Chapter Board of Directors


trishcoxTrish Haneman Cox, MSW** Trish is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Online MSW Coordinator for University of New Hampshire. She teaches a variety of classes across the curriculum while coordinating the Online MSW program and advising students. She has worked as a consultant in New Hampshire for a variety of different organizations and institutions. She worked as a Special Education Coordinator for Portsmouth Schools for nine years while also teaching at Granite State College and UNH.

Prior to her move to NH, Trish worked as a child life specialist, and later as a child life coordinator, for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Trish has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Trinity College in Connecticut, a Masters in Special Education (Early Childhood with a specialization in child life) from Bank Street College in New York, and a Masters in Social Work from the University of New Hampshire, Durham. She was a MCH-LEND Fellow and Trainee during her time at UNH.

Trish has a strong history of leadership within the Child Life Council. She has served on the Child Life Certification Committee, the Education Committee (now the Education & Training Committee), the Nominating Committee, and Governance Task Force. She held the position of Board Director from 2008-2010, and was a force behind the development of CLC’s online networking initiatives (CLC Community, Facebook, and Twitter pages) as the first chair of the Web and Online Networking Advisory Task Force, which was established in 2009.

Trish has also been active with other professional organizations, including Child Life of Greater New York (CLGNY), where she served as Regional Conference Chair (2001-2004) and President (2005-2007), and the New Hampshire chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NH-NASW), where she is currently serving a term as President Elect. Her other volunteer leadership efforts include a current position as Vice President of the Richie McFarland Children’s Center Board, and President of the Friends of Newfields Public Library for the past 4 years.

Vice President:

johndejoieJohn DeJoie, MSW* John has a diverse background spanning four decades. A 1985 graduate of Simmons College School of Social Work, John is currently a lecturer at the University of New Hampshire, teaching at the graduate and under graduate level, both on-line and traditional classes. His teaching specializes in social policy, focused on effective legislative advocacy. His teaching draws from his own advocacy work at NH Kids Count (2010-2016) and as a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives (2002-2010). During this time, John focused on Health and Human Services budgeting and the modernization of the Division of Children Youth and Families, focused on the Sununu Youth Services Center. John is a member of the Juvenile Reform Project, a multi-agency advocacy team working to improve interventions for children, particularly for children and color and lower socio-economic means. He is leading the conversation about the creation of an Office of the Child Advocate to provide oversight for the DCYF and child protection. He is recently retired from the Concord (NH) Fire Department (1995-2015) where he served the citizens of Concord as a firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician. Prior to joining Concord Fire, John worked at the Solomon Mental Health Center (Lowell, MA) (1986-1995) in the emergency department. This screening team served as the crisis intervention team for the Greater Lowell area. He continues to focus on effective legislative advocacy.



Carol Sobelson, LICSW* Carol is a graduate of Boston College and completed her graduate studies at the Columbia University School of Social Work, where her concentration was in individual and family dynamics. She has been in clinical practice in Concord since 1985. Her interest and expertise range from family challenges and transitions to mood disorders, chronic illness, and end of life issues.  As a graduate school instructor at the University of Connecticut, she taught and supervised clinicians on brief therapy and various models of family therapy.  Carol enjoys a scope of practice ranging from adolescent to geriatric clients. She has enjoyed her board work on many nonprofits in NH. She has been a NASW member since 1979. Carol is proud to be apart of the NH NASW board in her role as treasurer. She believes that NASW is a valuable voice for individuals and families in NH.


marybanachMary Banach, LICSW*** Mary is an associate professor in the Department of Social Work at the University of New Hampshire, where she has taught since 1995. Prior to teaching, Mary worked in direct practice positions as a social worker in New York City. Her positions included work in child welfare, hospitals, and legal services. She was a faculty member of Columbia Law School and Columbia School of Social Work immediately before moving to New Hampshire. Love of teaching has prompted research exploring the effectiveness of different pedagogical strategies. Mary has served on a number of non-profit boards. Currently she is a member of the Waysmeet and Cocheco Academy for the Arts boards. She has been a member of NASW since 1978.


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Sonali Zoracki, LICSW * Sonali has an extensive background in clinical social work practice. She began her social work career in New York City where she worked at both a micro and macro level in the fields of child welfare and community mental health. A skilled Cognitive Behavioral Therapist, she currently works full time in her private practice in Concord, NH with adolescents, adults, and couples. She is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of New Hampshire, Plymouth State University, and Simmons College. In addition to her position on the Board, she serves at the Chair of the Diversity Awareness Committee . Sonali earned her MS. in Social Work from Columbia University’s School of Social Work in New York City and her B.A. in Psychology and French from Middlebury College in Vermont. She is originally from Mumbai, India and has had the opportunity to live and work in India, France, and the United States providing her with a unique perspective and deep appreciation for the importance of diversity and cultural & linguistic competence.

082614_CPAheadshotsAllison Rataj, MSW *** Alison has macro social work experience in the areas of health and aging. She is currently a Research Associate at UNH’s Institute for Health Policy and Practice (IHPP) and UNH’s Center on Aging and Community Living (CACL). She provides program development and implementation to support for person-centered, home and community-based, long-term care options for older adults and persons living with a disability. Alison is also adjunct faculty at UNH in the Social Work department. Alison attained her MSW from UNH, and has a BA in Psychology from Colby Sawyer College. She also volunteers within the community and is the secretary of the Friends of Rockingham ServiceLink Board. Alison chairs the NH-NASW Aging Committee and participates on the NH NASW Technology committee

kitdevriespicKit DeVries, PhD, LICSW, Cert. Psych.***As a perpetual student, Kit’s first 33 years were spent in the business field beginning as a clerk typist and leaving after seven successful years in management. Kit’s mid-life crisis was to continue her education in the mental health field; first as a Masters’ level Social Worker from Springfield College in 1991, followed by a PhD from Union Institute and University in 2004, a Certificate in Professional Coaching in 2009 and more recently a clinical degree in Psychoanalysis from Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis in July 2016. Following a four-and a half year double field internship at NH State Hospital, a year- long internship in the prison system, several internships in local public schools including as assistant teacher with emotionally challenged youth, Kit entered Private Practice in Concord, NH. Today Kit works with most diagnoses including psychoses. Additional experience includes developing, organizing and conducting training programs to address individual and organizational development needs: Conflict Resolution, Dispute- Mediation, Communications, Listening, Anger Management, Working with Kids at Risk, Stress Reduction, Assertiveness, Meditation, Dreams, Love and Marriage, Problem Solving, and Time Management. Present and past community interests include National Association of Social Workers, Church Chancel Choir Member, UCC Church and Ministry Committee, Annual Meeting Planning Committee, State Wellness – team Leader, Women’s Health, College level Program Planning Committees, Volunteer – CRVNA, Concord Hospital Chair of Prenatal Partnership Event. Presently, Kit maintains a full-time practice at Two South Spring Street, Concord, NH.


Andrea L.L. Macht, LICSW* Andrea joined the NASW in 1998 while a graduate student at the University of New England. She is currently a Clinical Associate and Instructor in Psychiatry at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College. She works primarily with the Crisis/Consult Team at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center Department of Psychiatry. Prior to moving to Lebanon, NH in 2012, she spent 12 years in Alaska. Four of those years were rurally based in Nome where she represented the rural/remote social workers of the AK chapter of NASW. She has worked in emergency psychiatry for 18 years and received a specialty in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in 2001 which is now included as a didactic during the Geisel psychiatric resident curriculum. She lives in Lebanon with her husband and two school aged daughters.


Melisspcs-melissaa Grudinski, MSW*  Melissa was a member of the first cohort of UNH’s Online MSW program, and received her degree in May of 2016. While at UNH, Melissa interned with the Division of Children Youth and Families for two years. Prior to receiving her MSW, Melissa worked as an advocate for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, and with families of homicide victims. Currently, Melissa is working as a Resident Therapist at PCS Counseling in Manchester. Melissa joined the NASW while a graduate student at UNH and was the recipient of the NH-NASW’s 2016 MSW Student of the Year award.




Courtney Porter, MSW *** Courtney currently works as the School Social Worker in Claremont, New Hampshire. As the first to hold this position in her school district, Courtney has used her 17 years of experience as an educator to work with other school professionals to create a program that brings social work services and supports to the students and families of her community.  Courtney also serves as the President of the New Hampshire School Social Workers Association.After graduating with the first cohort of online MSW students at UNH in 2016, Courtney immediately enrolled in the M.Ed program. Courtney enjoys volunteering in her community and currently serves as the Vice President of the Kiwanis Club of Claremont.


 Student Board Members:

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Emma Chinman, BSW Student Representative* Emma is a BSW and Women’s Studies student from the University of New Hampshire. In her freshman year, she started Oxfam at UNH which is an organization that tackles the injustices of hunger, homelessness, and poverty on campus. In the first semester of her sophomore year, she interned with the Office of Community Service & Learning where she helped set UNH students up with community service opportunities. In the second semester of her sophomore year she had a full time internship with the Petey Greene Program where she helped to coordinate tutors to go into prisons to educate incarcerated students. Now, as a junior, Emma is working for UNH’s Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program (SHARPP), and she is a fellow with UNH’s Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise.



Joan Abbott, MSW Student Representative* Joan is a second-year MSW student at the University of New Hampshire.  She has a passion for social work and aspires to pursue a career working with victims of trauma.  In her first year at UNH, Joan interned at Cross Roads House, a homeless shelter in Portsmouth, NH.  Joan has experience working with abused and neglected children as a court-appointed special advocate (CASA) in New Hampshire.  For the past two years, she has volunteered with Starting Point as an advocate for survivors of domestic and sexual violence.  Currently, Joan is an intern outpatient clinician at Northern Human Services in Wolfeboro, NH.


Nominations Committee:

Karen FrarieKaren Frarie, LICSW, MLADC*  Karen is Program Manager and Therapist at Families in Transition’s Family Willows Intensive Outpatient Program for women who are dually diagnosed with substance use and mental health disorders. Karen has had a long affiliation with UNH’s MSW Program, having worked there for many years and earned her MSW there. She is currently an Adjunct Faculty member, a Field Supervisor, and a member of the Field Advisory Committee for the UNH MSW Program.

Gretchimg_0488en Bean, MSW*  Gretchen is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Field Coordinator in the Department of Social Work at the University of New Hampshire. She has been on the faculty eight years. Prior to that, she was the Special Projects Director at the UNH Center on Adolescence. She earned her MSW from the University of Chicago and her area  practice interest is adolescent development, community organizing, and social work administrative practice.


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Kristina Lind, LICSW** Kristina is a relative newcomer to NH after practicing social work in Chicago for  30+ years. Most of that time she was clinical coordinator for an alternative high school for adolescents with emotional disorders and then for an alternative program for children and adolescents on the autism spectrum. In-between she directed a maternity residence, a residential child welfare program, and an at-risk day care. On the side and in her free time,  she taught at both public and private area schools of social work, primarily at the graduate level with specializations in school social work and group work.  She is currently  associate professor of social work at Plymouth State University, chair of the department, and coordinator of the Child Welfare Title IV-E program. She earned her MSW from the University of Chicago and her PhD from Loyola University Chicago. She is a member of the Diversity Awareness Committee and the NH School Social Workers Association.


*Term Expires June 2018                                            

**Term Expires June 2019

***Term Expires June 2020

The board of directors must meet at least four times annually. Time and notice of each meeting shall be given to all members.