Gov. Deal names Child Welfare Reform council members - CBS46 News

Gov. Deal names Child Welfare Reform council members

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ATLANTA, GA (CBS46) -

Gov. Nathan Deal announced the names of those who will serve on the Child Welfare Reform council.

The council was created to improve the child welfare system in Georgia.

"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 meet throughout the year, working on a review of the Division of Family and Children Services, and advise Gov. Deal on possible reforms.

Stephany Blank was named chair of the council. The council members are listed below:

NameOrganizationCity
Ashley WillcottExecutive Director
Office of the Child Advocate
Dunwoody
Judge Steve TeskeChief Judge
Juvenile Court of Clayton County
Jonesboro
Judge Peggy WalkerJuvenile Court Judge
Juvenile Court of Douglas County
Douglasville
Melissa CarterDirector
Barton Child Law and Policy Center
Decatur
Donna HylandPresident and CEO
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Atlanta
Dr. Cheryl DozierPresident
Savannah State University
Savannah
Meredith RamaleyDetective
Smyrna Police Department
Smyrna
Heather RowlesExecutive Director
Multi-Agency Alliance for Children (MAAC)
Atlanta
Tyra WalkerWinShape Homes Director
Chick-fil-a, Inc
Jonesboro
Crystal WilliamsFounding Member
EmpowerMEnt & Former Foster Youth
Atlanta
Lamar BurkettFoster Parent & Advocate 
Bob Bruder-MattsonChief Executive Officer
The United Methodist Children's Home
Roswell
Valerie ConditSchool Social Worker
Fulton County Schools
Atlanta
Duaine HathawayExecutive Director
Georgia CASA
Newnan
Carolyn HugleyState Representative
Georgia General Assembly
Columbus
Valerie ClarkState Representative
Georgia General Assembly
Lawrenceville
Wendell WillardState Representative
Georgia General Assembly
Sandy Springs
Freddie Powell SimsState Senator
Georgia General Assembly
Albany
Burt JonesState Senator
Georgia General Assembly
Jackson
Fran MillarState Senator
Georgia General Assembly
Dunwoody

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