Department of Children and Families Leadership
Governor Scott Walker appointed Eloise Anderson as the Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families effective January 3, 2011. Secretary Anderson is nationally and internationally known as a leader in public policy creation and implementation. She has extensive experience in child welfare and work support issues. Secretary Anderson began her career in Milwaukee as a social worker before joining state government. She has over 20 years in state service in a variety of roles, including serving as the Administrator of the Division of Community Services at the Wisconsin Department of Health and Social Services.
Secretary Anderson returns to Wisconsin from California where she served as director of the California Department of Social Services, the largest welfare system in the country, where she oversaw diverse programs such as child support enforcement, foster care, adoptions, child abuse prevention, child care, refugee support, and emergency assistance. Her other experience includes President of Job Wave America, Director of the Project for the American Family at the Claremont Institute, and most recently as President of Anderson Resource Management Services assisting families in obtaining wellness and becoming contributing members of the community. In these positions, Eloise honed her policy leadership and organizational management skills which led to transformation of human service policy and delivery.
Secretary Anderson has two adult children and lives in Marshall, Wisconsin with her husband, Patrick.
Joan Hansen was appointed to the position of
Deputy Secretary for the Department of Children and Families in January of 2011.
Born and raised in
Immediately prior to joining DCF, Ms. Hansen helped deliver public assistance to the people of
Ms. Hansen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame where she majored in government and international relations and minored in business administration.
Sara Buschman, Assistant Deputy SecretarySara Buschman has served in the position of Assistant Deputy Secretary since December 2012. Originally from LaCrosse, Ms. Buschman has dedicated her twenty-three year career to serving the people of Wisconsin through the legislature and state government. Ms. Buschman is extensively versed in public policy research, legislation development, and communications, which have empowered her to act as an integral and knowledgeable resource.
Through her years of service to Wisconsin , she has acted as the primary advisor and chief of staff in three legislative offices as well as clerked several committees. During the 2011-12 legislative session, Ms. Buschman was the primary policy advisor and chief of staff to a member of the legislature's Joint Finance Committee, specializing in health and social services. Ms. Buschman was first appointed to the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families as the Communications Director in September 2011.
Ms. Buschman attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she majored in Political Science.