Meet Dr. Deb Shropshire, the newly named Director of Child Welfare for the Department of Human Services.

Dr. Shropshire is a pediatrician with OU Children’s Physicians in Oklahoma City. 

She has held many roles at DHS, including medical director for Child Welfare Services and Deputy Director of Child Welfare Community Partnerships.

She is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. From 2001 to 2015, she was also medical director at the former Pauline E. Mayer Children’s Shelter and helped develop the Fostering Hope Clinic for children in foster care, reviewed individual cases with child welfare caseworkers, helped develop policy and caseworker training, and served on the Special Review Committee on child abuse and neglect deaths.

Shropshire is the recipient of multiple local and national awards, including the 2014 National Ray Helfer Award for Child Abuse Prevention from the National Alliance on Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds and the 2007 Commissioner’s Award for Outstanding Service in the Field of Child Abuse and Neglect from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Children, Youth and Families.

Read the press release from OKDHS.

On June 4, 2019, Gov. Kevin Stitt announced that he had appointed a new director to the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.

Justin B. Brown has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Choice Capital Partners since 2008. He joined Choice Capital Partners, the ownership entity for Villagio Senior Living, following an eight-year career in healthcare finance.

During his banking career, Brown was involved in financing a range of healthcare entities across all industry segments, including seniors housing. For Choice Capital Partners, Brown directly manages all capital needs, acquisition and development strategies, investor relations, and directs the company’s core business strategy.

Additionally, Brown plays a role in programming and resident satisfaction, community design and development, and improved quality of life.

Brown also serves on the Board of Directors for the Alzheimer’s Association, the Children’s Hospital Foundation, and the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City. He and his wife, Kelly, have been married for 18 years and have two children, Hannah and Ford.

Read more about Justin Brown’s appointment.