Board Members

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.

Vice President – Hayden Dawes, LCSW, LCASA

Hayden Dawes 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 and also maintains a private practice at AHB Center for Behavioral Health and Wellness in Durham, NC

Secretary – 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.

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 – 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.

Advocacy Committee Chair – Michelle Topal, MSW, LCSW

Michelle Topal, MSW, LCSW, has been in the field of social work for over 30 years; providing services in many different community based organizations. For the past ten years, Michelle has had group psychotherapy practices where she focuses on serving the LGBT+ community, children, families and couples, as well as helping therapists build their private practices.

Ethics  Committee Chair - Laurie Conaty, LCSW, LCAS

Laurie Conaty is coming with 30 years of experience providing mental health and substance use disorder treatment.  One of the leaders in obtaining licensure for LCSW’s in NC, third party vendorship for LCSW’s  and for LCSW’s to complete the First Examination for IVC’s, she is passionate about  the profession and practice of Clinical Social Work.  This in part informs her interest in ethics, ethical practice and risk management.
She is a Past President of the NC Society for Clinical Social Work and was named Clinical Social Worker of the Year in 2007.  She has been involved with the NCSCSW as the Ethics Chair and Insurance/Managed Care Chair.   She is a member of both NCSCSW and NC-NASW.  She is EMDR trained, trained in “Love First Clinical Interventions,” and a member of Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.  Currently, she consults, trains and provides outpatient treatment through her practice, Laurie Conaty, LCSW, LCAS, PA, located in Sanford, NC.

Membership Committee Chair – 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.

Member-at-Large – Patty Key, LCSW

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.

Member-at-Large John Craichy, MBA, LCSWA

John Craichy is a management consultant, personal coach and family therapist. After years of volunteer work with men and adolescents, John pursued training and licensing in clinical social work with an emphasis on change models and substance use disorders. As a business development professional, consultant and coach, John focuses on helping individuals turn their unique capabilities and vision into sustainable ventures. He has a passion for helping people lead with clarity and purpose in order to make an impact. He has over 20 years experience commercializing technology, including executive roles in four start-up companies. He applies similar processes to coaching adults and adolescents, using business planning tools to develop personal leadership. He creates individual leadership opportunities, group processes and workshops to help people communicate and lead more effectively. He created a unique visual model for understanding the entrepreneurial process and developing effective business plans.

Communications Committee Chair – Julia Harr, LCSW

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, LCSW

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. 


 Student Representatives


Staff Members

Administrator - Wayne Townsend, LCSW

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.