26 Apr MtMA Member in the News!
Long time MtMA member and former board member, Ann Gilkey, was honored this week by Governor Steve Bullock at the annual Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect Conference in Helena.
“Today, we honor many unsung heroes such as judges, foster parents, child protection specialists, and court appointed special advocates for making significant contributions to support children and families,” Bullock said. “It’s an honor to recognize the positive impact these individuals are making in our state.”
Gilkey received the Montana Service to Children Award from the Montana Children’s Trust Fund. The Trust Fund board honors individuals who have gone above and beyond to help children and families.
Ann Gilkey is the Chief Legal Counsel at Montana Office of Public Instruction.
Ann previously worked as the Equal Justice Coordinator for the State Bar of Montana, Chief Legal Counsel for the Department of Family Services, Supervising Attorney for the Department of Public Health and Human Services, program specialist for the Montana Supreme Court Assessment program, and taught Child Advocacy as an Adjunct Professor at the University Of Montana School Of Law. Ann has served on various local and state boards, including Child Care Partnerships, the Board of Social Work Examiners, Professional Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists, CASA of MT and the Children’s Trust Fund.
Ann received her J.D. and School Psychology M.A./Ed.S. from The University of Montana. She resides in Helena with her husband, Jay Erickson and children, Sam and Zoë.