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Jeanne Preisler

Interim Program Manager

Center for Family and Community Engagement

James B Hunt Jr Centennial Cam 5161


Jeanne is a lifelong learner who values relationships and collaboration. Jeanne’s professional experience is anchored in trauma-informed programming, domestic violence and sexual assault services, family engagement, and leadership development. She is also a seasoned conference planner, trainer, and child welfare professional with leadership experience in both the private and public sectors. Embracing the work of Dr. Brené Brown, Jeanne believes vulnerability is our greatest strength and is on a mission to create a more psychologically safe, collaborative world.

An avid animal lover, Jeanne has many four-legged family members and welcomes the discussion about how many is too many. She carries a lint brush with her at all times, but this is a small sacrifice for the joy dogs and cats bring to her life. Jeanne is the proud mother of two adult daughters – one through foster care and one through kinship placement – and thoroughly enjoys being “Nanny J” to her beautiful granddaughter. Using her personal experience interacting with the child welfare system and her background in psychology (Go Gators!), Jeanne has served the children, youth, and families of North Carolina for more than 20 years.


North Carolina Child Welfare Family Leadership Model


Sullivan K.M., Shanahan M., Preisler J.J., Kane N. (2020) The Child Welfare System: Problems, Controversies, and Future Directions. In: Geffner R., White J., Hamberger L., Rosenbaum A., Vaughan-Eden V., Vieth V. (eds) Handbook of Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan. Springer, Cham.

Preisler, J. (2019). Lessons from My Kinship JourneyFostering Perspectives, 24(1), 2.

Preisler, J.J., Stewart, C.J. (2018). Running the Numbers: Domestic Violence in Child Welfare. North Carolina Medical Journal, 79(2), 130-131.

Preisler, J. (2017). Resilience is Something Everyone Can BuildFostering Perspectives, 22(1), 3.

Preisler, J. (2017). How We React and Carry Ourselves MattersFostering Perspectives, 21(2), 1-2.

Preisler, J. (2016). Ever Feel Like You Aren’t Making a Difference? A Book Review. Fostering Perspectives, 20(2), 12.

Preisler, J. (2015). Caring for Children with Nonsuicidal, Self-Injurious Behavior. Fostering Perspectives, 20(1), 7.

Preisler, J. (2015). What is Your Stress Level TodayFostering Perspectives, 19(2), 12.

Preisler, J. (2014). The CARS Agreement: A Bridge to IndependenceFostering Perspectives, 19(1), 12.

Preisler, J. (2013). Being Safe Vs. Feeling SafeFostering Perspectives, 17(2), 4.

Preisler, J. (2012). Fighting Placement Disruptions Using the “Decker Principle”Fostering Perspectives, 16(2), 9.

Preisler, J. (2010). Fourteen-year Old Male, Homeless and Hungry. Fostering Perspectives, 15(1), 9.

Preisler, J. (2010). Jimmy Wayne Asks: Meet Me Halfway. Fostering Perspectives, 14(2), 12.

Preisler, J. (2009). Be Loss and Attachment Specialists. Fostering Perspectives, 13(2), 13.

Preisler, J. (2007). Children Do Best in Families. Fostering Perspectives. 11(2), 11.

Preisler, J. (2002). Moving From Foster Care to Adoption. Fostering Perspectives. 7(1), 6-7.

Crandall, C.S., Preisler, J.J., Aussprung, J. (1992). Measuring Life Event Stress in the Lives of College Students: The Undergraduate Stress Questionnaire (USQ)Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 15(6), 627-662.


B.S. Psychology University of Florida at Gainesville 1991

MPA Candidate North Carolina State University 2023