Nancy Keller-MacKinnon

Nancy Keller-MacKinnon

Social Worker - Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office and Part-Time Faculty

Nancy Keller-MacKinnon


Nancy Keller-MacKinnon graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 1999 with a MSW specializing in Service to Children and Families. She has spent 39 years of service with the State of Michigan starting out as an assistant payment’s worker determining eligibility for various benefit programs. From there, she began her true career as a CPS Worker where she found her passion working with families and working to keep children safe and families together. Eventually, she promoted to CPS Supervisor in Oakland County where she served for about four years. She was then promoted to CPS Program Manager in Wayne County where she served until her retirement in 2019.

After promoting to CPS Program Manager , she worked to build relations with various community partners. She served on Child Death Review, on the board of directors at Child’s Hope, was Vice President of Kid’s Talk Advisory Board, and served as the lead contact in Wayne County for the FBI and Dept. of Homeland Security for victims of Human Trafficking.

She began working with Wayne State on various committees to review risk assessments and develop strategies to improve staff performance. She has also served as a field instructor for Wayne State and other universities. She also served as a member of Wayne Together Collaborative and presented with other faculty at the CSWE 63rd Annual Program Meeting in 2017. She began teaching part-time in 2018. Upon her retirement, she also began serving as a faculty field liaison.

Keller-MacKinnon currently works as a WSU social worker at the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office and part-time faculty in the School of Social Work.


As the Wayne State University SSW Social Worker, Keller-MacKinnon will be working as the practicum instructor for MSW and BSW students placed at the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office and will provide grief counseling for families when they come to the office to identify a loved one and follow up with the family during a difficult time in their lives. Keller-MacKinnon will also be a part of the Wayne County Child Death Review collaborating with community partners to discuss the cause of an infant or child’s death and develop ways we as a community can increase infant and child safety. She will also serve as part-time faculty in the WSU School of Social Work.

Degrees and Certifications

  • MSW, Eastern Michigan University
  • Michigan Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • BS, Oakland University

Teaching Interests

 Child Welfare

Areas of Expertise

  • Child Welfare
  • Family Preservation
  • Human Trafficking

Courses taught by Nancy Keller-MacKinnon

Fall Term 2024 (future)

Fall Term 2023

Fall Term 2022

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