The Nomination Committee proudly announces its Board of Directors for 2019-2021. This year’s slate will join the current Treasurer, Secretary, Program Chair and 2 Members-at Large (who are scheduled for reelection in 2020). Congratulations!
President: 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, LCASA graduated from NC State University with her MSW in 2014 and has been a member of the clinical society since 2016. She has served on the membership committee for the past 3 years and served in 2018 as a Member-at-Large. Brittney owns a private practice in downtown Raleigh where she focuses on working with young professionals, entrepreneurs, the LGBTQIA community, and couples. Brittney is also a community support team lead in Wake County, doing community-based work with high risk populations.
Advocacy Chair: Michelle Topal, MSW, LCSW has been in the field of social work for over 30 years; providing direct and supervisory services in many different community based organizations. Michelle has also focused her professional, educational and volunteer experiences to advocating and caring for the needs of the LGBTQ+ community, including being on the original Board for the LGBT Center of Raleigh and developing and running the first Triangle LGBTQ+ youth program for about five years. After running two group practices for about 10 years, she now runs her solo practice. Michelle focuses her practice on serving the LGBT+ community, children, families and couples. Michelle is also somewhat of a policy and political wonk, and in this capacity, she has served as Advocacy Chair for the NCSCSW for the past two years. There she has actively participated in state wide professional committees that have, for example, worked on representing the needs of LCSW’s and consumers with Medicaid Transformation, the Heath Information Exchange and the State Health Plan.
Communications Chair: Jessica Jeremiah, LCSW, LCAS, CCS, MAC, DBTC, CCTP, CMBEC 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, or CalU. Her social work experience over the past 13 years includes work at a residential substance use disorder treatment facility, then a practicum through the New York Academy of Medicine’s Hartford Partnership Program for Aging Education, employment in hospice and home health settings, and with homeless clients living with end-stage AIDS, as well as work with a state-run veterans nursing home with over 500 residents. She has been involved with the NC Society for Clinical Social Work since 2015, then became the interim Communications Chair in the fall of 2018, and has accepted full responsibility for that role since February 2019.
Member at Large: Fantasia Johnson graduated from the MSW program at North Carolina Central University in May 2015 and has been a member of the North Carolina Society for Clinical Social Work since 2017. Fantasia currently serves on the Programs Committee. 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. Prior to obtaining her MSW, Fantasia worked for over six years with the department of social services as an independent living program coordinator, serving adolescents and young adults in foster care. During that time, Fantasia cofounded a youth entrepreneur and leadership program/summer camp, TEAMUP, with colleagues within the agency. Additionally, Fantasia serves on the Durham Youth Workforce Development Board and is a certified Barre fitness instructor.
Student Representative: 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.