IFSEA 2012 FALL CONFERENCE
David Betson, Ph.D.
David M. Betson is an Associate Professor of Public Policy and Economics and is associated with the Hesburgh
Program in Public Service at the University of Notre Dame. Previously he has been an Associate Professor of
Economics in the Department of Economics then the Department of Economics and Policy Studies at the University
of Notre Dame, a research associate at the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin and a
staff economist at the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. He has been a member of seven National
Academy of Science panels. In 2004, he was elected a National Associate of the National Academy of Science. In
August of 2009, he was appointed to the NAS Panel on Estimating the Number of Children Eligible for School
Nutrition Programs. In December 2010, he was appointed to the NAS Panel on Redesigning the BLS Consumer
Expenditure Survey and the Panel on Measuring Medical Care Risk. His research has dealt with the impact of tax
and transfer programs on the economy and the distribution of income. A particular area of interest is child
support policy in which he has written academic papers and consulted with numerous state governments on the
development of their child support guidelines. In August 2007, he was appointed to the Washington State
Commission on the Review of Child Support Guidelines and served until September 2008.
Alyson Carrel is the Center for Conflict Resolution Training Director who manages numerous training programs,
including CCR’s 40-Hour Mediation Skills Training. Since 1992, Alyson has trained thousands of individuals in the
skills of mediation, negotiation, and conflict resolution. Prior to her employment at CCR, Alyson managed the
Dependency Mediation Program for the Eighth Judicial Circuit of Florida, which provides mediation services to
parties involved in child protection/dependency matters. She also worked with the Juvenile Mediation Clinic at
the University of Florida School of Law where she helped train and manage law school clinic students in small-
claims mediation, victim-offender mediation, and conflict resolution skills. Currently, Alyson is a certified
volunteer mediator at CCR, a certified Missouri Supreme Court Rule 17.04 Mediator, and a Florida Supreme Court
Certified County Mediator. Outside of CCR, Alyson is an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University School of
Law, where she teaches Negotiation. She is also a Council Member of the American Bar Association-Dispute
Resolution Section. Alyson received her J.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she focused on
Alternative Dispute Resolution, published a case note on drafting an effective ADR contract clause, and was the
Editor in Chief of the Journal of Dispute Resolution. She received her B.A. in Women’s Studies from the University
of Florida where she wrote a thesis entitled, Does Mediation Subvert the Dominant Paradigm and Empower
Susan Clapp currently serves as an FPLS State Technical Support Liaison for OCSE. She is an experienced child
support professional with twenty three years of service in various facets of child support. She initially worked in
both small and large counties in Alabama as a child support caseworker, and then served as a functional analyst for
development of a new CS state system to meet PWRORA certification. Her prior experience with C & S Banks of
Atlanta, combined with child support experience, led her into SDU management. She was Project Manager for the
Commonwealth of Kentucky’s SDU implementation in 1998, and then moved to Alabama in 2000 to lead their SDU
implementation. She served as Project Manager of the SDU until September of 2011. Susan holds a B.A. from
Western Kentucky University and currently resides in Prattville, Alabama.
Mr. Clay is the Assistant Regional Manager, Healthcare and Family Services, Division of Child Support Services for
the Springfield Region. He’s a former Marine with over 10 years of service and a graduate of Southern Illinois
University at Edwardsville with a degree in Social Work. He has co-chaired Our Savior Grade School and Routt
High School family Fun Festival for the past 6 years. He has been an Examiner with the Lincoln Foundation for the
Performance of Excellence in the State of Illinois. Shannon has worked for the Department of Human Services and
Healthcare and Family Services for the past 13 years.
Irene Halkias Curran
Ms. Curran is the Chief of the Child Support Enforcement Division of the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office.
Irene has been with the office for eleven years. Prior to working in child support, Irene was Regional Counsel for
the Department of Children and Family Services and has also worked in private practice. Irene received her B.B.A.
in 1988 and her JD in 1991 from Loyola University of Chicago.
Derrick Davis is the Chief EEO/AA Officer for the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services. He has
served in that capacity since 2008. Prior to his current assignment, he served as EEO/AA Officer for the Illinois
Department of Human Services for eleven years and for the Illinois Department of Public Aid for three years.
Derrick also has had extensive experience as a Human Rights Investigator with the Illinois Department of Human
Rights. Derrick earned a Bachelor of Science from Rust College.
Rodney W. Equi
Judge Rodney W. Equi is a Circuit Judge of the 18 Judicial Circuit. Currently, he is serving as presiding Judge of the
Domestic Relations Division. Judge Equi has been assigned to the Domestic Relations Division August 1992-June
1995 and January 1999 to present. He was assigned to Chancery June 1995 to January 1996 and Law/jury January,
1996-1999. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, a past member of the Illinois State Bar Family Law
Section Council, bench /bar sections council and Illinois State Bar special committee on Allocation of Parental
Responsibilities. Judge Equi had received the Dupage County Bar Association (Lawyer of the Year 2008): He is also
the member of the Justinian Society of Lawyers (Lawyer of the Year 2008) and past member of the Elmhurst
College mentoring Program and Northern Illinois University College of Law board of Visitor (Board Member 1993 to
1996 and 2005 to present: Chair 2008-2011) . He is a past member of the Federal Trial Bar, Association of Trial
Lawyers of America and American Bar Association. Finally, he is a n author and lecturer at numerous
administrative Office of Illinois Courts, Illinois State Bar, Dupage County Bar and private seminars on various
subjects, including domestic relations, trial advocacy and pretrial procedure.
Nancy Emberton joined the Division of Child Support Services (DCSS) in the spring of 1995 as an Office
Administrator IV and currently serves as the Regional Manager of Champaign Regional DCSS office and the chair of
the Intake Continuous Process Improvement committee. Prior to beginning employment with the agency, Ms.
Emberton attended Eastern Illinois University, and served as an elected municipal clerk as well as a legislative
liaison to an IL State Representative.
Maurice Franklin joined the Child Support workforce in 2001 as an Arrears Adjustment Specialist. During his
tenure, he has held a number of other positions: Adjustment Specialist, Customer Service Specialist, and has work
on a number of projects; New Hire Reporting Initiative, Electronic Income Withholding Enrollment Initiative, and
Early Intervention Program. Currently, Maurice has oversight of the Delinquency Prevention Program for several
counties in California, as well as New Mexico. He is very involved and contributes greatly too many other
initiatives throughout MAXIMUS. Mr. Franklin is currently a Criminal Justice student at Truman College –Chicago,
and enrolled in Project Management Certification courses at Loyola University, Chicago.
Gunnar J. Gitlin
Mr. Gitlin’s firm, the Gitlin Law Firm, P.C. in Woodstock, Illinois, exclusively handles family law cases. Attorney
Gitlin was honored with the Michael S. Cohen award "for continuing commitment and contribution to the
professional education of matrimonial lawyers." Gunnar has lectured nationally and in Illinois for organizations
including Law Education Institute in Colorado, the IICLE, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (National
and Illinois), the American Bar Association, the ISBA, the Illinois Attorneys General, various local bar associations
(including DuPage County, Kane County, Northwest Suburban, McHenry County, Lake County, and Winnebago
County), the DePaul University Graduate School of Taxation, and the Northern Illinois Law Review Symposium.
Mr. Gitlin is listed with Best Lawyers in America, and as an Illinois “Leading Lawyer” and “SuperLawyer” in the area
of family law. Gunnar has received the A-V peer review designation through Martindale-Hubbell . Gunnar has
been the author of three chapters on behalf of IICLE publications. As a fellow of the American Academy of
Matrimonial Lawyers, Gunnar has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Chapter from 1997
through 2003 and again from 2007 through 2011. He has served as Vice President of the Board of Directors and as
co-chair of their CLE committee for the Illinois Chapter. He was co-chair for several years for the AAML's Institute
for Training Matrimonial Associates. In 2007, Gunnar was also given the President's Special Recognition Award by
the Illinois Chapter of the AAML. Gunnar is a member of the Illinois Appellate Lawyers Association, the
Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. He was
honored by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education as a “Master Teacher.” Through IICLE and their
Master Teacher program he has conducted four day long seminars over the course of the past decade focusing on
child support and maintenance.
Nile Gossett of Best Practices Training Associates is an Organizational Learning and Development consultant who
has worked as a training professional since 1990 and has been an independent consultant since 2000. He
specializes in teaching his clients how to improve organizational, departmental, or functional performance using a
strategic planning and implementation process. He has helped his clients develop strategy and implement action
plans in a wide range of workplace functions, such as Workplace Communication, Diversity, Leadership, Team
Building, Conflict Resolution, and Customer Service. Nile believes that and organization can achieve extraordinary
results if they learn to create strong plans that build communication, continuous improvement, and accountability
into the implementation process. Nile’s strategic planning process has been taught and utilized at organizations
across a variety of organizations in the public, private, education, and non-profit sectors. A partial list of his past
clients includes the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois Action for Children, Goodcity, Austin Coming
Together, City Colleges of Chicago, Chicago Housing Authority, ArcelorMittal Steel, Marquette Bank, and the Forum
for Black Public Administrators. Mr. Gossett started his career in Learning and Development as a Training Designer
and Facilitator for the Communications Sector of Motorola, Inc. and as a Training Specialist at Hamburger
University, the worldwide training headquarters of McDonald’s Corporation. These two companies have
reputations of being among the best in the world at training their employees. During his career, Nile has held
professional positions with several well-known organizations, such as the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce,
Inland Steel Company, the Wm. Wrigley, Jr. Company, and in the front office of the Chicago Bulls Basketball Team.
In these assignments, he has held positions in sales, customer service, marketing, investor relations, information
technology, and training, which has provided him with variety of business experiences in many different industries.
Nile has been certified in several training programs and methodologies, including Instructional Design (Mager’s
Criterion-Referenced Instruction), Conflict Resolution (National Coalition Building Institute and Smith &
Associates), Diversity Education (Souder, Betances, & Associates), and Learning Styles (About Learning’s 4-Mat
methodology). Mr. Gossett was born and raised in Chicago. He is a graduate of Chicago Vocational High School
and of Illinois Institute of Technology, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in 1987.
He currently lives with his family in Oak Park, Illinois.
John Harris came to Healthcare and Family Services/ Division of Child Support Services in April 1994. He began his
career with Child Support as an Office Associate within the Interstate Unit, processing incoming requests from
other states throughout the country. When a position became available in the Location Services Unit, John was
eager to step in to that role wherein his investigative nature …….. (some would say nosey nature), was put into
action. He served as a front line locator for several years and accepted a supervisory role within Location Services
effective November 2000. In this capacity John was instrumental in evaluating many of the resources utilized
today within the Locate Unit. In January 2007 John was temporarily assigned to the Divisions of Child Support’s
Customer Service Call Center. His primary responsibility at that time was to assist the Call Center representatives
with complex issues or questions that would arise from custodial or non-custodial parent. John has a great deal of
respect for the Call Center team members, representatives and supervisors alike, as this is not an easy job. Not all
caller’s would take the time to call 800-447-4278 to say “job well done”, or “thank you for your hard work”. John’s
uplifting demeanor, sparkling personality and willingness to assist, quickly earned him the respect of the CSCC reps
as well as his co-supervisors. When a PSA position became available within the Call Center, John jumped at the
opportunity and remained with that Team until April 2011. The manager of Location Services had retired effective
December 2010, and John was asked to temporarily oversee that Team until the vacancy was posted and filled.
Returning to his investigative roots, Mr. Harris interviewed for, was offered and accepted the role as Location
Services manager. Prior to Child Support, John worked for the IL. Dept. of Revenue and in HFS for the Bureau of
Claims Processing. Immediately following completion of high School in 1981, John jumped into the family business
of installing fence, quickly taking over the managerial duties and oversight of the company and its employees, to
allow his step-father to transition into a more relaxed role. Eventually, John sought employment with the State of
Illinois and here we are today. Prior to that you may have caught him performing in a variety band with his 5
siblings, locally or throughout the Midwest. Perhaps, if you’re old enough, you may have caught the act on the
“Bozo the Clown” kid show back in the late 60’s early 70’s.
Ladies and gentleman, I give you Mr. John C. Harris and the crowd roars with a thunderous
Durman Z. Jackson, III
Durman Z. Jackson, III is a Deputy Supervisor in the Child Support Enforcement Division for the Office of the Cook
County State’s Attorney. He has served in that position since 1998. He supervises lawyers assigned to the Circuit
Court Parentage & Child Support Program and attorneys assigned to criminal failure to pay child support cases.
Durman has been an Assistant State’s Attorney since May 1987. He received his B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from I.I.T.
and is a graduate of the University of Illinois, School of Law.
Mario Jimenez studied at the Instituto Santo Tomas de Aquino in Cochabamba, Bolivia and graduated from the
institution in 1998. Upon arriving in the United States, Mario attended Lakeland College in Mattoon, Illinois on a
sports scholarship. He then transferred to the Springfield College in Illinois, then ultimately to Lincolnland
Community College in Springfield, IL where he studied Business Administration. After years of hard work and
dedication, he finally graduated Cum laude from The University of Illinois at Springfield in 2010. Mario holds a
Bachelors’ in Business Administration with a minor in Management Information Systems. Mr. Jimenez is a proud
product of the Upper Mobility Program thru the State of Illinois. He began his career with the Department of
Healthcare and Family Services in 2004 as an Office Associate for the Health benefits Hotline and was promoted to
a Human Services Case worker (Spanish Speaking) in 2009, now titled Child Support Specialist 1 (Spanish Speaking)
and in September of 2010 Mario accepted the position of an Executive II (Spanish Speaking) within the Customer
Service Call Center. In this position, he managed the Driver’s License Unit along with other Call Center employees.
The driver’s license unit is at the top of the collection remedies for the Division and Mario played a key role in the
monitoring and training of the DLU Representatives in addition to the daily operations of the call center. He now
works for the Location Services Unit as an Executive II. He has worked first hand with our clients for many years in
the capacity of a caseworker and as a supervisor. Mr. Jimenez is a very dedicated public servant and he has a very
inquisitive personality which results in him always trying to come up with a better way to do things. Mr. Jimenez
was the customer service manager for Lowe’s prior to joining the State of Illinois. Prior to working for Lowe’s he
was the assistant manager for the Bachrach men’s clothing store in Springfield, IL. He served as vice president of
IMAGE Central Illinois Chapter, an organization looking to promote Latino culture in the United States.
Following service in the United States Army, Chris graduated, cum laude, from Valparaiso University School of Law
in 1994. Upon graduation, he joined the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. During his seventeen (17) years as
an Assistant State’s Attorney, he has held assignments in the Consumer Fraud, Energy and Environment, and Major
Actions Divisions. Since May 2005, Chris has served as a Deputy Supervisor of the Child Support Enforcement
Division. As a Deputy Supervisor, he is directly responsible for overseeing the division’s Post Decree and Suburban
teams. Throughout his legal career, Chris has spoken to local and state bar associations, community groups, state
and regional child support enforcement associations, and government agencies on such diverse topics as consumer
fraud law, the unlicensed practice of law, child support enforcement, and courtroom technology development and
Kathyrn Diamond Karayannis
Judge Kathyrn Karayannis is an associate Judge in Kane County. She has been an associate Judge since October
2011. She is presently assigned to the Elgin Branch Court presiding over Traffic, Misdemeanor and Ordinance
Violation cases. Prior to becoming a Judge, Judge Karayannis was an Assistant State=s Attorney from 1988. During
that time she spent nine years assigned to the Child Support Division. She is married to Mario Karayannis who is a
partner at the law firm of Brady and Jensen in Elgin, Illinois and has two college age children.
Pamela Lowry is the IV-D director for the State of Illinois. She has worked with the child support program in Illinois
since 1991, serving in capacities ranging from financial operations to policy and training to program administration.
Pam is an active member of the National Child Support Enforcement Association, the National Council of Child
Support Directors, and the Illinois Family Support Enforcement Association. She was very proud to accept NCSEA’s
2010 Outstanding Program Award for the Illinois child support program. In 2008, Ms. Lowry was presented with
the Illinois Family Support Enforcement Association's Madalyn Maxwell Lifetime Achievement Award. She was
honored as NCSEA’s Outstanding Manager in 2009. Ms. Lowry holds a degree in Management from the University
of Illinois at Springfield and has performed graduate work in political studies.
Judge Margaret Marcouiller serves in the Family Division of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in Lake County. She
hears IV-D, Divorce and Domestic Violence Cases. Before her appointment to the bench in 2009, she served as a
Chief Deputy State’s Attorney in Lake County. She has also served as an Assistant Illinois Attorney General, and as
an Attorney for the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts. As a lawyer, she practiced in state and federal
courts handling cases at the trial and appellate levels, and she also handled many cases before administrative
Kathy J. Miller
Kathy’s experience in the IV-D program of nearly 30 years began in New York State as the manager of a rural
county IV-D office. She then worked with the New York State Office of Child Support Enforcement implementing
the centralized collection and disbursement center and worked in the state systems and program units.
She began working with of the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement’s Federal Parent Locator Service (FPLS)
team in 1998 as a CSENet End User Support member and moved to the Continuous Service Improvement team.
She now works with the Insurance Match, e-IWO, and State Service Portal (SSP) programs.
Kathy is a frequent speaker at state, regional, and national conferences, meetings, workshops and web-talks. Her
education includes Human Services and Business Management studies at Onondaga Community College, Hudson
Valley Community College, University College at Syracuse University and Lord Fairfax Community College.
When not working, Kathy loves to garden, go canoeing, and driving her motor home for trips!
Ms. Morrow currently serves as Assistant Deputy Administrator with the Illinois Department of Healthcare and
Family Services, Division of Child Support Services and is responsible for Northern Field Operations and the Cook
County Account Maintenance Unit. Mary is a Past President and serves on the Board of Directors for IFSEA. She is
a member and serves as a director of the National Child Support Enforcement Association where she served as co-
chair of the 2011 NCSEA Annual Conference in Atlanta.
Carlos Norris is a native of Springfield, IL. He served seven years in the US Navy in Communications. He graduated
from Robert Morris University as a Computer Science major. With a passion for public speaking, he joined
Toastmasters International in 1999, and currently serves as Vice President of Education for League of Our Own
Toastmasters Club. Carlos is the Director of the Springfield Urban League’s Male Involvement program. His desire
is to help stabilize the home spiritually, emotionally and economically while reunifying the family. Carlos and his
wife Karen co-founded Blended Family Ministries in an effort to provide training and emotional support to step
parents and children. Together they have four daughters and one grandson. In an effort to further his education,
Carlos is enrolled at Faith Walkers international Theological Seminary, working towards his Masters of Arts in
Clinical Christian Counseling.
Debbie Packard is a Public Service Administrator with the State of Illinois’ child support program. She began her
work in child support in December 1997. Ms. Packard was the Assistant Regional Manager for the Aurora and
Rockford Regions of DCSS from January 2001 through December 2006. She is currently in charge of process
refinement and quality control for statewide field operations within Illinois’ child support program. She is the co-
chair of the Interstate Continuous Process Improvement and the chair of the Case Management Business Process
Re-engineering teams for field operations. She is a member and past president of the IFSEA (Illinois Family Support
Enforcement Association) Board of Directors, a member of NCSEA and its 2011-2012 Web-talk Committee.
Dr. Kelly Richmond Pope
Dr. Kelly Richmond Pope is an Assistant Professor in the School of Accountancy and Management Information
Systems at DePaul University. Prior to joining DePaul, she worked as a forensic accountant at one of the Big 4
accounting firms where she conducted financial investigations, participated in contract compliance audits,
conducted anti-money laundering engagements and provided litigation support to audit teams. She has conducted
training in the areas of corporate governance and ethics across the country. Dr. Pope has also worked as a
consultant for the Harvard Institute for International Development where she assisted in the design of a donor
accounting reporting system for the Federal Government of Ethiopia. She also participated in the Financial
Management Program at General Electric. Dr. Pope received her undergraduate degree in accounting from North
Carolina A&T State University located in Greensboro, NC. She received her master’s and Ph.D. in accounting from
Virginia Tech located in Blacksburg, VA. She is licensed certified public accountant in the State of North Carolina.
Diane Potts is the Deputy Attorney General for Child Support at the Illinois Attorney General’s Office. Prior to that
appointment, Diane was an Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Appeals Division from 1997 to 2009, and in the
Child Support Enforcement Division from 1995 to 1997. Diane received her law degree in 1995 from Washington
University Law School and her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois. She specializes in family law,
and has argued over 100 cases in the Illinois Supreme Court, Appellate Court, and the Seventh Circuit Court of
Appeals. Diane is a Director for the Illinois Family Support Enforcement Association, and also serves on the Illinois
Child Support Advisory Committee.
Andrea Sarver is an Executive II serving as Assistant Regional Manager in the Champaign Regional Office with
Healthcare and Family Services, Division of Child Support Enforcement. She has been with the Department since
1993 beginning in Springfield. She moved to Champaign in 1995. She has supervised within the Champaign
Regional Office for the past 15 years. Andrea is currently serving as the Association’s Second Vice-President.
John Schmidt began working as an Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Appeals Division of the Illinois Attorney
General=s office in 1992, and he has argued over 100 cases in state and federal appellate courts. Prior to working
in the Attorney General=s Office, John served as a law clerk for the Honorable Marvin Dunn of the Illinois
Appellate Court, Second District and a staff attorney for the Illinois Appellate Court. John has also been an adjunct
faculty member teaching legal writing at the DePaul University College of Law since 2009.
Mr. Simpson is the Paternity Establishment Liaison and works for the Parent Support Services Unit within the
Springfield Region under the Illinois Department of Healthcare & Family Services, Division of Child Support
Services. He is a graduate from Eureka College where he obtained a Bachelors of Science in Business
Administration. He began his career with the state of Illinois as an Outreach Specialist under Medical Programs of
HFS. He has represented the department in promoting HFS programs to the public and educating them on
qualifications, services provided and how to apply for the past 6 years. Currently, Mr. Simpson is the point of
contact with the Urban League and the department caseworker for the “Fatherhood Initiative.”
Norris A. Stevenson
Mr. Stevenson has held several positions within and outside of State government. Mr. Stevenson is a graduate of
Illinois State University with a degree in Communications and has worked toward the completion of a Masters of
Science Degree in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University. Mr. Stevenson
began his career in state service in 1988 with the Illinois Department of Rehabilitation Services as a Marketing and
Employment Specialist and legislative liaison. From there he went to work for the Illinois Department of Public Aid,
first as a Legislative Liaison and later as a public policy developer during which time he assisted in the development
of initiatives such as the states Electronic Benefits Transfer Program, Earnfare Program and Medicaid Assessment
Program. He left state employment in 1995 to assist in the establishment of Unity HMO of Illinois. After two years
in the health care field, he became an independent consultant concentrating on welfare reform and human
services issues. Later, he became the Project Director of the Chicago Area Project ’s Mentoring, Training and
Employment Program before returning to the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (formerly the
Illinois Department of Public Aid), where he currently serving as the Deputy Administrator for Statewide Field
Operations. In addition to his professional duties, he is a Board Member for the Illinois Family Support
Enforcement Association (IFSEA) and the 1st Vice President of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators’
(NFBPA) Chicago Chapter where he was the architect of the Chapter’s Professional Development Institute (PDI), a
thirteen-week management preparedness program.
Bryan Tribble is a Public Service Administrator with the Division of Child Support Services. He began working for
DCSS in June 2001 as an accountant. Beginning in January of 2006 through January of 2008, Bryan worked on the
Professional and Recreational License Revocation project. In February of 2008 he began supervising the
Administrative Driver’s License Suspension project for DCSS. Bryan continued in this role until August 2012. In his
current role with the Division, he is the Assistant Manager of Policy for DCSS. Bryan was elected to the Illinois
Family Support Enforcement Association Board of Directors in the Fall of 2008, has served on the Board of
Directors as the First and Second Vice-President, and is currently serving as the Association’s President.
Vicki Turetsky was appointed as the Commissioner for the Office of Child Support Enforcement in the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families. As Commissioner, she
oversees the child support program operated by each state and by many tribes. Ms. Turetsky brings more than 25
years of experience as a public administrator and advocate for low-income families. She is a nationally recognized
expert in family policy, and has been instrumental in efforts to boost child support payments to families and to
establish realistic child support policies that encourage fathers to work and play an active parenting role. Prior to
her appointment, she served as the Director of Family Policy at the Center for Law and Social Policy, where she
specialized in child support, responsible fatherhood, and prisoner reentry policies. The author of numerous
publications, she was a visiting lecturer at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at
Princeton University and has received several national awards. She also has held positions at the U.S. Corporation
for National and Community Service, MDRC, Union County Legal Services in New Jersey, and the Minnesota
Attorney General’s Office. As a division director at the Minnesota Department of Human Services, she received
one of the state’s first “reinventing government” awards. She received her B.A. from the University of Minnesota
and her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.
Since 1992, Loretta Ursini has been an Assistant State’s Attorney at Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office in the
Child Support Enforcement Division. One of her supervisory assignments is heading up the UIFSA Unit. She
received her J.D. in 1989 for IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Judge Raul Vega
Judge Vega was first elected to the Circuit Court of Cook County in 2002. Initially he was assigned to the First
Municipal District where he heard forcible detainer and entry cases, as well as non-jury trials. Shortly thereafter,
he was transferred to the Domestic Relations Division. From his initial assignment to Domestic Relations, he has
heard solely post - decree divorce matters. He has been a Judge now for almost 10 years. Judge Vega was born
and raised in Chicago. He attended Lane Technical High School in Chicago. He graduated from MacMurray College
in Jacksonville, Illinois, where he majored in Economics and Accounting. He graduated from Loyola Law School in
1982, and was sworn into the Illinois Bar in November, 1982. Judge Vega was a solo practitioner for 20
years before becoming a Judge. Judge Vega speaks at many seminars for the CBA and IICLE on a range of topics.
Michael Vicars is the Regional Program Manager for the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement in the
Chicago Regional Office. His responsibilities include managing the staff that provides technical assistance and
program oversight to the Child Support programs in the six States that comprise Region V of OCSE. Those States
are Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. Prior to becoming the Program Manager, Michael
was the Program Specialist working with the Illinois and Minnesota child support programs. He also worked for the
Medicaid and Medicare programs in the Health Care Financing Administration before coming to the OCSE.
Joan Weiss serves as the Downstate Paternity Establishment Liaison Supervisor for the Parent Support
Services/Community Outreach Unit in the Child Support Services Division within HFS. Joan is responsible
for supervising the Paternity Establishment Liaisons who are housed in the Child Support Regional
Offices and work with Incarcerated Inmates in both State and Federal Facilities. Joan also coordinates
statewide community outreach functions and helps with the development of printed outreach materials
and presentations that are used for various audiences. Prior to her current position, Joan spent 10 years
as an Outreach Specialist in the Medical Programs Division of HFS under the Directors Office, promoting
and updating public and private organizations on the All Kids, FamilyCare and other HFS medical
programs policy changes. Joan received a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Illinois University in
Joan Weiss serves as the Downstate Paternity Establishment Liaison Supervisor for the Parent Support
Services/Community Outreach Unit in the Child Support Services Division within HFS. Joan is responsible for
supervising the Paternity Establishment Liaisons who are housed in the Child Support Regional Offices and work
with Incarcerated Inmates in both State and Federal Facilities. Joan also coordinates statewide community
outreach functions and helps with the development of printed outreach materials and presentations that are used
for various audiences. Prior to her current position, Joan spent 10 years as an Outreach Specialist in the Medical
Programs Division of HFS under the Directors Office, promoting and updating public and private organizations on
the All Kids, FamilyCare and other HFS medical programs policy changes. Joan received a Bachelor of Science
degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.
Nadine J. Wichern returned to the Office of the Attorney General of Illinois in June 2011 as an Assistant Attorney
General and Brief Reviewer in the Civil Appeals Division. In this capacity, Nadine represents the State and its
officials and employees in federal and state reviewing courts, and reviews the work of other attorneys in the
division. For the five years before this, Nadine was an Assistant Corporation Counsel in the Appeals Division of the
City of Chicago Department of Law. And for five years before that, Nadine was an Assistant Attorney General in
the Civil Appeals Division. Immediately after graduating from DePaul University College of Law, Nadine served as a
clerk to the Honorable William J. Bauer of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Nadine has
taught an appellate advocacy course at Loyola University Chicago School of Law since 2002. She also has taught
similar courses at DePaul and John Marshall Law School over the years. In 2005, Nadine completed a term as a
United States Supreme Court Fellow through the National Association of Attorneys General in Washington, D.C.
During law school, Nadine was Managing Editor of Notes and Comments for the DePaul Law Review, externed for
Judge Bauer for two semesters, was awarded six CALI awards, and was chosen for Order of the Coif. Prior to law
school, Nadine earned a bachelor=s degree in history and political science with a minor in English from Indiana
Angela C. Williams
Ms. Williams is an Assistant Attorney General with the Public Aid Bureau in Peoria, Illinois. She has been with the
Attorney General’s Office since 1999. Ms. Williams graduated from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in
1987 and received her law degree from Southern Illinois University School of Law in 1990. Prior to joining the
Attorney General’s Office, Ms. Williams was in private practice and also taught International Law and Business at
St. Petersburg’s Gorni Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia from 1992-1993. Ms. Williams was first appointed to the
IFSEA Board of Directors in 2008 and is presently serving as the Association’s first vice-president.
Z. (Zeophus) Williams
Z. (Zeophus) Williams began her legal career in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office (Chicago, Illinois). In
2009, Attorney Williams became Chief of the Child Support Enforcement Division. The Division consists of over 35
attorneys and over 80 support staff. Attorney Williams previously held the positions of Division Supervisor and
Deputy Supervisor of Special Projects & Training, and is Chair of the Illinois Child Support Advisory Committee. The
Committee will draft a legislative proposal replacing Illinois child support percentage of obligor income model with
an income shares model. Attorney Williams’ service in the legal profession and community includes president of
the Cook County Bar Association (2008-09), and Chair of the following: Illinois State Bar Association Committee on
Professional Conduct, Chicago Bar Association Domestic Relations Committee, and Alliance of Bar Associations for
Judicial Screening. Additionally, she served as (Board Member) Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater
Chicago, (Assembly Member) Illinois State Bar Association, (Secretary) Chicago Local School Council, (President)
Cook County Bar Community Law Project, and Legal Clinic volunteer. Attorney Williams presented Continuing
Legal Education seminars for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, Illinois State Bar Association, Cook County
and Chicago Bar Associations, NCSEA, and ERICSA. She is a graduate of DePaul University (Bachelor of Science in
Commerce) and John Marshall Law School (Chicago, Illinois).