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The National Executive Committee consists of the National President, National Vice President, National Secretary, National Treasurer, Two (2) Members-at-Large, Office of Student Affairs President, and the Immediate Past President, who serves for a one-year term. This Committee is responsible for the implementation of policy formulated by the National Steering Committee and carrying out its responsibilities as indicated by the Constitution and By-Laws.





National President

Melissa Smith Haley joined NABSW over 20 years ago as a student at Xavier University in New Orleans where she received her Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication. She  is a proud second generation graduate of Clark Atlanta University School of Social Work where she and her father received their Masters Degrees of Social Work. Melissa is the Director of Supportive Services for a non profit in New Orleans Louisiana. She has successfully managed several state and federal contracts totaling over 7 million dollars annually and a staff of over 70. During her 15 year tenure with the agency she has held the following positions: Facility Manager-Single Room Occupancy for Recovering Addicts, Assistant Program Director of Substance Abuse Services, Program Director of Recovery Services, Program Director of Children and Family Services and Program Director of Supportive Services. Her duties include staff training, contract implementation, budget development and management, hiring, program outcomes, quality assurance and stakeholder engagement. Melissa’s professional achievements include: Recipient of the NABSW Cenie Jomo William Scholarship, License Graduate Social Worker in the state of Louisiana, Outstanding Leadership-Clark Atlanta University School of Social Work presented by the Class of 1996, Past President Clark Atlanta University Chapter of ABSW, Past President Metro Washington, DC Chapter of ABSW,  National Conference Workshop Co-Chairperson, National Conference Plenary Co-Chairperson and National Conference Co-Chairperson for NABSW.



National Treasurer


Tamara “TJ” Jackson, MBA is the national treasurer.  Tamara joined the Atlanta Chapter Association of Black Social Workers in 1999 and has served as vice president and corresponding secretary; and currently serves as the chapter president since 2011.  Tamara has worked in the social service industry servicing children, adolescents and families for over 18 years and is the Finance Director of Family Ties, Inc.  Their mission is to support families in becoming self-efficient in safely maintaining children in the home.  Tamara has over 15 years of finance experience along with 10 years of human resources experience.  Tamara is committed to providing direct services to the community through several outreach programs particularly geared toward to women and children.











National Recording Secretary

Kevin Holder is the National Recording Secretary.  He is an active member and immediate past president of the Richmond chapter of ABSW.  Kevin served on the Trademark and Copyright Committee nationally.  He assisted in organizing a student chapter at Virginia Union University in 2015.  He reactivated the student chapter at Virginia State University in 2017.  Mr. Holder is a MSW graduate of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work where he joined NABSW as a student member.  He is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Virginia and continues to provide state approved supervision to social work practitioners seeking licensure.  He possesses over 20 years of experience working with children, adults, and families in the areas of mental health and substance abuse.


National Corresponding Secretary

Stephanie Jackson is serving her second term after being re-elected at the NABSW 50th Conference in San Diego, California. During her tenure she has produced several national newsletters, The Harambee, which can be found on this website under publications. She has also served on the CIC committee. Mrs. Jackson is a member of New Orleans ABSW where she is the immediate past president and was instrumental in assisting the chapter in becoming a CEU provider in the state of Louisiana and nationally for NABSW. Professionally, Mrs. Jackson is an entrepreneur and clinical director of her own social services agency which provides counseling and home based services to individuals who are elderly or have developmental disabilities.







National Member-At-Large

Ashley Waddell serves as one of the National Members at Large. Ashley is the youngest Executive Committee Member in the history of NABSW.  She is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Social Work, located in Richmond, Virginia, where she earned a Bachelors and Clinical Master’s degree. During her studies, Ashley developed a reputation rooted in scholarship, leadership, and service. Ashley currently works as a school social worker in Henrico, Virginia, where she is committed to ensuring the well-being of students experiencing trauma, low self-esteem, displaced anger, and truancy. Ashley began her journey with NABSW as a student and has previously served as Secretary and Vice President of the VCU Chapter of ABSW. Now as a member of the local Richmond Chapter of ABSW, Ashley diligently serves on the Mentorship, Scholarship, and Benevolence Committees.



National Member-At-Large

Ms. Sondera Malry is one of the National Member@Large.  She was elected and has served since 2014.  She has been a member of NABSW since 1974, joining as a student while in the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Houston.  As an active member of NABSW for over 40 years, Ms. Malry has served on the Nominating Committee, served as the Presidential Affairs Coordinator for the 10th National NABSW President, Co-Chair of the Harambee Rituals and Ceremony committee, as the Sankofa Mentorship Project Consultant, as well as the National Corresponding Secretary, serving from 2011 thru 2014.  Ms. Malry has also beem the Student Advisor to several Houston area Graduate and Undergraduate student chapters for NABSW.   Ms. Malry obtained her LMSW, with a specialty in Administration and Planning from the University of Houston in 1976, and has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1989.  She recently retired from the State of Texas' Protective Services for Children after over 36 years of service.  Ms. Malry continues to provide approved State Supervision to social work practitioners and trainees who are seeking Licensure.  She is in private practice with Malry & Associates.










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