Candidates for Board of Directors 2019-2021

The Nomination Committee proudly announces the nominations for election to the Board 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).   Please indicate your preference for each position. Your participation is a simple and important way to offer your support to these volunteers. Thank you very much for adding your voice to this election.

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Bios of each candidate:

President Nominee:  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 Nominee:  Hayden Dawes, LCSW, LCAS-A 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

Advocacy Chair:  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 Chair:  VACANT (Accepting Nominations)

Communications Chair:  Jessica Jeremiah, LCSW need

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.