Board Members

President – Chenita Rountree, LCSW, LCAS

Chenita Rountree, LCSW, LCAS has 17+ years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in outpatient, inpatient, residential, and crisis-based facilities in both rural and urban treatment settings. Her professional background also includes 6+ years of inpatient psychiatric experience as a social worker and a substance abuse counselor. Chenita is skilled in facilitating individual, family, and group counseling sessions with her identified populations. Her delivery, sense of humor, and ability to engage others have made her years as a social worker both rewarding and enjoyable.  Her current role is Medical Social Worker at a local hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina in the Emergency Department.

Vice President – Brittney Asch, LCSW

Brittney Asch graduated from NC State University’s Department of Social work in 2014 and has been a member of the clinical society since 2016. She has been serving on the membership committee since October 2017. She is trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and is provisionally licensed as a clinical addictions specialist. She works with a variety of populations including clients struggling with addiction, clients experiencing relationship problems, LGBTQ, young professionals, and entrepreneurs. She is currently working as a team lead for a community based clinical team in Wake County and also owns a private practice in downtown Raleigh.

Secretary – Christie Smith, LCSW

Christie Smith is an LCSW with 16 years of experience in the field. She received her MSW from Loyola University in Chicago and worked for many years in anticipatory grief and bereavement at the former Midwest Palliative & Hospice Care Center. Relocating to Durham in 2008, she worked at Duke University Medical Center with families facing chronic and terminal illness. She is currently in private practice focusing on adults and adolescents facing anxiety, depression, and diverse types of grief. With collaborative exploration, she uses warmth and humor assisting individuals coping with illness and challenging life transitions.

Treasurer – Matt Kreiner, LCSWA

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 – Semra Kecelioglu, LCSW

Semra is an LCSW who has been in practice for over 30 years in NY where she has worked in various treatment settings including schools and several group practices. She has recently relocated to Durham, NC where she maintains a private practice. Several areas of her expertise are in EMDR, treatment of dissociation of children, adolescents and adults, and utilization of the Comprehensive Resource Model for healing complex trauma. Semra is committed to the sacred and lifelong journey of healing body, mind and soul in herself and others.

Advocacy Committee Chair – VACANT

Ethics  Committee Chair - Erica K. Smith, LCSW

Erica K. Smith, LCSW has been working as a social worker for the last 5 years and in the mental health field for the last 4. Erica currently works as an outpatient therapist in a group practice for adolescents, adults, and will see children if they need mental health support due to trauma. Erica is an EMDR fully trained therapist, and is currently working toward EMDR certification. Previously, Erica has worked with survivors of human trafficking as the lead case manager for a state-wide program and with survivors of domestic violence providing community education. Erica began her mental health career working in a community mental health setting.

Membership Committee Chair – LaToya S. Adkins, LCSW

LaToya S. Adkins is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) currently practicing at the university counseling center at Duke University where she serves emerging and young adults. LaToya earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and relocated from Wisconsin to Durham, NC in October 2015. She brings with her experience working in public schools, non-profit settings, the legal field, higher education, and in government (both state and federal). Her areas of clinical focus are anxiety, depression, self-care, student transition, attachment theory, mindfulness, and community engagement and outreach. Additional counseling interests of hers involve restorative practices, the effects of solitude on mental health and well-being, and guiding students to use solitude as a tool to improve their relationships with themselves.

Communications Committee Chair – Jessica Jeremiah, LCSW, LCAS, CCS, MAC, DBTC, CCTP, CMBEC

Jessica is authorized by NCDHHS DWI Services to do DWI assessments and treatment at her private practice, Lakeside Psychotherapy, Trauma & Addictions Counseling in downtown Mebane, NC.  She works mostly with adults, college students, and teens, within a largely rural, yet culturally and ethnically diverse area.  A large percentage of her clients identify as LGBTQ+, and she has made it a priority to develop a greater understanding of how the various areas she specializes in are sometimes experienced differently by members of this population, especially in a rural setting. She completed her MSW and BSW at a small, state university in southwestern Pennsylvania called California University of Pennsylvania. 

Member-at-Large – Kay Atchison, LCSW

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.

Member-at-Large - Fantasia Johnson

Fantasia graduated from the MSW program at North Carolina Central University in May 2015 and has been a member of NCSCSW since 2017. Fantasia earned her BA in Psychology/Human Resources in 2004 at Peace College where she developed an interest in leadership and training development. She has over 14 years of direct practice experience beginning as an employment counselor providing support and counseling to individuals experiencing job loss as a non-licensed professional and for the last 4 years practicing as a licensed mental health professional providing office based and in home outpatient therapy to individuals and families in rural counties of NC.

Member-at-Large – Nelson R. Martinez, LCSWA

Nelson R. Martinez is a recent graduate from North Carolina Central University’s Department of Social Work. Nelson has previous experience working with juveniles who were involved with the Department of Juvenile Probation in Hartford, Connecticut. He also has experience with juveniles who are first-time parents. Both experiences allowed Nelson to develop critical communication skills, network for additional clientele resources, and provide academic and financial opportunities for the juveniles in his care.

Nelson is also a Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. He served proudly from 2004 to 2008. He has received multiple individual awards to include: a Good Conduct Ribbon, a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and a Purple Heart. Nelson has been an advocate for Veterans rights to health care since 2010.

Mentorship Chair - VACANT

Student Representative – Brandon Garrick

Brandon Garrick is a second-year MSW student at North Carolina State University. He is a former correctional officer, which has sparked his passion for forensic social work. He is currently interning at Federal Correctional Complex Butner and is hopeful to stay in that capacity once he graduates. He is also the president of the Phi Alpha Honor Society at North Carolina State University. Brandon is the treasurer and secretary for the student organization Men in Social Work at North Carolina State University. He serves as an N.A.S.W-NC graduate student liaison for the upcoming academic year. Brandon is also a proud H.R.S.A. and N.C.S.C.S.W scholar.

Immediate Past President – Ron Begley, LCSW

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.

 

If you're interested in joining the board, please email Chenita Rountree at president@ncscsw.org.