Planning Team

  • Sharise Nance, Founder S.W.A.G Awards

  • Brittani Berkeley

  • Susan Caban

  • Reynalda Jones  

  • Dr. Channing Moreland

  • Cassandra Williams  

  • Debra Titus

  • Kathryn Vargas

What is S.W.A.G

Sharise Nance, (also known as the Compassion Fatigue Lady) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Compassion Fatigue Specialist, Adjunct Professor, Award Winning Entrepreneur and Author.  She is the co-owner/founder of HandinHand Counseling Services, LLC, a private outpatient mental health practice dedicated to promoting hope, health and healing to individuals and families dealing with situational and generational obstacles.  Throughout the past two decades of her career as a social worker, she has experienced episodes of compassion fatigue.  These experiences challenged her commitment to the profession and inspired her to invest in healthier self-care practices.  In 2016, Vitamin C Healing was created to focus on the holistic wellness of helping professionals.  The mission of Vitamin C Healing evolved to promoting life balance, satisfaction and fulfillment to helping professionals struggling with compassion fatigue and burnout.  In just under three years, Vitamin C Healing has offered live workshops to local and national non-profit organizations, social service organizations, community mental health and universities to address self-care neglect, work-life balance, compassion fatigue and burnout. 

The S.W.A.G (Social Worker Appreciation of Greatness) Awards Ceremony was created to recognize the “heart work” of local social workers that is oftentimes unappreciated and unrecognized.  The goal of the annual S.W.A.G awards ceremony is to recognize 25 social workers in the Greater Pittsburgh Area who exemplify servant leadership through their commitment to promoting advocacy, social justice, generational healing and building stronger communities.  These social workers will be nominated by their peers and selected by a nominations committee. 

Vitamin C Healing now has a custom-appointed committee dedicated to planning the Inaugural S.W.A.G Awards Ceremony on Sunday, March 29, 2020 from 2:00-5:00 pm at the Hosanna House. Social Worker Appreciation of Greatness Awards was created following the online celebration of historical African American social workers during Black History Month and the online recognition of local social workers during National Social Work month by Vitamin C Healing.  Vitamin C Healing outreached community leaders in the helping profession, non-profit organizations and social service organizations to request submissions of local social workers who have used their platforms to affect positive change and healing in the Greater Pittsburgh communities.  We were able to utilize social media outlets to recognize 19 social workers in the Greater Pittsburgh area who were nominated by their peers for their selflessness, integrity, compassion, competence and commitment to the social work profession.  We also hosted an intimate gathering in March, 2019 to recognize and celebrate these social workers with certificates of appreciation.