After almost 20 years with OVC, Director Joye Frost retired on December 31, 2016. Ms. Frost started working at OVC as a program specialist and subsequently served as OVC Acting Director and Principal Deputy Director before being appointed as the OVC Director by President Obama on June 14, 2013.
Among her many accomplishments during her tenure at OVC, Ms. Frost launched the Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services initiative to expand the reach and impact of the victim assistance field. She forged closer ties with State Victims of Crime Act administrators and championed the integration of innovation with research in OVC’s efforts to build capacity in the field. She also expanded OVC’s work to assist underserved victims, including boys and young men of color, LGBTQ individuals, and American Indian/Alaska Native communities and oversaw the complex process of drafting the VOCA Assistance Rule, which the Department released this past summer. Ms. Frost began her career as a Child Protective Services caseworker in South Texas and worked in the victim assistance, healthcare, and disability advocacy fields for more than 35 years in the United States and Europe.
Members of the Unified Staff and Board of Directors celebrated with Joye yesterday at her retirement party. She will be greatly missed!