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APOSW Board of Directors

Stephanie Fooks-Parker MSW, LSWPresident
Stephanie Fooks-Parker, MSW, LSW
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Phone: (215) 590-3445

Stephanie received MSW from Howard University in 1989 and joined APOSW at that time, serving as the Conference Chair from 2004 - 2009.  She has been the clinical social worker on the Blood and Marrow Transplant Team at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) since 1991. Stephanie has served as the leader of CHOP's Youth Advisory Council and Chair of the Department of Patient and Family Services Communication Committee. She also serves as Psychosocial Coordinator for Ronald McDonald Camp (RMC), a one-week overnight summer camp in the Poconos for oncology patients and their siblings. Stephanie is looking forward to many years of working with the Board and serving membership of APOSW. She loves chocolate ice cream, reading, and listening to music.


Elyse Levin-Russman, LICSW, OSW-CPresident-Elect
Elyse Levin-Russman, LICSW, OSW-C

Massachusetts General Hospital
Phone: (617) 724-0757

Elyse has worked in medical social work for 35 years.  She is currently the Clinical Social Worker in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children in Boston, where she has been since 2002.  Elyse is both a clinician and program leader in developing and implementing services to best support patients and families in their cancer journeys.  She has a post- graduate certificate in Behavioral Medicine from Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology.  Elyse has served as APOSW's Quality of Life Chairperson (2011-2015) and Conference Site Committee Co-Chairperson (2016).  Elyse joined APOSW in 2003 and has valued the camaraderie, wisdom and friendships she has gained.


Anita Graham, MSW, LCSWImmediate Past-President
Anita Graham, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C
WVU Healthcare Children's Hospital
Phone: (304) 293-1205

Anita received her MSW from West Virginia University and has worked as the pediatric hematology/oncology clinical social worker at WVU Medicine Children's Hospital since 1996. Anita has served as the Camp Director of Camp Winaca Camp HemoVon since 2004 and is a member of the American Camp Association where she has served on the Standards Review Committee and presently serves as a Standards Visitor.  She has shared her love of the outdoors with APOSW members, leading outdoor Conference Pre-Institutes in Whitefish, Montana (2015) and Austin, Texas (2018). Anita is a longtime member of APOSW and served as Secretary (2010-2012). Anita is a member of the Behavioral Science Committee for the Children's Oncology Group where she has proudly represented APOSW as its President-Elect (2014-2016) and President (2016-2018).


Amy Grose, MSW, LICSWSecretary
Amy Grose, MSW, LICSW
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Phone: (617) 632-2404

Amy received her MSW at Simmon's College School of Social Work and did a post-graduate fellowship in Clinical Oncology at Beth Israel Hospital.  Amy began working in pediatric oncology in 1991 as a pediatric oncology social worker at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at Children's Hospital Boston.  She is currently a Senior Pediatric Social Worker at DFCI where, in addition to clinical work, she provides training for clinical social work and psychology fellows.  Amy has training in mindfulness meditation and psychosynthesis.  She has presented several well-received breakout sessions at APOSW conferences (2015, 2016) and is delighted to be actively involved in this great organization.


Mary Laliberte, LCSWTreasurer
Mary Laliberte, LCSW
Connecticut Children's Medical Center
Division of Hematology/Oncology
Suite 5A
282 Washington St
Hartford, CT 06106
Phone: (860) 545-9620

Mary began her pediatric oncology career as an intern at Valley Children's Hospital in Madera, California in 1993 and remained there until 1998.  Mary then accepted a position at Connecticut Children's Medical Center where she has been a clinical social worker with their pediatric oncology program for 20 years.  Mary has been a longtime member of APOSW is looking forward to giving back to an organization from which she has received so much.


Heather Oakley, LCSW, OSW-CCommunications & Social Media Chair
Heather Oakley, LCSW, OSW-C
University of Florida Health Proton Therapy Institute
Phone: (904) 588-1293

Heather is the Director of the Social Services program and the clinical social worker for pediatrics at the University of Florida Health Proton Therapy Institute in Jacksonville, Florida.  She earned her MSW from Florida State University and has worked in the field of pediatric oncology since 2008.   Her experience includes working at Nemours Children’s Specialty Care Clinic in the Hematology/Oncology Division prior to transitioning to the University of Florida in 2012.  Heather’s areas of clinical interest include working with the AYA population as well as issues around palliative care and bereavement.  She has been a member of NASW and APOSW since 2008 and currently serves as the APOSW Communications and Social Media Chair.


Valerie Kennedy Lang, MSW, LCSW, OSW-CConference Chair
Valerie Kennedy Lang, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C
Phone: (314) 761-7515

Valerie graduated from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis in 2007 and has worked in pediatric medical social work ever since.  She currently works on the pediatric hematology/oncology service at St. Louis Children's Hospitals.  In addition, Valerie is an adjunct faculty member at the Brown School, her alma mater.  She is a self-proclaimed cat lady and dreams of writing a children's book featuring my kitties, Super Cat and Lucky Penny, as fierce feline super heroes with tender social work hearts.


Nicole Ellis, MSW, LSW, OSW-C Education & Professional Development Chair
Nicole Ellis, MSW, LSW, OSW-C
Penn Medicine 
Phone: (215) 615-5603

Nicole obtained her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania.  She joined the oncology social work team at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in 2005, where she worked with the Neuro-Oncology Program.  Nicole has been the pediatric social worker in the Department of Radiation Oncology and the Roberts Proton Therapy Center (University of Pennsylvania Medical Center) since 2013.  She has been an active member of APOSW since 2005 and is honored to begin serving on the board as the new Education and Professional Development Chair.


Lisl Schweers, LCSW, OSW-CLegal & Advocacy Chair
Lisl Schweers, LCSW, OSW-C
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Phone: (323) 361-5790

Lisl is a lead clinical social worker in the Children's Center for Cancer & Blood Diseases at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and is the primary psychosocial clinician for the LIFE Cancer Survivorship & Transition Service.  Lisl's areas of clinical interest include the incorporation of mindfulness-based practices into survivorship care and healthcare transition and advocacy education for the AYA population.  Lisl has been a member of APOSW since 2008 and enjoys facilitating the Survivorship Special Interest Group during the annual APOSW Conference.


Elizabeth Wood, LCSW, ACSW, OSW-C Membership Chair
Elizabeth Wood, LCSW, ACSW, OSW-C
Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Phone: (302) 651-4553

Elizabeth, known as Lisa to friends, began working at the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, Delaware in 1997 as the inaugural pediatric HIV social worker.  She transitioned to the Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders in 2008 and joined APOSW at that time.  Lisa serves as the Psychosocial Services Coordinator for the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children's Cancer Committee.  She is passionate about her work and grateful for the opportunity to walk with families on their journey.


Caley Nelson, LMSW, OSW-CQuality of Life Chair
Caley Nelson, LMSW, OSW-C
Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Caley earned her MSW from Columbia University in 2003. She began working at Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders in 2006 and specializes in leukemias.  Caley joined APOSW in 2006 and recently served as the Site Committee Co-Chair for the 2019 annual conference in Phoenix, AZ. She is honored to be serving on the board.


Lori Wiener, PhD, DCSW, LCSW-CFederal Liaison for Research and Publication
Lori Wiener, PhD, DCSW, LCSW-C
Director, Psychosocial Support and Research Program
National Cancer Institute
Phone: (301) 451-9148

Lori is co-director of the Behavioral Health Core and Head of the Psychosocial Support and Research Program at the pediatric oncology branch of the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Her clinical and research interests include the pediatric oncology psychosocial standards of care, lone parenting and adolescent end-of-life planning. Dr. Wiener has created innovative resources such as workbooks, therapeutic games and an advance care planning guide for adolescents and young adults, which have been distributed worldwide. She has published extensively, and co-edited Pediatric Psychosocial Oncology: Textbook for Multi-Disciplinary Care.






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