Board Members

Steve HydonSteve Hydon, EdD, MSW
ACSSW President
Clinical Professor, Field Education, USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work
Director, Social Work in Schools/PPSC Programs
Los Angeles, CA
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Stephen P. Hydon is a Clinical Professor at the University of Southern California, Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. He also chairs the School Social Work Program, one of the largest in the country, with over 200 students each year earning credentials to practice school social work in public school settings. Dr. Hydon’s interests lie in social work practice in schools, child welfare, and secondary traumatic stress. He has trained nationwide on secondary traumatic stress, compassion fatigue, educator resilience and the Psychological First Aid - Listen, Protect, Connect, Model, and Teach curriculum for school personnel. He is a member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and the Trauma and Services Adaptation Center for Resiliency, Hope and Wellness in Schools. Recently, Dr. Hydon was funded to co-lead a team of experts in the fields of education and secondary trauma to create a one-of-a-kind online learning platform for educators experiencing secondary traumatic stress entitled Support for Teachers Affected by Trauma (STAT): He is married to his wife Maria, who is also a professor at USC and a current ACSSW board member. In his spare time, Dr. Hydon loves to cook, watch sports, and spend time with their three children. 

Jandel Crutchfield

Jandel Crutchfield PhD, MSW
ACSSW Secretary
Assistant Professor of Social Work, University of Texas - Arlington
Arlington, TX
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Jandel Crutchfield is currently an assistant professor at the University of Texas (Arlington) School of Social Work where she engages in research that explores underlying contributors to racial disparities in education, health, and other sectors of society. Dr. Crutchfield also teaches human diversity courses and school social work courses at UTA as well as mentors students through individual research projects. Along with her colleagues in the UTA College of Education, Dr. Crutchfield was recently awarded a 1.08 million dollar grant from the United States Department of Education to cross train school social workers with special education student teachers to better serve students with disabilities and high intensity needs in schools. Prior to earning her Doctor of Philosophy at Louisiana State University, Dr. Crutchfield served eight years as a school social worker in Louisiana and Mississippi public schools. Dr. Crutchfield is an active community volunteer in schools and with her local church. She enjoys spending time with her husband and young son and daughter as they travel and find new adventures! As a Louisiana native, she can never turn down any of her favorite Louisiana dishes.

Maria HydonMaria Hydon, DSW, MSW
ACSSW Treasurer

Associate Professor, Children, Youth & Families, USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work
Los Angeles, CA 
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Maria C. Hydon is an Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Southern California (USC). She has spent most of her career as a Psychiatric Social Worker for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and a USC faculty member. She has extensive experience providing mental health services to children, youth, and families. In addition, Dr. Hydon has taught an array of social work classes and has served as a field liaison to many MSW students. While serving as an LAUSD psychiatric social worker working with students, Dr. Hydon assisted with overseeing LAUSD’s School Mental Health Field Instruction Program, one of the largest field placement agencies in California, coordinating the placement of approximately 400 MSW students in school sites and training students on a variety of evidence-based practices. She is a certified trainer of the Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) Program 2.0, focusing on its implementation and dissemination. Dr. Hydon has assisted with the translation of CBITS 2.0 into Spanish and the delivery of the curriculum for survivors of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. She has years of experience with crisis/threat response and intervention, suicide prevention, trauma recovery and resiliency, and has trained school officials on Psychological First Aid/Listen, Protect, Connect (PFA/LPC). In 2016, Dr. Hydon was the first who helped develop a mental health initiative with the Consulate of El Salvador in Los Angeles. For two consecutive years, the initiative has had MSW students who are under the supervision of a licensed practitioner offering short-term counseling services for free regardless of immigration status. Dr. Hydon earned her Doctorate in Social Work and focused her research on meeting the mental health needs of the immigrant population, specifically those from the Northern Triangle of Central America: El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.


Jahanna Bailey, DSW, LCSW-BACS
Membership Chair
Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, Louisiana Sate University, School of Social Work
Baton Rouge, LA
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Jahanna Bailey, DSW, LCSW-BACS, serves as an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in the School Social Work, where she teaches research and practice courses, as well as electives in the area of at-risk youth. Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, she earned a Doctorate in Social Work from Tulane University. For over 13 years Dr. Bailey served as a clinician and supervisor at Capital Area Human Services District’s School Based Therapy Program before coming to Louisiana State University. Her practice experience includes extensive work with children, youth and families, particularly in the school setting.

Dr. Bailey believes that the field of social work is an instrumental avenue for facilitating and empowering individuals to become active agents in social change. Her research area focuses on children and youth, with specific emphasis on childhood trauma. She has facilitated numerous workshops across the state on empirically-based interventions with at risk youth and families. Throughout her social work career, she has been dedicated to serving and advocating for the welfare of children, youth and their families.  

Emily Edwards

Emily Edwards, LCSW, MSSW
Website Chair 
School Social Work Practitioner, Metro Nashville Public Schools
Nashville, TN 
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Emily Edwards, LCSW, LSSW, is a school social worker with Metro Nashville Public Schools in Nashville, Tennessee. Ms. Edwards obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Master of Science in Social Work from The University of Texas at Austin. Since becoming a social worker in 2009, she has worked closely with newly arrived immigrant children and families providing counseling, case management, and advocacy. Ms. Edwards enjoys running, reading novels, and eating breakfast tacos.

Stacy Gherardi

Stacy Gherardi, PhD, MSW
Webinar Chair
Assistant Professor, New Mexico State University, School of Social Work
Las Cruces, NM
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Stacy A. Gherardi PhD, LCSW, is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at New Mexico State University. Her experiences as a classroom teacher and a school social worker inform her work which focuses broadly on the intersections between social and educational policy. Her past work has explored models for school social work and interprofessional practice in schools, and the community school movement. Her current work is largely focused on understanding and evaluating efforts to implement social justice-oriented trauma-sensitive practices in culturally diverse schools. Dr. Gherardi loves to cook and finds ways to include NM green chile in just about everything she eats!

Kelly Hubbell

Kelley Hubbell, LCSW, MSW
Casual Conversations Chair
School Social Worker & Director, Women’s Empowerment YWCA of Asheville
Asheville, NC
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Kelley Hubbell is currently the Director of Women’s Empowerment at the YWCA of Asheville of WNC and the founder of the Red Crayon Practice, an organization that consults with schools and families on mental health programming for children and youth. Ms. Hubbell obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Davidson College and her Master of Social Work from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. Upon graduation, Ms. Hubbell was on the founding team of a charter high school in New Orleans, LA. She served as the Director of Mental Health Services at Abramson Sci Academy, a Collegiate Academies school, for 10 years. Ms. Hubbell also served as the Manager of Clinical Services for KIPP New Orleans Schools, working alongside school social workers, counselors, nurses, SLPs, and psychologists. She also provided guidance on Multi-Tiered Systems of Support to all 11 schools within all KIPP New Orleans Schools. Ms. Hubbell is a trained provider in suicide prevention, restorative practices, and trauma informed practices. In her spare time, you can find Ms. Hubbell hiking the trails of Western North Carolina, baking a new recipe, or finding a new thing to plant in her garden.                                            


Judith Shine

Judith Kullas Shine, MSW, MS 
Consultant, Co-founder, Retired School Social Worker
Racine, WI
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Judith Kullas Shine earned a Master of Social Work degree with an emphasis in school social work and a Master of Science in Educational Administration & Supervision degree with a focus on Special Education and Pupil Services, both from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and co-founder and past president of the American Council for School Social Work. Ms. Shine has enjoyed her past leadership roles as president of the Wisconsin School Social Work Association, WI state representative to the Midwest School Social Work Council, and president of the School Social Work Association of America. She developed her leadership skills by volunteering for her state school social work board, and “the rest is history.” Ms. Shine is also a member of the Advisory Board to the National Center for School Mental Health at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine. She is a happily retired school social work practitioner and coordinated her district’s Crisis Response Team, implemented whenever a suicide, sudden, or other unexpected death occurred in the student body or staff. However, her experiences as a school social work practitioner informed her leadership trajectory and confirmed her belief that school social workers are school leaders. Ms. Shine particularly enjoys spending time traveling with her husband, adult children (and their spouses) and grandchildren, and tracking down dead people (genealogy)!   

Brandi Lamana ConradBrandi Lamana Conrad, PhD, LCSW-BACS
Conference Chair & School Social Work Now! Editor

Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, Louisiana State University, School of Social Work
Baton Rouge, LA
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Brandi Lamana Conrad is an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice at Louisiana State University’s School of Social Work. She obtained her Bachelor of Social Work from Southeastern Louisiana University, Master of Social Work from Louisiana State University, and Doctor of Social Work from Tulane University. Dr. Conrad has practiced as a social worker since 2004, working in child protection, school based mental health, and private practice settings. Additionally, she is the Coordinator of the Social Work Practice in Schools Specialization for LSU’s MSW program. Currently, Dr. Conrad serves on two multi-year, multi-million-dollar school mental health grants in Louisiana. She is the Principal Investigator for Louisiana School Social Work Expansion grant and CO-PI for Louisiana’s Project Advancing Wellness and Resiliency in Education grant. In her spare time, Brandi enjoys cheering for her three boys at their football, basketball, and baseball games.