Gary M. Nelson, DSW, is Associate Director for Program Development and Training Initiatives at the Jordan Institute for Families, School of Social Work, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A full professor in the school, he regularly teaches courses on public policy for child welfare and for aging. His wide-ranging interests include community and organizational change, organizational theory, organizational culture, learning organizations, complexity and chaos theory, child welfare, social policy or aging, rural aging, and home and community care systems. Most recently he has published Self-Governance in Communities and Families (Berrett-Koehler, 2000), which describes a theory and process for community planning and change developed for the Families for Kids initiative, funded by the W.K. Kellogg foundation. The Open System Management series was developed as part of a grant awarded by the U.S. Administration for Children and Families (No. 90CT0012).
Lane G. Cooke, MSW, is the project coordinator of the Family and Children's Resource Program (DCRP) at the Jordan Institute for Families. Formerly a social worker, supervisor, and programs representative in both children's and adult services in North Carolina's social services system, she directs FCRP's development of training and work on grants to better the status of children in the state. She also has facilitated many community dialogues held as part of the Families for Kids initiative.