Child welfare specialist named 2015 CHHS Emerging Leader

October 21, 2015

Rosei Gomez

Rosie Gomez ('05), is the 2015 recipient of the College of Health and Human Sciences Emerging Leader Alumni Award. This award recognizes graduates of the College within the last ten years for accomplishments made in the areas of career, service, and/or volunteer efforts that have brought honor to the individual and to the College and University.

Also recognized at the Homecoming Breakfast was Kathy King (B.S. food science and human nutrition, '69), who received the Outstanding Alumna Award.

Rosie Gomez earned her Master of Science degree from the Department of Human Development and Family Studies in 2005.

"I enjoyed meeting the knowledgeable, motivated, and hard-working professors and peers that were part of my program," says Gomez. She especially found the teaching and support of Dr. Karen Barrett, Dr. Robert Fetsch, and Dr. David MacPhee to be instrumental to her education. The cohort was small, which Gomez found allowed professors and advisors to be able to take the time to meet with her and answer questions.

Today, Gomez works as a Child Welfare Program Specialist for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She has provided oversight to millions of federal dollars provided to states to decrease child maltreatment, and has been one of the agency leads for human trafficking within the child welfare population. She recently planned a national convening with the White House to bring together leaders from child welfare, law enforcement, and courts from every state to address trafficking within their states.

Gomez also volunteers for the Global Good Food Fund, which amplifies the impact of young social entrepreneurs through investment in leadership development. Gomez has used her CSU education to manage programs that work with some of the most vulnerable families in the nation.

Ian Koons, Gomez's nominator, writes, "Rosie has maintained the spirit of working to develop effective programs that have a true impact on families. She has gained significant knowledge and experience and built on the foundation that her experience at CSU has taught her. She continues to dedicate her career to federal service helping to improve the overall health and well-being of our nation's children and families.

"I really enjoyed the content and coursework of the program, which solidified my decision to work with families and children, especially vulnerable populations," shared Gomez. "I was given a lot of responsibility through my assistantships, and this helped me learn more about different populations such as teen parents, and farmers and ranchers with disabilities.

"I am very honored to receive this award. It means that I have taken the skills and knowledge that I gained from my education at CSU and successfully applied it to my past and current work," says Gomez. "I will always be grateful for the foundation that CSU has provided for my career, and I plan to continue to focus my work on improving the lives of children and families."

Photo: Rosie Gomez, left, received the CHHS Emerging Leader Alumni Award from Dean Jeff McCubbin at the college's Homecoming Breakfast on October 16.

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