Executive Director, Field Support
Debbie Miller leads special projects for the Department of Children's Services, including the ChildStat initiative to increase permanency and reduce the number of children in state custody. Prior, Ms. Miller was appointed Deputy Commissioner for Juvenile Justice in February 2016 and before that, she served as Assistant Commissioner for Quality Control.
Before joining DCS, Ms. Miller served as the Director of the Child and Family Policy Center at Vanderbilt University for 11 years. The mission of this Center was to develop, promote and implement public policy and community strategies that strengthen children and families through research, advocacy and education.
Prior to her work at Vanderbilt, Ms. Miller worked in the areas of foster care, residential treatment and child advocacy for more than 20 years. She also served as the Executive Director of the Tennessee Board of Paroles for six years.
Active in her community, Ms. Miller was a Girl Scout Troup leader for 12 years, served on two Foster Care Review Boards and was on the Board of Directors of Bethlehem Centers of Nashville and the Exchange Club Family Programs. She and her husband, former Mayor Bill Purcell, live in East Nashville and are members of East End United Methodist Church.