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Kyra Nehls

CASE Intake Advocate

Kyra Nehls joined DRNC in November of 2023 as a case advocate. Her work focuses on DRNC’s statewide intake process and providing self-advocacy support. Kyra graduated from North Carolina State University in December of 2020 with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Currently, she is working toward her Master of Social Work degree at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Miss Nehls started at DRNC as a social work intern in September of 2022.

Kyra brings a wealth of experience to her new role. She has worked at Crossroads, UNCW’s Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Education Program, where she gained valuable insights into advocacy and support work. Additionally, Kyra has volunteered as a research volunteer for the FACES Program at North Carolina State University, where she connected families of children with Autism to resources and facilitated community events. She has also served as an Administrative Support Assistant at UNCW’s Department of International Studies program, developing strong organizational and communication skills.

Kyra Nehls has consistently harbored a dedication to assisting others. Following her father’s dementia diagnosis, she became determined to be an advocate for individuals with disabilities. Kyra lives in the Triangle with her partner and dog. She loves spending time with her family, reading and playing video games.


Disability Rights NC

About Us

Disability Rights North Carolina is a legal advocacy organization that fights for the rights of people with disabilities in North Carolina.

What is a P&A?

After Willowbrook, congress made sure that every state has a Protective and Advocacy agency. DRNC is the federally mandated...

Our Team

All staff currently working for Disability Rights North Carolina, listed in alphabetical order, including titles and background info...

Board of Directors

DRNC’s Board of Directors is a diverse group of individuals who are passionate about the rights of people with disabilities. All or...

PAIMI Advisory Council

In 1986, Congress took significant action to stop abuse, neglect, and other rights violations against people with mental health disabil...


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