An Indiana judge, personally touched by tragedy, will now oversee the state’s Department of Child Services.
Governor Mike Pence named Mary Beth Bonaventura as the new director Wednesday. Bonaventura has served as a judge in Lake County since 1993.
Late last year, her adult son passed away. She says her experience as a judge and as a parent will help her in her new role.
“My son just recently passed away on Nov. 16, and so they all think I’m going to go somewhere and sit in a corner and lick my wounds and that’s initially how I felt, but I think if he thought I was doing that, he would come back and die again because he would know I had so much more to do in my life,” said Bonaventura.
The department’s former leader stepped down because of controversy over a case involving his own family.