Aaron Miller, MSW
Aaron Miller is the Family Strengthening Director in the Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Early Childhood, Division of Community and Family Support. This position provides leadership for the state’s family strengthening programs including home visiting, family resource centers, and the primary and secondary child maltreatment prevention programs and strategies. He serves as the state lead on the Strengthening Families National Network and a co-chair of the Colorado Strengthening Families Network. Mr. Miller has led two state sponsored evaluations of the Colorado Community Response to understand the effectiveness of the program for preventing child abuse in neglect. Mr. Miller received his master’s degree in social work from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2013. His degree focus on macro-level social work ignites his passion for identifying large scale social problems and collaborating on solutions that make a positive change at the state and community level.
Esmeralda Santillano, MA
Ms. Santillano is the Family Resource Center Program Manager at the Colorado Department of Human Services Office of Early Childhood. In her role, Ms. Santillano is the Community Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) state lead and supports CBCAP and Family Support Services programs to enhance family protective factors across the state of Colorado. Prior to joining the Colorado Department of Human Services, Ms. Santillano was responsible for the development and delivery of child maltreatment prevention programming and services for the City and County of Denver, as well as developing partnerships with community-based organizations and service providers. Ms. Santillano also served as a bilingual licensed professional counselor where she developed and implemented culturally responsive behavioral health programs that focused on reducing the stigma of behavioral health among culturally and linguistically diverse communities and in increasing their overall wellness.