APOSW Board of Directors

Michelle Fritsch

Michelle Fritsch, LMSW-ACP
Texas Children’s Cancer & Hematology Centers
Phone: (832) 824-6665
Email: president@aposw.org

Michelle is the project coordinator at Texas Children’s Cancer & Hematology Centers. Michelle is an active member of the Association of Pediatric Oncology Social Workers. Currently, she assists families and staff to identify educational resources and information about supportive resources in pediatric hematology/oncology. She is actively involved in several quality improvement initiatives and leads the Family Advisory Support Team for the Centers.

Rachel Rogovin

Rachel Rogovin, MSW, LICSW
Team Impact
Phone: (508) 269-1063
Email: president.elect@aposw.org

Rachel is currently the Director of Clinical Services at Team IMPACT, a national non-profit organization that signs children with cancer and other life-altering conditions onto college athletic teams across the country, and based on a clinical model, ensures each has the personalized game plan they need to win – effectively building confidence and independence. Prior to joining Team IMPACT, Rachel spent 12 years at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island, where she worked as a Pediatric Oncology Clinical Social Worker. Rachel served on the APOSW Board from 2014 – 2019 as Communications Chair.

Elyse Levin-Russman

Immediate Past-President
Elyse Levin-Russman, LICSW, OSW-C
Massachusetts General Hospital
Phone: (617) 724-0757
Email: past.president@aposw.org

Elyse has worked in medical social work for more than 30 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 joined APOSW in 2003. She is both a clinician and program leader in developing and implementing services to best support patients and families in their cancer journeys. Elyse received her MSW from the Jane Adams School of Social Worker at the University of Illinois and 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).

Sonia Lucchetta, MSW, RSW
The Hospital for Sick Children
Phone: (416) 813-6803
Email: secretary@aposw.org

Sonia began her pediatric oncology career in 1991 at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) Toronto where she continues to practice today. While currently with the BMT/CT Program, Sonia spent much of her time with the Leukemia/Lymphoma Program. Sonia is also an adjunct lecturer with the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at University of Toronto and has been supervising MSW student for the past 23 years. Sonia has been an active APOSW member since 1997 and enjoys the energy of the APOSW community.

Leah Forster Gauvin

Leah Forster Gauvin, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C
Primary Children’s Hospital, Cancer Transplant Center
Phone: (801) 662-4555
Email: treasurer@aposw.org

Leah received her undergraduate and graduate social work training at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She joined Primary Children’s Hospital staff in 1997 and is the neuro-oncology social worker and Clinical Social Work Manager. Leah earned post-graduate certificates in End of Life Care and Advanced Clinical Supervision from Smith College School for Social Work. She supervises graduate social work students through a Masters Training Grant from the American Cancer Society. Leah’s areas of clinical interest are bereavement, clinical supervision, social worker self-care, and creativity and mindfulness in social work practice.

Rebecca Ruck

Communications and Social Media Chair
Rebecca Ruck, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C
Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters
Phone: (757) 668-9617
Email: communications@aposw.org

Rebecca has worked in medical social work for the past 7 years. She is currently a Clinical Social Worker in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at the Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters in Norfolk, Virginia where she has been since 2015. Rebecca received her MSSW from School of Social Work at Columbia University.

Valerie Kennedy Lang

Conference Chair
Valerie Kennedy Lang, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C
Friends of Kids with Cancer
Phone: (314) 761-7515
Email: conference@aposw.org

Valerie is the Program Director at Friends of Kids with Cancer in St. Louis, Missouri where the mission is to serve patients, siblings and caregivers emotionally, educationally and recreationally. Prior to joining the FOKWC team full-time, she was a part of the hematology/oncology/BMT team at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Valerie was introduced to APOSW as a student and became a member in 2013. She is a graduate of the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University and enjoys academic advising and supervising BSW and MSW students.

Stephanie Freeman

Education & Professional Development Chair
Stephanie Freeman, LICSW, EdM
Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation
Phone: (617) 480-3610
Email: education.profdev@aposw.org

Stephanie received her MSW and EdM from Boston University in 2002/2003. She joined the clinical social work team at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in 2004, where she was both an inpatient and survivorship social worker with all pediatric oncology diagnoses. She joined APOSW in 2005, and was a Conference site co-chair in 2016. Specializing in neuro-oncology for 10 years, Stephanie learned first-hand about the brain tumor journey and its impact on families. She is currently the East Coast area Social Worker for the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation, which she joined in 2019.

Stephanie Attaway

Legal & Advocacy Chair
Stephanie Attaway, LMSW
Children’s Hospital New Orleans
Phone: (504) 896-9367
Email: legal.advocacy@aposw.org

Stephanie earned her BSW from Mississippi College in 2007 and her MSW from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in 2013. She has worked as a Pediatric Oncology Social Worker at Children’s Hospital of New Orleans since 2019. In Stephanie’s time as a pediatric oncology social worker she has worked primarily with Leukemia and Lymphoma patients as well as Bone Marrow Transplant patients. Stephanie joined APOSW in March of 2020 and has enjoyed connecting with fellow Pediatric Oncology Social Workers from around the country.

APOSW Membership Chair

Membership Chair
Beth Gomez, LCSW, OSW-C
Wellness House
Phone: (630) 654-5115
Email: membership@aposw.org

Beth received her MSW from the Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois Chicago and has been working as a pediatric medical social worker for 24 years. She began working in pediatric oncology 12 years ago at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, where she is currently the Lead Pediatric Outpatient Social Worker. Beth has been a member of APOSW since 2010, and was honored to win the APOSW Outstanding Leadership Award in 2019. Beth’s areas of clinical interest include AYA coping/support and bereavement.

Quality of Life Chair
Caley Nelson, LMSW, OSW-C
Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Email: qualityoflife@aposw.org

Caley earned her MSW from Columbia University in 2003. She began working at Phoenix Children’s Hospital in the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders in 2006. Her specialty is in working with patients with leukemia. Caley joined APOSW in 2006 and served as the Site Committee Co-Chair for the 2019 annual conference in Phoenix, AZ.

Federal Liaison for Research and Publication
Lori Wiener, PhD, DCSW, LCSW-C
Director, Psychosocial Support and Research Program
National Cancer Institute
Phone: (301) 451-9148
Email: research.publication@aposw.org


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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