When Carol Riedel Lopinski (82) graduated from ENC with her bachelor’s degree in social work, she knew she wanted to support families in raising happy, healthy children. Carol got her MSW at the University of Pittsburgh in 1984 with a dual emphasis on direct practice and administration.
When she moved to Phoenix in 1984, she had no idea where the Lord would lead her career. After two years of providing counseling to families, Carol started working at the Child Crisis Center (CCC) whose work focused on children in the child welfare system.
Over the past 25 years, Carol has helped lead the agency to expand its work to supporting any family in their quest to raise confident, capable children. Much of this occurs through a state-of-the-art Family Resource Center that began in 1996 serving 100 families and now serves 1,000 families annually. Carol’s expertise includes child abuse prevention, child management and discipline, step-families, military family support, relatives raising a relative child and father engagement. Carol’s duties include serving on the agency’s executive team which helps lead CCC, developing new service program areas and expertise, directly supervising staff, grant writing, program evaluation, community coalition building, state and local conference planning, and developing organizational alliances to help create community and state system change.
Carol is committed to the field of social work and demonstrates this by serving on the National Association of Social Workers – Arizona Chapter Board of Directors, teaching classes at Arizona State University School of Social Work, and providing 70+ internships for social work students. Carol was honored to receive the National Association of Social Workers-Arizona, Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.