Nieal M. Smith-Ross, Program Director

Nieal Marie Smith-Ross, Program Director

Nieal provides fiscal, strategic, and operational leadership, maintaining overall responsibility for program performance, quality of service, and contractual commitment. She also collaborates with members of the KRA Senior Leadership Team related to meeting/exceeding contract-performance standards.  Her expertise is drawn from her considerable 20+ years’ experience in community development, collaboration, and partnership; strategic program planning; leadership training and development, talent-acquisition; and supportive services for under-represented individuals in the areas of healthcare, housing, and human services.  Nieal, a Licensed Social Worker, holds an MA in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago, and a BS degree in Social Work from Southern Illinois University.