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Dorothy V. Harris
Ms. Harris has more than 25 years' experience in senior managerial and administrative positions in health and human services. As Senior Vice President of Special Projects on Children, Youth, and Families for Pal-Tech, Ms. Harris participates in the management of the company and serves as an advisor to the President and CEO, providing corporate leadership, oversight, and responsibility for all efforts involving children and families. She also participates in the development of corporate operating policies, business strategies, quality assurance procedures, and general management activities.
Ms. Harris currently oversees several contracts with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families. Principal among these are a contract with the Children's Bureau's Office on Child Abuse and Neglect to organize the 13th, 14th, and 15th national conferences on child abuse and neglect, and a contract with the Head Start Bureau to serve as the National Head Start Training and Technical Assistance Resource Center (NRC). Ms. Harris has been involved with Head Start since the program's inception, first as Delegate Agency Director of a Head Start program in Denver, Colorado and, since 1990, as head of the NRC. Ms. Harris has overseen the planning and implementation of six national conferences on child abuse and neglect for the Children's Bureau.
Ms. Harris was a Fellow in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where she served as Special Assistant t o the Commissioner of the Administration for Children, Youth and Families. She served as Expert Advisor on Child Care Issues to the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration, and as Director of the Governor's Office for Children and Youth in Maryland.
Ms. Harris has an MSW from the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work and a BS in Business Administration and Sociology from Morningside College. She has done postgraduate work in child welfare policy and human services administration.