Chapter Board of Directors


BerniespicBernie Seifert, LICSW*-Bernie Seifert earned her MSW degree with a sub-concentration in Aging from Boston University in 1984 and has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker serving older adults and their families in New Hampshire since 1988. She is currently the Older Adult Program Coordinator at NAMI NH (National Alliance on Mental Illness NH), where she has worked on developing the Side by Side program, which provides information and guidance to caregivers and family members of older adults with mental illness. She is also the Geriatric Mental Health Training Coordinator at the Northern New England Geriatric Education Center at the Dartmouth Centers on Health and Aging in Lebanon, NH. Prior to this, she worked as a community-based social worker with older adults in Manchester, NH through Seniors Count at Easter Seals NH. Other previous work experiences include: Consultant for Older Adult Services at the NH Division of Behavioral Health; Director of Senior Services and Bedford Counseling Services at the Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester; and Psychiatric Social Worker at New Hampshire Hospital.


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.


Paula Matmattis-bio-picturetis, MSW**Paula is currently employed as the Director of Medical and Forensic Services for the New Hampshire Department of Corrections and serves as the chief administrator for medical and behavioral health. She has spent most of her career as an administrator in either hospital or non=profit settings with a speciality in behavioral health. Her interests lie in health care policy, organizational management and developing programs that are responsive to community needs. 

Paula received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her master’s degree from the University of Illinois.  She has worked at New Hampshire Hospital, Elliot Hospital, Riverbend Community Mental Health Center, the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire and a community mental health center in Missouri prior to moving to New Hampshire.

Paula became a member of NASW while in graduate school and has been a member for 30 years.  She has been a member of the New Hampshire chapter since 1988 and has served as President, Vice-President, Secretary and several terms as board member at large.  Paula was also the newsletter editor and treasurer of PACE for many years and has served on the annual meeting committee.

Kimberly Shaw, MSW*

Student Board Members:

image1Taylor Berry, UNH BSW Candidate*-Taylor is a student at the University of New Hampshire, who will graduate in 2017 with a B.S in Social Work and a minor in Spanish. She has experience working with affordable housing, as well as with international populations. Taylor spent this summer as an intern with the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund, where she worked with the ROC-NH team to help improve New Hampshire’s Manufactured Housing Communities. During the school year she is very involved at the University, as well as in her community. She helps to lead a variety of organizations such as Net Impact UNH and the UNH Yoga Club, and has spent time volunteering at the Dover Adult Learning Center as an E.S.L tutor, and at the Freedom Cafe of Durham.


Emily Krueger, PSU BSW Candidate*- Emily is entering her second year in the BSW program at Plymouth State University. She loves the Social Work department’s faculty, professors and students; as well as the campus at PSU. Emily currently serves as the President of the Social Work Club at PSU. After she graduates from Plymouth State, her plan is to achieve a Masters degree in Social Work. Her long term goal is to become a Geriatric Social Worker; as working with the elderly has always been a passion of hers. She has worked as part of the waitstaff at Kendal at Hanover, a retirement community in Hanover NH, for over 4 years. Emily is honored to have been nominated, and then chosen to be a Student Representative on the NH NASW board this year. She hopes to be an active liaison between the NH NASW and the PSU BSW program, by bringing what she learns and observes at the committee meetings back to her professors and peers at PSU.

img_0873Jennifer Bishop-Saucier, UNH MSW Candidate*- Jennifer is  a 1999 graduate of the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Science, Social Work. This degree has afforded her the opportunities in the last decade to work with youth and families within the Juvenile Justice System and within the Division for Children Youth and Families. She has since returned to the University of New Hampshire, with a goal of earning a Master’s Degree in Social Work and enter a system that effects change and promotes sustainability. With one academic year, left, she has been exposed to research and policy, and her direction is leading into those realms. She believes that with education and advocacy we can change pieces of the system which will in turn influence a more positive outcome. The National Association of Social Workers is a natural fit for her desire to expand and explore her macro objectives.  Jennifer is extremely proud to be a social worker, and is dedicated to a career that gives people the tools to be who and what they want to be. Social Workers are change facilitators and cheerleaders and it is Jennifer’s pleasure to call them friends and work beside them.

Nominations Committee:

marthabyamMartha Byam, MSW*- Martha is a Clinical Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Undergraduate Program at the Department of Social Work at the University of New Hampshire. She has been on the faculty 24 years. Prior to that, she was Assistant Dean of Students at UNH. She earned her MSW from the University of Utah and her area of practice interest is social welfare policy history, mental health, and poverty. She also has led study abroad trips for the past 20 years to the UK and Ireland. 

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.



*Term Expires June 2017                                            

**Term Expires June 2018

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