Michelle Winstead began working with the New Hanover County Department of Social Services as assistant director in September 2014. She was promoted to the position of director in July 2015. As director, Michelle is responsible for assessing, planning, and managing all social work services and public assistance programs. The economic impact of the department’s programming is significant. Over $207 million was provided to health care providers, child care centers, grocery stores and other businesses in our community through Medicaid, child care subsidies, food and nutrition services, and emergency financial resources. The department’s Fatherhood Program has also made a significant financial impact on families in our community by raising over $193,885 in incentive money.
Michelle previously served for a brief time as DSS director in Warren County, North Carolina. She also worked as a benefits manager with Castrol, Inc. before joining the staff of Halifax County DSS in 1992. During her tenure there, she served as a social worker, supervisor of Work First employment and day care units, and as a community development specialist.
Michelle received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Swarthmore College and performed master’s level coursework in the Human Resources and Management Development Program at New School University in New York, NY. Outside the office, you can find Michelle with a good book.