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Contact information for DCF executive staff 

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Please find below the Department of Children and Families executive staff biographies (listed alphabetically).

Nicole Brossoie
Jason Butkowski
Carmen Diaz-Petti
Steven Dodson
Bonny E. Fraser, Esq.
Mollie Greene
Linda Holland
Anna D. Martinez
Brian C. Ross, Esq.
Katherine L. Stoehr
Doris N. Windle

Nicole Brossoie

Chief of Public Affairs  

Nicole is responsible for providing direction, supervision, and leadership for the Office of Public Affairs overseeing communications, social media strategy, publications, as well as community and external relations, including legislative affairs.  Promoting the departments’ program objectives and initiatives with the general public, system partners, local officials, state legislators and the media. 

Nicole has over 25 years of experience in public policy, public affairs, advocacy and community outreach in government and the private sector. Prior to joining DCF, Nicole served for 11 years as Assistant Commissioner for Public Affairs at the Department of Human Services, where she contributed to both policy and media discussions on issues familiar and similar to those in DCF, such as, services to people with developmental disabilities, child care initiatives and behavioral health programs. 

She also worked as a lobbyist for many years, advocating for hospital and health care initiatives – in-house for a trade organization and by-contract at two Trenton-based law firms.  She began her public service career as a communications specialist working for the New Jersey General Assembly.  

Nicole has fostered and adopted through DCF’s Resource Family program, which gives her a unique perspective in this role.

 

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Jason Butkowski

Director of Communications

Jason has fifteen years of experience working in public service and higher education, managing communications projects for both external and internal constituencies, developing media strategies and brand development. 

For the last five years, Jason has served as Senior Communications Specialist at Rutgers University-University Human Resources (UHR). In this role, Jason developed a wide range of internal communications for faculty and staff on topics ranging from employee benefits, to compliance and regulatory issues, and performance management. Prior to this, Jason served as the Assistant Communications Director for the New Jersey Senate Democratic Caucus, where he prepared a variety of communications for internal/external constituents, developed the caucus’s media capabilities, and served as spokesperson for state senators. 

Jason graduated from the College of New Jersey with a BA in Journalism and Professional Writing with a concentration in TV / Radio communications and mass media production.

 

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Carmen Diaz-Petti

Assistant Commissioner, Child Protection and Permanency

Carmen Diaz-Petti, LCSW has served as Area Director for Hunterdon, Somerset, Warren and Mercer Counties since January of 2015.  In that position, she has created a collaborative environment with internal and external stakeholders, working with our community partners to enhance the safety net for our most vulnerable children.  Carmen has been a champion of the Case Practice Model, and has also implemented several quality improvement initiatives in her area to further improve services to our families.

Prior to her role as Area Director, Carmen had previously served as a Local Office Manager of the Somerset County Office.  Before joining DCF, she worked for 10 years at Catholic Charities as an Assistant Division Director for the Youth Services Division and Behavioral Health, and has held positions providing counseling assistance to victims of physical and sexual abuse, children with social or behavioral health challenges, and adolescent sexual offenders.  She holds a B.A. from Rutgers in Psychology, an MSW from the Rutgers School of Social Work, is a NJ Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and is bilingual in both English and Spanish.

 

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Steven Dodson

Chief Financial Officer 

Steven Dodson is the New Jersey Department of Children and Families' chief financial officer.  He is responsible for the fiscal operations of the department, including contracting, accounting, procurement, budgeting, and revenue.  Prior to his appointment as CFO, Mr. Dodson was DCF's budget director for two years. In this role, he has been responsible for managing all aspects of the department’s budget planning, quarterly spending plans, department-wide expenditures, and overseeing the salary monitoring process and federal grant programs. 

Prior to working at DCF, Steven served at the State’s Office of Information Technology, first as Assistant Director of Financial Management and was later promoted to Director. Among his many responsibilities, Steven managed all budgetary activities including supervising staff, directed the preparation of OIT’s annual and capital budget, managed procurement processes, developed fiscal projection models and prepared quarterly spending plans.

Steven has close to twenty years working in state government, starting his career as a Program Analyst at the Department of Treasury.  He has worked in different capacities at various other state entities, including the Department of Human Services and the Election Law Enforcement Commission.

Steven earned a B.S. in Management from Rutgers University and an M.B.A. with specialization in Finance from LaSalle University. 

 

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Bonny E. Fraser, Esq.

Deputy Commissioner for Policy, Legal Affairs, and Compliance

Over the last four years, Bonny has served as a member of the Department of Human Services Senior Management Team, first as Legal and Regulatory Affairs Director, and most recently as Assistant Commissioner for Legal Affairs. 

In these roles, she provided a wide range of legal support services across the department’s eight divisions, including overseeing the department’s compliance and risk management activities in relation to federal and state laws and policies such as the Open Public Record Act (OPRA), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA), Administrative Practice Act (APA), and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Among her responsibilities was also managing tort and employment litigation, as well as administering the department’s Office of Contract Policy and Management.  

Prior to serving at DHS, many of you may recall that Bonny served as both DCF’s Office of Legal Affairs Director, and the Office of Legal and Regulatory Liaison Supervisor.  

With over twenty years’ experience working in state government, Bonny began her career as a Legal Specialist at the Department of Environmental Protection, and has worked at the State’s Ethics Commission and the Governor’s office.  

Bonny earned a B.A. in Political Science from Massachusetts Wheaton College, and a J.D. and an M.A. in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School. 

 

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Mollie Greene

Assistant Commissioner, Children's System of Care

The Children's System of Care has been an integral component to meet the emotional, behavioral, substance use treatment and developmental needs of New Jersey’s children and their families.  It is a seamless platform: staff collaborating with providers around the state to ensure that children facing mental health challenges, addiction issues, or developmental and intellectual disabilities have access to best and leading practice care and treatment. 

Mollie has been a member of the DCF family since 2014, serving in the role of Director of Clinical Services, where she leads a broad portfolio of services connected to the health and behavioral health of children served by the Department.  Through the Office of Clinical Services, Mollie and her team manage the Child Health and Child and Family Nurse Programs that deliver health care case management for children in out-of-home placement.  She also oversees the Department’s forensic medical and psychological services, including the Regional Diagnostic and Treatment Centers (RDTC).  She has developed DCF’s Peer Recovery Support program for child welfare-involved parents with substance use disorders, and she leads the Department’s work to develop plans of safe care for substance-affected infants. 

In particular, Mollie’s work to support families struggling with substance use disorders has been visionary, and she’s viewed not just in New Jersey, but nationally, as an expert on these issues.  Mollie’s work with DCF frequently brings her into contact with federal regulators and state policymakers and leaders on addiction and behavioral health issues, and these relationships will serve her well in her new role within the Department.

Prior to joining DCF, Mollie worked in the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services with the New Jersey Department of Human Serves as Assistant Division Director for the Office of Care Management, focusing her work on the behavioral health components of New Jersey’s Comprehensive Medicaid Waiver.  She also served as Deputy Director of Quality Assurance within DHS, providing oversight for that Department’s addiction recovery, treatment, licensure and supportive housing offices.  Before joining New Jersey State government, Mollie worked in the nonprofit arena in the areas of substance abuse and addiction recovery. 

Mollie holds a Master’s degree in American Literature from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and a BA from Temple University in English with a concentration in Women’s Studies.  She is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor through the Alcohol and Drug Counselor Licensure Committee of the NJ Board of Marriage and Family Therapy Examiners.

 

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Linda Holland

Director, Information Technology

Linda Holland is the Director of Information Technology for the New Jersey Department of Children and Families.  In this role, Ms. Holland serves as a member of the department's executive management team and is responsible for providing leadership, vision, planning and management for all areas of information technology.  This includes directing all IT operations to meet the department's goals and objectives as well as the support and maintenance of existing infrastructure, applications, and development of new technical solutions.

Ms. Holland brings over 24 years of experience in child welfare/information technology and was instrumental in the successful completion of the Department's SACWIS system (NJS).  Additionally, Ms. Holland collaborated with the Administrative Office of the Courts and the Department of Human Services to launch the Kinship Legal Guardianship and Relative Care initiatives.  Ms. Holland continually works with other state agencies on various initiatives, such as data warehousing, mobility and data security. 

Ms. Holland's personal academic achievements include a Bachelor of Arts degree from Kean College in Union, NJ and a Master's degree in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, NY. 

 

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Anna D. Martinez

Director, Division on Women

Anna D. Martinez has extensive experience on the federal level working on violence prevention, human trafficking, public safety and victims' rights issues.  From 2009 to 2017, she was an appointee in the Administration of President Barack Obama, working in various capacities within the administration.  She served as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Office on Violence Against Women, overseeing several successful public awareness campaigns, as well as supporting the Director of the office on key policy decisions.  She assisted in the creation and launch of Attorney General Eric Holder's "Defending Childhood" initiative to reduce children's exposure to violence and mitigate its negative effects. 

Ms. Martinez also served as Chief of Staff for the Office for Victims of Crime, supporting victims' rights and services, and was detailed to the White House as a Policy Specialist in the Office of Vice President Joe Biden, advising the White House Violence Against Women Advisor, and coordinating the interagency White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault.  The intersection of her work on behalf of victims of violence and in mitigating childhood trauma resulting from exposure to violence speaks directly to the opportunities we have to integrate DOW's programs with the overall departmental mission of supporting families and preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs.

Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Ms. Martinez served as Deputy Political Director for the Democratic National Committee (DNC), and was a Civil Rights Analyst with the Department of Justice from 2000 – 2004, where she received the US Department of Justice Special Achievement Award for her work to support voting rights.  She is fluent in Spanish, with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of Virginia, and a Master of Arts in Spanish from Columbia University.  At Columbia, she was a recipient of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences President's Fellowship.  Ms. Martinez, originally from Edison, is excited to return to her home state to continue working on critical issues affecting women throughout New Jersey. 

 

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Brian C. Ross, Esq.

Assistant Commissioner for Legal, Regulatory and Legislative Affairs

Brian Ross is the Assistant Commissioner for Legal, Regulatory and Legislative Affairs for the New Jersey Department of Children and Families.  In this role, Mr. Ross has responsibility for oversight of the Department's legal, regulatory and administrative affairs.  He directly supervises the Office of Legal and Legislative Affairs and the Office of Licensing, and also serves as the Director of the Office of Policy and Regulatory Development and the Department's Administrative Practices Officer.

Mr. Ross joined the Department of Children and Families as a Legal Specialist in 2011.  Prior to that, he spent ten years as a program analyst with the Office of the U.S. Secretary of Defense focusing on family violence response and quality of life programs.   

He holds a juris doctorate from George Mason University School of Law, and a bachelor's degree in International Relations from American University.    

 

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Katherine L. Stoehr

Deputy Commissioner of Operations

Prior to joining the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, Katherine worked as a consultant for four years for Public Catalyst, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, and Great Lakes Behavioral Research, as well as other non-profits and charitable foundations, with a focus on coaching and training, technical assistance, research, strategic and programmatic support, managing child welfare reform initiatives, and implementing evidenced based programs. 

Katherine began her career in support of children and families fifteen years ago at the Association to Benefit Children in New York as Director of Quality Assurance.  Since then she has served in diverse leadership roles at various child and family serving agencies, including Sr. Vice President of Performance, Strategy and Advocacy at Graham Windham and Assistant Commissioner for Program Policy and Development at New York’s Administration for Children Services.  Throughout her career, Katherine has managed foster care programs, and has been responsible for strategic planning, developing policy, quality and performance monitoring, managing advocacy efforts and program development initiatives, as well as professional development programs.  

Katherine earned her MA in Public Administration from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, and a BA in Politics and Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh.

 

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Doris N. Windle

Chief of Staff

Doris began her public service career as a Community Service Officer at the Department of Community Affairs.  She brings an impressive number of years of public service experience back to DCF, with over fifteen years of experience in budget planning and fiscal operations. 

For the last two years, Doris has served as Special Assistant to the commissioner of the Department of Human Services.  As part of the executive management team, Doris was responsible for the oversight of key operational areas, and provided direct-line supervision of the Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, the Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Emergency Management and several Developmental Centers.  As the commissioner’s confidential representative, her responsibilities also included implementing initiatives, federal grants oversight, and the management of internal administrative processes. 

Many of you know Doris for her years of service here at DCF, as she previously served as Chief Administrator for Business Operations, where she managed all aspects of the department’s budget, as well as oversight of accounting, procurement, contract administration, and Title IV-E program operations, among her vast responsibilities. Prior to this, Doris served as the department’s Budget Director. 

Doris graduated from Rider University with a BA in Political Science with a concentration in Business.

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