Jennifer G. Withrow, MSW, earned her BSW from Transylvania University and her MSW from the University of Kentucky.
She has over 21 years of experience working within state government in program oversight, developing new initiatives, policies and procedures, mentoring, and leadership and administration.
In her current position she oversees the Program, Policy, and Support Branch within the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation.
This position directs programming development and oversight, policy and procedures development, contract management, monitoring and auditing, as well as federal reporting and grant management.
Her professional experiences give her a comprehensive view of interagency collaboration, as she has worked in the areas of juvenile justice, disabilities, adoptions, child welfare, sexual assault and domestic abuse prevention, and adult criminal justice.
Her professional accomplishments include leading the process to create statutory change with the independent adoption process in Kentucky, developing an initiative to integrate Social Workers into Kentucky’s Public Defender system to provide holistic services and alternatives to incarceration/detention, as well as developing reentry programs for adults and youth.
Jennifer is a Kentucky Colonel, the highest title of honor that can be bestowed by the Governor of Kentucky, was awarded the Kentucky Governor’s Ambassador award in Leadership, named a Duchess of Hazard, named the National Juvenile Justice Specialist of the Year, and was named Social Work Practitioner of the Year by Spalding University.
Ms. Withrow serves on several boards and advisory councils including Lexington Kentucky’s Anti-Human Trafficking Taskforce, Asbury University’s Social Work Advisory Board, Project SAFE (Safety and Accessibility for Everyone) Executive Board, Kentucky Partnership for Families and Children’s board, and the Kentucky Trauma Informed Care Statewide Taskforce.
She is passionate about helping organizations to enhance programming and support to communities as well as staff.