Exchange Family Center Leadership Team
The Exchange Family Center in Durham named Rachel Galanter, an award-winning advocate for preventing child abuse, as its new Executive Director in 2015.
“We are thrilled that Rachel will become the Exchange Family Center’s new executive director,” said Michael Darrow, president of EFC’s Board of Directors. “Rachel’s experience, expertise and passionate commitment to best practices, our agency, and our community made her the stand-out choice. With a growing national reputation in the field of parent engagement and home-based models, she is clearly the right leader to bring new and insightful partnerships to EFC as we enter our 23rd year of service.”
Rachel earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology at Columbia University and her Master's in Public Health (Maternal and Child Health) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Rachel joined the Exchange Family Center in 2000 as the Family Support Program Manager. She helped build that program, incorporating interns from the UNC School of Social Work, and developing sustainable funding for staff who have served over 600 families with in-home parent coaching. The program focuses on partnering with families to strengthen parent-child relationships and help caregivers develop their ability to successfully manage challenging behaviors.
In 2013, Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina presented Rachel with the prestigious Donna Stone Award, recognizing her significant contributions to supporting parents in their efforts to provide safe, stable, nurturing and healthy environments for their children, including her efforts to bring evidence-based family strengthening programs to agencies throughout the area.
Family Support Program (FSP)
Marcia Brown is the Program Manager of the Family Support Program. She joined the Exchange Family Center in 2011.
Marcia earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and her Master's degree in Social work from the University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill as well. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).
Parenting of Adolescents (POA)
Nicole Moore is the Program Manager of the Parenting of Adolescents Program and has been working at the Exchange Family Center since 2012. She supervises a team of Therapists and Social Work Interns and provides direct services to families using multiple proven models.
Nicole earned her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Virginia and her Master’s degree in Social Work at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).
Early Childhood Outreach (EChO)
Aviva Starr has been the EChO Program Manager at the Exchange Family Center since 2004. She manages EChO’s services and administrative details. Aviva also provides consultation to childcare providers and families when a child has challenging behavior and trains/coaches area childcare providers and Pre-K teachers on strategies that increase social-emotional development and decrease challenging behavior.
Aviva has been awarded the “Champions for Children” for Parent Education by Durham’s Partnership for Children and the Farber Award for Prevention Work from the University of Washington.
Aviva received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Washington and her Bachelor’s in American and Women’s Studies from Brandeis University in Massachusetts.