Leadership


virginia-pryorDivision Director Virginia “Ginger” Pryor

Ms. Pryor has over 27 years of experience in child welfare and social policy. Most recently, she served as the Senior Director of Strategic Consulting with Casey Family Programs in Seattle, Washington. Ms. Pryor continued her commitment to children and families during her tenure with Casey Family Programs (CFP). Her work with CFP spans over 11 years having been responsible for the launching and implementation of Family Group Conferencing throughout the Casey Field Offices, serving as Chair of National Foster Care Month and being a point person for several key national relationships.

Ms. Pryor is currently the Division Director and provides vision, leadership and strategic direction for all programmatic operations responsible for serving children and families across the state. Prior to assuming this role, she served as Chief of Staff and was the Deputy Director of Child Welfare for two and a half years. In addition, she is responsible for leading the state’s reform effort — the Blueprint for Change — which focuses on three key platforms: Robust Workforce Development, a Practice Model and Constituent Engagement. 

Division Chief of Staff Jeff Lukich

Originally from Charleston, South Carolina, Mr. Lukich has served families in Georgia for the past 28 years. He began his career with the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) in 1989. Though his experience is in both Economic Support (OFI) and Child Welfare, the vast majority of his experience has been in social services and child welfare – including child protective services, adult protective services, foster care and adoptions. Mr. Lukich has served in many capacities within DFCS over the years, including child welfare case manager, supervisor, social services consultant and deputy county director. Additionally, he served as a county director for nearly 10 years in multiple counties, including Athens-Clarke County.

Mr. Lukich served as the Regional Director in Northwest Georgia (Region 1) from 2008 to 2013. In 2013, Mr. Lukich was appointed as the State Director of Field Operations. He served in that role until July 2017 when he was appointed to Deputy Division Director for Child Welfare. He was later appointed Chief of Staff in December 2017. Mr. Lukich oversees the work of all Division staff and is responsible for the quality and delivery of all child welfare and eligibility programs both in the field and at the state office.