Fairfield County Child Protective Services

Heather O'Keefe bioHeather O’Keefe

O’Keefe serves is the Deputy Director of Protective Services and directly oversees all Protective Services staff and operations. She has worked in child welfare for over 27 years, working in both the Department of Social Services in Massachusetts and Fairfield County Protective Services in Ohio. O’Keefe has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Political Science from Stonehill College in North Easton, Massachusetts.



Stacey Bergstrom bio

Stacey Bergstrom

Bergstrom is a Family Services Manager with Fairfield County Job & Family Services. She previously worked as the Screening Decision Making Supervisor and Ongoing Supervisor and before that, was an ongoing caseworker for about seven years. She has worked in child welfare for about 14 years total. Bergstrom has a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education from Ohio University. She also trains Caseworker Core through the Ohio Child Welfare Training Center.



Cara Finney bioCara Finney

Finney is an Ongoing Supervisor with Fairfield County Protective Services. She currently supervises the EPIC caseworkers and provides support to the Family Peer Mentors working with the program. Finney launched her career 11 years ago with Fairfield County Protective Services  and has since worked as an Ongoing Caseworker, Traditional Intake Team Lead, Kinship Caseworker and Ongoing Team Lead. Finney graduated from Ohio University in 2008 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology/Criminology.


Kylei Shaffery bio

Kylie Shaffery

Shaffery is an ongoing caseworker with Fairfield County Protective Services, working specifically on the EPIC program. Shaffery was an EPIC intern for Fairfield County while completing her Master of Social Work program at The Ohio State University. Shaffery completed her undergraduate field placement with the University Partnership Program and completed a child welfare internship with Franklin County Children Services. Shaffery earned both her Bachelor of Science in Social Work and Master of Social Work at The Ohio State University and she is a licensed social worker in the state of Ohio.


Teresa Linehan

Linehan currently works for Protective Services in the WIOA grant position assisting the START and EPIC teams. She previously worked as the assistant manager for a local non-profit organization, St. Vincent de Paul. She graduated from Hocking College with an Associate Degree in Social Services, Corrections and Criminal Justice, and from Ohio Christian University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Substance Abuse Counseling. She also holds a Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant Certification.


Sarah Fortner

Fortner obtained her Bachelor of Specialized Studies from Ohio University in 2005. She began her career with Fairfield County Protective Services in 2006. Since joining Protective Services, Fortner has served as an Intake Caseworker, Intake Supervisor, Screening Supervisor, Business Administration Supervisor, Family Preservation Manager and currently as the Assistance Deputy Director. Over the years, Fortner has participated in several collaborative meetings and community groups which are focused on service enhancement for the children and families of Fairfield County.


Lea Fisher

Ms. Fisher is an ongoing caseworker with Fairfield County Protective Services, working primarily with families who are identified with a substance use disorder. Fisher works with families who voluntarily enter into the EPIC program. Prior to becoming an EPIC caseworker, Fisher worked as an intake caseworker for two years. She graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminology, with a focus on social work.



Stephanie Corl

Corl is an EPIC Ongoing Caseworker at Fairfield County Protective Services and has been with the agency for almost two years. She has experience in child welfare from her time as a Permanency Caseworker in Pennsylvania. She graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies.