Aryka Radke Appointed Deputy Commissioner of DCF's Family Services Division

09 February 2021

Governor Phil Scott recently announced the appointment of Aryka Radke, to be the next Deputy Commissioner of the Family Services Division of the Department for Children and Families (DCF) within the Agency of Human Services. Ms. Radke will lead the Department’s child welfare and youth justice work.


“Child welfare is a concerning issue at the best of times,” said Governor Phil Scott. “During a pandemic, it is even more essential to focus on our most vulnerable Vermonters and we are excited to have Aryka Radke join our team.”

Ms. Radke is originally from Chicago Illinois. She received a Bachelor of Science in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago Law School. She has a long history working in law focused on the vulnerable through Veterans Affairs and those with disabilities through the Social Security Administration. Most recently she served as the Vice Chief Administrative Law Judge in Arizona. Ms. Radke’s law and leadership experience will be an asset in the Family Services Division that is focused on child protection and juvenile justice matters.

Ms. Radke will begin her role in Family Services on February 8th. Christine Johnson, current Family Services Deputy Commissioner, will be working with Ms. Radke over the next four weeks to ensure a smooth transition. Following this, Ms. Johnson will be transferring to a position within DCF.

“Aryka’s expertise and passion for working with families in need will provide much needed continuity during challenging times. We are looking forward to working with Aryka in her new role,” said Secretary Mike Smith, Agency of Human Services.

“Aryka’s background in law provides her with a special lens to address child welfare challenges in Vermont. She has the right balance of compassion, legal knowledge and leadership skills to bring the Family Services Division forward,” said DCF Commissioner Sean Brown. “Christine has provided incredible leadership for Family Services during very troubling times, and we are very grateful she is staying within the Department.”