Eric Ornstein

President and Education Chair

Eric Ornstein, MA, LCSW has served as President of ISCSW since July of 2012 and has been a board member since 2005. In his role as Chair of the ISCSW Education Committee, he has planned, coordinated and facilitated the Jane Roiter Sunday Morning Seminars for over 7 years. He is currently a Lecturer at the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration, where he teaches two courses in psychodynamic theory and practice. He also is an Adjunct Faculty Member at St Augustine College, Social Work Department, where he teaches Generalist Social Work Practice, Integrative Seminars, Human Behavior, and Ethics in their BSW Program.

He retired from his position as a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Illinois, Jane Adams College of Social Work in 2011 after 19 years. He was a field liaison and taught courses including, Advanced Practice with Individuals, Crisis Intervention, Adult Psychopathology, Group Work and Workshops for Field Instructors.

He has published 18 articles in peer-reviewed journals and has presented workshops at local, state and national conferences. His scholarship focuses on the application of psychodynamic relational theory to clinical social work, supervision and field instruction. His independent practice focuses on individual treatment of adults and clinical supervision.

Ruth Sterlin

Interim Vice President

Ruth Sterlin, LCSW, received her social work degree from Jane Addams College of Social Work. She has had over 20 years of experience at important community agencies, including Jewish Child and Family Service, and Beth Osten and Asssociates Pediatric Services.  Ruth is the clinical consultant for Family Network’s Right from the Start program which serves the Latino community in the northern suburbs. In addition to serving for six years as a field instructor, Ruth has published clinical articles in the Clinical Social Work Journal and other publications.

Currently, Ruth has a private practice in Northbrook, where she sees individuals, couples and families in therapy. She also provides clinical consultation to other social workers.

Ruth is the Interim Vice President for ISCSW, and is the former editor for the ISCSW Newsletter which comes out three times per year.

Jeff Pyritz

Treasurer

Jeff received his M.S.W. from Loyola University Chicago in 2014. During his time at Loyola, Jeff specialized in Children and Families, with field placements at Gads Hill Center and Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, working with Latino adolescents in the Pilsen neighborhood. Jeff’s special areas of interest include adolescents, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities, and work with families and couples.

Jeff is currently a Recovery Counselor at Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare, providing case management for the severely mentally ill population of the Rogers Park area. Jeff previously served on our Board as ISCSW’s Student Liaison for Loyola University Chicago.

Cheryl Meltzer

Membership Chair

Cheryl Neuman Meltzer is a licensed clinical social worker who has been practicing for 19 years. She graduated with a Masters in Social Work from Loyola University School of Social Work in 1995. Cheryl has been working for the past 14 years at The Village of Niles Family Services Department where she does therapy with children, adolescents, adults and families. In addition, she collaborates with police, fire, and other village departments to provide solid clinical social work services to the community through crises evaluation and intervention as well as mental health training to non-mental health professionals. She is also the coordinator of the Student Internship Program at Niles Family Services. She loves being a mentor to new professionals in the field and also is passionate about learning and professional development. For many years she organized the professional development and training at Niles Family Services. Cheryl’s past work experience has included working at Turning Point Behavioral Healthcare Center in Skokie, a community mental health clinic, and before that she worked with child and adolescent trauma survivors at Pillars in Summit, Illinois. She has a particular interest in psychodynamic practice and has received a certificate in Advanced Psychodynamic Practice from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. She currently is in the trauma consultation group at Womencare Counseling Center. Cheryl joins the Board as a Member-at-Large and looks forward to educating and reaching out to members through networking and she has a particular interest in helping to plan conferences and educational events.

Kristy Winters

Member-at-Large

Kristy recently graduated from Loyola University Chicago with an M.S.W., focusing on children and families. Prior to pursuing her Masters, Kristy served as Executive Director of an international medical research non-profit, handling research grants and running patient programs and outreach. Her professional experience includes working with children with Asperger Syndrome, counseling young adults and providing therapy for families facing divorce.

Kristy joins our Board as a Member-at-Large and says, “I look forward to assisting the board with planning conferences and serving the members.”

William “Bill” Kinnaird

Standards and Practices

William “Bill” Kinnaird, L.C.S.W., has joined the ISCSW Board as the Standards and Practices Chair. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1970 with a B.A. in psychology. He also served as a medic in the U.S. Army from 1971 to 1974 where he began working in addictions treatment. After leaving the service, he was a case manager at a New York City methadone clinic but then returned to the Chicago area, from where he originates, in late 1974 to work as an aide and counselor in a residential alcoholism program. In 1978, he completed his M.S.W. at Jane Addams College of Social Work pursuing the mental health concentration. He was employed as an inpatient social worker at Chicago Read Mental Health Center, and then by the Veterans Administration Lakeside Medical Center, working as a social worker on the inpatient psychiatry unit. Later he transferred to the VA Jesse Brown Medical Center where he took a clinical social work position in the Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic.

Bill also completed a two-year post-masters Advanced Clinical Social Work Certificate program in 1984, then offered by the Loyola School of Social Work. While continuing his full-time psychiatric social work at the VA, Bill began part-time evening employment in 1984 at the Scholarship and Guidance Association, Chicago, treating both adolescents and young adults. He continued part-time work at S&GA until 1999, also carrying a few individual cases in private practice from 1990 to 2001.

In September, 1992, Bill transferred from Outpatient Psychiatry to continue as a clinical social worker in the VA Jesse Brown Inpatient Psychiatry Unit. He has since remained in this position. Additionally, since 2008 he has coordinated the VA JB Social Work Service’s graduate field placement program and has been a field instructor for students from many area social work graduate schools. His special interest is how to optimize relationships with indigent adult patients in the context of acute hospital care. In 2007, he published an article, A Systematic Approach for Providing Concrete Services Based on Using Information Handouts, which explores efficient ways to employ relationship in the hectic, acute-care inpatient setting. He hopes to publish another article soon, Acute Care and Long-term Relationships.

Bill and his wife Cheryl were delighted with the birth of twins, John and Marnie, in May 1992. In addition to enjoying the unfolding lives of their now adult children, Bill and Cheryl share many diverse interests and hobbies. Currently, Bill is working on his French language skills at the Alliance Francais de Chicago.

Ben Goldberger

Newsletter Editor

Ben Goldberger has worked in the field of social work for over six years since receiving my MSW from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration. I began my career working at JCFS where I was a DCFS group home therapist and outpatient psychotherapist. During that time I also worked as a parttime ER crisis worker at Northshore Hospitals. In 2013, I moved to Jesse Brown VA as an addictions counselor and case manager in the Homeless Department. Since March 2016, I have worked in Jesse Brown’s MHICM Program on an ACT (Assertive Community Treatment) team serving veterans effected by serious mental illness. I also serve as a Field Supervisor to MSW students for Jesse Brown’s Affiliation Committee and maintain a small private psychotherapy practice in the Lincoln Square neighborhood.

Sharon Williams

Former President

Sharon Williams was the ISCSW Board president from 2002-2006.  She received her M.S.W. from the University of Chicago SSA, followed by post-graduate certification training in child and adolescent treatment at the Institute for Psychoanalysis.  Currently, Sharon is a site coordinator, therapist and field instructor for the Barr Harris Children’s Grief Center, and a therapist at the Adult Psychotherapy Clinic of the Institute for Psychoanalysis.  In addition to her work at the Institute and the Barr Harris Center, Sharon has a private practice in Evergreen Park, and serves as consultant and supervisor for a clinical project with Dr. Bertram Cohler focusing on group treatment of latency-aged children who’ve witnessed violence or homicide.  Over the years, Sharon has presented more than thirty workshops on various aspects of childhood bereavement and trauma, and co-chaired an ISCSW-sponsored forum for mental health professionals following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  She was also a member of the education committee of the Clinical Social Work Federation.

Jane Roiter

Former President

Jane Roiter, “…whose passing was a profound loss for all members of the Illinois Society for Clinical Social Work and for the entire clinical social work community.”

Jane Roiter: In Memoriam