Jerry Milner brings 40 years of public sector child welfare experience at the local, state and federal levels. During his tenure as state child welfare director in Alabama, he led efforts to reform child welfare practice in the state according to System of Care principles. His work has been concentrated in the areas of administration and management, program evaluation, quality assurance and improvement, technical assistance and training, and adoption. He has served as director of adoption, quality management, and the Family Service Division in Alabama responsible for statewide administration of all child welfare programs, Continuous Quality Improvement activities and resource development. He worked with the Children’s Bureau at HHS to implement and manage the Child and Family Service Reviews (CFSR) of state child welfare services programs. At the state and federal levels, he has designed, implemented, and managed ongoing processes for evaluating the effectiveness of child welfare practices and policies on the outcomes for children and families, and recommending improvement strategies. His work includes the use of implementation science principles, systematic problem solving, and the direct provision of technical assistance to achieve broad-scale organizational changes and practice improvements.
Jerry has a Doctor of Social Work degree from the University of Alabama.
Kathy Sokolik – Vice President for Child Support Practice
Kathy Sokolik is a veteran policy and operations analyst having been involved in social service programs in the public and private sectors since 1983. She has worked in the child support program providing direct services to the public, developing policy and administering programs. Her work includes coordinating the efforts of large work units. She has been a training manager responsible for coordinating all phases of training on large-scale systems for child support and child welfare programs. She has also been a key player in the federal efforts to analyze and implement strategies to ensure child support compliance with the Affordable Care Act. Kathy has served as NCSEA’s President, and is an Honorary Life Member. She is also an Honorary Lifetime Board Member for WICSEC.
Kathy has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.