NCSEA was fortunate to have a superlative group of passionate child support professionals to stand for election to the NCSEA Board of Directors. The following individuals were elected to a 3-year term which will begin September 1, 2013 and conclude August 30, 2016:
- Jim Fleming, IV-D Director, North Dakota
- Alisha Griffin, IV-D Director, New Jersey
- Michael Hayes, Deputy Director of Family Initiatives, Texas
- Kelly Micka, Principal, CSG – Iowa
- Diane Potts, Deputy Attorney General of Child Support Enforcement, Illinois
We are appreciative of all the members that took the time to log into the Meet the Candidates webinar and listen to all the candidates and then cast a vote. In addition, we are also thankful to each individual that volunteered to stand for election to the NCSEA Board.
James C. Fleming is the director of the North Dakota Child Support Enforcement Program. Prior to being named director in fall of 2010, Jim was the program’s deputy director and chief legal counsel for over eight years. He also served as law clerk for North Dakota Supreme Court Justice Herbert Meschke and as an assistant attorney general. Mr. Fleming is a frequent speaker on child support topics at state and national conferences, ranging from arrears management to collection of current support and death in the family.
Jim was the recipient of the 2004 Freedom Award from the North Dakota Newspaper Association and the 2009 Family Support Council Program Awareness Award. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Dakota in 1989 and his Juris Doctorate from Notre Dame Law School in 1993. Jim serves on the Policy and Government Relations and Child Support Communique committees of the National Child Support Enforcement Association. A second-generation attorney and native of Cavalier North Dakota, Jim and his wife Terri live in Bismarck with their four daughters, ages 18 to 10. In his spare time, Jim likes to sing, cook, and do woodworking.
Alisha Griffin is an Assistant Director with the Division of Family Development in the Department of Human Services responsible for the Office of Child Support Services. She serves as the State IV-D Director for the New Jersey Child Support Program. She has been with the child support program for more than sixteen years and came to child support with many years in the public and private family services including child welfare, child protection, rehabilitation and therapeutic service systems
She has worked on many national workgroups. She has served as President of the National Child Support Enforcement Association (NCSEA), The National Council of Child Support Directors (NCCSD) and The National Family Preservation Network (NFPN. She currently serves on NCSEA’s Policy and Government Relations committee and is on the Executive Council of NCCSD and the chair of the subcommittee on Medical Support which is addressing issues related to child support and implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
She represented NCSEA a member of the delegation to the Hague Private Law Convention on Child Maintenance and Family Support and served as an observer/ program advisor to NCCSUL on the revisions to UIFSA to incorporate the new convention into US laws
She also served for ten years as a Commissioner for the New Jersey Executive Commission on Ethical Standards.
Michael Hayes is the Deputy for Family Initiatives in the Child Support Division of the Texas Office of the Attorney General (OAG) where he’s part of a multi-disciplinary team of project developers, curriculum designers, program specialists, educators, and attorneys. His work in child support includes the development of: statewide prevention education programming for teens, perinatal family support service interventions for unmarried couples, court/workforce/child support collaborations to help unemployed NCPs find work and pay child support, enhanced child support and parenting legal resources for military/veteran families, co-parenting resources for couples in the child support system, and family violence collaborations to help survivors access the child support system safely.
Immediately prior to his work with the OAG, Michael helped create and was director of the Texas Fragile Families Initiative (TFF), a state-wide initiative bringing together more than 30 private foundations, multiple state agencies and community/faith-based organizations in 12 sites across Texas to support fragile families.
Kelly Micka, J.D., PMP, is a principal with CSG, Government Solutions. Kelly’s current role is the Affordable Care Act/Health Benefits Exchange Integrator on the integrated eligibility and enrollment systems project with the State of Iowa. Kelly has over 18 years of child support and health and human services experience and currently serves as the co-chair of NCSEA’s Policy and Government Relations committee and is a member of the NCSEA Board of Directors. She has spoken on the topics of interstate child support and IV-D legal ethics at numerous WICSEC, ERICSA, and NCSEA conferences and webtalks. She provides child support consulting services regarding business process re-engineering and training to numerous state child support programs. Kelly is a 1994 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law.
Diane Potts is the Illinois Deputy Attorney General for Child Support. She oversees attorneys and staff in the Child Support Division throughout Illinois, and has argued over 100 cases on behalf of the State in the Illinois Supreme Court, Appellate Court, and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Diane is a frequent speaker on child support and parentage issues, and gave presentations last year at NCSEA’s Annual Conference, WICSEC’s Conference, and OCSE’s Turner Anniversary Event.
Diane is a Member of NCSEA’s Legislative Education Subcommittee, and a Director of the Illinois Family Support Enforcement Association and Illinois Child Support Advisory Committee. She received her law degree from Washington University Law School and her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois.