Magazine article Policy & Practice

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Magazine article Policy & Practice

News Makers

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South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford appointed Kim Aydlette to direct one of the largest government agencies in the state, the Department of Social Services. She is responsible for a multimillion dollar budget, and the supervision of more than 3,000 employees. The agency provides a variety of federal and state assistance programs for children and their families. Aydlette is also a clinical instructor at the University of South Carolina Medical School's Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science.

Prior to her appointment at the Department of Social Services, she led the prosecution section of the state Attorney General's Office. There, she was responsible for the elder abuse protection unit, the violence against women grant program, the youth mentoring program, the school violence program, and the sexually violent predator unit and victim services.

Aydlette is a graduate of the University of South Carolina where she also earned a degree in law. The South Carolina Bar named her Young Lawyer of the Year in 1996.

Barbara Drake was named director of the El Paso County (Colorado) Department of Human Services. For the past six years, she served as deputy director of the department.

Drake has more than 25 years of professional experience in human service administration, management, and budget planning. She contributed to Colorado's welfare legislation, served on the Governor's Task Force, and was the architect of El Paso County's welfare reform plan. She is the cofounder of Alliance for Kids (an early childhood council) and the El Paso County Consolidated Child Care Pilot. She recognized early on that child care and early learning would be greatly affected by welfare reform as more parents entered the workforce.

Drake replaced David Berns who is now director of Arizona's Department of Economic security.

Virginia Lodge was appointed commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Human Services in January 2003. The department is responsible for administering more than 20 types of services throughout Tennessee, including Families First, food stamps, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Medicaid/TennCare, child support, child care, adult protective services, and rehabilitation services. …

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