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2012 Annual Meeting Awardees
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2012 Annual Meeting
May 7, 2012

Creative Mentoring:Sustaining the Profession

Chapter Service Award

Susan Egan

 Susan Bair Egan, PhD, MSW

Assistant Dean, Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service;
NASW-NYC Representative, NASW National Board of Directors.

Dr. Susan Egan has been active in the New York City Chapter of NASW for many years.

She served on the Board of Directors from 1992- 1994, 1999-2002, and most recently as Third Vice President from 2007 – 2010. She was a New York City delegate to Delegate Assembly in 1996, 1999, and 2002.

Over the years she has been involved with committee work at the Chapter. Currently she is on the Membership and Marketing Committee, the Annual Meeting Planning Committee, and a member of the Steering Committee for NASW-NYC PACE. She is now serving as the Region II (New York City and Connecticut) representative on the National Board of NASW.

Susan is the Assistant Dean for Student Services at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service where she has been instrumental in student recruitment for our professional organization.


2012 Social Work Image Awards


Griffin Hansbury

Griffin Hansbury, MA, LCSW

Clinical Social Worker/Psychotherapist, Callen-Lorde Community Health Center; Clinical Supervisor, Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy; Field Instructor, Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College; Private Practitioner

Griffin Hansbury, MA, LCSW, is a graduate of the Hunter College School of Social Work and a psychoanalytic candidate at the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis. For several years, as a clinical social worker at the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center and in private practice in New York City, he has specialized in working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) clients, and issues around gender and sexuality. A recognized expert on transgender experience, his writing on the topic has appeared in numerous peer-reviewed journals, including Psychoanalytic Dialogues, Studies in Gender and Sexuality, and Psychoanalytic Social Work. At the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy he supervises social workers who are working with transgender clients, and also serves on the planning committee for their biennial Transgender Symposium. In addition, Griffin is the author of a book of poems and the forthcoming novel The Nostalgist. He lives and practices in Manhattan, and can be found at his website:

I’m honored and grateful to have been nominated by my esteemed colleague and friend Vanessa Lopez, LCSW. Thank you to NASW-NYC for this award and the committee’s belief in my work. I also owe a debt of gratitude to all of my colleagues at the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center for their support and friendship over the years, and for their dedication to serving the LGBT communities in New York City.


Maurice Lacey

Maurice Lacey, LMSW, MSEd, CASAC

Executive Director, Faith Mission Crisis Center; President/CEO, Alpha Consulting and Development Corporation; Adjunct Professor/Faculty Advisor, Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College; Resource Trainer, People’s Institute and Beyond; CASAC Instructor, Another Chance In Life

Maurice Lacey is the Executive Director of Faith Mission Crisis Center, Inc. (FMCC). FMCC is a faith-based, behavioral healthcare organization that provides residential crisis services to over 1200 men and women annually suffering from substance use disorders and its accompanying problems such as homelessness, mental illness, and poverty.

He holds a BS in Psychology from Mercy College, MS Ed. In Education from St John’s University, and an MSW from Hunter College School of Social Work. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D in social welfare at Adelphi University. He is a Licensed Master Social Worker and NYS Credentialed Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Counselor. He’s an adjunct lecturer/faculty advisor at Hunter College’s School of Social Work and Baruch College’s Urban Male Leadership Academy. He is a community organizer and trainer for the Peoples Institute for Survival and Beyond (PISAB). This role has bolstered his work with the poor people and communities of color and has solidified his commitment to social justice and structural inequalities. As the coordinator of the NYC Men of Color Group he helps in the facilitation of dialogue around internalized racial oppression, healing, organizing, and directs social action. Mr. Lacey serves on several boards and committees dealing with public policy, homelessness, substance abuse, mental illness, youth services, executive leadership, criminal justice, education, and HIV/AIDS.

He is the current secretary of Black Agency Executives (BAE), an organization dedicated to professional development, accessing resources, advocacy, and power networking for executive level leaders with ancestral linkage to the African Diaspora.

I’m more than honored to have been nominated. Thanks to the committee for their belief in my work. A special thanks to Faith Mission Crisis Center’s board members and staff for their support and dedication in helping me transform the lives of men and women that we serve. I also want to thank Ron Chisom from PISAB for his mentoring and guidance. Thanks to the Men of Color Group which has provided me with a safe and sacred place to heal and become liberated. Thanks to fellow social workers Sandy Bernabei and Mary Pender Greene whom I model my work after daily. I must thank my wife Theresa, my children Michael, Tesha, Maurice Jr., Tamiquia, and my foster son Marcus for their love, patience, understanding, and for sharing me with the greatest profession on earth: Social Work.


Terrie M. Williams

Terrie M. Williams, MA, LMSW

President, The Terrie Williams Agency; Founder, The Stay Strong Foundation

Terrie M. Williams, one of Ebony magazine’s “Power 150” for Activism and Woman’s Day magazine “50 Women On A Mission To Change The World,” is an advocate for change and empowerment. For more than 30 years, she has used her influence and communications expertise to educate and engage audiences in causes. She launched The Terrie Williams Agency in 1988 with superstar Eddie Murphy and the late jazz legend Miles Davis as her first clients and has continued to represent some of the biggest personalities and businesses in entertainment, sports, business and politics, including Prince and Mo’Nique.

Terrie also founded The Stay Strong Foundation, a national non-profit for youth, building on her book Stay Strong: Simple Life Lessons for Teens. She is a woman on fire ­— her critically acclaimed book, Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We’re Not Hurting, recounts her personal struggle with depression and the impact the stigma of mental illness has particularly on the African-American community. Her Foundation’s creation of a mental health advocacy campaign led to a collaboration with the Ad Council and SAMHSA on a national initiative of mental health recovery. The campaign garnered $2.5 million in donated national advertising and 11 million media impressions to significantly heighten the awareness and exposure.

When I began to branch out as a social entrepreneur, author, mental health advocate, deal maker and lecturer on successful business practices, I thought I was getting away from my chosen field. I soon realized it was God’s grace, the influence and example of my parents, and my social work degree that made me who I am. The humanitarian ways represent the heart of who I am and will always be-- and shape the way I approach the world. I’m grateful for the acknowledgement this day. What I know is---we must recycle the inspiration because no dream should be thrown away and we must share our stories with each other---it’s the only way to heal and to know we do not stand alone. Thank you NASW for this honor….I am truly humbled.




Founded in 2009, RISE is a grassroots collective of social workers and activists in NYC. We hold events and create spaces where progressive and radical ideas can be shared to build knowledge, skills and community. We are the MSWs who call forth NASW to be this kind of space. We are students in schools of social work who are tired of seeing racism, sexism, classism, transphobia and heterosexism infest the institutions that should prepare us to fight against these oppressions. We are the organizers creating new structures to resist capitalism and traditional hierarchies. We are the people without social work degrees who are devoted to creating a better world. We are the groups and organizations engaged in anti-oppressive work who are not receiving this award. We are those that know that collective action will transform ourselves, each other, and this world.

This award calls all of us to unite in action against social injustices and institutionalized oppression seen in our field, city and beyond. We invite the NASW to join us in promoting the many forms of anti-oppressive social work. For more information, contact

We give thanks to: the centuries of freedom fighters - from the indigenous people all over the world, to people of African ancestry and white allies who have been struggling for the freedom of spirit, mind and body of all oppressed people; the many past and present RISE organizers; the community of people who share our vision for a radically different world; and all the NYC groups continuing to push this work forward.




2012 NASW-NYC Student Awards

Cheryl Bogdan
Touro College Graduate
School of Social Work

Maryann Hom
Fordham University Graduate
School of Social Service

Yael Ramer
Yeshiva University Wurzweiler
School of Social Work 

Erica Cohen
Silberman School of Social Work
at Hunter College

Lorin Kay
Adelphi University
School of Social Work

Sandy Simon
Lehman College
School of Social Work 

Shifra Fuerstein
Yeshiva University Wurzweiler
School of Social Work

Luke Patterson
Columbia University
School of Social Work

Maia Smith
Long Island University
School of Social Work 


Munib Raad
New York University Silver
School of Social Work



Georgia McMurray Award

Sydney Rose
Columbia University School of Social Work


NASW-NYC PACE Scholarship Winners

Alexandra Wainfeld
Miriam Dinerman Scholarship
Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College

Sarah Delp
David Roth Scholarship
Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College


Read about our 2011 awardees here.

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