Ennis is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in early childhood mental health who has worked in a variety of roles serving at-risk children ages birth to 5 and their families. She has worked in North Carolina since 1992 serving as a home visitor, program director and as a social worker on a multidisciplinary team responsible for determining eligibility for early intervention services for children under 5. From 1999 – 2018, she served as an administrator and mental health specialist for Orange County Head Start/Early Head Start in Chapel Hill, NC.  In this role, she consulted with program staff and families around issues of toxic stress, child abuse & neglect, parenting, preventing and managing children’s challenging behavior, adult & child mental health and strengthening families by promoting protective factors. She is an experienced trainer on topics such as engaging families, identifying needs and accessing services for children under 5, parenting education, early childhood mental health, managing EHS/Child Care Partnerships and home visiting. She co-led the Orange/Chatham Early Childhood Mental Health Task Force from 2012 – 2018 and is a Board Member of the North Carolina Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Association. Ennis co-founded the Orange RESILIENCE Initiative (ORI) in 2017 and is a member of the Durham ACEs Task Force.  She is the mother of 3 and the wife of a Durham Public Schools Kindergarten teacher.