Organization, Leadership & Staff

The regional offices oversee the programmatic and financial management of ACF programs in the region and provide guidance to grantees and various entities responsible for administering these programs. All regional offices represent ACF to state, county, city and Tribal governments, grantees and public and private organizations in the region. Regional office staff represent the Office of the Regional Administrator, the Office of Grants Management, and the following programs: Child Care, Child Support Enforcement, Child Welfare, Head Start, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and Runaway and Homeless Youth.

Office of the Regional Administrator

The Office of the Regional Administrator (ORA) is responsible for executing ACF’s key national goals and priorities in the region. ORA coordinates issues that may have significant regional or national impact and contributes to the development of ACF national policy based on knowledge of services in the region.

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Linda G. Greenberg, PhD, serves as the Acting Regional Administrator for Region 1.  During the past 17 years, Dr. Greenberg has held senior policy, research and management positions in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Since 2013, Dr. Greenberg served as ACF’s Hurricane Sandy Coordinator, overseeing $577 million in disaster relief funds for the Social Services Block Grant program, the Office of Head Start and the Family Violence Prevention and Services program.  During her career, Dr. Greenberg has focused attention on access and quality of care, patient safety and health disparities. In 2003, she served as a health policy advisor to Senator Edward M. Kennedy during a detail with the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. Dr. Greenberg has a doctorate degree in social welfare policy from the Heller School at Brandeis University and bachelor degrees in political science and education from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst. She is a native of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Contact: Linda Greenberg, PhD, Acting Regional Administrator
Phone: (617) 565-1020
Email: linda.greenberg@acf.hhs.gov

Grants Management Regional Unit

The Grants Management Regional Unit responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring that business and financial responsibilities of grants administration are carried out;
  • Managing ACF’s discretionary, formula, entitlement and block grants in the region;
  • Directing all grants and cooperative agreements;
  • Ensuring compliance with applicable statutes, regulations and policies;
  • Performing audit resolutions; and,
  • Providing leadership and technical guidance to ACF programs on grant operations and grants management issues.

Contact: George Barnwell, Regional Grants Management Officer
Phone: (617) 565-1403
Email: george.barnwell@acf.hhs.gov

Children’s Bureau Regional Program Unit

The Children’s Bureau (CB) Regional Program Unit is responsible for providing program and technical administration of Children’s Bureau formula, entitlement, block and discretionary programs to State and Tribal agencies. These programs include:

  • Child welfare, including child abuse and neglect;
  • Child protective services;
  • Family preservation and support;
  • Adoption;
  • Foster care;
  • Independent living; and,
  • State court improvement.

Contact: Bob Cavanaugh, Regional Program Manager
Phone: (617) 565-2449
Email: bob.cavanaugh@acf.hhs.gov

Office of Child Support Enforcement Regional Program Unit

The Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) Regional Program Unit is responsible for providing program and technical administration of OCSE entitlement and discretionary programs and for collaborating with ACF Central Office, States, Tribes and other grantees on all significant program and policy matters.

Contact: Charles Kenher, Regional Program Manager
Phone: (617) 565-2477
Email: charles.kenher@acf.hhs.gov

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Bureau Regional Program Unit

The TANF Bureau Regional Program Unit is responsible for providing program and technical administration of the TANF block grant and for collaborating with the Office of Family Assistance, States, Tribes, and other grantees on all significant policy matters.

Contact: Carol Monteiro, Regional Program Manager
Phone: (617) 565-2462
Email: carol.monteiro@acf.hhs.gov

Office of Child Care Regional Program Unit

The Office of Child Care (OCC) Regional Program Unit is responsible for providing centralized program and technical administration of Child Care Development (CCDF) block grant and discretionary programs and for collaborating with OCC, States, Tribes, and other grantees on all significant policy matters.

Contact:  Shireen Riley, Regional Program Manager
Phone: (617) 565-1152
Email: shireen.riley@acf.hhs.gov

Head Start Regional Program Unit

The mission of the Office of Head Start (OHS) is to promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of low-income children through health, educational, nutritional, social, and other services, as necessary. The Head Start Regional Program Unit is the funding agency to organizations that provide Head Start (HS) and Early Head Start (EHS) services to pregnant women and children from birth to age 5. OHS provides oversight of these organizations through monitoring and technical assistance. For more information, resources and to locate a HS or EHS program in your community, please visit the OHS Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center at http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov.

Contact: Marina Winkler, Acting Regional Program Manager
Phone: (617) 565-3797
Email: marina.winkler@acf.hhs.gov

Office of Refugee Resettlement Regional Program Unit

The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) helps people of special humanitarian concern become integrated members of American society.  The ORR regional program unit works in partnership with its State Refugee Coordinators, State Refugee Health Coordinators, and other refugee stakeholders to make available ORR programs that help refugees become self-sufficient and to strengthen coordination with non-ORR programs for which refugees are also eligible.

Contact:
Julie Munro, Regional Representative
Phone: (617) 565-3671
Email: julie.munro@acf.hhs.gov

 

Last Reviewed: October 14, 2015