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. In his spare time, Dr. Hydon loves to cook, watch sports, and spend time with their three children. 


Kelly HubbellKelley Hubbell, LCSW, MSW
ACCSW Vice President & 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. 


Susan Elswick, EdD, LCSW
Full Professor, Social Work, University of Memphis
Memphis, TN
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Susan Elswick is a Full professor at the University of Memphis School of Social Work. Dr. Susan Elswick has over 16 years of clinical mental health experience. She is an LCSW in AR, MS, and TN, and she is a licensed school social worker in TN.   Her research interests include the use of evidence-based behavioral interventions for addressing client’s needs, supporting schools in developing effective school-based mental health programs that are trauma-responsive, the use of expressive art therapies/ experiential therapies in the field of social work practice, and the use of informatics and technology in the field of social work. She was awarded the prestigious Gary Lee Shaffer Award for Academic Contributions to the Field of School Social Work by the School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA) in 2018.  


photography of Kim Knox

Kim Knox, PhD, LCSW​
ACSSW Treasurer
Assistant Professor, New Mexico Highlands University, Facundo School of Social Work
Las Vegas, NM
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Kimberly Knox is an Associate Professor at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, NM. Dr. Knox earned a Bachelor's in Psychology from Western Connecticut State University and a MSW from New Mexico State University with an emphasis on family therapy in a multicultural setting.  Dr. Knox obtained her Ph.D. in Special Education with an emphasis on bilingual and multicultural education. Dr. Knox worked in the Las Cruces Public Schools system as a school social worker for 13 years supporting exceptional students in the developmentally delayed pre-school department, autism support, primary and secondary students in inclusion, and as a behavior specialist. She is a board-certified clinical supervisor with the state of NM and a Level III school social worker. Her practice experience includes acute mental health crises, group therapy, and extensive work in family systems. Dr. Knox has facilitated several workshops and presentations surrounding social work and special education and believes that social workers are key advocates in schools to promote social justice, and combat stigma and bias about exceptional students. In her spare time, you will find Dr. Knox on a road-bike, hiking a trail in the mountains, and relaxing with her four children and husband.


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.  


Altisha bio picAltisha Glaster, MSW
ACSSW Director
Adjunct Professor, Passaic County Community College
School Social Worker, Prospect Park School District 
Prospect Park, NJ
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Altisha Glaster is a school social worker at a elementary school, grades Pre-K through 8th. Mrs. Glaster is an adjunct professor at Passaic County Community College.  She has been in the social work field for over ten years working in schools and child welfare. Mrs. Glaster obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Masters of Public Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She obtained her Masters of Social Work from Rutgers University. Mrs. Glaster also has certificates in Human Resources Management and Administrative Science. Mrs. Glaster is currently attending Caldwell University to obtain her Principal Certification. She is a Board Trustee at Phillips Academy Charter School in Paterson, NJ and Vice President of the North New Jersey Chapter of National Association of Black Social Workers. Mrs. Glaster is also on the Young Professionals Advisory Council for Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey. 


Judith ShineJudith Kullas ShineMSW, MS, LCSW
ACSSW Director Emeritus
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, a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers, 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 within 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)!