Foster Youth Success in College Advisory Panel

Janice Davis, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW-C

Director of Clinical Education
Howard University School of Social Work
Office of Field Education

Kim Dennis, M.P.A

Ms. Dennis has over 25 years of experience as a researcher, analyst and writer on diverse issues including substance use disorders, child welfare, early childhood development, health care and welfare reform.  She is a Senior Program Associate at Children and Family Futures (CFF), a national nonprofit organization based in Lake Forest, California that focuses on the intersections among child welfare, mental health, substance use disorder treatment and court systems.  Ms. Dennis is currently Program Manager for the Prevention and Family Recovery (PFR) initiative (now in its fourth year), which seeks to advance the capacity of Family Treatment Courts to provide comprehensive family-centered care to improve child, parent and family outcomes.  Prior to PFR, Ms. Dennis worked on the Regional Partnership Grant Program (RPG) Support Contract where her responsibilities included development and tracking of a RPG performance measurement system for 53 grantees; qualitative and quantitative data analyses; preparation of reports to Congress, Children’s Bureau and grantees; provision of evaluation-related technical assistance; and materials development for grantee meetings and training events. Ms. Dennis also served as Project Manager of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) Technical Support on Women, Children and TANF contract, and was a Community Analyst at the Center for Child Health Outcomes, Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego, where she evaluated the effectiveness of community-based programs designed to improve children’s health and well-being. Ms. Dennis has an M.P.A., with a concentration in advanced policy analysis, from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a B.A. in Sociology from University of California, Berkeley.

Lewis Oleinick, CIPP/US/G

Mr. Oleinick is the Chief Privacy and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Officer for the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA).  He has a bachelor’s of science in statistics from the University of Michigan (cum laude) and a master’s of science in public policy from the University of Texas at Austin (magna cum laude).  Before attending graduate school, Mr. Oleinick worked as a statistician, econometrician, and computer programmer at the University of Michigan and the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining the Defense Logistics Agency in 2005, Mr. Oleinick spent 10 years at the Office of Management and Budget where he provided government-wide oversight of the Privacy Act; and issued Federal privacy, IT security, and FOIA policy. Career awards include the Presidential Distinguished Service Award; DLA Superior Civilian Service Award; DLA Exceptional Achievement Award; and a Federal CIO Council Technology Leadership Award.  Mr. Oleinick is a co-author of the Federal Privacy Overlays – a specification of security and privacy controls to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information systems containing personally identifiable information.

Kathleen Reardon, Ph. D, USC Business Professor Emeritus, Author

Dr. Reardon is a University of Southern California Professor Emerita of Management and Organization with nearly two decades joint position in Preventive Medicine with expertise in persuasion and politics at work.   She is also the former Director of the Leadership Institute (USC) Presidential Fellows Program and Leadership Institute Director with Warren Bennis and was an Irish Management Institute Distinguished Research Fellow.

Dr. Reardon has also focused on providing foster children with help in school and preparing to succeed in college and careers. As the Originator/Co-Founder/First Star Distinguished Fellow, she originated the college prep academy program for foster teens on university campuses first explored in her book with Chris Noblet, Childhood Denied.  She developed educational programs and engaged in fund raising for academies that have guided foster teens to do well in high school, prepare for and enter college in numbers far surpassing the approximately 3% average for college graduation of young adults who have aged out of foster care.

Dr. Reardon has authored 10 books, including The Secret Handshake, It's All Politics and Comebacks at Work, numerous academic articles, a debut novel, and has been a featured Huffington Post political blogger since 2005. 

Damian Miller

Damian Miller is a public policy manager who has significant experience as an advocate for issues affecting vulnerable youth and families. Mr. Miller has served on the staff of former United States Senator Mary Landrieu, as a Special Assistant to the Director of the District of Columbia's Child and Family Services Agency, and as a founding board member of the DC Family and Youth Initiative. In 2017, Mr. Miller was the recipient of the First Star Institute's Cheers for Children Award.