Dr. Carol Williams-Nickelson was named executive director in February 2013, overseeing all aspects of the organization and working closely with the Board of Directors to develop and execute successful strategies to achieve its goals. She serves as an ambassador and spokesperson for CIDQ, with an emphasis on promoting a holistic approach to health, wellness and public safety through evidence-based design.
Over her career, Carol has 20 years of nonprofit, for-profit, healthcare and social service leadership experience. Her most recent roles have included serving as the executive director for the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) and Foundation, the associate executive director of the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS).
In addition to her work experience, Carol has received numerous awards and honors for her leadership and service. The Carol Williams-Nickelson Award for Women’s Leadership and Scholarship in Women’s Issues, created in honor of the work she has done in the field of pyschology, is a competitive award bestowed to a deserving student each year by the American Psychological Association and APAGS. In 2012, Carol was a proud and humbled recipient of AMSA's Women Leaders in Medicine Award for demonstrating and executing the values of AMSA, influencing, inspiring and mentoring physicians-in-training to be leaders in medicine and strategically rebuilding the 62-year-old organization to embrace innovation while guiding the next generation of physician leaders.
Carol holds bachelor’s degrees from Brigham Young University in psychology, dance and sociology. She then earned her master’s degree in counseling psychology and a Psy.D. in psychology from Our Lady of the Lake University. She completed her doctoral internship at Notre Dame University.
Carol is an avid weekend gardener. She enjoys party-planning for any and every occasion and she loves exploring wineries. Spending time with her two school-aged daughters and husband is her favorite pastime.