Council of Nephrology Social Workers

Executive Committee

Feel free to contact your Region Representative or any other Executive Committee member at any time to offer your ideas, to volunteer for a special project, or whenever you need additional information.

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Chair Jennifer Bruns, LMSW, CCTSW
(248) 849-8756
Melissa Fry, MSW, NSW-C, FNKF, CAPSW
(608) 847-1837
Immediate Past Chair
Andrea DeKam, LMSW, NSW-C
(734) 432-7870
Professional Education Chair Dorothy Muench, MSW, LCSW, NSW-C
Membership Chair Jennifer Miller, LICSW, NSW-C
(612) 863-9107
SCM Program Chair Elizabeth Jones, MSW, LCSW, FNKF
(703) 906-8467
SCM Program Co-Chair Lisa Hall, MSSW, LICSW
(206) 923-0714
Publications Chair Jeff Harder, LICSW, NSW-C, FNKF
(206) 598-4676
Determine your region representative  
Region I & V Representative
Sarah Stevenson, LICSW, NSW-C, CCM
(401) 273-7100 ext. 6405
Region II & IV Representative Neeta Joshi, LMSW, NSW-C
Region III Representative Amy Lemke, MSW, LISW, LCSW
(563) 244-3837


Mission Statement

The Council of Nephrology Social Workers (CNSW) functions as a professional membership council within the framework of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) and networks with other organizations, including the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), state and local governments, and private groups. CNSW's purpose are:

  1. to assist patients and their families in dealing with psychosocial stresses and lifestyle readjustments, and to facilitate a treatment program that will maximize rehabilitation potential.
  2. to support the federal regulations governing ESRD reimbursement in regard to standards for social work practice and in the definition of a qualified social worker.


Strategic Goals

  1. Develop and promote patient and public education.
  2. Support and promote the profession and education of renal social work.
  3. Impact regulatory and legislative issues.
  4. Ensure the use of the qualified social work in the ESRD setting.
  5. Provide ongoing support and education to the renal patient.