Staff

Kelsey Smith, LMSW, IMH-E® is currently serving as NCIMHA’s Program and Capacity Development Consultant in line to become the Executive Director.

She is committed to racial justice and equitable opportunities for all children to grow and prosper. Kelsey was a founding member of Power of Two, a New York City child welfare organization focused on dismantling systems of oppression to support the city’s youngest residents, and has a background in attachment-based parenting and home visiting. In 7 years, Kelsey helped the organization grow to serve all 5 boroughs of New York City and reach thousands of children and their families. Kelsey has extensive experience in organizational growth and program development, cultivating and maintaining relationships, program design, training and implementation, and consultation. She is an organizational leader who leads with integrity and authenticity. 

Kelsey holds a master’s degree from New York University School of Social Work and became Endorsed as an Infant Family Specialist in 2022.

Jess Taylor-Pickford, LCSW, IMH-E® currently serves as NCIMHA’s Endorsement Coordinator. She graduated from Smith College School of Social Work in 2011. Jess has extensive clinical experience working directly with infants, toddlers and their families in a variety of settings, including early care and education centers, in homes, and in a private practice setting. Additionally, Jess provides reflective supervision to individuals and groups, supporting supervisees in shifting the ways in which they view, wonder about, consider, understand, and respond to the pregnant women, infants, young children, and families whom they serve.

Committed and enthusiastic about Endorsement, Jess sought Endorsement as an Infant Mental Health Specialist in 2017 and as an Infant Mental Health Mentor (Clinical) in 2020.