Coppage to head QA social services
BALTIMORE — The county’s interim social services director will fully take the helm of the agency, state and county officials announced.
The Maryland Department of Human Resources and the Queen Anne’s County Commissioners have announced that Susan Coppage has been appointed to serve as director of Queen Anne’s County Department of Social Services.
“Having worked for DHR for more than 16 years, Coppage brings a wealth of experience to the state’s team of social services directors, who lead the charge to protect vulnerable children, adults and families throughout Maryland,” the state agency said.
For the past seven years, Coppage has served in the Queen Anne’s County Department of Social Services as the assistant director for child welfare, for adult services, and in the Office of Home Energy Programs. Prior, she spent two years as the special assistant to the executive director of the DHR’s Social Services Administration, and an additional seven years with Talbot County’s social services department, first as a child protective services provider and later as a special projects coordinator. She holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Salisbury University and earned her master’s degree in social work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore.
Coppage has served as interim director since April of this year when former director Cathy Dougherty retired from the position. Coppage said she believes that the transition has been a seamless one for her staff and clients.
The position which Coppage previously held as assistant director is currently vacant and posted on the state’s website. Coppage has been acting in both roles since April.
In her new role, Coppage will work closely with Queen Anne’s County residents, commissioners and partner agencies to provide vital resources to people in need. Her significant experience, tireless enthusiasm and strong leadership will ensure the continued vigilance of social services in Queen Anne’s County and throughout the state, said a representative of the Maryland Department of Human Resources. Coppage said she is looking forward to continuing in a direction of growth and service to the community.
The Queen Anne’s County Department of Social Services is located at 125 Comet Drive in Centreville. The Maryland Department of Human Resources is the state’s primary social service provider, serving more than one million people annually. Through its 24 local departments of social services, DHR aggressively pursues opportunities to assist people in economic need, provide preventive services, and protect vulnerable children and adults in each of Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City. Additional information may be found at www.dhr.state.md.us, or on Facebook and Twitter.