SWHPN Board Welcomes New Executive Officers

On April 1, 2022, the Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network (SWHPN) welcomed new leaders from its current Board members as Executive Officers of the organization. 

Anne Kelemen, LICSW, APHSW-C is the organization's new Chair, having served the past year as Vice-Chair. Danielle Jonas, MSW, LCSW is the organization’s new Vice-Chair, Caitlin Scanlon, MSW, LCSW is the new Secretary, and Tanisha Bowman, MSW, LSW, APHSW-C, CGP, NEDA Proficient is the new Treasurer. Stacy S. Remke, MSW, LICSW, APHSW-C will transition from Chair to Immediate Past Chair. Terms will run through March 31, 2023. 

We wish a warm welcome to the new members of the Executive Committee and look forward to continuing to grow our programming with them at the helm! Read more about our new leadership below.

Anne Kelemen, LICSW, APHSW-C | SWHPN Chair

Anne Kelemen, Board the Director of Psychosocial/Spiritual Care for the Section of Palliative Care at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC, where she conducts patient care, teaches, and participates in a variety of research activities. Ms. Kelemen is board certified in hospice and palliative social work. She teaches for the Smith College School of Social Work end of life certificate program and is also an Assistant Professor of Medicine, Georgetown University.


Danielle Jonas, MSW, LCSW | SWHPN Vice Chair

Danielle Jonas, MSW, LCSW is a social work researcher focused on pediatric palliative care and specifically the care of children with severe neurologic impairment and their families. She is currently a PhD student at New York University Silver School of Social Work. Danielle completed the interdisciplinary pediatric palliative care fellowship through Boston Children’s Hospital and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in 2015 and earned her MSW from Indiana University in 2014. She serves on the Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network (SWHPN) board and has presented nationally on psychosocial care of children with serious illness and the role of social workers in pediatric palliative care. She has also co-authored several textbook chapters on social disparities and bioethics in pediatric palliative care. In addition to her academic work, Danielle currently conducts private practice psychotherapy and bereavement counseling for children, families and adults. She previously served as the pediatric palliative care social worker and bereavement coordinator at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. 

Caitlin Scanlon, MSW, LCSW | SWHPN Secretary

After completing her Master’s Degree in Social Work at New York University in 2015, Caitlin continued on to complete the Harvard Medical School Inter-Professional Palliative Care Fellowship in pediatric palliative care at Boston Children’s Hospital/ Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Over the last year, Caitlin transitioned from Pediatric Palliative Care Social Work at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis to full-time private practice specializing in grief, loss and bereavement and supporting families through chronic, serious, and/or life-threatening illness. Caitlin has had the opportunity to teach and present regionally and nationally on many topics including healthcare ethics, bereavement, communication, the role of the palliative care SW and advance care planning with adolescents and young adults. Caitlin is passionate about guiding and supporting families as they cope with serious illness diagnoses and are tasked with medical decision-making, focusing on communication and use of sensitive and trauma-informed language. She finds meaning in working with children and their accompanying families in an effort to provide support and bridge communication gaps amidst managing difficult situations.


Tanisha Bowman, MSW, LSW, APHSW-C, CGP, NEDA Proficient | SWHPN Treasurer

Tanisha Bowman is a death doula and the palliative care social worker for the Butler Health System, covering both the inpatient and outpatient palliative care service lines. 
Tanisha brings with her 5 years of board experience as a former NASW state chapter board member, as well as experience presenting  about topics such as death doula work, palliative care social work, ethics, race in social work, and race in medicine.  She can often be found engaging with the medical, social work, and hospice and palliative Twitter communities. In her spare time, Tanisha can be found cuddling her 2 year-old pandemic baby and spreading death positivity. 

The SWHPN Board & Staff wish to acknowledge the dedicated service of several Board members whose terms ended on March 31, 2022. Their leadership over the past several years is truly immeasurable and we offer our sincere thanks for their time and service to SWHPN. Though their terms have expired, many will continue to advise SWHPN and serve as members of various SWHPN Committees.

  • Ellen L. Csikai, PhD, MPH, LCSW
  • Torrie Fields, MPH
  • Myra Glajchen, DSW, MSW, BSW, ACSW, APHSW-C
  • Suzanne Marmo, LCSW, PhD, APHSW-C
  • Allie Shukraft, MSW, MAT, APHSW-C  (Immediate Past Chair)
  • Katherine P. Supiano, PhD, LCSW, F-GSA, FT, APHSW-C
  • Stephanie P. Wladkowski, PhD, LMSW, APHSW-C

Nominations for the SWHPN Board of Directors and Committees open again at the end of 2022.

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