Lt. Governor announces new DCF secretary

TOPEKA, Kan. A new secretary is set to serve the Department for Children and Families in Kansas.

Wednesday, Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer announced the appointment of Gina Meier-Hummell, of Lawrence, to serve the leadership role for DCF.

"Gina has had an impressive career dedicated to child welfare and human service administration. She brings to the job a tremendous breadth of experience and institutional knowledge gained during her two decades of experience in the field,” Colyer said at Wednesday's press conference. “It is critical that the leader of DCF is not only a professional with a demonstrated passion for these issues, but also an individual who will challenge the status quo and demand excellence at every level of the agency’s work. Gina is that person.”

Since 2015, Meier- Hummel has served as the executive director of the nonprofit, The Shelter, Inc. Prior to that role, the governor's office says, she worked as the Commissioner of Community Service and Progress at the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services. Meier-Hummel also served as the Director of Children and Family Services, Prevention and Protection Services. Her experience also includes service on a variety of boards and task forces.

“I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to serve as the new Secretary of the Department for Children and Families here in Kansas,” said Meier-Hummel. “My career has been dedicated to helping the most vulnerable citizens of our state and I am ready to bring that experience to DCF to ensure that we face all challenges head-on. We must provide a voice for the children of our state and vigorously fight to guarantee them a fulfilling life full of love and the promise of a bright future. I intend (to) do what is right for the children and families of our state. I will take an active role in all levels of this department, making certain that policies are followed and our children’s health and safety is the top priority.”

Meier-Hummel holds a Master's degree in Social Welfare from the University of Kansas. She begins her new role with DCF on Dec. 1.