NASW-RI Committees

Addiction Committee

Committee Chair: Terry Peck


Aging Committee

The NASW RI Aging Committee consists of social workers who work with the aging population across the state.  The committee meets on a monthly basis with the goal of staying informed about and being involved in easing the challenges for our elderly population as they age.

Committee Chair:

Contact: Stacey Deorsey:

RI School Social Work Affiliates

Committee Chairs: 

Jennifer Ahlijanian

Mandy LeComte

Linda DeConti


Program Committee

The program committee meets once a month to create programming for Rhode Island social workers to get their CEU’s. The Program Committee reviews, approves and evaluates the ongoing program of the Association with attention to program integration and coordination among leadership units. It is responsible for recommending the annual program plan to the Board of Directors.


Policy and Advocacy Committee

The social work profession was founded in social change. Throughout the profession’s history, social workers have sought to ensure that all people have equal access to the resources and opportunities that allow them to meet their basic needs. NASW upholds this challenge by advocating for the association to members of Congress and regulatory agencies that so often hold the authority to influence policy. This committee meets once a month, but will meet more often during the legislative session that runs from January- July in Rhode Island. 


NASW-RI Student Leaders Committee

The Student Leaders committee is a group of students from Providence College, Rhode Island College, and Salve Regina University which all have social work programs. Our purpose of this committee is to engage BSW and MSW Social Work Students in defining and structuring meaningful opportunities to address critical clinical and social justice issues. We wanted to create a bridge across Rhode Island’s Social Work programs and the NASW-RI Chapter that inform Chapter programming and outreach to future Social Workers. We want to help develop student leaders who are ready to enter the field as Social Workers who advocate for and respond to clinical and system issues of importance to our profession and those we serve. 

Chair: Alex Hunt - 

Student Chair: Rachel Beilgard

Nomination and Leadership Committee

Barry Noel (2022)

Barry Noel Portrait

Barry Noel MPA, MSW, LCSW has over 35 years experience in Child Welfare at Rhode Island DCYF. He is also a per diem social worker at Rhode Island Hospital. Barry was an adjunct social work professor at Providence College. He serves on the Rhode Island Board of Social Work Examiners.

Tiffany Word (2023)

Tiffany Word Portrait

Tiffany, LCSW is a recent MSW graduate from Rhode Island College in the 2020 macro cohort. She is a Co-Chair of the Nominations and Leadership Committee and is a Policy & Advocacy Committee Member here at the NASW-RI. Tiffany is a current Supportive Services Specialist at ResCare and a Coordinating Research Assistant for the Institute for Education in Healthcare. She is a 2020 Fellow in Women’s Policy Institute.

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