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
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
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 – 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.
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.
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
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 – Chenita Roundtree
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.
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.