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Mayor Nutter Appoints Dhs Community Oversight Board
Philadelphia, January 29 – Today Michael A. Nutter announced nine members who will serve on the renewed Department of Human Services Community Oversight Board.  The new board will meet for the first time later today from 4:30 - 6:30 pm in the Commissioner's conference room on the 8th floor of 1515 Arch St., Philadelphia.

The new board will be chaired by Carol Spigner, the Co-Chair of the initial Community Oversight Board that presented its findings in a report released last week.  It will continue to monitor DHS progress in implementing current reforms laid out in the Child Welfare Review Panel Report of May 31, 2007 and will have authority to determine whether additional reform is necessary to protect children, including the ability to review any fatalities of children under DHS control. 

“The high quality and experience of the individuals appointed to this Community Oversight Board is a demonstration of this administration’s commitment to ensuring high quality care for the children of Philadelphia,” said Mayor Nutter.

Eight of the appointees listed below were appointed by the Mayor, with Joann Bell appointed by City Council.  Arthur Evans, the Acting Commissioner of DHS and Director of the Department of Behavioral Health and Mental Retardation Services, shall serve as a non-voting, ex officio member of the Board.  Each member is appointed for a one-year term and may be reappointed for any number of additional terms and the board shall meet at least four times a year.


Carol Wilson Spigner, DSW, is the Director of the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice.  She served as Co-Chair of the initial Community Oversight Board and during the Clinton Administration was Associate Commissioner for the Children's Bureau U.S. Department of Health and Human Services where she was responsible for the administration of federal child welfare programs with an annual budget of over $4 billion.  She will Chair the Community Oversight Board.

Joann Bell is the Director of the Philadelphia office of Pugliese Associates, a Government Affairs Consultancy. She is a former Special Projects Manager for Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation and was the first appointed Executive Director of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on African American Affairs in 1992 under then Governor Robert P. Casey.  Prior to this she was the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Affirmative Action in Philadelphia and served as a Special Assistant to the Honorable W. Wilson Goode, the former Mayor of the City of Philadelphia.  She is one of two City Council appointees to the Board.

Marc Cherna, MSW is Director of the Allegheny County Department of Human Services.  He has implemented nationally recognized system-wide changes that have resulted in better permanency outcomes for children under his jurisdiction.

Sandra Stukes Chipungu, Ph.D. is Associate Professor at the Department of Social Work at Morgan State University.  She has worked as a researcher, evaluator, administrator, consultant, and professor in the areas of child welfare, African American families, substance abuse prevention and human services programs.  She serves as a reviewer for the Child Welfare Journal.

Cindy W. Christian, MD is Chair of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Margarita Davis-Boyer, MSW is an Elementary School Counselor at Girard College in Philadelphia where she helps students to understand and deal with social, behavioral, and personal problems.  Prior to this she served as a Youth Development Specialist at Temple University.

Kathleen G. Noonan, JD is Associate Director of the Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania.  Before joining the Center, Kathleen spent six years as a Senior Associate and Engagement Manager with Casey Strategic Consulting, the consulting arm of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.  She has served as a law clerk to United States District Judge Morris E. Lasker and has worked in public policy positions in New York City with the Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York, Inc., and Bank Street College of Education’s Division of Social Policy.

Lucy Rodriquez Feria is Regional Superintendent for the North Region of the School District of Philadelphia.  Prior to this she was Deputy Chief Academic Officer of the Office of School Management at the School District and Regional Superintendent for the Central East Region.  She also served as Principal of Stetson Middle School in Philadelphia.

Carol Tracy, Esq. has served as the Executive Director the Women’s Law Project since 1990, a public interest law center committed to improving the legal, economic and health status of women through high-impact litigation, policy development, public education and systems reform.  She co-chaired, along with Police Commissioner Sylvester Johnson, a Domestic Violence Task Force to improve the city’s law enforcement and health and social services response to domestic violence and served on the initial Community Oversight Board.

Arthur C. Evans, Jr., Ph.D., is the Director of the Department of Behavioral Health and Mental Retardation Services for the City of Philadelphia and the Acting Commissioner for the Department of Human Services.  He will serve as an ex-officio member of the Board.