GA Gov. Nathan Deal Names Child Welfare Reform Council Members


Deal names Child Welfare Reform Council members


Gov. Nathan Deal  named the list of those who will serve on the Child Welfare Reform Council, which was recently created to improve our child welfare system and better protect Georgia's most vulnerable citizens.


“With this council now in place, it is our hope to uncover new approaches that will strengthen our child welfare system and ensure that Georgia's children are given the best shot at a good life,” Deal said. “These appointees have dedicated themselves to improving the lives of children, and I feel confident that together they will produce meaningful and thoughtful reform recommendations.”


The council will convene throughout the remainder of this year to complete a comprehensive review of the Division of Family and Children Services and advise the governor on possible executive agency reforms and legislative fixes if necessary. Stephanie Blank will chair the council and will work in conjunction with the Governor's Office and the Department of Human Services.


Council members are listed below:



Ashley Willcott, Executive Director, Office of the Child Advocate, Dunwoody

Judge Steve Teske, Chief Judge, Juvenile Court of Clayton County, Jonesboro

Judge Peggy Walker, Juvenile Court Judge, Juvenile Court of Douglas County, Douglasville

Melissa Carter, Director, Barton Child Law and Policy Center, Decatur

Donna Hyland, President and CEO, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta

Dr. Cheryl Dozier President, Savannah State University Savannah

Meredith Ramaley, Detective, Smyrna Police Department, Smyrna

Heather Rowles, Executive Director, Multi-Agency Alliance for Children(MAAC), Atlanta

Tyra Walker, WinShape Homes Director, Chick-fil-a, Inc Jonesboro

Crystal Williams, Founding Member, EmpowerMEnt & Former Foster Youth, Atlanta

Lamar Burkett, Foster Parent & Advocate, Moultrie

Bob Bruder-Mattson, Chief Executive Officer, The United Methodist Children's Home, Roswell

Valerie Condi,t School Social Worker, Fulton County Schools, Atlanta

Duaine Hathaway, Executive Director, Georgia CASA, Newnan

Carolyn Hugley, State Representative, Georgia General Assembly, Columbus

Valerie Clark, State Representative, Georgia General Assembly, Lawrenceville

Wendell Willard, State Representative, Georgia General Assembly, Sandy Springs

Freddie Powell Sims, State Senator, Georgia General Assembly, Albany

Burt Jones, State Senator, Georgia General Assembly, Jackson

Fran Millar, State Senato,r Georgia General Assembly, Dunwoody

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