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About Our Director

On November 1, 2022, Donna Seed, Lucas County Children Services interim deputy director, became the twelfth leader in the 75-year history of the “modern” LCCS. The agency board of trustees named her to the position after she served most recently as director of social services under former executive director Robin Reese, who retired from the agency in October. Ms. Seed will lead the agency while the board of trustees conducts a national search for a permanent executive director.

Ms. Seed has more than 30 years of experience in child protection and mental health administration. After earning a bachelor’s degree in public administration from University of Findlay, she earned an MPA from Bowling Green State University, and a master’s degree in social work from The Ohio State University.

Ms. Seed worked for more than eight years at the former Cummings-Zucker Center (now part of Harbor), and the former Lucas County “Cluster” program administered by the Lucas County Family Council, before joining LCCS as a family services caseworker in 1994. Since then, she has held several management-level positions before becoming interim deputy director. She has participated in several state and regional panels that have influenced child welfare practice in Ohio.

A native of West Virginia, Ms. Seed is a certified yoga instructor. She has one adult child, and three grandchildren.

LCCS Executive Directors, Past to Present

LCCS Director Dates
Donna Seed November 2022 - present (interim)
Robin Reese September 2015 - October 2022
Dean Sparks August 1997 - August 2015
Tom Jennings (interim) December 1996 - August 1997
Ellen Jones August 1992 - December 1996
Isaac Palmer (interim) May 1992 - August 1992
Judith Goodhand (interim) March 1992 - May 1992
John Mattingly January 1986 - March 1992
Robert Carson August 1981 - January 1986
Kennedy Sharrock (interim) July 1981 - July 1981
Charles Klippstein February 1965 - June 1981
Jane Cartwright June 1947 - February 1965