APOSW Board of Directors

President
Stephanie Fooks-Parker, LSW
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Phone: (215) 590-3445
Email: president@aposw.org

Stephanie received her 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 since 1991. Stephanie has served as the leader of CHOP’s Youth Advisory Council. 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.

President-Elect
Elyse Levin-Russman, LICSW, OSW-C
Massachusetts General Hospital
Phone: (617) 724-0757
Email: president.elect@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).

Immediate Past-President
Anita Graham, LCSW, OSW-C
WVU Healthcare Children’s Hospital
Phone: (304) 293-1205
Email: past.president@aposw.org

Anita received her MSW from West Virginia University in 1983 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 and 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 is a member of the Behavioral Science Committee for the Children’s Oncology Group. Anita is a longtime member of APOSW and served as Secretary (2010-2012), President Elect (2014-2016), President (2016-2018) and Past President (2018-2020).

Secretary
Amy Grose, LICSW
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Phone: (617) 632-2404
Email: secretary@aposw.org

Amy received her MSW at Simmons 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 and 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 and has a psychotherapy practice.

Treasurer
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 in 1993 as an intern at Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera, California and remained there until 1998. She accepted a position at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center where she has been a Clinical Social Worker in the oncology program for over 20 years. Mary’s area of interest include working with the AYA population. She is the AYA Program Coordinator at Connecticut Children’s.

Communications and Social Media Chair
Heather Oakley, LCSW, OSW-C
University of Florida Health Proton Therapy Institute
Phone: (904) 588-1293
Email: communications@aposw.org

Heather earned her MSW from Florida State University and has worked in the field of pediatric oncology since 2008. She is the Director of Social Services at the University of Florida Health Proton Therapy Institute in Jacksonville, Florida and is the Clinical Social Worker for pediatrics. Her experience includes working in the Hematology/Oncology Division at Nemours Children’s Specialty Care Clinic prior to joining the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute in 2012. Heather’s clinical interests 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.

Conference Chair
Valerie Kennedy Lang, LCSW, OSW-C
Phone: (314) 761-7515
Email: conference@aposw.org

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 as Program Director at Friends of Kids with Cancer. In addition, Valerie is an adjunct faculty member at the Brown School, her alma mater.

Education & Professional Development Chair
Nicole Ellis, LSW, OSW-C
Penn Medicine
Phone: (215) 615-5603
Email: education.profdev@aposw.org

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. In 2013, Nicole moved to Penn Medicine, where she works as the pediatric social worker in the Department of Radiation Oncology and the Roberts Proton Therapy Center. She has been an active member of APOSW since 2005.

Legal & Advocacy Chair
Lisl Schweers, LCSW, OSW-C
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Phone: (323) 361-5790
Email: legal.advocacy@aposw.org

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.

Membership Chair
Elizabeth Wood (Lisa), LCSW, ACSW, OSW-C
Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Phone: (302) 651-4806
Email: membership@aposw.org

Lisa 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 has served as the Psychosocial Services Coordinator for the NCCBD Children’s Cancer Committee. She has had an integral role in program development to facilitate life-saving care through the Nemours charity program for children internationally.

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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