Organization, Leadership & Staff

Immediate Office of the Regional Administrator

The Office of the Regional Administrator is responsible for the administration's key national goals and priorities in our five-state area. Region VI consists of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. The Regional Administrator (RA) provides executive leadership and direction to state, county, city, territorial and tribal governments, as well as other public and private local grantees to ensure effective and efficient program and financial management.

The Regional Administrator, reports to the Assistant Secretary of the Administration for Children and Families through the Director of the Office of Regional Operations.

The Office of the Regional Administrator (ORA) leads the following activities:

  • 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

The Deputy Regional Administrator, also in the Dallas office, serves as the full deputy to the Region 6 Regional Administrator while maintaining primary responsibility for administrative operations, staff development, strategic planning, performance monitoring and technology and automated systems programs.


Regional Administrator, Region VI

Official photo of Leon R. McCowanLeon R. McCowan serves as the ACF Assistant Secretary’s representative for the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Region VI, Dallas, Texas. He provides executive leadership, direction, and coordination for achieving ACF’s key national goals, priorities, and special initiatives; advocates for and advances the priorities of the HHS Secretary and ACF Assistant Secretary, and facilitates Administration initiatives to improve outcomes for vulnerable children and families, special populations, and distressed communities.  He manages and coordinates special sensitive and cross-cutting projects and initiatives such as Healthy Marriage, Fatherhood, and Faith-based Programs in the region.  As Regional Administrator, he helps achieve ACF’s key national goals and priorities by communicating ACF’s regional interests and concerns within HHS, with other Federal agencies, State human service departments and agencies, territorial and tribal governments, and with public and private local organizations that assist children and families. 

With more than 40 years of professional federal service, Mr. McCowan began his career in the Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service. He has held various program and management positions within the Department of Health and Human Services, including: Regional Hub Director, West-Central Hub; Deputy Program Manager for the Office of Family Assistance; and as the Deputy Regional Representative for Child Support Enforcement.

In 2009, Mr. McCowan was awarded the Nancy H. Doherty Special Achievement Award – Federal Employee of the Year.  In 2006, he was named “Outstanding Agency Administrator” by the Dallas/Fort Worth 2005 Combined Federal Campaign and presented a Certificate of Appreciation from the HHS Assistant Secretary for his role in the 2005 hurricane relief efforts.  He received the HHS Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service in 2005 for his work as a member of the African American Healthy Marriage Initiative Team and the HHS Assistant Secretary’s Partnering for Excellence Award as a member of the Positive Youth Development Team.  In 2001, he was recognized with the prestigious “Presidential Rank Award” for Meritorious Executives.  Mr. McCowan has been recognized throughout his career with numerous certificates and distinguished service awards for his Federal leadership and his service to the local community and other communities within the Region VI area.

Mr. McCowan received his B.A. in Sociology from Wiley College in Marshall, Texas, and his M.A. in Public Administration from the University of North Texas in Denton.

He is married to Curtistene McCowan; they have two married sons and three granddaughters.


Deputy Regional Administrator, Region VI

Photo of Carolyn Brady MeierCarolyn Brady Meier has served as the Deputy Regional Administrator for ACF Region VI since January 27, 2013.   In this position, Carolyn will serve as the full deputy or "alter ego" to the Regional Administrator (RA) for ACF Region VI and shares with the RA responsibility for providing executive direction, leadership and coordination of all ACF Region VI programs, financial operations and related activities, which are designed to promote the social and economic well-being of children and families.

Prior to becoming the Deputy, Carolyn served since 2000 as the Associate Regional Administrator for Administration and Technology for ACF Region VI.  As the Associate Regional Administrator she shared responsibility for executive direction and primary responsibility for administrative operations, staff development, budget and procurement, strategic planning, performance monitoring, emergency planning and response, and technology and automated systems programs.

Carolyn began her Federal career in 1980 with the Office of Child Support Enforcement.  She has received a number of local and national recognitions for her work in administration, technology, telecommunications, and information management including the HHS Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award in 1997, 2000, 2005, 2006 and 2014.  Carolyn is an active member of both the Dallas-Fort Worth Federal Executive Board and the Dallas-Fort Worth CFC Local Federal Coordinating Committee. She is also a Senior Fellow in Partnership for Public Service’s Excellence in Government and participates in community service through Big Brother Big Sisters and Meals on Wheels. Carolyn is married to Greg Meier and holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Dallas Baptist University.


Region VI Units
 

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

Children's Bureau Regional Program Unit

The Children’s Bureau (CB) Regional Program Unit is headed by a Regional Program Manager who reports to the director of the Children’s Bureau within the Administration for Children and Families.

The unit is responsible for monitoring child welfare programs and providing technical assistance to states and tribes.  In addition, the unit:

  • Provides programmatic oversight and technical assistance to the Court Improvement Project and Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention grantees 
  • Collaborates with ACF CB Central Office, other Regional Program Units and other interested parties on all significant program and policy matters

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.

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.

Child Care Bureau Regional Program Unit

The Child Care Bureau (CCB) Regional Program Unit is headed by a Regional Program Manager who reports to the Associate Director, CCB within the Office of Family Assistance.

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

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.