Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina (PCANC) is proud to welcome Crystal Kelly as Vice President of Programs and Policy.

Kelly joins PCANC with over 20 years of experience related to child welfare, family services and social work. In this role, Kelly will oversee PCANC’s programs and policy work to strategically align goals across the agency and advance the organization’s mission. 

Previously, Kelly has worked with the Children’s Council of Watauga County as the Director of Strategic Initiatives and Executive Director, has co-led the Watauga Compassionate Community Initiative, taught in the Department of Social Work at Appalachian State University and worked as an Early Childhood Mental Health Therapist with Easter Seals, UCP. Recently she co-authored the Infant Mental Health Curriculum Guide with the Council on Social Work Education and is a Pritzker Fellow with the National Collaborative for Infants and Toddlers. Kelly holds her Master’s in Social Work from Appalachian State University and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Maternal Child Health Leadership from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  

“Crystal is a long-time partner of PCANC,” said PCANC President & CEO Sharon Hirsch. “Her depth of knowledge in the child maltreatment prevention field is vast, with experience with a variety of evidence-based parenting and home visiting programs, in community engagement to prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences and trauma, and in systems change thanks to her background with The Children’s Council of Watauga County, Inc. and as a Pritzker Fellow.”  

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