Registry Of Endorsed Professionals

NCIMHA’s Endorsement journey began with a pilot Infant Mental Health Endorsement Leadership Cohort in 2021 and an Early Childhood Mental Health Endorsement Leadership Cohort in 2022 that included:

Smokie Brawley, ECMH-E®
Diane Britz, LCSW, IMH-E®
Jes Fyall Cardenas, Ph.D, IECMH-E®
Gabriel Guyton, MA, MS Ed., IMH-E®
Sharon Little, Ed. D, IMH-E®
Sharon Loza, PhD, IMH-E®
Rowena Mudiappa, LCSW, IMH-E®
Susanne Walker Wilson, LCSW, LCAS-A, ITFS, IMH-E®
Tomeika Watson, LCSW, IMH-E®
Jodi Whiteman, MA, CEIM, IMH-E®
Tykara Young, LCSWA, ECMHE®

Learn more about some of these professionals, their experience applying for Endorsement and their hopes for our workforce here in North Carolina! 


North Carolina Registry of Endorsed Professionals

Name Category of Endorsement®
Angela Austin, LCSW Infant Family Specialist
Elizabeth Acker, M. Ed. Infant and Early Childhood Family Specialist 
Jennifer Anderson, M. Ed. Infant Family Specialist 
Amanda Benson, MSW, LCSW Infant Mental Health Specialist 
Smokie Brawley Early Childhood Family Reflective Supervisor
Diane Britz, LCSW Infant Mental Health Mentor Clinical
Tonya Boone Infant Family Specialist
Courtnie Coughlin Infant Family Specialist 
Jes Fyall Cardenas, Ph.D Infant Mental Health Mentor Research/Faculty & Early Childhood Family Associate
Karen S. Darby Early Childhood Family Associate
Miranda Delehoy Infant Family Specialist
Marilyn Ferrall, M. Ed.  Infant Family Reflective Supervisor
Gabriel Guyton, MA, MS Ed Infant Family Reflective Supervisor
Priscilla Hayes, M. Ed Infant Family Associate
Sarah Kiehn, M. Ed Infant Family Associate
Lovette Kirks Infant Family Associate
Sharon Little, Ed. D Infant Family Specialist
Sharon Loza, Ph.D. Infant Mental Health Mentor Policy
Christina Y Malu, LCSW, LCAS-A Infant Family Specialist
Rowena Mudiappa, LCSW Infant Mental Health Mentor Clinical
Ashley Nelson, LCSW Infant Family Specialist
Sara Palmer, MS Infant Family Associate
Ashley Parks, MA Infant Family Specialist
Angie Phipps, MS, ITFS Infant Family Associate
Portia Pope, Med, MPA, PMP, ITFS Infant Family Associate
Whitney Rea Infant Family Specialist
Susannah Savage Infant Family Associate
Kelsey Smith, LMSW Infant Family Specialist
Nickey  Reato-Stamey Infant Family Reflective Supervisor
Autumn Snyder Infant Family Reflective Supervisor
Kristina Trujillo Stephens, M. Ed Infant Family Associate
Susanne Walker Wilson, LCSW, LCAS-A, ITFS Infant Mental Health Mentor Clinical
Tomeika Watson, LCSW Infant Family Specialist
Jodi Whiteman, MA, CEIM Infant Mental Health Mentor Policy
Laura Wilson Trogdon, BS Infant Family Associate
Asata Virgo, MAS-IFP Infant Mental Health Specialist
Shannon Winsjansen, MSW, LCSW Infant Mental Health Specialist 
Tykara Young, LCSWA Early Childhood Family Specialist

Endorsement involves a standardized process to determine that a professional has accumulated specialized knowledge and skill in the infant and early childhood field. An applicant’s experiences are documented by the submission of an application that details competency-based training, specialized work experiences, reflective supervision/consultation (RSC) experiences and/or an exam. Endorsed professionals also sign a Code of Ethics. See more about Endorsement requirements hereMaintaining Endorsement also requires annual renewal that includes additional training and, for some, continued engagement in reflective supervision/consultation (RSC). See more about annual renewal requirements here

The Endorsement credential is not a professional license or a certificate. NCIMHA Endorsement cannot guarantee the quality of service of any endorsed professional.  NCIMHA Endorsement  does not include a process by which complaints or concerns regarding ethics can be filed. 

Endorsees are also required to re-commit to upholding the Code of Ethics annually.  Beginning in January of 2023, this commitment includes signing an attestation that the endorsee has not been sanctioned by a licensing board. If NCIMHA becomes aware of possible ethics violations by an endorsed professional, complainants are encouraged to, when applicable, contact the individual’s professional licensing board.  The NCIMHA Endorsement does not offer monitoring for ethics violations, however if NCIMHA learns that an endorsed professional has been sanctioned by a licensing board, the individual’s name is moved to the Inactive Endorsement Registry.  Those professionals will follow the policy for reactivation to the Active Endorsement Registry once the licensing board’s sanctions have been lifted.