Governor-elect Hobbs named her health and human services executive leadership team last week, including naming AzPHA member Theresa Cullen, MD as her choice to lead the Arizona Department of Health Services… finally bringing talented leadership back to ADHS once she starts in February (after she finishes transition activities in Pima County).
Dr. Cullen most recently served as Director of the Pima County Public Health Department. Prior to that, Dr. Cullen served 25 years in the U.S. Public Health Service, rising to the rank of Assistant Surgeon General. Dr. Cullen received her M.D. from the University of Arizona, College of Medicine and M.S. in Administrative Medicine/Population Health from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Carmen Heredia was named to lead AHCCCS. Ms. Heredia currently serves as CEO of Valle del Sol, a community health center and behavioral health provider. She has extensive experience working with healthcare and community boards advocating for vulnerable and underprivileged groups in Arizona, including serving on the boards of the Arizona Council of Human Service Providers, the Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers and Contexture. Carmen has a master’s degree in social work from Arizona State University.
Angie Rodgers will lead the Arizona Department of Economic Security – Angie Rodgers is President and CEO of the Arizona Food Bank Network. She has more than 25 years of experience in public policy and advocacy work. She has previously worked with DES on policy initiatives, welfare services and community coordination. Ms. Rodgers has a master’s degree in social work from Arizona State University.
Matthew Stewart will lead the Arizona Department of Child Safety – Mr. Stewart began his career in public service as a child safety specialist. He worked his way up in DCS, where he was entrusted with statewide management responsibilities for years. He has consulted extensively both locally and nationally to guide important changes in child welfare.
Joan Serviss will head the Arizona Department of Housing –Ms. Serviss is the Director of the Arizona Housing Coalition, an association working to end homelessness in the state. She has over 20 years of experience working with state and local policy and organization. Ms. Serviss has a master’s degree in public administration from Arizona State University.