Staff

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Kelsey Smith, LCSW, IMH-E® currently serves 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 Director.

Enthusiastic about Endorsement and reflective supervision/consultation, Jess sought Endorsement as an Infant Mental Health Specialist in 2017 and as an Infant Mental Health Mentor (Clinical) in 2020. She 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. Additionally, Jess enjoy bringing reflective practice into her current policy, systems, and partnership work.

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. She graduated from Smith College School of Social Work in 2011. Her desire to support this unique population comes from a strong held belief that all children should be seen, valued and supported just as they are.

Lacretia Powell, LMSW, IMH-E® currently serves as NCIMHA’s Endorsement Central Service Coordinator (ECCS).

Based in Michigan and employed by the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health, Lacretia is contracted to provide specialized support and guidance to our North Carolina Infant and (soon) Early Childhood Mental Health Endorsement (I/ECMH-E®) applicants. Lacretia received her Bachelor’s and Masters of Social Work at Michigan State University with a specialization in Infant Mental Health and Early Childhood. Lacretia previously worked an infant mental health home visitor through her local community mental health agency in Michigan and as a private practice clinician where she regularly applied utilized IECMH principals and practices.

Working with children and being an advocate for their overall well-being has always been Lacretia’s passion and what keeps her connected to this work. She is excited to provide Endorsement applicant support here in North Carolina and to interact with applicants as they embark on their Endorsement journey.