Session 4: Thinking Ahead – Sustaining Support and Resources that Promote Early Relational Health
Panelists: Sasha Rasco, Associate Commissioner for Prevention and Early Intervention at DFPS & Jennifer Lucy, Managing Director of Programs for TexProtects
About Sasha Rasco: Since 2013, Sasha Rasco has served as the Associate Commissioner for Prevention and Early Intervention at the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS), which oversees more than 160 community based grants to organizations providing an array of evidence-informed family support services, including positive youth development programs, individualized and group parenting education, specialized supports for fathers and military families, and evidence-based home visiting to more than 64,000 families and youth in Texas with a budget of $105 million annually. Sasha’s career also includes 14 years in the state’s Child Care Licensing program, the last two years as Associate Commissioner of Child Care Licensing, regulating over 36,000 child-care centers, homes, adoption and foster care agencies, as well as two years with the state’s Early Childhood Intervention program (IDEA Part C). Sasha holds a bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin’s Humanities Honors Program and a Masters of Public Affairs from UT’s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.
About Jennifer Lucy: Jennifer is the Managing Director of Programs for TexProtects. In that role, she provides leadership, strategy, and coordination for TexProtects policy, research, and education activities and staff. She also manages the statewide Home Visiting Consortium and serves as steering committee member and Supported Families lead for the Prenatal to Three Collaborative. Prior to her role at TexProtects, Jennifer managed quality assurance and advocacy for over 40 home visiting programs across the state. With over 10 years’ experience as an educator in public schools, Jennifer understands the ways in which adverse childhood experiences impact educational and health outcomes over the course of a child’s life and why prevention, family support programs, and trauma-informed care are critical. Jennifer earned her Master of Public Affairs degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree from Texas A&M University at College Station. She is a native Texan and lives in Austin with her husband and two children.