Dr. Karen S. Fenton-LeShore currently serves at the Program Director of the Child Welfare Training Academy within the District of Columbia Child and Family Services Agency. In that capacity, she assumes the charge of providing state of the art professional training to child welfare professionals, namely direct service social workers, supervisors, program managers and agency administrators. Her charge also entails providing relevant in service training to agency and private provider resource parents.
Upon assuming the role of administrator in January 2011, Dr. Fenton-LeShore, in collaboration with her team, revised both the pre-service and in-service training curricula to ensure congruency with the agency practice model. In addition, the training academy has produced mandatory trainings in areas of practice need while also introducing online learning as a complement to the existing training modality. Formally trained in clinical social work, Dr. Fenton-LeShore’s career has also entailed renal transplant social work, work with families of medically fragile children and support group work. In addition, she has also worked in direct practice child welfare as well policy development.
Prior to serving as the Academy administrator, Dr. Fenton-LeShore served as the Chair of the Masters of Organizational Leadership Program at the DC Campus of Nyack College. In that role, she provided leadership oversight of the program while also serving as the faculty advisor to students, lead professor and overall chair of the faculty. Dr. Fenton-LeShore has conducted research in Organizational Health, Organizational Commitment, Servant Leadership, Adult Learning, Job Satisfaction and various areas of leadership in relation to organizational health. Given her extensive background in research, Dr. Fenton-LeShore has served on many Institutional Review Boards. She currently serves as the Chair of the Board for the Child and Family Services Agency.
Dr. Fenton-LeShore holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from the State University of New York StonyBrook, a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University – New York and a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from Regent University Virginia Beach VA.
In her spare time, Dr. Fenton-LeShore enjoys authoring articles on subject matters of interest, public speaking and mentoring.