APOSW Board of Directors

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

APOSW President-Elect

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

APOSW Board Member

Immediate Past-President
Stephanie Fooks-Parker, LSW
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Phone: (215) 590-3445
Email: past.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.

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.

Mary Laliberte, LCSW
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
Division of Hematology/Oncology
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.

APOSW Board Member

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.

APOSW Conference Chair

Conference Chair
Hollee Muller, LMSW, LCSW
Children’s Mercy Kansas City
Phone: (816) 302-6808
Email: conference@aposw.org

Hollee Muller earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Missouri- Columbia. Hollee is currently a clinical social worker and Parent-to-Parent Program Coordinator in the Hematology/Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplant Division at Children’s Mercy in Kansas City where she has worked since 2011. Her clinical interests lie in parent support programming and bereavement care for families as well as identifying innovative ways to support parents and children through their cancer diagnosis.

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.

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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