Board Members

President – Ron Begley

Ron Begley is a therapist in private practice in Cary, where he specializes in anxiety, couples issues, and clinical hypnosis. He works extensively with workplace issues. He performs trainings, onsite crisis response, and federally-mandated substance abuse assessments, as well as Employee Assistance Program work. He is a Certified Employee Assistance Professional, and a Substance Abuse Professional under federal DOT regulations.

Vice President – Hayden Dawes

Hayden Dawes, LCSW, is a graduate from North Carolina State University's Department of Social Work. Hayden serves as Vice President and has maintained membership since 2014; he previously served as Communications Committee Chair. His Clinical experience includes facilitating groups, and working with various populations including: Veterans, seniors, folks with addictions, domestic violence offenders, and families facing homelessness. Hayden's clinical approach uses a person-centered and attachment foundation while using mindfulness based interventions. He is trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and is currently working in outpatient and inpatient with people with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders. Hayden's current roles is as a Clinical Social Worker at a Hospital in Durham, NC

Secretary – Elizabeth Kunreuther

Elizabeth recently earned her MSW from UNC-Chapel Hill in order to work with adults with mental illness and/or disabilities. Elizabeth is currently is employed by Carolina Outreach as a member of a Community Support Team offering services in both Wake and Durham counties. Elizabeth is also a LEND Fellow at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities with a focus on post-secondary educational opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

Treasurer – Matt Kreiner

Matt Kreiner graduated from the MSW program at NCSU in May 2016.  He is working as a therapist with Triangle Center for Behavioral Health in Durham.  Matt earned his BS in business administration in 2006 and worked for 5 years in various accounting and finance roles before transitioning to social work as the volunteer coordinator for the Mid-Ohio affiliate of Habitat for Humanity.  Matt also served as treasurer of the non-profit professional organization, The Volunteer Administrators Network, in Columbus, Ohio.  

Program Committee Chair – Kay Atchison

Kay Atchison has been a member of the NCSCSW since 2000 and is currently serving as chair on the NCSCSW Program Committee.  Since relocating from the Boston area to Raleigh in 1998, she has maintained a private practice in N. Raleigh working with adults and couples facing relationship difficulties, trauma, addiction related struggles, work challenges, or difficult life transitions. Ms. Atchison received her MSW from Smith College School for Social Work and has worked in a variety of settings including in the Employee Assistance Program field as a counselor and executive account manager, psychiatric and forensic inpatient programs, and the department of corrections.

Advocacy Committee Chair – Christine Gerhard Dicks

Christine Gerhard Dicks, LCSW, CEAP, SEP is co-owner and in full time private practice at Aspire Counseling Group in Raleigh, North Carolina. For over 20 years, Christine has practiced as a social worker in a variety of settings with children, adolescents, adults and families on issues related to trauma, mental health, parenting, self-esteem, grief and loss, career and life transition issues, and separation and divorce.  Prior to entering full time private practice, Christine held several management and indirect clinical positions in child welfare, mental health and Employee Assistance programs.

Member-at-Large – Patty Key

Patty Key, LCSW is a psychotherapist in private practice in Raleigh.  She graduated with her MSW from the Florida State University in 1990.  Although she started her career by working on inpatient psychiatric units, she has spent the past 20 years treating adults and couples in an outpatient setting.  She has been a member of NASW since 1988, became licensed in 1992 and obtained her ACSW credential in 1994.   She has been an active member of NCSCSW since 2004 and served on the Board as the Membership Chair for two terms.  She is currently serving as a Member-At-Large.

Communications Committee Chair – Julia Harr

Julia Harr, LCSWA, is a graduate from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, where she earned her MSW in 2013. Julia has been a member of the Clinical Society for one year and was a member of the communication committee before becoming its Chair. Her experience includes solution focused brief treatment, motivational interviewing, forensic assessment of abuse and neglect, medical and disability case management, mentoring, social justice advocacy, and leading interdisciplinary treatment teams in an inpatient setting. Julia most enjoys working with children, adolescents, and their families. Currently, Julia works as a Clinical Social Worker for an inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Raleigh, NC. 

Mentorship - Emily Nobles

Emily Nobles, LCSW is currently in private practice in Raleigh, NC and works part-time at AHB Center for Behavioral Health and Wellness in Durham, NC. She earned her Masters in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Emily has practiced as a social worker in a variety of settings and enjoys working with children, adolescents, adults and families. Emily has served on the NCSCSW Program Committee since 2011 and is now the Mentorship Committee chair. 

Membership Committee Chair – Vacant

Member-at-Large - Vacant

 Student Representatives

Lisa Stevens 

Lisa Stevens is a 2018 MSW candidate at UNC-Chapel Hill. She discovered her passion for Social Work while working and volunteering at a local Domestic Violence agency as a crisis line advocate, hospital responder, and facilitator of psychoeducational support groups.  Previously, she graduated from the University of Bologna with a degree in Italian Studies and taught Italian at UNC and Duke. Lisa’s areas of interest include clinical social work and integrated behavioral healthcare.



Staff Members

Administrator - Wayne Townsend

Wayne Townsend is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 33 years experience serving residents of the Raleigh-Durham area, having earned his Masters degree from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1983. Wayne entered private practice in 1986. In addition to his practice, he has leading or helping to organize and manage professional nonprofits for many years, providing administrative, membership, marketing and meeting support. He has been the NCSCSW administrator since 2008.