Stephanie Iglesias is a ten year employee of the Department of Children and Families, but began her career in 2002 as a Crisis Supervisor with Drenk Behavioral Health’s Mobile Response and Stabilization Unit. At this time, Stephanie was in charge of four employees ensuring family specific services were provided to families who are experiencing emotional or behavioral crises. Although this was fulfilling, Stephanie wanted to be more involved with the families. In 2004, Stephanie began her journey with the Department of Children and Families. Stephanie began just before the new reform and case practice model was implemented. As Stephanie was working with the Division, she simultaneously was raising a two year old boy, a college student pursuing her Master’s degree, and in the process of building her new home. For Stephanie being able to multitask many things was a natural occurrence. It was in this journey, Stephanie’s perseverance and resilience played a vital role in who she is today. As she was completing her Master’s degree Stephanie interned with the Division of Community Partnerships and was the Liaison between Vineland Public Schools and D.Y.F.S. In addition, she completed home studies for Resources Families.
As Stephanie was completing her final classes for her Master’s Degree she became pregnant with her second child. She gave birth to her son on a Friday and returned to class on a Monday. Motherhood, work, and school were not stumbling blocks to success. As Stephanie continued her career, she found her passion working with at-risk youth. Her passion became so overwhelming she began to develop a program for the youth she was working with her on her caseload. In 2009, Stephanie developed the KIDZ program whose mission is to promote empowerment and encourage adolescents to dream big regardless of their circumstance, in addition, to developing life and socialization skills. At this same time, Stephanie decided there was just one more milestone that would make life a little better, obtaining her Doctorate degree. With the encouragement of a dear friend, Stephanie enrolled at Capella University to pursue her Ph.D. Stephanie is actively completing research on Art Therapy and aggressive youth in hopes of developing a new model of therapy. Stephanie’s passion is finding alternatives to learning for at-risk youth through the use of creative means as in art, music, and dance and hopes to open a Performing Arts Center in the near future.
On a personal note, Stephanie is best known for being the “jack of all trades” and master of none. Stephanie enjoys spending time with her family, baking, playing softball, and traveling to new places. Stephanie believes in the premise of “thinking outside the box” to solve all problems and her philosophy in life is “Not all things are meant to stay within the lines, creativity elicits a monstrosity of possibilities.”