Glenene Lanier is currently serving the State of Georgia as a Program Manager in the Permanency & Placement section. She is responsible for managing the Adoption, Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children and the Social Services Administration Unit. Ms. Lanier transitioned to this new role on May 1, 2017.
Glenene Lanier served as the County Director of Fulton County Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS). Her primary responsibility included providing leadership and direction that supports the goal of strengthening families through Family Centered Child Welfare practices, coupled with integration of Office of Family Independence (OFI) services. Prior to transferring to Fulton, Director Lanier served for four years as the Dekalb County Director.
Glenene Lanier began her career working with the elderly for a year at the Council on Aging. After leaving the Council she worked for the Blair Foundation in Harrisburg Pennsylvania for three years. While at the Blair Foundation, she assisted with the development of the Independent Living Program that fostered self-sufficiency for several teens that were aging out of foster care.
Her tenure at DeKalb DFCS began in March 1994, as a part-time Foster Care Worker where she worked for six years with hundreds of families towards reunification. In 1998 she transferred to the Adoption Unit and was the primary worker responsible for terminating parental rights for children in care. Later she was promoted to Foster Care Supervisor and remained in upper management until November 2010, when she was promoted to Regional Director.
In 2012, Glenene Lanier began an intensive Leadership Development program with the Annie E. Casey Foundation called Agents of Change Leadership Program. This program is geared specifically towards top leaders who are critical to implementing effective system change. Director Lanier successfully graduated from this program in January 2013. Director Lanier has received several awards and acknowledgements throughout her leadership for her support and dedication to DeKalb County Families and children.
Glenene Lanier is a member of the Stone Mountain Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Her undergraduate BA degree in Sociology was received from Morris College, Sumter, South Carolina where she graduated in the top ten percent of her class. She received her MSW from the University of Georgia in 2005 and Licensure in 2005.
In April 2017, Glenene Lanier was honored by her Alma Mater by receiving the Professional Alumnus Award for outstanding service.
Glenene Lanier is married to husband Ericson Lanier and they are the proud parents of two daughters, Erica and Deanna. Glenene Lanier was born and raised in Timmonsville, South Carolina.