Roger has 34 years social services experience in the public and private sectors. Early experience in government included working as a social worker in Child Protective Services and Foster Care. As a foster care worker, he expanded the use of residential services, helped develop and train a network of emergency placement foster parents and collaborated with the juvenile court system to pilot a Family Operated Group Home.
Roger served 24 years as a Licensing Specialist for the Virginia Department of Social Services, the last 13 with children’s residential facilities. He has several years experience licensing private Child Placing Agencies. While in Licensing, he conducted training and program assessments with other state agencies. He helped develop new regulations and trained providers on implementation. He investigated and suppressed illegal programs, consulted in program start-up, licensure reviews, corrective action plans, and program development. He conducted complaint investigations and initiated enforcement actions and facility closures.
After leaving state government in 2007 Roger consulted with children’s residential programs. He facilitated initial licensure and ongoing compliance. He consulted on program development, corrective action plans, quality assurance and implementation of best practice. Roger has a B.S. degree from James Madison University. He majored in General Social Sciences with a minor in Secondary Education and completed additional course work in Administrative Law. He continued professional development participating in national Licensing Institutes sponsored by Virginia Commonwealth University. He completed Cornell University’s Train-the-Trainer course for Children And Residential Experiences: Creating Conditions for Change.
Roger served six years on the Human Rights Committee for Commonwealth Center for Children & Adolescents, an acute care, mental health facility. In 2007, the Virginia Association of Children’s Homes presented Roger their Distinguished Service Award. He has also received the Virginia Dept. of Social Services’ Elizabeth Grey Scholarship Award for outstanding consultation with licensed facilities.
Roger is a strong advocate for children and the services that impact them. His passion for serving youth was shaped by his experience as a residential Houseparent and by growing up in a residential program