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NASW-NC Executive Director Kathy Boyd to Retire

Thursday, November 2, 2017   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Valerie Arendt
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The staff and Board of Directors for the National Association of Social Workers North Carolina Chapter extends its gratitude and admiration to Kathy Boyd, the organization’s executive director for the past 32 years. Kathy is set to retire on March 31, 2018.

During her tenure as Executive Director, Kathy has seen the Chapter grow from 1,300 members, 1 staff and no equipment in a rented office to over 5,000 members in North Carolina and the addition of the International District, 5 full-time and 2 part-time staff and ownership of the beautiful NASW-NC office in Historic Oakwood in downtown Raleigh.


Kathy has led the association through many advances in the social work profession, including mandated licensure, title protection in the private sector, passage of reimbursement laws and confidentiality statutes for social workers. Kathy paved the way for new, advanced areas of social work practice such as human-animal bond, disaster response social work and integrated care. Because of Kathy’s leadership, social work was the first master level profession to gain direct enrollment in Medicaid in North Carolina and remains one of the only master level professions allowed to provide for the first exam during the involuntary commitment process.

According to Kathy, “We have seen a lot of positive changes for the social work profession over the years but there is still so much more that needs to be done to continue to advance and protect the profession. It has been such an honor to have been with NASW-NC for as long as I have. There are so many amazing social workers throughout our state, doing exceptional work that saves and changes lives.”

NASW-NC Chapter President, Ryan Estes, has a search committee in place and the announcement to find a new executive director will be distributed in December.


Gregory E. Perkins says...
Posted Thursday, January 11, 2018
Kathy has more than just contributed to the growth of our Chapter here in North Carolina. She has consistently championed the case for social justice and health/behavioral services to those without access to affordable care. Kathy is thoughtful, compassionate and arduous in her efforts to promote, support and towards ensuring that the voice of North Carolina Social Workers are heard from Jones Street in Raleigh to Pennsylvania Avenue in DC. I am not convinced that she is retiring, just closing this chapter in her personal and professional attainments as she moves forward to other service roles. Be Blessed and Thank you Kathy. Greg P

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