Virtual Expo Plenary Presenters
Virtual Expo Plenary Presenters
Jill Duerr Berrick serves as the Zellerbach Family Foundation Professor in the School of Social Welfare at U.C. Berkeley. Dr. Berrick’s research focuses on the relationship between the state and vulnerable families in the child welfare system, and relies on service system participant voice to identify the impacts of social service problems and solutions on family life. She has authored and co-authored 11 books on topics relating to family poverty, child maltreatment, and child welfare services and has written extensively for academic journals. Her newest book, The Impossible Imperative: Navigating the Competing Principles of Child Protection, examines child welfare professionals and the morally contentious and intellectually demanding choices they regularly face in their work with children and families.
Keith Howard is the President/CEO of the Oklahoma United Methodist Circle of Care. He is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma and Northwest Nazarene University. Mr. Howard’s career has spanned the child welfare spectrum, from starting out as an investigator for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to now overseeing an organization that provides private foster care services and prevention and independent living services in Oklahoma. On a personal note, Mr. Howard and his wife are former foster parents. In addition to having two biological children, they are grateful to have been given the opportunity to adopt a sibling group of 4 children from the foster care system. Mr. Howard regularly uses his personal story and professional experiences to encourage those taking part in the foster care journey and to motivate others to get involved in the child welfare system in a capacity that matches their abilities and skills.
Jerry Milner, D.S.W., is the Associate Commissioner at the Children’s Bureau, and the Acting Commissioner for the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACF). Dr. Milner began his career as a case-carrying social worker, served as director of Alabama’s child welfare agency, and previously worked for the Children’s Bureau where he designed and implemented Children and Family Services Reviews (CFSRs). Immediately before his appointment to the ACF, Dr. Milner served as Vice President for Child Welfare Practice at the Center for the Support of Families. In this role, he assisted state and local child welfare agencies in evaluating their child welfare programs and designed and implemented improvements in practice, policy, and procedures. Since his appointment as Acting ACF Commissioner and Associate Commissioner at the Children’s Bureau, Dr. Milner has worked to communicate and implement his vision for changing national child welfare practice, which focuses on developing a healthy and stable workforce. Dr. Milner received his undergraduate degree in political science from Auburn University and graduate degrees in social work from the University of Alabama. He brings 43 years of child welfare practice, management, and technical assistance experience at the local, state, and federal levels.