Organization, Leadership & Staff

Essey Workie, Regional Administrator, Region III (Philadelphia)As the Regional Administrator (RA), Essey Workie, serves as the Administration for Children and Families’ (ACF) primary point of contact in Region 3.  She reports to the Assistant Secretary for Children and Families through the Director of the Office of Regional Operations.
 

The Office of the Regional Administrator (ORA):

  • Promotes cross-cutting initiatives and interoperability among the ACF regional program offices
  • Enhances regional interests with HHS and other federal agencies to facilitate more effective partnerships and improved customer service
  • Coordinates ACF programs during regional emergencies (such as, natural disasters, pandemic flu, or other disasters)
  • Serves as the focal point for public affairs and media contacts

Contact: (215) 861-4000
E-mail:essey.workie@acf.hhs.gov

Grants Management Regional Unit

The Grants Management Regional Unit is headed by the regional grants management officer and supports the Chief Grants Officer/Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration.

The unit’s 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
  • Providing leadership and technical guidance to ACF programs on grant operations and grants management issues

Contact: Regional Grants Management Officer:   Patty Fisher (215) 861-4004
E-mail: patricia.fisher@acf.hhs.gov

Children’s Bureau Regional Program Unit

The Children’s Bureau (CB) Regional Program Unit is headed by the regional program manager who reports to the associate commissioner of the Children’s Bureau.

The unit is responsible for providing program and technical administration of CB formula, entitlement, block and discretionary programs. These programs include:

  • Child welfare, including child abuse and neglect
  • Child protective services
  • Family preservation and support
  • Adoption
  • Foster care
  • Independent living

Contact: Regional Program Manager, Lisa Pearson (215) 861-4030
E-mail: lisa.pearson@acf.hhs.gov

OCSE Regional Program Unit

The Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) Regional Program Unit is headed by the Regional Program Manager who reports to the Deputy Director/Commissioner, OCSE.

The 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: Regional Program Manager, Juanita DeVine (215) 861-4054
E-mail: juanita.devine@acf.hhs.gov

TANF Bureau Regional Program Unit

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Regional Program Unit is headed by the Regional Program Manager who reports to the Associate Director, TANF, within the Office of Family Assistance.

The unit is responsible for providing centralized program and technical administration of the TANF block grant and for collaborating with ACF Central Office, states and other grantees on all significant policy matters.

Contact: Regional Program Manager, Eileen Friedman (215) 861-4000
E-mail: eileen.friedman@acf.hhs.gov

Child Care Bureau Regional Program Unit

The Office of Child Care (OCC) Regional Program Unit is headed by a regional program manager who reports to the director of the Office of Child Care.

The unit is responsible for providing centralized program and technical administration of Child Care Development (CCDF) block grant and discretionary programs and for collaborating with ACF Central Office, states and other grantees on all significant policy matters.

Contact: Regional Program Manager, Beverly Wellons (215) 861-4020
E-mail: beverly.wellons@acf.hhs.gov

Head Start Regional Program Unit

The Head Start Regional Program Unit is headed by the regional program manager who reports to the Program Operations Division in the Office of Head Start (OHS).

The unit is responsible for providing centralized program and technical administration of OHS discretionary programs and for collaborating with OHS State Collaboration Projects on all significant policy matters. The Regional Program Unit oversees the day-to-day management of Head Start grantees and the provision of technical assistance.

Contact: Regional Program Manager:  Linda Savage (215) 861-4005
E-mail: linda.savage@acf.hhs.gov
States: Pennsylvania and West Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia