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Mesa resident named ASU Community Champion

From left: Arizona Department of Child Safety Deputy Director Shalom Jacobs, Monique Thomas, and DCS Director Greg McKay. (Courtesy of Arizona Department of Child Safety)

Emphasizing a deep commitment to children, Arizona State University has recognized dedicated individuals from the Arizona Department of Child Safety with the prestigious 2017 Community Champions for Child Well-Being awards. The Community Champions for Child Well-Being awards are bestowed upon individuals who are supervising and working with field teams to improve outcomes.

Mesa resident Joanne Mathlin, along with Janette Bell, Lindsey Juarez, Monique Thomas and Amy Fox, were among those recognized for their steadfast dedication to children and families in Arizona.

“When we started the Center for Child Well-Being two years ago, we knew that in addition to research and training, one of the things our staff was adamant about was appreciating the child welfare workforce,” said Dr. Judy Krysik, director, ASU Center for Child Well-Being. “Although the rewards of working with children and families can be great, at the Center we feel that those on the front lines should be publicly acknowledged for their unwavering commitment to helping children and families in the face of adversity.”

Mathlin serves as a Central Region supervisor in Mesa. Her calming energy, patience and kindness are at the root of understanding the struggles individuals face. With a teacher’s philosophy, she is exceptionally adept at pinpointing when a person is struggling and not only helping them identify the barrier, but overcome it. Mathlin doesn’t give up on anyone, instead she adapts to help guide them to become better individuals. Her dedication and spirit have helped her unit become the first in the section to embrace more permanency team decision making and court report prioritization.

“These individuals highlight the incredible qualities of the hard-working teams at the Department of Child Safety. They are dedicated to not only creating a positive environment that empowers hundreds of caseworkers across the state, but embody our mission to strengthen families and ensure both safety and permanency for the state’s youngest residents,” said Gregory McKay, director of the Arizona Department of Child Safety.

The awards were announced during DCS Leadership Summit held in Phoenix last month.

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