Sam Hickman, MSW, Executive Director
Linda Ratliff, Office Manager
Susan Sobkoviak, BSSW, Communications and Policy Consultant

Board of Directors


Immediate Past President

Jennifer Leslie Wells, MSW

Marie Newcomb-Lewis, MSW, LICSW, LPC



1st Vice President Kerri Steele, PhD, MSW  Hurricane 
 2nd VP for Budget & Finance Peter Callaghan, MSW Martinsburg
Secretary Jessica Ball, BSW Barboursville
Member-at-Large Patricia Nishimoto, PhD, MSW  Pipestem 
BSW Student Rep Terrell Rush WV State University
MSW Student Rep Danielle Woods Marshall University
Northern Rep Vacant
Southern Rep  Vacant
Eastern Rep Gina Hamilton, MSW Huttonsville
Western Rep Joseph Deegan, MSW  Cross Lanes 

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Jennifer Wells, MSW is New WV Chapter President

Jennifer Wells, MSW, is both an experienced organizer and social worker with an extensive background in child welfare, juvenile justice, community services, program development, and fundraising. She is employed as a Regional Organizer with Community Change, a Washington, DC based "organization of organizers', working  to build capacity within Black-lead organizations across several southern states. From 2015 to 2019 she served in several capacities with Our Future WV, most recently as Executive Director. Ms. Wells was recognized as the 2018 West Virginia Social Worker of the Year, and was selected to give the 2020 Commencement Address at Marshall University. Her TED-X talk is inspiring! (CLICK HERE) Originally from New Orleans, she evacuated to West Virginia with her mother following Hurricane Katrina. She resides in Huntington with her husband David, and enjoys travel, food and live music. 

Meet Our Newest Board Members: 


Danielle Woods

Danielle Woods

Hello! My name is Danielle Woods and I am completing my master’s in social work at Marshall University. where I also received an undergraduate degree in psychology in 2015.  I currently work as a lead counselor assisting individuals with SUD to accomplish their goals of sobriety and a better life. Through my graduate career I have also been able to learn about working with children, family reunification, and discharge planning within hospital settings. After completing my master’s degree I plan to take the graduate license exam and work towards my ultimate goal of earning my LICSW and possibly pursuing a doctorate in social work. I hope to remain in the realm of counseling/therapy, but I’m always interested in expanding my knowledge and skill set. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my loved ones, walking with my pup, and listening to music and various podcasts. I'm honored to serve as the MSW student board member within the NASW-WV Chapter and look forward to the experiences it may bring.  

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Terrell M. Rush

Terrell M. Rush Terrell M. Rush is a busy man! In addition to being a Senior BSW student at West Virginia State University, he is the Chief Hearing Examiner for the Student Government Association, volunteers as the fundraising & Senior Corps Advisory Council Chairman for United Way of Central WV, and works full-time as a Service Coordinator at Agsten Manor, an independent living high-rise for seniors and individuals with disabilities. He previously worked as an Upward Bound program tutor-counselor, and as a case manager with the homeless population for Roark Sullivan Life-Way Center. Terrell says: "I am a social worker at heart. I truly enjoy empowering and assisting individuals and families. From the experience I have gained working in the field, I know that Social Work is the field for me and I am passionate about helping others..., as others have done for me. (Through social work) I am able to empower, advocate, motivate, connect, and encourage resilience. To challenge stereotypes... fight discrimination, oppression and injustice... (and) be a voice for all who cannot advocate for themselves. Making this world a better place one person at a time, is definitely worth it."

Contact NASW West Virginia Chapter

1608 Virginia St. East
Charleston, WV 25311

Phone: (304) 345-6279
Fax: (304) 720-3766

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