RALEIGH, N.C.— Jack Register has been appointed as the new executive director at the National Alliance on Mental Illness North Carolina (NAMI NC), the association reported.

He replaces Deby Dihoffwho after eight years retired in December.

The non-profit group has been active in the debate over improving mental health treatment in the state.

A former government relations director for North Carolina’s chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, Register has also been a former board member for NAMI NC.

“Jack will bring leadership and creativity to NAMI NC’s programs and a deep sense of commitment to our mission,” said Mike Mayer, president of the organization’s board. “He has extensive experience in nonprofit management and program development, in addition to his work as a social worker.”

Register has wide experience in the direct care of those with mental illness and understands the public service sector. At the NC chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, he advocated and organized with those who work with NAMI and many partner organizations on system reform.

At the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, he won awards in teaching community organizing and public policy. In 2007, Social Work Today Magazine named Register “One of Today’s Most Influential Social Workers.”

“I am humbled and deeply honored to be joining the NAMI NC team at this critical time in our state,” said Register. “I have the privilege of working with a dedicated team to expand on our legacy of advocacy for the citizens of our state.”

Register has a rich work history and has served most recently as academic professional assistant professor with the Department of Social Work with the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.

He received his Bachelor of Arts from Guilford College with concentrations in peace and conflict studies and women’s studies. He was also the co-founder of the a.i.d.s. about AIDS student organization.

He was awarded his Master of Social Work at North Carolina A&T State University and UNCG and is now working on his Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies at Union Institute & University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

He is a licensed clinical social worker and certified advanced alcohol and drug counselor.

Register has been a presenter across the U.S. on a variety of subjects, as well as a contributing writer to a number of professional publications. In 2012, he was a panelist at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s School of Social Work at its LGBTQ caucus discussion which focused on identity in practice and support for LGBT colleagues.

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