Alumni

Miriam Nisenbaum, LMSW, ACSW

NASW Texas Executive Director

Miriam Nisenbaum

Miriam Nisenbaum is a Master’s level Social Worker licensed in the state of Texas and a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers. She has been a professional social worker for over thirty years. She has managed at the executive level at a variety of agencies with several different focuses ranging from children’s services to disabilities.

During her career, she has guided organizations to profitability, stability, and has led numerous quality improvement efforts. Miriam has served as the Vice President of Children and Family Services with Easter Seals Central Texas in Austin and as the Executive Director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Dallas and of H.O.P.E. (Honoring of Peoples Everywhere) in Dallas. She holds an MSSW from the University of Texas at Arlington and a B.A. in government from the University of Texas in Austin. She has a proven record as a policy advocate for improved human services at the state and federal levels.

Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW
NASW Chief Executive Officer

 Angelo McClain

On March 7, 2013, the National Association of Social Workers named Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW its new Chief Executive Officer to lead efforts that grow and support the social work profession in the United States. Dr. McClain joins NASW after serving six years as Commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, a position appointed by Governor Deval Patrick. While there, he oversaw a budget of $850 million and a workforce of 3,500 employees to address reports of abuse and neglect for the state’s most vulnerable children, partnering with families to help them better nurture and protect their children.

Prior to that position, Dr. McClain was Vice President and Executive Director of Value Options New Jersey where he built and oversaw administrative, clinical and quality management program infrastructures that increased access to behavioral health services for children and youth, including those in the juvenile justice system.

As Vice President of Network Management and Regional Operations for the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership, Dr. McClain developed and maintained a provider network capable of delivering high quality, responsive services to 450,000 Mass Health members.

Dr. McClain grew up in Texas, and is a distinguished alumnus of Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from West Texas State University, a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a PhD in Social Work from Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. He is also an adjunct faculty member in the Urban Leadership Program at Simmons College Graduate School of Social Work.

Patricia (Pat) Gleason-Wynn, PhD, LCSW, CSW-G
NASW Region Representative XI [AZ, LA, TX]

Patricia Gleason-Wynn

Pat Gleason-Wynn, PhD, LCSW, CSW-G (Texas Chapter) has a MSSW and PhD in social work from The University of Texas at Arlington. Dr. Gleason-Wynn consults and lectures on aging and long-term care. She volunteers at the United Way of Tarrant County, Texas as the Chair of the Health Council, as a member of the United Way Cabinet, and as a member of the Tarrant County Area Agency on Aging Advisory Committee.

She was recently elected Region XI Director of the NASW National Board and appointed to its Executive Committee. She is currently Chair of the 2013 NASW Texas State Conference Committee. Additional NASW positions held include President of the NASW Texas Chapter (2009-2011); Co-Chair of the NASW Delegate Assembly, West Central Coalition (2008) and Delegate Assembly Representative (2005, 2008); Member and Chair of the NASW Texas Chapter Committee on Aging (1995 – 2005), and Committee Member for the development of the Gerontology Credential at NASW (2004-2005).

Dr. Gleason-Wynn is a member of MPAC of Arlington, Texas. This is an organization that focuses on local policies, initiatives, and elections to effect positive change in the community.

Jonathan R. Beard, LICSW, CPRP

Senior Project Manager with the Washington Institute for Mental Health Research and Training at the University of Washington

Founder, Progressive Strategies

Jonathan Beard

Jonathan R. Beard holds a Master of Science in Social Work degree (1989) from the University of Texas at Arlington with dual concentrations in mental health and administration and planning. He is a Washington State Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and also holds the credential of Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner as issued by the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association.

Jonathan has many years of experience in community mental health in private nonprofit and public sector settings as a direct services provider and as a supervisor, manager and senior executive. Jonathan is particularly interested in psychiatric rehabilitation, supported employment, recovery focused/consumer driven services, benefits counseling and entitlement advocacy, consumer rights, social work ethics, and supervision and management in nonprofit and public sector human service organizations.

Jonathan currently serves as a Senior Project Manager with the Washington Institute for Mental Health Research and Training at the University of Washington where he develops and delivers a variety of training, technical assistance and consultation products to assist in the transition of public sector mental health services in the State of Washington to a more consumer driven and recovery focused system and one that increasingly utilizes evidence based practices.

In addition, Jonathan operates his own business, Progressive Strategies, where he provides a variety of project management, consulting, training, and program and/or organizational development services to public and nonprofit human service providers and organizations. Jonathan also provides clinical social work supervision, consultation and coaching as part of his private practice.

Jonathan is a long term member of the National Association of Social Workers and was recently elected President of NASW-Washington State Chapter. His two year term as President began on July 1, 2014. Jonathan is also a member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association.