About the APHSW Board & Staff

The APHSW Board was formed in 2016 with the support of the Social Work Hospice & Palliative Care Network (SWHPN) leadership and grant funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. The Advanced Palliative Hospice Social Worker Certification (APHSW-C) program was developed as leaders in the field recognized the special skills and knowledge that social workers bring to the practice of hospice and palliative care. Led by Dr. Barbara Head, the initial committee explored funding opportunities and developed a proposal for an evidence-based certification for social workers in hospice and palliative care, the first of its kind. 

The APHSW Certification Board was established as a separate non-profit organization. The APHSW Board functions independently and is responsible for the governance and oversight of the APHSW-C program. 

The APHSW Board has sole decision-making authority for all APHSW-C program policies regarding certification eligibility requirements; recertification requirements; examination development, administration, and scoring; grievance and disciplinary policies; and, the appointment and oversight of subject matter expert (SME) task groups. The APHSW Board ensures that eligibility and recertification requirements, examination development and administration processes, and all certification program policies are related to and support the purpose of the APHSW-C program.

To contact the APHSW Certification Board, please reach out to [email protected].

Executive Director

Gary Gardia, LCSW, APHSW-C
[email protected]

Board of Directors

Myra Glajchen, BSW, MSW, ACSW, DSW, APHSW-C
New York City, New York
Director of Medical Education
Assoc Prog Dir, Fellowship Training Prog
MJHS Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care
Associate Professor
Dept of Family and Social Medicine
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Barbara Anderson Head, PhD, CHPN, ACSW, FPCN, APHSW-C
Louisville, Kentucky
University of Louisville School of Medicine
Affiliated Faculty – Kent School of Social Work

Diane Blum, LMSW
Nonprofit Health Care Consultant
New York, NY

Karen Bullock, PhD, MSW, LCSW, APHSW-C
Raleigh, North Carolina
Professor, Department of Social Work
North Carolina State University

Reid Jacobs, MSW, LSW, APHSW-C
Denver, Colorado
Lead Instructor
CSU Institute for Palliative Care

Social Work Clinical Case Manager
Department of Navy

Nicole Parente, MSW, LISW, APHSW-C
Columbus, Ohio
School Social Worker
South-Western City Schools

Elyse Salend, MSW
Beverly Hills, California
Program Officer at Cambia Health Foundation

Bridget Sumser, LMSW, APHSW-C
San Francisco, California
Clinical Social Worker
UCSF Adult Palliative Care Service

Katherine Supiano, PhD, LCSW, F-GSA, FT, APHSW-C
Salt Lake City, Utah
Associate Professor
Univ of Utah College of Nursing
Dir, Caring Connections: A Hope and Comfort in Grief Program

Laurel Tropeano, LCSW, APHSW-C
Denver, CO
Director of Research and Education
The Holding Group

Ryan Weller, LCSW, APHSW-C
Portland, Oregon
National Dir of VA Interprofessional Fellowship in Palliative Care
Palliative Care Prog Mgr, VA Northwest Network

Rebecca Wood, MSW, LCSW, APHSW-C
Colorado Springs, CO
Lead Palliative Social Worker
Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care