event to be held on Thursday, March 30, 6:00-8:30pm, at the T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center Campus at 1277 Merit Drive, Dallas, 75251. For questions or more information, contact Nancy Jensen at See parking map here.


Please check the Facebook page for the most up-to-date information about upcoming activities!


2016 nasw/north central texas - dallas branch awardees


Lifetime Achievement Award
Larry Watson, PhD, LCSW, ACSW, of University of Texas at Arlington's School of Social Work (Retired)

Social Worker of the Year    
Susan Clark, PhD, LCSW-S, adjunct faculty at University of Texas at Arlington's School of Social Work

Social Work Student of the Year
Valdemar G. Gomez-Garcia, student at Texas A & M Commerce

Public Elected Official of the Year
Mike Rawlings, Mayor of Dallas, for his work in the area of domestic violence

Public Citizen of the Year
Paul Hendricks, President of the Veterans Center of North Texas, an all-volunteer organization helping Dallas-Fort Worth veterans

Media Award    
Steve Thompson, reporter for Dallas Morning News, for his series, "The Long Way Home", about a homeless couple rebuilding their lives.


Attendance at the Dallas NASW Awards event in March was great! There were more than 70+ attendees. NASW Dallas Branch Social Worker of the Year Dr. Susan Clark was accompanied by some of her clients who had overcome their struggle with domestic violence. These ladies shared their very moving stories to the group. Valdemar Gomez Garcia, Social Work Student of the Year, who is tri-lingual, talked about how he uses his ability to speak Spanish, French and English as a way to make his clients comfortable by using their preferred language. Lifetime Achievement Awardee Dr. Larry Watson also gave a fantastic speech and is currently running for an NASW National office right now.



Social Work Superheroes project


In celebration of 2016 Social Work Month, NASW/North Central Texas-Dallas Branch has launched an innovative, new program honoring the inspiring social workers in the Dallas area, called The Social Work Superheroes Project. Our initial honorees were chosen from member's recommendations then interviewed. Their thoughts on creating and maintaining a rewarding career in social work were recorded so we may all learn from their experiences and advice.

We are happy to present our very first Social Work Superheroes: Timothy Martel Brown, LCSW, ACSW; Elizabeth Hart, LMSW-IPR, TxCG; Mirchelle Louis, MS, LCSW; and Aaron Robb, PhD. Read their interviews >>here.<<

How can you help with the Superheroes Project?

1. Recommend a fellow social worker you believe is outstanding and a good example of a Social Work Superhero, who paves the way for us all. Send suggestions to Nancy Jensen, Branch Chair, at

2. Submit a proposed question for the Superhero interviews to Nancy Jensen, Branch Chair, at The more thought-provoking, the better. For example, "What "Aha!" moment did you have early in your career that really made you proud to be a social worker?", "What was one of the toughest days they ever had as a social worker and why?"

3. Volunteer to conduct an interview or two. Interviews may be held in-person or by phone. We especially encourage social work students and new graduates to be volunteer interviewers for the project. The interviews will be shared in our chapter communications and be part of our Social Work Month celebration. If interested, please contact Nancy Jensen at



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