GARY BAILEY, ACSW, MSW - CHAIR
Gary Bailey is currently a Professor of Practice at Simmons College School of Social Work (SSW) and has a secondary appointment at the Simmons School of Nursing and Health Sciences (SNHS). In 2010 Professor Bailey was elected President of the International Federation of Social Workers. He is the first person of color to hold this post and only the third person from the United States to do so. Professor Bailey has served on numerous boards and committees and is currently a member of the board of the Fenway High School in Boston, and the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority. Professor Bailey received his BA from the Eliot Pearson School of Child Study at Tufts University in 1977, and his MSW from Boston University School of Social Work in 1979/80.
MEGGAN L. CIACCIA, CPA - TREASURER
Meggan L. Ciaccia is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the state of New Jersey. She graduated from Rowan University in 2000 with a Bachelors in Sociology, and worked in the mental health field for several years before returning to school for accounting and business. In 2003, Megan started working for her father, Charles K. Montecino, CPA, as an accountant. She passed the CPA exam in 2013 and became a shareholder of her current company, Montecino & Ciaccia, P.A., in 2014. Mentecino and Ciaccia accounting firm works with businesses in all industries. They provide accounting services for small to medium sized businesses, individual and business tax preparation, tax resolution work, non-profit accounting, and payroll services. In 2016, Meggan joined the South Jersey chapter of the National Association of Business Owners. She then joined the board of directors of the chapter in July of 2018, and took over the role of President for a two-year term as of July 1, 2019. In the fall of 2017, Meggan started an empowerment group for girls in grades 4th-6th in her town’s local elementary school, National Park Elementary School. She enjoys empowering girls to live their best lives.
BONNIE BAKER, M.A. - SECRETARY
Bonnie Baker worked as a social worker and fundraiser in the Trenton, NJ community for twenty years. For several years she worked at the Henry J. Austin Health Center (HJA), a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in Trenton, NJ, providing counseling services to women enrolled in the prenatal program. While there she witnessed the devastating effects of poverty on women who lack access to resources and health care. Following several years at HJA, Bonnie served as Vice President of Development at St. Francis Medical Center, a safety net hospital in Trenton. During her tenure there she raised hundreds of dollars for medical care for the uninsured and under-served patient population at the hospital. True to her commitment to serving vulnerable populations, Bonnie has worked in several community-based mental health agencies, and at one point in her career returned to HJA to write grants to fund HIV-AIDS and HEP C services for the under-served population. Bonnie graduated from Trenton State College in 1985 summa cum laude and received her MA in Counseling Cum Laude 1989. She is a member of the Board of Directors of The Rescue Mission of Trenton.
A native of Camden, NJ, and a graduate of American University, Storme considers herself to be a “troublemaker,” a change agent, and a servant leader. She is a woman on a mission, with over a decade of philanthropic and non-profit experience and a steadfast commitment to helping underserved communities and youth. Storme’s commitment to social justice and racial equity are deeply woven into her personal and professional life. She has spent the majority of her career working organizations and individuals that see the value in investing in communities, elevating the voices of the most marginalized, and striving for equity. Currently, Storme serves as Program Officer at the Washington Area Women’s Foundation, where she leads the foundation’s racial equity work, inclusive of the development of the Women's Foundation's’ first advocacy agenda and the creation of a Young Women’s Initiative focused on young women and girls of color in DC. In her spare time, Storme is very involved with Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP), where she currently serves on the National Board of Advisors. During her involvement with EPIP, she has created opportunities for emerging leaders within the sector to connect with one another and discuss ways in which philanthropy can address issues of social justice and equity through their grantmaking, partnerships, and advocacy efforts. Storme has been, and will always be, a strong believer in the power of community, the importance of giving back, and the onus of the individual to use whatever privilege they may have to help those who are in need.
MICHAEL BROWN, PMP, B.S.
Michael is an experienced professional with a successful career in application development, data migration, system testing, Quality Assurance and Project Management. He has led development, test and implementation of several systems migration and integration projects in the Telecommunications, Health Insurance, Energy & Utilities, Social Services Program Management (IBM Curam Platform), Mortgage and Financial Services sectors. In addition to certification in project management, he is an IBM Certified Curam SPM v7 Business Analyst. Michael serves on the board of the Omega Community Development, Inc. and Omegas for Education and Community Service, Inc. both of which are dedicated to serving underserved youth including the provision of scholarships to motivated but financially challenged youth. Michael holds a Certificate in Project Management from Rowan College at Burlington College, and a B.S. in Health Planning and Administration from Penn State University.
NINA LEWIS, Ph.D., MSW
A mother of twin sisters, Dr. Lewis brings over 20 years of experience as a licensed clinical social
worker, higher education administrator, and behavioral health consultant to her current position as Multi-Systems Director with the Hamilton County Job & Family Services. Focusing on youth with complex needs, she provides consultation and strategic planning to strengthen the county’s trauma-informed, child protection system of care reform and partnerships with Medicaid managed behavioral health care providers and organizations. Prior to this role, she was appointed to chair the undergraduate social work program at Union Institute & University. Formerly, she managed the women’s substance use outpatient treatment program and facilitated intensive training seminars on cross-cultural practice at the University of Cincinnati Department of Psychiatry.
Dr. Lewis is the past board chair of The HealthCare Connection, a Federally Qualified Health Center, and previously served on the Hospice of Cincinnati board diversity committee. She is the former nonprofit board treasurer and project director for the Life Management Institute’s National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Annual Conference funded by the Pennsylvania/Mid Atlantic AIDS Education and Training Center, Ohio Commission on Minority Health, and U.S. Office of Women’s Health (Region 5). Currently, she serves as an executive board member with the Ohio Justice & Policy Center, a nonprofit, public interest law firm.
Dr. Lewis earned her master’s degree in social work from Simmons College, master’s degree in health services administration from Xavier University (Ohio), and the Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies major in Public Policy & Social Change with a certificate in Women and Gender Studies from Union Institute & University. In 2019, she received the Marvin B. Sussman award for excellence in dissertation and interdisciplinary scholarship addressing the problem of low literacy among U.S. women through gender-sensitive adult and higher education policy design.
The proverb - She who learns, teaches - affirms her personal mission and heritage of reaching back to the future generation of scholars, and teaching those who do not believe they possess the capacity to learn.