Deputy Commissioner, Child Programs
Sandra Wilson is the Deputy Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services Office of Child Programs.
Wilson is a veteran child welfare professional with 34 years of experience in both Tennessee and Kentuck. In this capacity, Wilson is responsible for child program staff and operations in 12 twelve regions across the state. She also oversees all statewide child programs including child protective services assessments, foster care, adoptions, independent living services, non-custodial services, provider network development, and the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC).
Wilson joined DCS in 2005 as consultant to help improve regional organizational and operational practices throughout the department. She later oversaw the development, coordination and monitoring of activities associated with federal funding requirements; helped form a statewide workgroup that led to the department’s accreditation; evaluated all program areas to determine right-sizing; and was responsible for improving the department’s case manager mentoring program.
Prior to joining DCS, Wilson served seven years for the Kentucky Department of Community Based Services as a service region administrator in Louisville, with leadership and oversight responsibility for child welfare, adult protective services, the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, child support and Medicaid programs administered by a staff of 750 at 10 locations throughout the metro area. She also spent 12 years with the Kentucky Department of Human Resources as a regional administrator.
Wilson earned a bachelor’s degree in history and sociology from Austin Peay State University and a master’s degree in community development from the University of Louisville.
She also has worked as a technical consultant for the Annie E. Casey Family to Family Program, and has more than 10 years of experience with integrated community partnership boards.