Vernon L. Walters, Jr.
PRESIDENT | CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Vernon L Walters, Jr. has been the President/CEO of Nazareth Child & Family Connection for 19 years. During his tenure at Nazareth he has worked to increase the services and continuum of care provided to the community. He has provided the leadership to include Residential Level II services, Day Treatment services, and Mental Health and Substance Abuse counseling in the agency’s array of services and has opened locations in Salisbury, Albemarle, and Lexington. Mr. Walters has also established the infrastructure needed to ensure Nazareth obtained accreditation through the Council on Accreditation and maintain accreditation for the past 18 years.
Mr. Walters obtained his Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina Pembroke. Prior to his tenure at Nazareth, Mr. Walters served as the CEO/President of American Children’s Home in Lexington, NC and Executive Director of Sipe’s Orchard Home for Boys in Conover, NC. Mr. Walters currently lives in Lexington, NC with his wife, Renee.
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE
Mr. Lookabill joined Nazareth in November of 2015. Prior to that he worked as a Certified Public Accountant. Chris graduated in 1997 from UNC - Chapel Hill with a BS in Business Administration. In 1999, Chris graduated from UNC - Greensboro with a BS in Accounting. He then completed his Masters in Accounting in 2000, also from UNC- Greensboro. Chris is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant. He lives in Lexington, NC with his wife, Claire, two sons, Thomas and James, and his daughter, Ellis.
DIRECTOR OF CLINICAL SERVICES
Mr. Yousey joined Nazareth Child and Family Connection in October of 2012 when then Nazareth Children’s Home merged with Carolina Counseling and Consultation, an outpatient Mental Health and Substance abuse agency he co-owned and managed with Jim Mallinson.
During his tenure with Nazareth, he has overseen all clinical services at their outpatient offices in Salisbury, Lexington, and Concord as well as starting and managing a trauma focused level 3 residential group home and a day treatment program with three locations.
Prior to Carolina Counseling and Consultation, Greg worked as an independent practitioner in Rowan County serving to meet the mental health and developmental needs of local residents. In his career he has worked with a number of DD Agencies including RHA, GHA Autism Supports, and Horizon’s Residential Care and he holds the belief that a comprehensive team approach to mental health, Substance abuse, and developmental needs has the best hope for successful outcomes. Mr. Yousey has been an active member of the local mental health community and has been an active past member of the Cardinal Innovations Piedmont COC Network Council where he advocated for the needs of Licensed Independent Practitioners (LIPs) and LIP Agencies. He received his License to practice in NC from the NC Psychology Board in 1998, his Masters of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Appalachian State University in 1996, and his Undergraduate degree in Psychology from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1993. He lives in Salisbury, NC where he resides with his wife and three daughters.
DIRECTOR OF LICENSING AND PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT
Ms. Millican joined Nazareth Child & Family Connection in October of 1999 at the request of the current President/CEO. During her tenure with Nazareth, she has developed and managed the Foster Care, Therapeutic Foster Care and Adoption Programs. She currently provides clinical services in all three outpatient offices along with sharing clinical oversight of the outpatient clinicians. She is rostered in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy through the NC Child Treatment Program and she specializes in trauma and substance abuse work with both adults and children. Prior to her work at Nazareth, Jacqueline worked at American Children’s Home where she oversaw the Foster Care program where she trained, licensed and monitored foster homes.
Ms. Millican is an active member of Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Network Council where she advocates for the needs of Licensed Independent Practitioners and mental health agencies. She was recently elected to the NC Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers where she hopes to continue advocating for systems change. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her license to practice in North Carolina from the NC Social Work Licensure Board in 2010, her Master of Social Work Degree from the University of North Carolina~ Chapel Hill in 2010 and her Undergraduate Degree in Sociology from the University of North Carolina ~ Asheville in 1996. She is also a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist and is working on completing the licensing requirements for her clinical supervision credential through the NC Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board. Jacqueline lives in Salisbury, NC with her husband, Michael, and their two dogs.
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
Ms. Wilson joined Nazareth Child & Family Connection in June of 2017 as the Director of Development. Prior to joining Nazareth Child and Family Connection, Blair worked in development and fundraising, as well as spent some time as a substance abuse counselor. Blair received her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Community & Justice Studies, while minoring in Nonprofit Management, from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. She completed her Masters of Human Services in Child Protection from Nova Southeastern University in December of 2015. Blair is a native of Lexington, NC and lives there with her husband, Eric, daughter, Erika, and their three dogs.
DIRECTOR OF RESIDENTIAL SERVICES
Ms. Cagler has a Bachelor of Social Work degree and a Master of Arts degree. Donna has worked at Nazareth for over 20 years. She likes reading inspirational books, attending worship services and spending time with family.
Her two favorite Bible verses are “Because of Him, I live again” and “Be still and know that I am God”.
DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES
Since 2007, Jennifer Ethridge has been the Director of Human Resources at NCFC. Prior to coming to NCFC, Jennifer worked in direct care for residential services, case management, and as Residential Director at American Children's Home in Lexington, NC. Jennifer received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Cultural Anthropology at Memorial University of Newfoundland and a Masters of Public Affairs at University of North Carolina Greensboro. She currently holds a Professional in Human Resources Certification, is a member of the Society of Human Resources (SHRM), and is a peer reviewer for the Council on Accreditation. Jennifer is a native of St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada and has lived in North Carolina since 1997. Jennifer currently lives in Salisbury, NC with her husband, son, and dog.
"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. " - Maya Angelou
DIRECTOR OF FOSTER CARE SERVICES
Mrs. Squirewell Joined the Nazareth family in May of 2006 as a residential counselor in the transitional living program for males. After working direct care she moved into Case Management for Therapeutic Foster Care Services, before becoming the Director of the Foster Care & Adoptions programs. Originally from Maryland, Shawn moved to North Carolina to attend Catawba College in 2000. She graduated in 2004 with a Degree in Sociology and Minor in Psychology. She currently resides in Salisbury with her husband and two children.