Brett A. Loftis, JD
Brett Loftis was born in urban Dallas County Texas, and at age ten he moved to a rural community outside of Seneca, SC. His early experiences observing poverty and the needs of children in these contrasting communities prompted his interest in children’s rights and social change. While receiving his undergraduate degrees in Sociology and Political Science from Furman University, Brett worked in a residential program for at-risk children. This experience led him into the world of child advocacy to become a volunteer Guardian ad Litem for abused and neglected children in the SC court system. Eventually Brett went on to work for the South Carolina Guardian ad Litem program where he trained volunteers and supervised over 165 lay advocates and a dozen volunteer attorneys.
Even after leaving that work to pursue youth ministry, Brett never lost his passion for protecting the most vulnerable children.
This consistent passion eventually sent him to Wake Forest University School of Law to continue his career in child advocacy. After receiving his law degree and passing the Bar, Brett went on to be a Child Advocate Attorney with the Council for Children in Charlotte. In 2005, Brett became the Executive Director of the Council and a year later led the agency through a merger to form the Council for Children’s Rights, the largest agency of its kind in the southeast. Brett served as Executive Director for eight years before joining the Crossnore School as CEO on February 1, 2013.
Under Brett’s leadership, The Crossnore School’s Second Century Campaign successfully surpassed the goal of building the School’s endowment fund, building a new high school at Williams Academy which opened in August of 2015, and constructing three new cottages which opened in late 2016. In February 2016, The Crossnore School announced expansion by affiliating with The Children’s Home in Winston-Salem, NC. This affiliation has resulted in a full merger of both organizations into Crossnore School & Children’s Home. As CEO, Brett provides executive leadership and strategic planning for the organization with the goal of becoming the premier provider of children’s services in western NC.
Brett serves on numerous statewide committees and boards of directors, and he speaks statewide and nationally about children’s issues. In his free time, Brett loves to coach youth soccer and basketball. As a trained pastoral counselor, Brett and his wife spent 8 years leading a Christian 12-step recovery ministry called Celebrate Recovery. Brett’s greatest love is his wife Sally and his three boys, Will, Elijah, and Lawson.
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