WILKESBORO — Wilkes County native Tamara Lakey has been named the new district administrator for the NC Courts District 23 Guardian ad Litem program encompassing Alleghany, Ashe, Wilkes and Yadkin counties. She replaces Tracie McMillan, who resigned to become director of the Ashe County Department of Social Services.
Lakey will oversee the Guardian ad Litem staff and volunteers appointed by district judges to monitor the care and future of local abused and neglected children involved in the foster care system.
Lakey’s first focus will be recruitment of new volunteers. A new training class begins Oct. 12 in Wilkesboro. For details, call 336-651-4465 or go to www.VolunteerforGAL.org.
Lakey has been employed as a Guardian ad Litem program supervisor for the past eight years and was involved with GAL for almost a year prior as a case manager. She previously worked as a juvenile court counselor with NC Juvenile Justice and as a foster care social worker with Wilkes County DSS.
She earned her bachelors’ degree in criminal justice from Appalachian State University in 1993.
She is married to Chris Lakey, associate pastor at Wilkesboro United Methodist Church. They have one daughter, Rebekah.