NOHS Membership Newsletter March 2019

Individuals and Communities Transformed by Human Services

President's Note

Working at the Intersection of Difficult Things

As the polar vortex was approaching the Midwest, I was listening to a news program describing the complex work required to meet the needs of homeless individuals in cities during extreme weather conditions. In response to hearing about the work of an agency preparing to take care of this vulnerable group in their community the reporter stated, “it seems like you work at the intersection of many difficult things.” How true! This one statement sums up so much of what we do. Having the skills to meet the many unique challenges of those we serve can change from day to day, minute to minute. Because of this reality, it is essential to be prepared with the tools needed to be successful across an array of situations and have a network of professionals to support the journey. Regardless of where we work and who we serve, human services professionals are connected by a passion for meeting the needs of vulnerable populations with compassion and empathy.

NOHS shares this passion. We are continually looking for ways to partner with our members and believe that we can be an important voice for the field of human services. This deep commitment drives our work. This year, the organization has adopted three goals focused on positioning NOHS to be a strong professional network for its members. As we move forward, we are excited to share updates about our progress.

Our first newsletter will be devoted to highlighting the efforts taking place to meet goal #1: Building a Vibrant Member and Affiliate community.

We look forward to sharing our work, engaging with you and partnering with our members to continue to build a community to help provide the tools and network you need to make BIG, BOLD changes in your world.

Paige Krabill, Psy.D, HS-BCP

NOHS President

Building A Vibrant Member Community

Over the next few weeks and months, we will be introducing our members to new features offered through the MEMBERS ONLY section of the website. Projects in the works include dedicated CIRCLES for our regions. These dedicated communities will create a environment for networking and engagement at the regional level. We will be launching a DISCUSSION BOARD where members can converse about a variety of topics relevant to the field. Look for specific discussion threads focusing on advocacy, ethics and conference updates. Lastly, we will be introducing a LISTSERV opportunity which will allow for continued conversation about important topics and trends in the field. As each new option is introduced, look for announcements and instructions on how to become engaged.

YOUR FIRST TASK: Log into the MEMBERS ONLY section of the website and check out your landing page. From this landing page, you will immediately be able to access a calendar of upcoming events, link to the members only professional development page (were you will have access to archived webinars and the Human Services Project podcast) and find important information about your membership and membership certificate.

We are excited to share these developments and look forward to engaging with you!

We have successfully offered 3 webinar since the start of the year. Look for more opportunities.

Meet James Stinchcomb

Vice President of Professional Development and Education

My names is James Stinchcomb and I serve as you VP of Professional Development & Education. It is truly my pleasure to be able to serve in this capacity again. First, I want to take a moment to thank the previous board of directors for getting the ball rolling regarding continuing education for our organization. It has allowed me to jump right in and keep the momentum moving forward. This year has started with a bang as we launched our first live webinar and have since been able to offer additional opportunities for our members. Please be on the lookout for more to come in the following months. In additional to live webinars we will be posting professional development opportunities on demand. These watch anytime opportunities will be accessible from the members only section of the website. In addition, we are in the process of building a resource library filled with documents on important topics relevant to the field of Human Services. A call for content will be coming soon. We will be looking for contributions from students, educators and practitioners. Since our field is so inclusive, we want our resources to represent the diverse needs and specific tools that you need to be successful in your work.

Interested in contributing? Look for a Request for Proposal Form (RFPs) email coming soon.

My goal in this position is provide you all as our members this access to excellent content to aide in your professional development and continuing education. I cannot do this alone nor do I want to, I need all of you! Thank you for your willingness, expertise and continued support as we move into the future for Human Services!

Meet Pam Kaus

Vice President of Conferences

Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Pam resides in Sackets Harbor, New York with her retired greyhound, Jazzy. Pam has one adult son, daughter in law and a 3 year old grandson. She graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington, Texas where she received her Master’s in Social Work. Pam retired in August, 2018, from SUNY Jefferson Community College in Watertown, NY. While serving as full time faculty, she was an Assistant Professor in the Human Services and Chemical Dependency degree programs. She coordinated student practicums for the HUS and Chemical Dependency programs. Pam still teaches social welfare policy and coordinates MSW practicums for Nazareth College, Rochester NY, at their Watertown, NY location. She continues to serve her community in Watertown through her work on the Board of Directors of the Northern Regional Center for Independent Living, an advocacy and support agency for the disabled in the North Country of New York.

Pam was the President of the Mid-Atlantic Consortium for Human Services from 2014-2018. As President of MACHS, she sat on the NOHS Board of Directors. In 2017, she was elected to the Board as the Vice President for Conferences. Her term will expire in 2019.

She is a member of NASW, NOHS, Society of Experiential Education and Society of American Mosaic Artists.

Meet Dr. Narketta Sparkman-Key


Meet Dr. Eveangel H. Savage

NOHS Advocacy Chair

Dr. Eveangel H. Savage is a College Instructor and Human Service Practitioner and Group Trainer by profession, teaching in the areas of Counseling, Social Work, Human Services, & Criminal Justice. Alongside her educational career she is an International Program Development Strategist, Bestselling Author, & Keynote Speaker. Dr. Savage is the Founder & CEO of Audacity Group SE LLC, an international social enterprise and consultancy firm; Hindsight2020 Magazine, a magazine providing a platform for art expression; and CasebyCase Research Foundation.

Her work centers on deep and intentional organizing, and program development that removes barriers and improves the culture of sustainable programming for individuals, communities, and organizations to thrive. She prides herself on helping others to reduce inequities, inequalities, disparities, disproportionalities towards physical and mental health/wellness, capacity building through civic engagement and economic empowerment.

She began her career with the Wharton School of Business, Corporate Partnership in development with Fortune 500 companies and international dignitaries. She advanced her career in higher education at East Carolina University and later. Dr. Savage saw a greater need in community development and civic engagement and started a new journey in nonprofit development and entrepreneurial leadership where she finds her greatest value as a messenger of hope for humanity with her husband of 27-years, four children, and six grandchildren.

Meet Dr. Paul Scholl

Tau Upsilon Alpha Honor Society President

As we move into 2019, my goal is to make the national level of TUA more viable to the Chapters and our members. We’ve started the process of streamlining our forms in order to reduce the paperwork burden on the chapters. We’re reducing our internal costs as much as possible in order to make sure we have the funds for the national conference scholarships. We’ve eliminated the ten-person requirement for starting a new chapter. We believe this will open TUA to more programs and schools. We’ve increased communication on the TUA Facebook page in order to keep members updated and to address expectation management. Finally, we’re examining how we can open more opportunities to alumni and at-large members. We are asking for feedback from the chapter advisors on how the national level can assist them more effectively.
NOHS Regions: Making an Impact

Regional Association Updates

NEOHS: The 2019 New England Organization for Human Services Conference will take place at Goodwin College in East Hartford, CT on April 27th. The theme of the conference is The State of Human Services During Divided Times. Registration for the conference is now open at: ttp://www.neofhs.wildapricot.org/event-3241431

MWOHS: Hello from the Midwest Region! It is another exciting year here in the Midwest. We have a new member to our board, Dr. Melissa Spriggs has taken on the role as treasurer. Welcome Melissa! Also, we are working on several initiatives this year. We are continuing our develop on our podcast series- The Human Services Project. Look for a call for presenters! Also, we are planning on hosting another Web-Conference. Information and details are forthcoming.

MACHS: The MACHS board consists of myself Jannie Harrison, President, Dr. Patricia. Lynn Smith, V.P.,. Sara Burrill, Secretary, Dr.Letitia Batton, Treasurer, and Michelle Tatum Curry, V.P. Regional Development. The board has been working with. Dr. Robyn Maitoza from York College helping her with planning the conference and has reached out to the York County Chamber of Commerce to secure some items for swag. Also, we have touched base with Wilmington University's HS department chair in attempt to secure their participation in upcoming NOHS/MACHS events. Also, then working to secure partnerships with community based organizations as a way to support the national organization and boost membership to the region. And lastly we are attempting to purchase a banner to promote our region at upcoming events.

SOHS: The SOHS Conference Planning Committee is working diligently as they put together all of the pieces for the 2019 SOHS Conference. Our theme this year is Surviving and Thriving in a Complex World. We are continuing our tradition of offering “Long-Form” certificate presentations. This year we are offering Mental Health First Aid a 8 hour course and Social Emotional Wellness Training a 9 hour course. In addition we have a host of shorter presentations 1 hour and 1 hour and half presentations. We are also planning a TUA Induction ceremony, to be hosted by the President of TUA Paul Scholl. Currently we have 50 people registered and are anticipating having an educational and fun time in Miami. Our conference brochure provides you with an overview of the conference. A special thank you to Albizu University and our host Dr. Irene Bravo. We hope to see you in Miami April 15-18.

The editors of the Journal of Human Services would like to invite you to submit manuscripts for publication in our 2019 edition. Please note the new submission deadline of APRIL 1st. Thank you for your contributions to the field!

Click on the link below for more information about publication and submission guidelines.

CALIFORNIA HERE WE COME! (and the Golden Bear will never be the same!).

Join us for three days of education, networking, and rest. This conference will be overflowing with information for and from academics, students and practitioners…not to mention all the sunshine! How about some time with Mickey? It’s possible……..


CONFERENCE COMMITTEE MEMBERS NEEDED: Interested? email pkausnohsconf@gmail.com

CALL FOR CONFERENCE PROPOSAL REVIEWERS: Applications for reviewers MUST be received by April 1, 2019. Find additional details on the NOHS website (ADD LINK)

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