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Top Five Reason to Attend 
2017 NASW - Alabama Chapter Conference 

NETWORK to connect with colleagues and like minded professionals

Great conferences are designed with opportunities for attendees to mix and mingle, forge new acquaintances, and strengthen existing relationships. Over a coffee break, lunch, or after hours’ cocktails, you may make that perfect connection with a provider or prospect. Relevant topics and intriguing conversations – that’s what can make the difference between you your toughest competitor – secure YOUR seat today!

ENGAGE with influential speakers and experts

Our speakers are distinguished leaders, advocates, practitioners and peers. You will receive unique insight, practical knowledge and reinforce the skills you need to be effective.  Expect the presentation of relevant issues impacting social service, mental health and non-profit professionals, those they serve, their communities and the state at large.

DEVELOP professionally and make connections that advance your career

In today’s culture, we expect instant gratification, without considering the refinement necessary to excel and grow personally and professionally. Making an investment into your own future is beneficial on so many levels, but ultimately reflects your desire to be part of the solution, rather than the current state of status quo.  Our conference can help to reinvigorate you with new ideas and concepts that will enhance your effectiveness and efficiency in service delivery, regardless of your disciplinary focus.

COMMIT to lifelong learning and development of best practice credentials

Your attendance entitles you to receive valuable Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and / or certification credit as required by your state regulatory control agency.  Make the most of a great opportunity to enjoy the experience, and take care of mandatory professionalization requirements.  The following approvals have been confirmed for this year’s attendee’s convenience:  See Approvals 

RE-IGNITE your passion for your professional calling

We will be highlighting the underlying importance of social workers and other like-minded professionals, their responsibility, and ethical consideration of practice.  Ultimately, join us as we consider ways to “Break Down Barriers” while reflecting on why Humanity Matters! 

Keynote Speakers 

Keynote  Biography

Jeremiah Castille
Jeremiah Castille

Jeremiah Castille, born to Joseph and Mary Castille in Columbus, Georgia is the 8th of 9 children. Growing up with older siblings gave Jeremiah the opportunity to learn from their mistakes and gave him the ability to recognize how to make the right decisions with his life at a very early age. In 1979, Jeremiah received a football scholarship to the University of Alabama. God used the mentorship of Coach Bryant to help him grow from being an 18-year-old boy into a 22-year-old young man. Coach Bryant who instilled courage, discipline, vision, leadership, character, class and humility in midst of success tremendously impacted his life.

In the 1983 NFL Draft, Jeremiah was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the dream he had shared with Sister Veronica had come true. Jeremiah’s first year in the NFL allowed him to go back to the University of Alabama and finish his undergraduate degree in Broadcast Communications. Jeremiah says that when he looks back on his life, he can see how God prepared him for the ministry work he does today. He knows that God used his mother and Coach Bryant to influence his life to help his fellow man.In 1995, Jeremiah moved to Birmingham to coach and teach at Briarwood Christian High School. The experience God gave him coaching and teaching helped prepare him for his ongoing ministry.

In 1999, Jeremiah was ordained as a minister at The Church at Brook Hills and he and Jean founded Jeremiah Castille Foundation with Isaiah 61:1-4 as the foundational scripture. In 2001, Jeremiah became the chaplain for the University of Alabama football team and continues to serve in that capacity today. Jeremiah feels privileged and honored to serve the team and coaches at his alma mater, and where the dreams of a second grader came to fruition.

Bennet Wright
Bennet Wright

Bennet Wright serves as the Executive Director of the Alabama Sentencing Commission and is also the Vice President of the National Association of Sentencing Commissions. Mr. Wright also serves as the Commission's liaison to the Alabama Legislature and chairs the Commission’s Standards Committee tasked with developing the State’s sentencing guidelines. Mr. Wright was a member of the Alabama Prison Reform Task Force and now sits on the Alabama Criminal Justice Oversight and Implementation Council to monitor implementation of the omnibus Justice Reinvestment legislation aimed to reduce Alabama’s prison population while improving community based supervision and treatment options. Prior to joining the Commission, Mr. Wright worked for the federal judiciary at the United States Administrative Office of Courts in Washington, D.C. and before that taught courses including Statistics, Sociology, Criminology, and Deviance at Auburn University. Mr. Wright received his undergraduate degree in criminology and his graduate degree in sociology. Mr. Wright is a native of the Crow Indian Reservation in Montana.

Judge McPherson
Vanzetta Penn McPherson

Vanzetta Penn McPherson devoted a 30-year career as a civil rights lawyer and a federal magistrate judge to the passionate pursuit of equal justice for all. Retirement ushered in her avocation, now spanning a decade, as a widely acclaimed columnist for The Montgomery Advertiser, writing bi-weekly commentary on public affairs with the same intellectual vigor, mastery of language, and analytical prowess that marked her legal career. After spending a year at a Wall Street law firm, Judge McPherson returned to Montgomery in 1975 to become an Assistant Attorney General.

During the course of 16 years in solo law practice, Attorney McPherson honed her expertise in domestic relations law, but she spent the majority of her time in federal court, helping clients to secure rights and remedies guaranteed by the Constitution and federal anti-discrimination laws. As a respected civil rights lawyer, she battled employment discrimination in public and private workplaces.In 1992, McPherson earned her own promotion with a merit-based appointment as a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Middle District of Alabama. She served with distinction for 14 years, presiding over criminal and civil cases, including a nationally publicized challenge to the continued use of outdoor hitching posts as punishment for Alabama prisoners.

Judge McPherson has also led an active civic life, participating in the inaugural class of Leadership Montgomery, the 20th class of Leadership Alabama, and the boards of directors for the Alabama State Council on the Arts, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Alabama Educational Television Foundation Authority, Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Alabama World Affairs Council. She has received numerous professional and civic awards, and she is a life member of the NAACP and the National Council of Negro Women.

Shante Miller

Shante Miller

Shante Miller is the Region IV Regional Resource Consultant at the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health in Atlanta, GA. She has been working with community based AIDS Service Organizations in Philadelphia for the past seven years. Shante’s experiences include the study of and creation of educational tools that teach HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and overcoming stigma. She also has worked on the development of digital health and digital literacy curriculum for community members in the City of Philadelphia. Shante specializes in instructional technology, and bridging the digital divide in urban communities. Shante is proud to have been able to work on the ground with Philly KEYSPOTS to educate both youth and adults about utilizing technology as a resource for finding reliable health information. Shante holds a M.A. in Humanities and a B.A. in Communications from Pennsylvania State University.



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