New Deputy Commissioner of Family Services

23 May 2019

It is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of Christine Johnson as the new Deputy Commissioner of the Family Services Division. 

For the past 28 years, Christine has worked in the field of human services. Her career has spanned issues including poverty, child welfare, juvenile and social justice, youth transitioning from foster care and the opioid epidemic.

Most recently, Christine served as the Executive Director of the Chittenden County Opioid Alliance where she worked to implement a collective impact model involving all sectors to address the opioid epidemic, realizing that solving this complex issue requires the work of more than one organization. 

In previous roles, Christine served as:

  • Agency of Human Services (AHS) Field Director in Central Vermont
  • Interim Director of Policy for the AHS Secretary’s Office
  • Deputy Director at Capstone Community Action
  • Consultant for the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative

Christine is passionate about improving outcomes for children and families and supporting them through the creation of systems that work hard to address poverty, stigma and trauma and include the voices of youth. Christine believes systems should be supportive of the people they serve, as well as those who work in them, to make a difference.

A native of Milton, Vermont, Christine made her way to the University of Colorado and back home after 14 years.

Christine officially begins her role on June 10th. We are excited to welcome her to DCF!

Ken Schatz, Commissioner
Department for Children and Families