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CalSWEC Staff Changes

Executive Director Named 

Dr. Rodger Lum, who has served as CalSWEC’s Interim Executive Director since January, has been named Executive Director. Berkeley Social Welfare Dean Jeffrey Edleson made the announcement on August 19. Dr. Lum’s one-year contract takes effect immediately. Read more about Rodger Lum.

When initially named to the interim position, Dr. Lum was charged with beginning a strategic planning process to focus the future of CalSWEC on the state’s many pressing needs in social work education and workforce development. That strategic planning process is now underway.

Related:  A Message from the Executive Director: The Future of CalSWEC

“Rodger's contract is for one year with the possibility of renewal, during which we hope to complete most, if not all, of the Strategic Plan.” Dean Edleson stated. “The future of a healthy and flourishing CalSWEC will depend on a plan that envisions a full-time Executive Director and a sustainable institutional structure. Rodger was the best candidate to lead CalSWEC through the transition to this future.”

Director of In-Service Training Departing; Interim Director Named

Barrett Johnson, Director of the Child Welfare In-Service Training Project, has accepted a position as a Program Director at Family & Children Services at the City and County of San Francisco. His portfolio there will broadly encompass administration and practice improvement and will include his areas of expertise and interest, such as training and workforce development, Continuous Quality Improvement, and policy. “This will allow me to continue to pursue my interests in practice improvement, workforce development, and training at the county level,” Mr. Johnson said.

Mr. Johnson joined CalSWEC as a Training and Curriculum Specialist in September 2000, at the inception of the Regional Training Academy (RTA) Coordination Project. Its main task was to build and nurture the numerous coordination structures and collaborative relationships that today form the Statewide Child Welfare Training System. Since 2001, Mr. Johnson has directed RTA Coordination Project.  In this capacity he has provided leadership on a wide array of statewide training, practice improvement, and evaluation initiatives, including the Federal Child and Family Services Review, California’s Child and Family Services Review (AB 636), and California’s Common Core Training Program

With Mr. Johnson’s departure, Curriculum and Training Specialist Melissa Connelly will serve as Interim Director of In-Service Training, effective August 25. Ms. Connelly's background includes 10 years of child welfare direct service as a social worker and supervisor. Since joining CalSWEC in 2008, she has worked on the California Common Core Curriculum for new child welfare workers and projects related to the California Child and Family Services Review. She is also currently supporting the County Welfare Directors Association (CWDA) of California in their work to develop a practice model for California.

Shifts in Title IV-E Stipend Program Staffing

Curriculum Specialist Carolyn Shin has been named Assistant Director of the Title IV-E Stipend Program, reflecting her expanding responsibilities within the Title IV-E team, led by Director Chris Mathias. Since 2009, Ms. Mathias has led both the Title IV-E program and CalSWEC’s Aging Initiative. As both programs have grown in size and complexity, Ms. Shin has managed many of the initiatives within the Title IV-E program, including the Title IV-E Field Instruction Initiative and SERVE: Indigenous Community Social Workers for Change.

Ms. Shin has been with CalSWEC since April 2011. She has an M.S.W. from UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

Curriculum Specialist Elizabeth Gilman has been named Curriculum and Policy Analyst to reflect the shift in her responsibilities that now involve addressing  the ongoing operational, regulatory, and curricular aspects of the Title IV-E program. These include regulations, contracts, and social work education curriculum competency frameworks.  

Ms. Gilman joined CalSWEC in March 2002 and previously was as an instructor and policy analyst at Yale University specializing in child development and social policy issues. She also practiced law as a civil litigator specializing in civil rights, health care, and educational matters. Ms. Gilman earned her J.D. from the University of Connecticut and her M.A. in psychology from the University of Chicago. Her direct service experience includes several years as a group facilitator with troubled adolescents and as a protective services social worker.