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OCA Advisory Council

OCA Advisory Council members, open meeting notices, and minutes from Advisory Council meetings.

The OCA Advisory Council includes twenty-three ex-officio members, including Secretaries and Commissioners from child-serving agencies and offices, and three governor’s appointees. Chaired by The Child Advocate, the Council meets semiannually. This page contains open meeting notices and meeting minutes from previous Advisory Council meetings. The current Council Members are:

Chair, Maria Z. Mossaides
Child Advocate
Office of the Child Advocate

Marylou Sudders
Secretary
Executive Office of Health and Human Services

Daniel Bennett
Secretary
Executive Office of Public Safety & Security

James Peyser
Secretary
Executive Office of Education

James F. Slater, III
Acting Commissioner
Department of Criminal Justice Information Services

Tom Weber
Commissioner
Department of Early Education and Care

Nina Marchese
Director, Office of Approved Special Education Schools
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Joan Mikula
Commissioner
Department of Mental Health

Jane F. Ryder
Interim Commissioner
Department of Developmental Services

Monica Bharel
Commissioner
Department of Public Health

Linda Spears
Commissioner
Department of Children and Families

Jeff McCue
Commissioner
Department of Transitional Assistance

Peter Forbes
Commissioner
Department of Youth Services

Michele Cristello
Deputy Commissioner
Child Support Enforcement Division, Department of Revenue

Marian T. Ryan
President
MA District Attorneys Association

Edward Dolan
Commissioner
Department of Probation

Anthony J. Benedetti
Chief Counsel
Committee for Public Counsel Services

Hon. Judith Fabricant
Chief Justice
Superior Court Administrative Office

Hon. Amy L. Nechtem
Chief Justice
Administrative Office of the Juvenile Court

Hon. Angela M. Ordonez
Chief Justice
Probate and Family Court Administrative Office

Suzin Bartley
Executive Director
Children’s Trust

Paul Saner
Commissioner
Commission for the Blind

Heidi L. Reed
Commissioner
Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Governor’s Appointees Representing Non-Governmental Interests:

Joseph S. Ayoub
Varuna Strategies, LLC

Amanda Kesterson

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