CNSW Elections

2021 Candidates

Membership Chair

Bhagyashri Joshi, LMSW, NSW-C
Baylor Scott & White Health
Dallas, TX
Goals for office: Encourage increased membership of CNSW

Jennifer Miller, LICSW
Abbott Northwestern Hospital Kidney Transplant Clinic
Coon Rapids, MI
Goals for office: I am grateful for my involvement in CNSW and would like to give back to the Council that has given so much to me.  I have gained much from my CNSW membership over my many years being a CNSW member. I am thankful for the information and wisdom shared on the listserv, which has had an impact on my ability to assist my patients. I highly value the many wonderful relationships that I have made through CNSW, attending the Spring Clinical Meetings, and the committees with which I have been involved. I am committed to enthusiastically encouraging National CNSW and the many benefits of national membership. When elected, one of my goals would be to facilitate communication between the national CNSW Executive Committee, CNSW members, and NKF. I will promote the growth of CNSW membership, support CNSW chapters and encourage the development of new CNSW chapters. I look forward to serving as a vital link in distributing information from the CNSW Executive Committee and NKF to CNSW members.


Region I/V Representative*

Sarah Stevenson, LICSW, NSW-C, CCM
Providence VA Medical Center
Providence, RI
Goals for office: I wish to continue my work with the chapter Chairs in regions 1 and 5 for another term. I hope I have built connections with many of the Chairs and offered support and commiseration during these last 20 months of the pandemic. My goal for this next term is to offer more creative ideas for how chapters can reinvigorate themselves after the pandemic, expand membership in their local chapter and offer CEU events that include a virtual option. I also hope to reach out to more local NKF offices to determine how they can support our Chapter Chairs who balance the near-impossible task of chapter organizing while working in a demanding job in the renal field.

Alissia Young, NSW-C
Scottsdale, AZ
Goals for office: If elected, my goal for office will be to uphold and promote the current CNSW mission and also to expand that mission by focusing on diversity and inclusion.


Region III Representative**

Carrie Means, NSW-C
University of Iowa Health Care
North Liberty, IA
Goals for office: CNSW has been an amazing group with which to grow professionally and I want to assist in a broader role to continue and expand educational events for the more rural states to the membership.

Gail Nylin, MSW, NSW-C
Fresenius Medical Care
Richfield, MN
Goals for office: CNSW has provided a solid foundation and growth opportunities throughout my career in dialysis. Many of the leaders of CNSW have been professional mentors for me, as I wish to be for other MSWs. As Region 3 Representative, I would provide support to maintain and develop area chapters. CNSW is an important opportunity for MSW collaboration with other area companies and programs that provide services and support for patients with kidney disease.

*Region I includes: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Africa, Canada (New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Is, Quebec)

**Region III includes: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Canada (Manitoba, Saskatchewan)
*Region V includes: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Asia, Australia, Canada (Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon Territory), Middle East