2024 NASW-ND Chapter Elections

The 2024 NASW-North Dakota Chapter Elections will take place from June 2–25, 2024. Keep an eye on your e-mail for a link to the electronic ballot. Be sure to have your selections prepared before opening the electronic ballot. You must be a NASW-ND member to vote. 

Open Board Positions


VICE PRESIDENT
3 Year Term

Alison Traynor, LCSW, MHP

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Alison is a mental health and family therapist with specialized training in trauma and suicide prevention. She is North Dakota’s first Anti-Trafficking Therapist, working to further develop therapeutic services for trafficked youth in ND and Tribal communities. She is the Suicide Prevention and Individual therapist for ND Youth Correction Center and a part-time Brief Strategic Therapist (in-home family therapy) for Department of Juvenile Services. She has worked the last 15 years in crisis social work with victims of sexual and domestic violence and those suffering with suicidal ideation. She co-founded ND’s statewide Suicide Prevention coalition and in 2019, was named 40 under 40 by the de Beaumont Foundation for her work in suicide and violence prevention and recovery support. Alison was NASW’s President from 2021-2023. Alison is passionate about supporting people in their darkest hours, to offer help and hope.


WESTERN REGION NOMINATIONS
3 Year Term

Kevin Gerard Bailly, LBSW, LAC (University of North Dakota)

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Kevin served in the United States Marine Corps from 1991 to 1994 when he was medically discharged from service due to injuries sustained while in service. Kevin has been worked in the field of social work since 2011. Upon receiving his licensure where his first social work experience was that of a Child Protective Service Social Worker in Devil's Lake ND and has continued his experience in social work where he worked in all genres of social work from infancy to end of life. Kevin returned to school where he obtained his degree and licensure as a licensed addiction counselor. Kevin chose this path as he is currently in recovery himself and has 34 years of recovery from addiction and to provide services to person struggling with addiction especially focusing on veterans with opioid addiction. He worked in the Bismarck/Mandan area from 2019-2020. Kevin started working for Dakota Center for Independent Living Center in July of 2021 as a Transition Coordinator/Independent Living Specialist where Kevin assists those individuals with disabilities, or aging adults to reintegrating into community living through transition support services with additional supports and services. Kevin enjoys his time away from work in the outdoors riding his motorcycle, fishing and spending time with his family. Kevin is family oriented and believes every person should have the choice to have family part of their lives in recovery and in assisting person to have quality of life versus quantity. Kevin has written many programs for at risk children based on a cognitive behavioral approach.


President - Elect

3 Year Term

Jennie Cornell, LCSW, LMAC (University of North Dakota, Minnesota State University - Moorhead

jennie cornell close up small size Jennie Cornell is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Master Addiction Counselor with over 15 years of extensive experience helping clients of all ages and backgrounds. She obtained her Master’s degree in social work from the University of North Dakota and is actively pursuing her doctorate in social work. She is certified in Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). Her years of experience include a wide range of evidence-based mental health approaches, including EMDR, to improve the lives of clients. Jennie has worked with families, couples, individuals, and youth of all ages and helped them reach their treatment goals. Jennie specializes in the treatment of mood disorders, personality disorders, trauma, and addiction. Jennie utilizes a strength and evidence-based approach to help clients understand their individual needs and core beliefs that impact their life. As a clinical supervisor, Jennie utilizes these skills to help supervise and train clinical staff where her empathy, compassion, and client-centered approach shines through. She believes in developing a mutually respectful working relationship with her staff to develop and mentor their clinical skills for enhanced treatment outcomes. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, quilting, relaxing at the river, and reading.


NORTHEAST REGION REPRESENTATIVE
3 Year Term

Jamie L Belgarde, MSW, LMSW (University of North Dakota)

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Jamie Belgarde is an enrolled member of MHA Nation, and a descendent of Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. Jamie has resided in the Turtle Mountains for over half her life. She has worked in different capacities within her tribal community.

Jamie is passionate about bringing Indigenous issues to the table and having open discussions about the ongoing issues tribal communities experience daily. Jamie is willing to have these difficult discussions to make sure that these issues do not go unnoticed or misunderstood. Jamie is an advocate for change at all levels across Indian Country.

Although Jamie is relatively new to the field, she is informed on many gaps and barriers tribal communities experience. Inaccessibility to quality and necessary resources towards healthy living for Indigenous people is a main concern when working with a rural tribal community.

Jamie has focused a big part of her work on becoming trauma informed, and how that applies to her work with Indigenous people. Jamie has helped adapt a trauma training by NCHP specifically for the Turtle Mountains. Jamie worked with a cultural advisory team of 6 Indigenous people to explain to the non-Native leadership team what trauma looks like and how it affects Native people daily. Jamie continues to bring these topics and issues to meetings, conferences, and trainings where she feels the Indigenous perspective is being missed. Jamie feels it is important to speak up because these issues need attention and awareness brought to them.


NORTHEAST REGION REPRESENTATIVE
3 Year Term

Katie Allen, LCSW (University of North Dakota)

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Katie Allen brings a wealth of experience and a compassionate approach to social work practice. As a psychotherapist working with several populations, from children and adolescents, to elderly adults in nursing homes, along with experience working with military personnel and first responders she has developed a deep appreciation for the needs of those in our communities and the ways Social Workers may be placed to help.

Having navigated various roles within the mental health field, including inpatient psychiatric care and outpatient mental health services, Katie now proudly owns a solo private practice dedicated to providing personalized and effective care to clients.

Her therapeutic approach is grounded in evidence-based modalities such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Eating Disorders (CBT-E). Currently pursuing training in Somatic Experiencing, she aims to enhance her ability to address the complex impacts of trauma on the body and mind.




PRESIDENT-ELECT
3 Year Term

OPEN POSITION



DELEGATE AT-LARGE

OPEN POSITION


BSW STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE
1 Year Term

OPEN POSITION


MSW STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE
1 Year Term

OPEN POSITION


Check your membership email for the link to vote. Voting is limited to NASW-ND members, only.

For further questions, contact the office at info.naswnd@socialworkers.org.