families by building the capacity of the individuals and organizations that serve them. She also served as vice president of accreditation operations at the Council on Accreditation (COA), an international organization that develops best-practice standards for public and private organizations that provide services across the continuum of care. Her focus while at COA was on helping agencies build their capacity to improve service delivery, a focus she has carried to her vision and work as commissioner of the Department of Children and Families. Some may view Dr. Blake’s professional career as a cycle with an inevitable “homecoming,” as she spent 18 years at the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services working in various direct service and administrative positions. She later worked with the team charged with developing a blueprint for improving the capacity of the child welfare system to improve services for the state’s at-risk children and families. Dr. Blake earned her B.S. in social work from University of Dayton, an M.S. in social work from Rutgers University, and a Ph.D. in social work from Fordham University.
Judy Bezon Braune, M.S., was the associate director for Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) from September 2007 to December 2012. Her responsibilities included program development and expansion; supervision of staff; training, certification and deployment of volunteers; managing interagency relations; and creating partnerships to expand the capacity of the rapid response program. Before joining CDS, Ms. Bezon Braune worked as a school psychologist, implementing several programs promoting children’s mental health and utilizing play therapy techniques with at-risk and emotionally disturbed children.
Kathryn Brinsfield, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.E.P., serves as the acting assistant secretary of health affairs and acting chief medical officer for the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’s) Office of Health Affairs (OHA). She began her service with DHS in July 2008. Previously, she served as director of the Division of Workforce Health and Medical Support within OHA. Before joining DHS, Dr. Brinsfield worked for various organizations, including Massachusetts Homeland Security, Boston Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Boston Metropolitan Medical Response System, and the del Valle Emergency Preparedness Training Institute. Dr. Brinsfield left Boston as an associate professor at the Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health with 13 years of experience as an attending physician at Boston City Hospital/Boston Medical Center. She graduated with honors from