Nelson

Valanda “Val” Nelson has been named Director of Human Resources at NRVCS, after having served on an interim basis in the same position since December 2017.

Nelson first joined NRVCS as the agency’s Client Advocate in July 2016. Originally from the New River Valley, Nelson had previously worked in various capacities within the behavioral healthcare industry in North Carolina. She has provided direct clinical services, advocacy services, and executive level leadership and management throughout her career.

Nelson is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (LCAS) and Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS) in North Carolina and is also a Board-Certified Music Therapist. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Music Therapy from East Carolina University, and a second Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

“I think that having a background in direct clinical services and leadership in behavioral health gives me a unique perspective to help support and develop employees,” stated Nelson. “I feel strongly that in order to have a successful human services agency, we must take care of our employees. Period.”

“If we take care of our employees, they in turn will take care of our clients and our organization,” she added.

“Val has done a good job for us during her status as interim Human Resources Director,” remarked NRVCS Executive Director James Pritchett. “She has helped restructure operations of our HR department to maximize efficiency and I think her extensive experience in both direct care and advocacy gives her an excellent understanding of our mission, as well as the demands on our staff.”

Pritchett added that he believes Nelson will bring renewed energy and focus to internal initiatives, including the agency’s efforts around diversity and employee wellness.

When not working, Nelson enjoys spending time with friends and family. She also plays the bassoon professionally, and has two Basenjis (African, bark-less, hunting dogs.)