Policy and Practice — February 2013

State and Local Agencies


Jeana Ross is now commissioner of the Alabama Department of Children’s Affairs.


Veronica Bossack, assistant director for the Division of Children, Youth and Families at the Arizona Department of Economic Security, will be retiring in February after 36 years of service with the agency.


Mary Beth Bonaventure has been named the next director of the Indiana Department of Child Services.

Debra F. Minott has been appointed the secretary of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration.


Deborah Donaldson, director of the Sedgwick County Division of Human Services, has retired after 38 years of service.


John Polanowicz is now the secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services. He replaces JudyAnn Bigby.


Deb Rieland has been appointed by Benton County to replace Tim Martin to serve as the interim human services director.

Julie Sjostrand is now the social service supervisor of the Pennington county Department of Human Services, replacing Jenny Schmitz.

Kathleen Herring now serves as the financial assistance supervisor of the department, replacing Deb Waterworth, who retired after 27 years.


Alan O. Freeman is the director of the Missouri Department of Social Services.


Richard Opper is the director of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. He replaced Anna Whiting Sorrell.


Anna Payanzo is now director of the Burlington County Department of Human Services.


Laurie Squartsoffis now administrator of the Nevada Division of Health Care Financing and Policy. She previously served with the California Med-Cal Program.


Aldona Wos was sworn in on January 5 as secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Acting Secretary Al Delia retired on January 2.

Carol Steckel is the Medicaid Director at DHHS as of January 22.


Dottie Buckon is leaving her post as Lakewood’s director of human services.


Nico Gomez will be the next chief executive officer of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority.


John J. Specia, Jr. Is now commissioner of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, taking over the job from Howard G. Baldwin, Jr.


Bob Morin has resigned as Virginia Beach human services director, effective March 1.

Martin D. Brown has resigned as commissioner of the Virginia Department of Social Services to be special advisor to the governor for “family reintegration of state offenders.” Deputy Social Services Commissioner Margaret Schultze is serving as acting commissioner.

Alex Kamberis is now acting director of the Division of Family Services at the Virginia Department of Social Services. He replaced Jack Ledden.

Nancy Vincent is now the director of human services for the City of Falls Church. Former Director Earl Conklin retired after 22 years of service to the city.

Stephen Harms began serving as deputy chief of human services for the City of Richmond on January 2 and will serve until a permanent replacement is found. He replaces Carolyn Graham.


Kevin Quigley is the new director of the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, replacing Robin Arnold-Williams.


Joseph Kresbach will head Door County Department of Human Services, a new agency made up of the Departments of Social Services and Community Programs.

Private Sector


John Teeter has been hired by KPMG as managing director in the firm’s Advisory practice. Teeter was formerly associate deputy assistant secretary for information technology and deputy chief information officer for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


Rich Bowlen is now director of Protective Services at Northwoods. He will lead the development of technical and professional services offerings in the protective services arena.

Michele Kowalik is now director of marketing at Northwoods. She will lead the company’s strategic marketing efforts.