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Heart of Texas Branch


The Heart of Texas Branch of NASW/Texas covers the following counties: Bosque, Falls, Freestone, Hill, Limestone, McLennan.

Schools of Social Work in the Heart of Texas Branch include: Baylor University and Tarleton State University-Waco Campus.



Steering Committee

Shanna Rogers
, Branch Chair (2017-2019)
Shanna Robins-Donnell, Interim, Nomination and Leadership Identification Committee Representative (2018-2020)
Judy Schlotzhauer, LCSW, ACSW, Region 7 Board Member (2016-2019)

If you are interested in the Nomination and Leadership Identification Committee Representative position or any other leadership position within the branch, please contact Blanca Sanchez McGee, NLIC Chair.



social worker spotlight


May 2019 Social Worker in the Spotlight: Erica Reyes-Rosas (NASW member since 2017)



Could you introduce yourself (where you work, what you do in the community)?

I am the Program Administrator for the Methodist Children’s Home (MCH) Waco Residential Program. This September will make 15 years that I have been serving at MCH. I have a BSW from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, an MSW from Baylor University, and I am a Licensed Child Care Administrator. I am a member of the Centex Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. I am also a soccer coach for a girls team at Heart of Texas Soccer. 

How long have you been a social worker?

I obtained my BSW in 2008 and my MSW in 2010.

What made you want to join NASW?

I believe that it is the responsibility of social workers to advocate for the profession and two of the best ways to do that is to be licensed and to be a member of NASW. The social work profession lends itself to helping one another professionally, so being a part of the NASW network is key to finding resources and being a resource for others.

What’s something that most people don’t know about you?

Most people in general do not know that I love to throw elaborate birthday parties for my family and friends. I start planning 6-9 months prior to the birthday. I make all of my decorations and I keep them forever so that I can loan them out to friends and family when they throw parties. Some of my parties have included live animals such as horses, snakes, and monkeys. Other parties that I have thrown have included entertainment such as magicians, librarian story reading, full band mariachi performance, face painting and food trucks. Did I mention that my children are 7 and 4 years old? My parties are always “extra” but my loving husband supports my party shenanigans 100%! I firmly believe that people should be celebrated to the fullest on their special day.

What do you love most about being a social worker?

I love the fact that I get to witness the resiliency and determination that the children, youth and families have here at MCH. The MCH residential community is modeled after a “home” environment that fosters structure and nurture while also providing a level of normalcy so that children and youth in care have the same opportunities of those who are not in residential care. The dignity and respect that is shown to each family that we come in contact with is evidence of the agency’s approach to working “with” families versus working “on” them. I also love that I get to witness various needs being met all in one place. At MCH, we provide a wide range of services that encompass treating the whole person and working with systems. We get to practice on the micro, mezzo, and macro levels.

What is the most challenging part of being a social worker?

The most challenging part of being a social worker can be accepting the self-determination of individuals. While we (social workers) can see the strength and preciousness of each individual, they are not yet in a place to see it in themselves at times. When you know your client has the ability to “break the cycle” but they don’t know that they possess the skills to do so- it can be absolutely heartbreaking.

What is a favorite social worker story that you like to share with others?

In 2011, MCH began a partnership with Texas Christian University’s Institute of Child Development. At that time, I had been with MCH for 7 years and was working as a Unit Manager in a home with 10 adolescent girls and 4 home parent staff. We started learning about an evidence-based approach to care that focused on healing trauma through relationships. This approach is called Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI). It is a combination of neuroscience, relationships, and self-regulation. I immediately was amazed to see science supporting what we already knew as social workers- that relationships are vital to healing. MCH adapted TBRI as their approach to care and there was an entire agency culture shift as a result. Since then, MCH has been able to share TBRI with others in the childcare field. To be able to work alongside Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross has been one of most valuable learning experiences in my career.

Is there anything else you’d like for other social workers in the Waco community to know about you?

I believe that it is so important that we form a strong partnership in the Waco community as social workers. I believe that we can each learn, support, and help one another in many ways. Waco has many great Social Workers and I would love to see continual change in our city.


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