SWHPN Welcomes New Members to Board of Directors

SWHPN held elections for new members of the Board of Directors in July 2020 and is excited to announce the addition of six new members to the SWHPN Board. Members of the Board of Directors are elected to two-year terms.

Liz Anderson, Ph.D, joined Western Carolina University in 2016 as Assistant Professor of Social Work. Dr. Anderson is a 2018 recipient of the Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program Grant, one of the first of two social workers to receive the award nationwide, for her research and leadership in family engagement in palliative care for rural persons with kidney disease.  She has worked as a hospice and palliative care social worker and was the former Social Services Director for Mid-Atlantic Renal Coalition.  Dr. Anderson was the Field Director and an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Mars Hill University as well as former Women’s Studies Coordinator. She collaborates with George Washington University and Coalition for Supportive Care of Kidney Patients in research and clinical practice on advance care planning, motivational interviewing, and supportive care for with persons diagnosed with kidney disease. In addition, Dr. Anderson's other research area includes campus sexual assault. She integrates her practice and research experience in the classroom, teaching Integrated Health, Social Work Practice: Individual Interventions, Research Methods, and Human Behavior in the Social Environment.


Danielle Jonas, MSW, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in psychotherapy with children, adolescents and families. Danielle earned bachelor’s degrees in psychology and in history from Indiana University. She continued her education by earning a master’s degree in social work from Indiana University with a concentration in pediatrics. She went on to complete an interdisciplinary pediatric palliative care social work fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital/Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the Harvard School of Medicine. She is currently at PhD candidate at NYU Silver School of Social Work.

Danielle has extensive experience working with children and their families in both inpatient and outpatient children’s hospital settings. She has worked individually with children of all ages as well as with families and couples around mental health concerns, grief and loss, decision making, and overall family coping.


Eunju Lee, LCSW, APHSW-C is currently a palliative care social worker at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She has worked in palliative and hospice care for the past twelve years. Eunju's experience encompasses work in labor and human rights in her native Korea, as well as working with Asian American domestic violence survivors in NYC.


Suzanne Marmo, Ph.D., LCSW, APHSW-C is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. She has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 2001 and has clinical expertise in medical and oncology social work, hospice, palliative care and working with older adults.  She is a member of the educational committee of Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network and helps to coordinate the Sacred Heart University Interprofessional Palliative Care Committee. She has co-developed and teaches a graduate-level course entitled Life, Loss & Transition to social work students and serves as a mentor to new palliative care social workers.  Her research interests include job satisfaction of hospice and palliative care social workers, interdisciplinary collaboration, social justice and equity in palliative care and the role of social work in hospice, palliative care, and health care organizations.
Chris Onderdonk, LCSW, APHSW-Cis a licensed clinical social worker with UC San Diego's inpatient palliative care team at Hillcrest Medical Center. He has 17 years of experience working in the fields of palliative care and hospice providing clinical services to patients and families and regularly teaches and presents locally and nationally.

Arika F. Patneaude, MSW, LICSW, EMMHS, is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), and an Ethnic Minority Mental Health Specialist (EMMHS). She has worked extensively in social services in Seattle since 1992, including adult mental health, homeless housing services, pediatric medical social work including solid organ transplant, grief and bereavement and pediatric palliative care. Ms. Patneaude earned her Bachelors in Sociology from the University of Oregon in 1992 and her Masters in Social Work from the University of Washington in 2008. She is currently the Manager of the Palliative Care Program at Seattle Children’s Hospital and continues to provide consultation to area mental health agencies in culturally sensitive care to African American clients. Ms. Patneaude has been an invited lecturer and panel member on such topics as completing culturally appropriate mental health assessments, supporting patients and families during end of life, and engaging in culturally responsive social work practice across settings.


SWHPN is incredibly grateful for the hard work and dedication of Barbara Head, Barbara Jones, Judy Peres, Deborah Waldrop, Dan Gardner, and Tracy Schroepfer, all longtime SWHPN board members, whose terms have expired but continue to advise SWHPN and serve as members on various SWHPN Board Committees.

Nominations for the SWHPN Board of Directors and Committees opens again in Spring 2021.

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