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Congratulations to our fourth leadership program cohort!

Screen capture featuing members of 4th MPLD cohort.
Screen capture featuing members of 4th MPLD cohort.

The fourth cohort of the Minority Professional Leadership Development (MPLD) program fellows met virtually in October for a kick-off meeting filled with skill-building activities and opportunities to network with professionals from across the nation.

Over the course of the 12-month program, the 16 fellows will learn about transformational leadership, practice, research, and policy, and take a closer look at disproportionality in child welfare. They will also complete an action research project that addresses a challenge they are facing in their local child welfare system, supported by a mentor and coaching from experts in the field.

Congratulations to the members of the 2022 MPLD cohort!

  • Greta Archbold, Senior Education Specialist-ROPA, OFCS-NY
  • Cordelia Cranshaw, LifeSet Specialist, DC Child and Family Services Agency
  • Renee Evelyn, Adoption Field Support Specialist, Division of Child Protection & Permanency (New Jersey)
  • Jasmin Fuentes, Social Work Supervisor II, Family Department of Puerto Rico
  • Lakisha Goodman, Services Program Manager 14, State of Michigan
  • Mercedes Gruzeski, Youth Connections Advocate, Raise the Future (Colorado)
  • Angela Jenkins, Program Coordinator II, South Carolina Department of Social Services
  • Sarahi Juarez, Recruitment and Retention Specialist, Family Resource and Training Center (Idaho)
  • Bianca Kwiatkowski, Supervising Program Support Specialist I, Division of Child Protection and Permanency (New Jersey)
  • Christopher Poles, Monroe County Senior Caseworker, Monroe County (New York)
  • Erica Slocum, Regional Adoption Coordinator, Department of Human Services-Division of Family & Children Services (Georgia)
  • Naquasha Stewart, Family Case Manager Supervisor, Indiana Department of Child Services
  • Devyn Taylor, Child Welfare Supervisor, Alameda County (California)
  • Anisa Tucker (Evans), Older Youth Initiatives Manager, Indiana Department of Child Services
  • Jillian Williams, Deputy Director, OFCS-NY
  • Sandra Womack, Adoption Support Consultant, State of Washington Department of Children, Youth & Families (Washington)

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