Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) Secretary Gina Meier-Hummel is pleased to announce that Public Information Officer Taylor Forrest has been promoted to Communications Director, effective Monday, May 7. Forrest replaces Theresa Freed, who was named Deputy Secretary of Public Affairs for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE).
“I would like to thank Theresa for the hard work, leadership and dedication that she has demonstrated at DCF the last five years. I wish her the very best of luck at our sister agency,” said Secretary Meier-Hummel. “I have full faith that Taylor will pick up where Theresa left off and engage the public purposefully to share the important work of our agency.”
Forrest has served as the public information officer for DCF since June 2017. She has a bachelor’s degree in convergent journalism from Southwestern College. Previously, she interned for Senator Jerry Moran and former Congressman, now Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo.
Taylor commented that ,”First, I am humbled by the opportunity to serve as the communications director. Prior to serving as the communications director, I was the Public Information Officer for almost a year. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time thus far, and probably the most exciting thing about the job for me is learning every day about all the services we offer. For example, I don’t think most individuals know we have services for Kansans with disabilities that focus on empowerment. In the last 10 years, we have helped more than 14,500 Kansans with disabilities gain competitive, integrated employment. And our social work staff show up every day to keep Kansas kids safe. I mean, it’s truly amazing work that is happening every day at DCF, and I don’t think most individuals know about it.
As you may know, our agency recently underwent a leadership change—Secretary Gina Meier-Hummel started at DCF on Dec. 1. She has been working diligently to listen to Kansans, be responsive to their needs and strengthen our systems to improve how we serve the children and families of Kansas. I have full faith in her ability to make vital and necessary changes, and I am excited to work alongside her to share the news of our agency. She is an agent of change, and I am excited to see where she leads this agency.
Prior to working at the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF), I was unaware of all of the amazing programs that our agency has that truly help support Kansas children and families. Our work here is vital, I can’t think of anywhere else I would rather be. I love this work.”