The Office of Children & Families in the Courts is comprised of the Administrator, 5 Judicial Program Analysts and one administrative staff. Staff provide assistance to Pennsylvania's Court of Common Pleas’ dependency judges, assist in the oversight of various State Roundtable Workgroups, observe dependency court proceedings, and conduct various trainings for judges, hearing officers, attorneys and other stakeholders. A complete listing of staff members and their background are listed below. (click on each person's name to read additional information).
Sandra Moore, Director
Ms. Moore began her career in Child Welfare in 1985 as a student intern with Humboldt County (CA) Children and Youth Services during her senior year of college. Upon graduating in 1986, Ms. Moore assumed the position of Social Worker I in the Kings County Human Services Agency - Social Services Division. Beginning in the Family Reunification unit of the County's Children & Youth section, Ms. Moore was quickly promoted to Social Worker III in the Child Protection Intake Unit. There she investigated initial cases of alleged child abuse/neglect, initiating family services to those in need and court action, when warranted. Read More
Elke Moyer, Administrative Associate/Graphic Desig
Ms. Moyer attended and graduated from the German school system. Prior to working at the Office of Children & Families in the Courts, Ms. Moyer was the Office Manager of the Dauphin County Human Services Director's Office. Read More
Christy Stanek, Judicial Program Analyst
Ms Stanek joined the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts in the Office of Children and Families in the Courts as a Judicial Analyst in September 2011.
Prior to her current position, Ms Stanek served as Deputy Administrator for Washington County Children and Youth, directly overseeing family engagement practices such as family finding and FGDM, quality assurance, training, ongoing department, Court operations and the County's Permanency Practice Initiative. In 2010, Ms Stanek partnered with a local parent advocate to create a legal collaboration team, with the focus of enhancing advocacy for children and parents, while implementing the values of Pennsylvania's mission and guiding principals for Pennsylvania's child dependency system. Also during this time, Ms Stanek served as a member of the Truancy and Legal Representation State workgroups through the Office of Children and Families in the Courts. Read More
Stephenie Strayer, Judicial Program Analyst
Stephenie Strayer is a graduate of Mansfield University where she earned a dual degree in Psychology and Human Relations. Following graduation, Ms. Strayer held several positions in various non-profit agencies providing direct services to children and families dealing with domestic violence, child sexual abuse, teen parenting and child abuse.
In 1984, Ms. Strayer accepted a position with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region. Over the next 21 years, her leadership helped the agency become a nationally ranked Big Brother Big Sister agency. The organization was honored for best practices in efforts that included school based mentoring programs and creative case management and received a Point of Light Award from George H.W. Bush. As the Vice President for Programs and chair of the Professional Staff Council, Ms. Strayer participated in planning and training on local, regional and national levels. In 1995, at the National conference in Orlando, FL she was recognized with the Robert M. "Skip" Walsh Memorial Award. This award is presented annually to a staff member that demonstrates personal and professional commitment to Big Brothers Big Sisters. Read More
Angela Sager, Judicial Program Analyst
Ms. Sager began her career in public service in 1997. Prior to her current position, Ms. Sager was employed by Cumberland County as the Coordinator for the Youth Aid Panel. The Youth Aid Panel is a restorative justice diversionary program for first time juvenile offenders where trained community volunteers work together with the juvenile offender and his or her parents to resolve a criminal charge prior to court action.
Ms. Sager was also employed from 1997-2005 at the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. While there, she held the positions of Special Projects Analyst and Grants Manager. During her tenure as Grants Manager, Ms. Sager was responsible for administering more than $200 million dollars in state and federal funds for Pennsylvania's Prison System. Read More
Lynne Napoleon, Judicial Program Analyst
Ms. Napoleon joined the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts in the Office of Children and Families in the Courts in February 2009 as a Judicial Programs Analyst. Her primary responsibility in this position is the provision of technical assistance to 20 counties in the western region of Pennsylvania Her efforts guide counties in her territory toward the overall goal of enhancing court practices to improve the safety, permanency and well-being outcomes for children who are the subject of child dependency proceedings. Read More
Jennifer Horn, Judicial Program Analyst
Ms. Horn joined the Office of Children and Families in the Courts within the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts as a Judicial Programs Analyst in September 2011. Prior to her current position, Ms. Horn was employed by Dauphin County Social Services for Children and Youth as a Program Specialist for the Legal Department (2005-2011). In this capacity, she was responsible for the development of procedures and related guidelines for the effective operation of dependency cases. Read More