A Nod to Our Staff
The greatest resource Family & Children Services has is our people. Investing in a solid organizational structure ensures our ability to deliver the highest quality services to our clients. Our staff members work hard every day to make our organization and our community a better place for everyone to work and live. We are excited to introduce you to a few of our new hires and to those who have earned leadership promotions in our program services area.
Welcome and congratulations!
Elizabeth Lord, MA, has been promoted as our new Children’s Services Director. She came to Family & Children Services 22 years ago, in March 2000, holding many positions over the years. Elizabeth has served in foster care and adoption; as a licensing specialist; family directed respite coordinator; foster care and licensing supervisor; and foster care and adoption program manager.
Elizabeth has a bachelor’s degree in social work from Ferris State University and a master’s degree in counseling from Spring Arbor University. She enjoys working on Lean Management projects and program enhancements.
Children’s Services Director
Heather Reed-Martinez, MA, has been promoted to Program Manager for Children’s Services and has worked with Family & Children Services since 2014. Prior to taking on this position, she worked in foster care, adoption, family preservation and supervision. She has served on the DEI committee and the Foster Care Lean Management committee.
Heather has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in forensic psychology from Marymount University. Her professional experience includes working with youth involved in the criminal justice system, crisis intervention training of police officers when working with individuals with mental illness, home-based therapy, and child welfare. She is an adjunct instructor at Kellogg Community College and serves on the KCC Human Services Advisory Board.
Heather and her husband are foster and adoptive parents with two biological children and one adopted teen.
Children’s Services Program Manager
Christine Seput-Ward, MA, LPC, is the new Program Manager of Residential Services and Parenting Support. Christine has spent more than 24 years serving in the fields of child welfare and community-based mental health services throughout the Chicagoland area. She has worked with adults and youth who were experiencing a mental health crisis, foster care adjustment, homelessness, addiction, developmental disorders, trauma, abuse, neglect, grief, family conflict, criminal justice, and re-entry issues as well as providing services to both the survivor of and the perpetrator of domestic violence.
Christine earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and a master’s degree in marriage and family counseling from Governor State University.
She spends every summer at a family cottage in Lawton, Michigan, with her husband. After sending their youngest son off to college, the couple settled in Lawton full-time.
Residential Services and Parenting Support Program Manager
We look forward to introducing you to more of our new hires in our June newsletter!