Office of Children's Initiatives
Minutes after being sworn into office on January 14, Governor DeWine created his Children’s Initiative to coordinate and align the state’s children’s programming, advance policy and innovation in children’s programming from birth to Kindergarten, and provide support services for all children and their families.
The five elements of the Governor’s Children’s Initiative include:
- Home Visiting
- Foster Care Reform
- Prevention Education
- Wraparound Supports
- Quality Child Care
Office of Children's Initiatives Staff
Kristi Burre, Director, Governor’s Office of Children’s Initiatives
Having worked as a caseworker, supervisor, administrator, trainer and director, Burre has over 20 years of experience in the child protection field at the county and state level. For the last two years, Burre headed the Office of Children Services Transformation, a foster care reform initiative launched by Governor DeWine through another executive order he signed after being sworn in. Before that, she served as the Deputy Director of Protective Services at Fairfield County Job & Family Services.
Additionally, Burre has been a trainer for the Ohio Child Welfare Training Program and the Safe & Together Institute. She has held leadership positions for many state and local organizations committed to better protecting children, including the Fairfield County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Board, the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund and the Ohio START Leadership Committee. Burre holds a Bachelor of Arts from Capital University and Master of Arts from Ohio University.
Chelsea Cordonnier, Associate, Governor’s Office of Children’s Initiatives
Chelsea Cordonnier is an Associate with the Governor’s Office of Children’s Initiatives. In her role, she primarily focuses on the office’s messaging, community engagement, and communication strategies.
Prior to working in the Governor’s Office, Chelsea served as the Deputy Press Secretary for former Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted. During this time, she worked with the Communications team to develop and execute messaging that would best convey office priorities.
Chelsea holds a B.A. from The Ohio State University. In her spare time, she enjoys coaching youth sports, traveling with her husband, and playing with her dogs, Mila and Callie.