INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI) — Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced on Thursday that Terry J. Stigdon, RN, MSN will be the next director at the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS).
Currently, Stigdon is the clinical director of operations at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health in Indianapolis where she began as a pediatric intensive care staff nurse in 1998. Over the next several years she rose to her current level of managerial responsibility, eventually managing hundreds of employees in the hospital’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Program, Pediatric Emergency Trauma Center, Pediatric Center of Hope for sexually assaulted patients, Forensic Nursing, Radiology Nursing, and Inpatient Child/Adolescent Behavioral Health Unit.
Stigdon holds associate and bachelor’s degrees in nursing as well as a master’s degree in nursing leadership and management.
“Terry has in-depth, firsthand experience in the issues faced by the children and families served by Indiana’s Department of Child Services,” Gov. Holcomb said. “She has dedicated her life to saving and improving the lives of young Hoosiers, and she will bring a passion for this critically important work. Working in partnership with Dr. Walthall at the Family and Social Services Administration and Dr. Box at the Department of Health, Terry will help our state improve DCS service to children in need.”
“I am honored by this incredible opportunity to put my experiences and passions to work as never before to improve the lives of children and families around the state,” Terry Stigdon said. “I look forward to working hand-in-hand with other agency leaders and the caring team of public servants at DCS to continue and improve our positive impact for kids and communities.”
Stigdon replaces Mary Beth Bonaventura who resigned on Dec. 27 citing frustrations with apparent budget cuts enacted by the state.
She will begin working at her new post on Jan. 22. Until then, Sam Criss, the current DCS deputy director, will serve as interim director.