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Social Work Department


Chief, Social Work Department

Kathleen M. Baxley, MHA, MBA, LICSW, LCSW

Ms. Kathleen M. Baxley is chief of the Clinical Center's Department of Social Work, overseeing inpatient and outpatient social work care, the Language Interpreter Program, and the Clinical Center's volunteer program.

Ms. Baxley has served in the public sector since 1994. Prior to joining NIH in September 2015, she worked in community mental health with adults, adolescents and children, in child maltreatment and intimate partner violence agencies, in early intervention with children ages birth through three and in medical social work with pediatric, adolescent and adult patients and their families. She served as a social worker with the Department of Defense from 2001-2015, culminating with her position as the Deputy Chief of the Social Work Department at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in 2010. Ms. Baxley received her Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997, and Masters' Degrees in Healthcare Administration and Business Administration from the University of Maryland. Ms. Baxley has had a career-long interest in mentoring and teaching future social workers. She has served as a field instructor with various Universities for students at the Bachelor and Master level of social work education.

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Management Team

Jeasmine Aizvera, LCSW-C, CAPT, USPHS

CAPT Jeasmine Aizvera is a Supervisory Social Worker within the SWD. She specializes in Performance Improvement and SWD utilization of CRIS and other DCRI data systems. CAPT Aizvera received her Masters of Science in Social Work degree from Columbia University School of Social Work in 1993. Prior to joining the NIH Clinical Center, she worked in community mental health with children, adolescents, and adults. Throughout her time at the Clinical Center, she has served as a staff social worker with infectious diseases prior to becoming a department manager and supervisor. In addition to her supervisory and program management tasks, she continues to provide clinical services to behavioral health and medical patients on a limited basis.

Melika Dorroh, LCSW-C, LICSW

Ms. Melika A. Dorroh is the Manager of Education and Training and a Supervisory Social Worker for the SWD. Ms. Dorroh has led a career of advocacy and treatment for women, children, and families for over 22 years. Ms. Dorroh received her Bachelors of Science from Towson State University and her Masters of Social Work from Howard University. Over her career, she has specialized in advocacy for maltreated children and victims of domestic violence, medical social work, and mental health treatment of infertility and maternal-fetal health concerns. She has served as a social work field instructor, coach, and mentor for over 20 years and managed field instruction programs within medical facilities. She joined NIH in June 2019 after serving military members and their families for 14 years.

Marilyn Innis, LCSW-C

Ms. Marilyn Innis received her Master's degree in Social Work at the University of Maryland. She has been a clinical social worker, specializing in oncology, for many years. Prior to joining the NIH Clinical Center in 2002, she worked in a variety of settings including community hospitals, hospice, public health and social work education.

Brenda J. Robles, BA, CMI

Brenda J. Robles is a California State Certified Medical Interpreter with 25 years of experience in Simultaneous, Consecutive, and Conference Interpreting in healthcare and law. Robles serves as the Language Interpreters Program Manager at the NIH CC. Ms. Robles conducts trainings in effective cross cultural medicine, LEP patients and informed consent, communication as a matter of patient safety, and the role of medical interpreters in the interdisciplinary team. Ms. Robles’ publication collaborations include "Teaching Medical Spanish to Improve Population Health: Evidence for Incorporating Language Education and Assessment in U.S. Medical Schools," and “Strategies for Teaching Linguistic Preparedness for Physicians: Medical Spanish and Global Linguistic Competence in Undergraduate Medical Education”

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Social Work Support Staff

Maria Elana Guzman, Program Specialist

Tara Bennett, Social Work Associate

Gloria Michelli, Administrator

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Clinical Social Work Staff

Shaina Alvarez, LICSW

Ms. Shaina Alvarez received her Masters degree in Social Work at the University of Maryland. Prior to coming to NIH, Ms. Alvarez worked as a bilingual social worker at Children’s National Hospital in Washington DC where she helped pediatric patients and their families cope with chronic and acute illnesses. She also provided mental health services and crisis intervention. Ms. Alvarez co-led the continuing education program and supervised social work interns.

Jessica Andrade, LCSW-C

Julie Angel, LICSW

Ms. Julie Angel completed her Bachelor of Social Work from Grand Valley State University in 2002 where she started her career in the non-profit sector working with patients and families living with cancer. She also obtained her Masters of Social Work from Grand Valley State University in 2005 and became an advocate for those living in long-term care. Ms. Angel started her work in health care in 2008 with the University of Michigan Health System (now Michigan Medicine), where she had a variety of experience working with patients and families in critical care, otolaryngology, urology and pulmonary. Ms. Angel relocated to the Washington, D.C. area in 2016 to continue her work in health care at Medstar Washington Hospital Center where she spent 3 years working with neurosurgery and stroke populations. She transitioned to George Washington University Hospital in 2019 with a focus in oncology before coming to the NIH Clinical Center in May of 2020 where she continues her work with oncology patients.

Carla Calhoun, MBA, MSW, LCSW-C

Kimberly Cate, LCSW-C

Eva Crawford, LCSW-C

Ms. Eva Crawford received her Masters degree in Social Work at the National Catholic School of Social Service and has been working at the Clinical Center since 2019. Prior to joining the NIH, she worked as a medical social worker in both home-based and clinic-based dialysis centers in Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD. Ms. Crawford works with NIAID and the NHLBI Lab of Chronic Airway Infection.

Meghan Cusack, LICSW

Ms. Meghan Cusack earned her Masters degree in Social Work from Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ in 2013. Since that time, Ms. Cusack has worked in the field of medical social work in the Washington DC area. She has extensive experience in disaster response, community mental health, discharge planning, and medical social work. She joined The NIH Clinical Center in 2020 as a contactor and currently supports patients and protocols on 5NW.

Joan Galil, LCSW-C

Ana Garcia-Gilbets, BSW

Jennifer Greene, LCSW

Jennifer Hendricks, LCSW-C

Jennifer Davies Hendricks received a BA in Psychology from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1986 and a Masters in Social Work from Florida State University, Tallahassee in 1989. Much of her career has been in the acute medical rehabilitation area serving as a social worker, case manager and then in management. Ms. Hendricks joined the NIH Clinical Center Social Work Department in 2011 working with individuals and their caregivers receiving treatment through several bone marrow transplant teams.

Nicole Hester, LCSW-C

Elisabeth McCall-Martin, LCSW-C

Ms. Elisabeth McCall Martin received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with a Social Service concentration from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 1998. She obtained her Master of Social Work degree from Syracuse University School of Social Work in 2001.  Prior to joining the NIH Clinical Center team in May of 2018, she worked in hospice, community mental health settings with children, adolescents and adults, correctional services, juvenile justice, child welfare, and the education system.   Most recently she worked as a community hospice social worker with a local agency in Frederick County, Maryland.  Ms. McCall-Martin is currently working with patients in NIH Intensive Care units. She provides end of life care to ICU and inpatient hospice patients, and provides clinical support to the NCI Metabolism, NCI Rare Tumor, NHLBI Cardiovascular and Pulmonary teams.  She serves as a field instructor and mentor for students at the Bachelor and Master level of social work education.

Faith Meisenberg, LICSW, LCSW-C

Ms. Meisenberg earned her MSW from the University of Maryland School of Social Work in 2012. She also earned her drug and alcohol counseling licensure in March of 2019. Prior to joining the NIH, Ms. Meisenberg worked in Baltimore City, treating patients with substance abuse and mental health disorders. Prior to joining the NIH SWD in 2020, she worked in Washington DC at GW Hospital with psychiatric patients.

Stephanie Modler, LCSW-C

Mary Beth Morrow, BSW, MSW, LCSW-C

Mary (Beth) Morrow received her BSW from Regis College and her MSW from the University of Alabama’s School of Social Work. She has over 19 years of experience as a medical social worker. She worked at the NIH Clinical Center in 2004-2007 and returned to the NIH Clinical Center Department of Social Work in 2020. She has worked in several community hospitals and a skilled nursing facility in the DC area. She works primarily with adult oncology patients enrolled in research protocols through the National Cancer Institute.

Patricia Prince, M. Ed., M.S.W., LCSW-C

Ms. Patricia Prince is a graduate of the National Catholic School of Social Service who has been with the NIH Clinical Center since 2002. She has done numerous national and international scientific presentations and peer reviewed publications in process related to her research on Spiritual Well Being in Hispanic and non-Hispanic Survivors of Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation.

Brenda Richesson, LCSW-C

Ms. Brenda Richesson received her Masters of Social Work from University of Michigan School of Social Work in 1999. She joined the NIH Clinical Center in 2020 after working for United States Army Medical Command in Landstuhl, Germany for five years. She provided Behavioral Health services to children, adolescents and family members of military members stationed overseas. Prior to this, she worked in the Baltimore area in a variety of settings including hospitals and county health departments for 15 years providing Behavioral Health Services to children and adolescents, specializing in early childhood and family therapy service provision.

Sylvia Stearn, LGSW

Ms. Stearn received a Master of Social Work from Catholic University, National Catholic School of Social Service. She has worked as a clinical social worker with the Clinical Center since 2015. She works with patients enrolled on protocols with several branches of the National Cancer Institute and with the Hematology Branch of the National, Heart Lung, and Blood Institute.

Latascha Washington, LCSW-C

Ms. Latascha Washington graduated from the University of Southern California’s School of Social Work with a major in Clinical Social Work and a concentration in Military and Veteran Affairs. Prior to joining the NIH Clinical Center, she worked as a Medical Disability Examiner where she determined claimant’s residual functional capacity (RFC) to support patient disability determinations. Ms. Washington has also worked as a domestic violence advocate, assisting clients with rebuilding their lives in the safest, most supportive manner possible. She served as a Social Service Specialist for Washington State Aging and Long-Term Care, where she determined the level of care needed for clients with the goal of maintaining their independence. More recently, she worked in the community hospital setting, conducting complex discharge planning and coordinating inpatient and outpatient oncology/hematology patient care. She currently serves patients enrolled on research protocols with the NHLBI Sickle Cell Teams.

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Interpreter Support Staff

Vanessa Robledo-Aros, Program Support Specialist and Scheduler

Elizabeth Ubillus, Assistant Scheduler

Interpreter Team

Marianne Cadwell-Geissler, CHI

Rosa Garay-Lopez, CMI

Puerto Rican born and raised, Mrs. Garay joined the SWD in 2013 as an interpreter intern through the prestigious HACU National Internship Program. Having graduated with a MA in Translation from the University of Puerto Rico in 2014 Mrs. Garay pursued and attained her certification as a medical interpreter (CMI-Spanish) through the National Board of Certified Medical Interpreters. Mrs. Garay has been a staff interpreter with the Language Interpreters Program at the NIH Clinical Center since October 2014. She is a senior member of the department and a mentor to the SWD’s HACU internship students.

Heidi Hobson, CMI

As a native Spanish speaker born and raised in Guatemala, Ms. Heidi Hobson studied at the highly regarded Colegio Guatemalteco Bilingüe. She attended the Universidad de San Carlos. Heidi initiated her Interpreting Career as a Volunteer Interpreter for "Feed the Children Foundation" and various International Medical Mission Campaigns throughout rural areas of Guatemala and El Salvador. As a Medical Field Interpreter, Heidi served as a relay interpreter between U.S. Doctors, Nurses, Volunteer support staff, and multitudes of Indigenous and Spanish speaking patients for free immunization campaigns, dental, speech therapy, nutrition, and surgical clinics. Her commitment to the art of effective communication was only paralleled by her compassion for the ill and underserved. Once living in the US, Heidi worked for the Myofascial and Manual Therapy Institute of Plano Texas, The North Dallas Rehabilitation Center, and Lee Memorial Health System (LMHS) in FL. Her interpreting experience includes Physical and Occupational Therapy, Psychology services, Labor and Delivery, NICU/PICU, and Emergency room care. She completed courses through LMHS and Cross Cultural Communications in MD. Heidi has taught Medical Interpretation courses focusing on the Ethics and Standards of care, for fellow employees at LMHS. She is a qualified Court Interpreter for the State of Florida. Heidi relocated to Maryland when she accepted a Language Interpreter position at NIH.

Jemina Huang, CHI

Valerie Velez Toro, CHI

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