NASW Georgia Chapter Board of Directors
The NASW-GA Board of Directors is comprised of 12 Board members who are appointed from the Chapter membership. All Board members serve 3-year terms except for student representatives and a president-elect who hold (1) one-year terms. Board terms follow the Chapter fiscal year, which begins July 1 and ends June 30th each year. The Board of Directors holds 5 meetings during the year, including an annual Board Orientation. All Board meetings, except for executive sessions, are open to the membership. Board members are fundamentally responsible for carrying out the Association’s mission and what it strives to accomplish at the state/local levels, discuss association policy and programming, and set chapter policies concerning social work practice issues.
NASW-GA is comprised of 4 Regions (North, South, East, and West Regions).
Each Region is Represented on the Board of Directors by a Region Representative and a Member-at-Large Representative. The board members, and their email addresses, are shown below.
Jeanie Witcraft-Shiau, LCSW
Tiffany Taylor, LCSW
North Region Member-at-Large
Jan N. Yates, ACSW, BCD, LCSW
Shauna Mattingly, LCSW
South Region Member-at-Large
William (Will) Ard
MSW Student Representative
Calvin Whitehead, LCSW, MAC
West Region Representative
Alice "Cookie" Noel, ACSW, LCSW
East Region Representative
Cookie has been a professional social worker for over 40 years. Her areas of practice include chemical dependency treatment, psychiatric social work, hospice, and home care teaching and research. Practice settings included both public and private. Cookie has been on NASW Chapter Boards in Missouri and Georgia.
Eunice Malavé de León, MSW, ACSW, LCSW, Ed.D.
East Region Member-at-Large
Eunice Malavé de León is an Independent Clinical Social Worker in the city of Augusta, Georgia. For the past four years, she has been working with the immigrant population on sexual abuse, human trafficking, domestic violence, among other situations. She is bilingual, a community activist promoting equity for African American and Latinx populations in access to health, mental health, and food services. Eunice has a doctorate in Education from Nova Southeastern University, a master's degree in Social Work from the University of Puerto Rico, and a gerontology certification
from the UPR Medical Sciences Campus. Her interests are mainly in educational, spiritual, equity, and socio-cultural aspects. She enjoys diversity, new relationships, travel, music and is married to Dr. Richard F. Camino Gaztambide.
Calvin D. Whitehead is a licensed clinical social worker who earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1999. After graduation, Calvin worked in the field of mental health and substance use disorders until he returned to school in 2002, where he earned his Masters of Social Work in 2004, graduating from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, and later, obtained his clinical license in 2008. After relocating
to Georgia, Calvin’s ongoing dedication to the field of social work was recognized by his peers when he was nominated and presented with the NASWGA South Unit 2014 Social Worker of the Year award. That same year, he began working as an adjunct professor at Valdosta State University’s Social Work Department. As a 21 year memberof the National Association of Social Workers, Calvin decided to run for and was elected as one of the NASW Georgia Chapter’s Board of Directors. He currently holds the position, for a second term, as the West Region Representative. Calvin continued to advance in his practicewithin the areas of mental health and substance use disorders, and in 2016 he was certified as a Master of Addictions Counselor. Also, because of his ongoing work with social work interns, Calvin was honored by Valdosta State University’s Department of Social Work as the 2016 Field Instructor of the Year.
Charles "Chuck" Coker, LCSW, MBA
West Region Member-at-Large
am also a certified Equine Therapist and enjoy utilizing horses in my treatment modality Currently, he owns and operates a home care business called Home Instead Senior Care and employs 80 people who are blessed with the opportunity to go into the homes of seniorsand assist them with their daily living skills.
Chuck Coker has been a member of the NASW for 9 years while working as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Alabama, Georgia and Florida. After owning a business in Panama City Fl and earning an MBA from Florida State University, he returned to school in order to earn an MSW
from Florida State University and begin a “bonus” career. His LCSW career has included working in community health as a therapist working with both adults and adolescence as well as in the Addictions Industry as a therapist and eventually as a Program Director and Executive Director. I
Will Ard is a second year Master of Social Work and Master
of Business Administration student at Kennesaw State University. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a marketing concentration from the Georgia Institute of Technology, as well as two specialist certificates in music production from Berklee College of Music. Will founded the Georgia Tech Chapter of Active Minds during his final year of undergrad and currently serves as the President of the Society of Social Workers at KSU. He has served twice as a Graduate Research Assistant, studying entrepreneurial orientation and connecting individuals