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NASW-NC has 5 Full-time and 1 Part-time staff available to assist members.


While we advocate for all social workers and the profession, please note that if you are not a member, our time is limited to answer most questions or assist you, as our services are a membership benefit.


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Kathy Boyd MSW, ACSW, CMSW
Executive Director

Kathy has a MSW from West Virginia University and a certificate in Association Management from Duke University. Kathy was selected as the National NASW Chapter Director of the Year in 2000. Prior to her work with NASW-NC, Kathy spent 6 years with Johnston County Mental Health Center in Smithfield, NC where she worked as the Consultation and Education Coordinator.


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Valerie Arendt, MSW, MPP
Associate Executive Director

Valerie obtained her Master of Social Work and Public Policy degrees from the University of Minnesota. Valerie’s social work experience includes a focus on refugee and immigrant families, early childhood education, women and youth education, affordable housing, and nonprofit management. 


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Kay Castillo, BSW 
Director of Advocacy, Policy & Legislation

International Coordinator

Kay Castillo holds a BSW from Campbell University. In her role at NASW-NC, Kay is a registered lobbyist and spends her time advancing the social work profession through policy development at the NC General Assembly and with various Departments' leadership.

Giving social workers a voice at the table among NASW-NC’s many Coalition partners, Kay has served in a variety of leadership roles. Kay is the recent Past-Chair of The Coalition, a statewide organization advocating on behalf of Mental Health/Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities/Substance Use Disorder Services; and current Secretary for the Mental Health Coalition, a subcommittee of The Coalition focusing on mental health policy.

Kay is also the International Coordinator for the NASW-NC International District and communicates with over 300 NASW members working and living abroad.


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Hope Venetta
Director of Professional Development


Hope received her BA from Meredith College and a Certificate of Nonprofit Management from Duke University. Hope develops and implements programs that strengthen the quality of continuing education options for Social Workers in North Carolina. In addition to her role in creating learning environments for professionals to develop their skill, Hope also enjoys helping young professionals stake their claim in their chosen field, and seasoned professionals get more from their careers.

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Kristen Carter

Operations Manager


Kristen received both her Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees from Wake Technical Community College. Kristen has been with NASW-NC since 2011 and has since transformed office functionality by strengthening contract and partner relations, implementing data organization procedures, advancing marketing and communications programs, developing and building non-dues revenue programs to enhance the chapter financially, and many other essential daily functions.


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Debbie Conner

Finance Director


Debbie received her BA in Political Science from UNC-Chapel Hill. After working for seven years as the Business and Office Manager at NASW-NC, Debbie was accepted into the MSW Program at North Carolina State University (while still employed full-time at NASW-NC) and earned her MSW degree in 2009. After receiving her MSW, Debbie worked with the geriatric population through the Franklin County Department of Aging. Since July 2013, Debbie has realized her dream/calling of working as a hospice social worker. "I consider it an honor to walk along this unique journey with each patient and family.”

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