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National Coming Out Day 2023

Each year, on October 11th, people around the world celebrate National Coming Out Day.   This day serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of creating a safe and accepting space for LGBTQ+ individuals to express their true selves. While coming out can be a personal and sometimes challenging experience, it also plays a crucial […]

Happy Anniversary Craig Bass!

Craig Bass, CEO, Celebrates 36 Years at Alexander Youth Network! Happy 36-year “AYN*niversary” to our Chief Executive Officer Officer, Craig Bass, MSW, ACSW. Craig first joined Alexander in 1979 as a resident counselor. “I came to Alexander to work with kids, and that’s what I did during my first three years here,” Craig shared. “I […]

Happy Anniversary Dr. Van Catterall!

Dr. Van Catterall Celebrates 26 Years at Alexander Youth Network! Happy 26-year “AYN*niversary” to our Chief Clinical Officer, Van Catterall, Ph.D. After working with Youth Focus, Dr. Catterall officially joined the Alexander team in 2019 with the Youth Focus merger.  As a clinical psychologist, he spent much of his early career working with children in […]

Happy Anniversary Ashley Sparks!

Ashley Sparks Celebrates 10 Years at Alexander Youth Network! Happy 10-year “AYN*niversary” to our Facility-Based Crisis Executive Director, Ashley Sparks, MSW, LCSW-A. Ashley first began working with Alexander as a part-time office manager in our Southern Pines office. At first, Ashley wasn’t sure if her career in human services would be a long-term one or […]

Happy Anniversary Sandra Pizzaro!

Sandra Pizzaro Celebrates 9 Years at Alexander Youth Network! Happy 9-year “AYN*niversary” to our Chief People & Culture Officer, Sandra Pizzaro, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, MBA. Sandra first began working with Alexander in 2010 after serving in a role where she had the opportunity to network with the agency in identifying job opportunities for the county’s displaced […]

Happy Anniversary Carolyn Spence!

Carolyn Spence Celebrates 26 Years at Alexander Youth Network! Happy 26-year “AYN*niversary” to our Chief Information Officer, Carolyn Spence! Carolyn came to the United States from Canada in 1997 and after applying for a couple of jobs, chose to work at Alexander because it aligned with her human services interests. She joined Alexander as a […]

Happy Anniversary Amanda Pottinger!

Amanda Pottinger Celebrates 18 Years at Alexander Youth Network! Happy 18-year “AYN*niversary” to our Referral Development Director, Amanda Pottinger! Amanda joined Alexander in 2005 as a Behavioral Health Counselor. Through the years, Amanda has been a Group Home Supervisor, Service Authorizations Specialist, Process Integrity Auditor, Traffic Manager, Project Manager – Office of the CEO, and […]

Happy Anniversary Erika Moss!

Erika Moss Celebrates 10 Years at Alexander Youth Network! Happy 10-year “AYN*niversary” to our Case Support Manager, Erika Moss! After graduating from UNC-Greensboro with degrees in Psychology and Theatre, Erika entered the professional world as a stage actress and technician for various resident theatres around the country. While she loved her years as a performer, […]

Mental Health Tips from Dr. Sedegah

Last month, in celebration of Mental Health Awareness Month, we interviewed our very own, Nai’mah Sedegah, Ph.D, Senior Psychologist, to gather some important mental health insights. Dr. Sedegah shared her expertise on various topics related to mental health, including explaining emotions to children, coping strategies, self-care practices, and guidelines to seeking professional help for children […]

Happy Anniversary Lloiann Byers!

Lloiann Byers Celebrates 8 Years at Alexander Youth Network! Happy 8-year “AYN*niversary” to our Lead Licensing Specialist, Lloiann Byers! Lloiann worked at Rutherford County DSS for 10 years as a foster care worker prior to working for Alexander.  In that capacity, she was already familiar with the foster parents at Alexander, as she had been […]

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