Earlier today, Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) announced that Melanie Brizzi is leaving the agency after serving seven years as the director of the Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning (OESCOSL). Ms. Brizzi is moving into a new role as the director of Child Care Services with Child Care Aware of America. In announcing her departure, FSSA noted that Ms. Brizzi has been instrumental in leading OECOSL in making numerous improvements to the state’s child care and early education system, including the implementation of Indiana's quality rating and improvement system, Paths to QUALITY and Indiana's state funded pre-K efforts, On My Way Pre-K and the Early Education Matching Grants. Her last day with FSSA is March 4, 2016.
Further, FSSA announced that the new Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning Director will be Nicole Norvell, who is currently serving as Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services Director. Ms. Norvell’s prior service to with the Division, with the Indiana Department of Education as Director of Special Education, and in completing direct service in clinical practice and working for local school districts were highlighted in the announcement.
With Ms. Norvell’s transition, the Agency announced that Kylee Hope will be the new director for the Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services. Ms. Hope has served Bureau of Rehabilitation Services Director since August 2013 and has a background in special education and law. The announcement noted Ms. Hope’s demonstrated and distinguished professional experience positions and comprehensive perspective on disability, education and employment, as positioning her well for this new opportunity.
INARF has had the honor of working with all three of these tremendous women in their current leadership roles. Each brings an incredible passion and commitment to their work and to serving Hoosiers. We look forward to the opportunity to continue to partner with them in support of individuals with disabilities as they transition into their new roles.