NASW Board of Directors
Region Representative V

S. Ryan Estes, LCSW, LCAS, CCS


Ryan Estes

S. Ryan Estes, LCSW, LCAS, CCS, is the treatment operations director for Coastal Horizons Center. His work focuses on program development, fiscal and policy oversight, and clinical and administrative consultation. Ryan has received over $5 million in grants and added 200 new social work positions at his company; his supervisory chain includes more than 200 employees. Ryan received his BA in psychology and philosophy from Wake Forest University and his MSW from University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. 

He is a licensed clinical social worker and licensed clinical addiction specialist. Ryan is part-time adjunct faculty for UNC at Wilmington. He is part of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, trauma-focused cognitive–behavioral therapy clinician, and a national Protective Factors trainer. Ryan serves on the National Family Preservation Network board and is the former president of the North Carolina chapter of NASW. He is a member of the national NASW Audit Committee and a current voting delegate.