DCFS Leadership

Leadership at DCFS

Cindy Pitlock

Cindy Pitlock


Cindy Pitlock is the Administrator for the Division.
Cindy has earned the degree of Doctor of Nursing Practice and is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse/Certified Nurse Midwife with a clinical specialty in full-scope women’s health. She is also a medication-assisted treatment provider serving those with opioid dependence disorder.
She holds a Public Policy Certificate from the National Institute for Lobbying & Ethics, and an Executive Leadership Certificate from Cornell University. She also serves as the President of the Nevada Advanced Practice Nurses Association, guiding the membership through legislative, policy, and practice issues. She has enjoyed participating in the shaping of students at all levels of practice through instructorship and clinical mentorship with the Nevada System of Higher Education.
Her professional interests include lateral violence/workplace incivility, improving access to care for high-risk and underserved populations, the legislative and regulatory process, and advanced communication issues. She most recently joined the leadership team from the Division of Public and Behavioral Health as the APRN for Community Health Services.

Email: c.pitlock@dcfs.nv.gov 

Jacqueline Wade

Deputy Administrator

Dr. Jacqueline Wade joined the Division of Child and Family Services in 2006 and currently serves as the Deputy Administrator for Residential and Community Services. In this role, she is responsible for the leadership and strategic direction of the state’s Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities, Desert Willow Treatment Center, Mobile Crisis Response Teams, Outpatient Medication Clinic, Intensive Case Management Wraparound In Nevada, and Children’s Mental Health. Prior to joining DCFS, Dr. Jacqueline Wade served as the Coordinator of School Based Services at the University of Nevada School of Medicine where on campus mental health services were provided to students and their families and adjunct faculty at University of Nevada, School of Social Work.
Dr. Wade has extensive clinical experience in the following settings: psychiatric hospitals, community-based services, adolescents group homes, convalescents hospitals, juvenile justice mental health departments, and clinical consultant to mental health agencies. Dr. Jacqueline Wade has experience in providing holistic client-centered therapeutic services to individuals across the life span i.e., children, adolescents, and couples. Additionally, she is a Board approved Clinical Social Worker responsible for supervising students and Clinical Social Work interns.
Her professional interests are international resiliency in children and families, challenges of families with limited English proficiency and access to mental health and healthcare services, people centric leadership, diversity and equity in the workplace, prevention services, and continued training and development of mental health professionals.

Email: jwade@dcfs.nv.gov

Sharon Anderson

Deputy Administrator over Juvenile Justice Services
Sharon Anderson joined the Division of Child and Family Services in 2005 and currently serves as the Deputy Administrator for Juvenile Justice Services. In this role, she is responsible for the leadership, operations, and oversight of the statewide Juvenile Justice Programs Office, Youth Parole Bureau, and three state-operated residential juvenile justice facilities: Caliente Youth Center, Nevada Youth Training Center, and Summit View Youth Center. She joined the department in July 2005 as a Youth Parole Counselor, for the Nevada Youth Parole Bureau, where she specialized in gender-specific programming. She subsequently served at the same agency as a Senior Youth Parole Counselor and Unit Manager. She also served as the Committee Chairperson for the implementation of Juvenile Justice Reform Bills that passed during the 2017 Legislative sessions.

Prior to joining the Division of Child and Family Services, Sharon Anderson began her career in Human Services as a Residential Counselor for The Devereux Foundation, a residential facility for developmentally disabled individuals. She subsequently served as a Guidance Counselor/Group Worker at Rancho San Antonio, Boys Town of the West, a Corrections Officer with the Federal Bureau of Prisons for several years, and before moving to Las Vegas, Nevada, she worked as a Juvenile Probation Officer for the San Diego County Probation Department for 10 years.

She holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, a master’s in social work administration from San Diego State University, and she is a Certified Public Manager.
Megan Freeman

Megan Freeman

Children’s Mental Health Authority

Dr. Freeman is a licensed psychologist and serves as the State of Nevada Children’s Behavioral Health Authority. She is experienced in service delivery in a variety of settings including school-based, residential, and inpatient treatment, community mental health, and pediatric multidisciplinary inpatient and outpatient specialty care. Her professional expertise is in public behavioral health systems, state legislation and policy development and implementation, and program evaluation. As the Children’s Behavioral Health Authority, Dr. Freeman works to ensure that the behavioral health and wellness needs of children and families in Nevada are met through statewide policy. Through a whole-child and whole-family lens, Dr. Freeman works to unite different perspectives and agencies to embody the DCFS vision of safe, healthy, and thriving kids in every Nevada community.
Dr. Freeman’s professional interests include community partner engagement, cross-system collaboration, and the challenges of real-world implementation of evidence-based practices for children and families. In addition to serving a key role in the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Freeman has also been integrally involved with the response to and recovery from the Route 91 Harvest Festival mass violence event on October 1, 2017. Dr. Freeman enjoys speaking to both professional and non-professional audiences, including youth and families, about the importance of behavioral health and wellness. Now more than ever, we all play a part in each other’s mental well-being.
Dr. Freeman graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Trinity College in Hartford, CT, and earned her master's and doctoral degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She joined the Division in 2014.

Email: mfreeman@dcfs.nv.gov

Karla Delgado

Karla Delgado

Systems Advocate
Karla Delgado is a Social Services Chief 1 and serves as the Division’s Systems Advocate. The System Advocate oversees constituent services and serves as the Division’s public information officer, hearing officer, and legislative liaison, which includes listening to the public about their experience and concerns with Nevada’s child welfare, children’s mental health, juvenile justice, and victim services programs; review the information and determine the best way to move forward for a reasonable outcome. The Systems Advocate also responds to media requests for records, interviews, and agency statements.
Karla joined the Division in 2006 and has held many positions during her time with DCFS. Karla began as an Administrative Assistant in the area of child welfare and was promoted to a Social Services Specialist II and III in foster care, child fatality, independent living, and quality assurance/quality improvement programs before accepting the position of Social Services Chief 1 in 2015.
Karla earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Email: systems.advocate@dcfs.nv.gov


Deputy Administrator over Child Welfare


Deputy Administrator over Administrative Services


Information Technology Manager