August 10, 2007

The Board of Registration of Social Workers (" Board") today announced recent enforcement actions against the following licensees:

Alan Fox, Medfield: The Board has suspended the license of Alan Fox for two years, effective May 15, 2007. Under the terms of a Consent Agreement executed by Fox and the Board, Fox shall serve six months of this suspension. After serving six months, Fox may petition the Board in writing for a stay of the suspension. Fox has admitted that while providing social work services, he entered into a relationship with the wife of an identified client that violated professional boundaries and that his conduct violated the Ethical Standards of the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers.

Heidi Moses, Waltham: The Board has fined Ms. Moses $300 for improper conduct while practicing as a social worker. Moses admitted to purchasing a gift for a client as well as becoming romantically involved with the client's father. The Board has also denied the licensee's right to renew her LSWA license.

Andy Barnes, Canton: The Board has fined Mr. Barnes for practicing as an unlicensed social worker. The Board issued a fine of $1,000 and also ordered Barnes to not represent himself as a social worker until he has a valid license.

The Board is conducting a random audit of licensees to determine their compliance with the Board's continuing education requirements. Requiring consistent training and education creates a more skilled and efficient workforce. The audit has resulted in the following disciplinary actions:

Maryann Ryder, Lowell: The Board has revoked the license of Ms. Ryder per final decision and order for failing to complete her continuing education requirements. Her license was revoked on June 19, 2007.

Maria Bonano, Boston: The Board revoked the license of Maria Bonano by order of default. Ms. Bonano failed to provide the Board with completed continuing education requirements and failed to answer the Board's allegations.

In addition to the aforementioned disciplines, the Board fined the following individuals $100 for non-compliance with the Board's continuing education requirements:

  • Lucy Budgell, Needham
  • Amy Beth Rogers, Lakeville
  • Kathleen Usher, Marshall, NC
  • Kathleen Furlong-Norman, Tewksbury
  • Eleanor Lane, Hanover
  • Lucy Whitmarsh, Orange
  • Patricia Schwartz, Boynton Beach, FL
  • Charles Clark, Brookline
  • Susan Maynard, Newton
  • Jameson Turner, Swampscott
  • Amy Miller: Sudbury
  • Gerard Coyle, Buzzard's Bay
  • Grace Llodra, Groton
  • Tricia Rosner, Shelburne Falls
  • Pamela Burger, Williamstown
  • Suzanne Forgione, Salem
  • Jo Ann Tolliver, Holyoke
  • Gina Constantino, Princeton
  • Jo Ann Stevens, Brookline

Consumers are urged to visit the Division of Professional Licensure's website and select the check a license option to determine whether a professional they are considering doing business with is licensed and in good standing.

The Division of Professional Licensure is a regulatory agency within the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. The agency is responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance and the integrity of the licensing process for approximately 330,000 licensees across 43 trades and professions under the jurisdiction of 30 boards of registration.