After five months under an interim arrangement whereby a director shared his time between Blount County and Walker County offices, the state Department of Human Resources (DHR) has assigned Maria Dresser as full-time director of the Blount County office. She began the job on July 16.
Dresser is a professionally trained social worker, holding a bachelor’s degree in social work from Jacksonville State University and a master’s degree in social work from The University of Alabama. She is a licensed graduate social worker (LGSW). She has served 10 years with DHR, specializing in child welfare, with multiple assignments in the St. Clair County and Calhoun County DHR offices. Her immediately previous assignment was as director/ assistant director over child welfare in the Calhoun County DHR office in Anniston.
Dresser, who lives a short drive away from Oneonta in St. Clair County, is originally from Giles County, Tenn., though she has spent most of her adult life in Alabama. She has a daughter, Jessica, 22, preparing to graduate from the paramedic program at Gadsden State Community College, and a son, Jonathan, 17, a senior at Ashville High School.
Having worked in Oneonta a few years ago at the health department, Dresser commented on returning here.
“It’s wonderful to come back to a county like Blount where there is outstanding support for our efforts. I truly look forward to working with children here to ensure their safety and better their quality of life. It’s a great community to return to. Everybody pulls together and helps each other out. That’s what’s so good about a smaller community.”