NASTA Leadership

NASTA Advisory Council Members

NASTA is governed by a 17-member executive committee. Ten members are elected to represent the regions designated by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). Also elected are the chair, vice chair, secretary, two at-large members, and one local representative. One at-large seat is reserved for the outgoing chair. Click here to view the NASTA bylaws.

Chair
Babette Roberts, Director, Community Services Division
WA Department of Social and Health Services

Vice-Chair
Belit Burke, Self-Sufficiency Program Design Administrator
OR Department of Human Services

Secretary
Catherine Buhrig, Director-BOP
PA Department of Human Services

Immediate Past Chair
Paulette Kendrick, TANF Program Director
OK Department of Human Services

Regional Representatives

Region I: CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT
Kimberly Rauch, RI Works/TANF Administrator
RI Department of Human Services

Region II: NJ, NY, PR, VI
Larry Braasch, Assistant Director, NJ SNAP/EBT
NJ Department of Human Services

Region III: DE,DC, MD, PA, VA, WV
April Saunders, Sr. Policy Specialist
WV Department of Health and Human Resources - MR

Region IV: AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN
Lakecia Peterson-Smith, TANF Program Director
TN Department of Human Services

Region V: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI
Margaret McMahon, Wisconsin TANF Director
WI Department of Children and Families

Region VI: AR, LA, NM, OK, TX
Carla Morris, Division Manager
AR Division of Workforce Services / TANF

Region VII: IA, KS, MO, NE
Heather Pratt, Temporary Assistance Policy Program Specialist
MO Department of Social Services

Region VIII: CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY
Angie Sam, TANF Administrator
SD Department of Social Services

Region IX: AZ, CA, GU, HI, NV
Scott Nakasone, Assistant Administrator
HI Department of Human Services

Region X: AK, ID, OR, WA
Ericka Rupp, TANF Program Manager
ID Department of Health and Welfare

At-Large Representatives

At-Large Representative 1
Jennifer Hernandez, Deputy Director, Family Empowerment and Engagement
CA Department of Social Services


At-Large Representative 2
Lauren Molineaux, FIA Office of Cash Programs Director
MD Department of Human Services

Country Representatives

Local Representative 1
Yekaterina Probert Fagundes, Income Support Manager, Public Assistance Programs
Carver County (MN) Health and Human Services


Local Representative 2
John Eller, DSS Director
Mecklenburg County (NC) Department of Health and Human Services