Gerilyn Myers earned her BA in Society and Justice and her MSW from the University of Washington. She is also a graduate of the Child Welfare Training and Advancement Program.
Myers began her social work career over 20 years ago as a community base counselor providing individual and family counseling to at-risk youth and their caregivers. She also worked with incarcerated youth at the King County Detention Center and as a contracted provider for Home Based Service and Family Preservation Services. Myers assisted young parents in the Job Opportunity and Basic Skills program by referring them to various education and training programs as a Social Worker with the Economic and Medical Field Service Office.
She was also employed as a social worker for the state of Washington’s Children’s Administration where she worked in the CFWS and CPS units, supervised CFWS and facilitated child protection team meetings and permanent planning meetings. Myers is the recipient of various awards including Outstanding Field Instructor and DSHS Office of Excellence as a social work supervisor.
Her primary focus has been in the area of children, youth and families with particular interest in the disproportionate number of African American children and families involved in the child welfare system. As an advocate for children and families, Myers is able to use her education and work experience to guide, teach, supervise and support her practicum students.