Kansas Department for Children and Families announces Wichita regional director

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNW) - Kansas Department for Children and Families Secretary Gina Meier-Hummel announced that Family Preservation Services Program Administrator Thomas Buell has been promoted to serve as the Wichita Regional Director.

Buell has been at DCF for approximately three years, but has more than 35 years of social service experience. Prior to serving the agency, he was the Program Director for Preferred Family Healthcare in Wichita. Before that, he worked as a Regional Program Director and Director of Addiction Services for DCCCA, Inc.  

“Tom has a wealth of knowledge in child welfare and social services, as well as a deep understanding of our internal programs,” said Secretary Meier-Hummel. “He is a strong leader, and his passion and dedication for the children and families of Kansas will serve him well as he leads the Wichita Region.”

Buell will replace Kansas City Regional Director Tammy Thomas, who has been serving as interim Wichita Regional Director for the last two months. Buell has a bachelor’s degree in Human Relations from Lubbock Christian University and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Tulane University.

The DCF Wichita Region consists of the following counties: Pratt, Barber, Kingman, Harper, Sedgwick, Sumner, Butler, Greenwood, Elk and Cowley County.


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