Baker-Polito administration names four new members to Social Workers Registration Board

BostonThe Baker-Polito administration today announced the appointment of four new members to the Social Worker Registration Board. Each brings years of experience and their own professional social work expertise to help them set standards, investigate and enforce licensing regulations. These appointments reflect the most diverse and experienced social worker registration board in the council’s history since its inception in 1978.

Governor Charlie Baker appointed Quanesha A. Boykins, LCSW, Advocacy Officer for the Ministry of Children and Families; Scune T. Carrington, LICSW, director of integrated care at the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers; Yvonne Ruiz, LICSW, professor of social work at Salem State University; and Marie-Andrée Pierre-Victor, LICSW, clinical director of the behavioral health department at Codman Square Health Center.

“Each of these four professionals brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field of social work to serve on the Social Worker Registration Board, and we appreciate their willingness to dedicate their time to supporting the care and safety of residents. of the Commonwealth.”, noted Governor Charlie Baker. “The increased diversity and expertise of these new members is essential to ensuring the board reflects the people it serves.

“These four individuals each have different life, educational and professional experiences, and bring a wide range of knowledge and skills to the Social Worker Registration Board,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “A diverse board will expand knowledge, knowledge and practice when making decisions and we are happy to welcome these new members.”

“We are pleased to have four new board members, each of whom will bring significant professional social work expertise and diverse experiences representative of the candidates they authorize,” said Marylou Sudders, Secretary of Health and Human Services and social worker “The increased diversity on the Board resulting from these new appointments will ensure that equity is at the forefront of the social work we provide to Commonwealth residents.”

About the Social Worker Membership Registration Council:

Quanesha A. Boykins

Quanesha is an Advocacy Officer for the Ministry of Children and Families and has been with the Department for over five years. Prior to her current role, Quanesha spent time as an Intake and Response Intern, Social Adoption Intern, Zone Resource Coordinator and Permanent Social Worker.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Boston University, Quanesha went to Simmons University where she earned a master’s degree in social work. She is a recipient of the DCF Commissioner’s Award SOAR, the Governor’s Citation Award, and the Book Award Scholarship of the Greater Boston Association of Black Social Workers.

Quanesha East a Licensed Clinical Social Workuh (LCSW), is a Family Support Program Facilitator and a Fellow of the DCF Fellowship Program.

Scune T. Carrington

Scune is the Director of Integrated Care at the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers and has held previous positions as Director of a Behavioral Health Community Partnership Program, Program Manager, and Grants Manager. Scune is also the founder, owner and principal clinician at BennuCare LLC where she is responsible for providing clinical counseling and supervision services.

She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, a master’s degree in social work from Boston College, and a doctorate in health sciences from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. She is a recipient of the Boston College Dean Leadership Award.

Scune is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Social Workers, MA Chapter, Massachusetts Medical Society Committee on Oral Health, Task Force Oral Health Advocacy and MassHealth Dental Advisory Board. .

Yvonne Ruiz

Yvonne is a professor of social work and president of the School of Social Work at Salem State University. She has previous experience as an MSW program coordinator, assistant professor of social work, social and medical social worker.

She earned a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University, a master of arts from New York University, a master’s degree in social work from Boston College, and a Ph.D. in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology from Boston College.

Yvonne is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and sits on the Board of Directors President of the National Association of Social Workers – Massachusetts Chapter and member of the Association of Latino Social Work Educators. She has several publications, participated in research, training, evaluation and grant projects.

Marie-Andree Pierre-Victor

Marie-Andrée is the Clinical Director of the Behavioral Health Department at Codman Square Health Center and is a private practitioner. She has previous experience as a psychotherapist, social worker, respite care coordinator, Senior Case Supervisor and Behavioral Training Specialist.

She earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in social work from Boston College and advanced certification in psychological trauma treatment and Certification in Cognitive and Behavioral Interventions from Boston University. She was nominated for the National Association of Social Workers MA Member Highlight.

Marie-Andree East a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and President of the Haitian Mental Health Network in Boston. She is a former member of the Field Education Advisory Council at Simmons College School of Social Work, the Education Advisory Council at Boston University School of Social Work, and the past Chair of the Board of the Association Haitian women in Boston.

About the Social Work Registration Board

The Board of Registration of Social Work protects the public by regulating the practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It determines eligibility for admission to social work examinations, conducts examinations and licenses those qualified to one of four licensing levels (Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW; Licensed Certified Social Worker, LCSW; Certified, LSW; Certified Social Work Associate, LSWA). Social workers provide services to consumers as defined by statutes and described in regulations. Typically, social work professionals provide services to individuals, couples, families, groups, and communities directed toward specific goals.


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