Administrator, Administration for Community Living
Kathy Greenlee serves in the dual roles of Administrator of the Administration for Community Living and Assistant Secretary for Aging. Ms. Greenlee was appointed by President Obama as Assistant Secretary for Aging at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and confirmed by the Senate in June 2009.
ACL works with states, tribes, community providers, universities, nonprofit organizations, businesses and families to help older adults and people with disabilities live in their homes and fully participate in their communities. ACL’s programs work collaboratively to enhance access to health care and long-term services and supports, while also promoting inclusive community living policies, such as livable communities and competitive integrated employment for people with disabilities.
ACL was created in 2012, bringing together the Administration on Aging and the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. The agency is currently working on implementation of the 2014 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which transferred the Assistive Technology Act programs, Independent Living programs, and the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research and from the Department of Education to ACL.
Assistant Secretary Greenlee believes that people with functional support needs should have the opportunity to live independently in a home of their choosing, receiving appropriate services and supports. She is committed to building the capacity of the national aging and disability networks to better serve older persons, caregivers, and individuals with disabilities.
Kathy Greenlee served as Secretary of Aging in Kansas, and before that as the Kansas State Long Term Care Ombudsman. She also served as the General Counsel of the Kansas Insurance Department and served as Chief of Staff and Chief of Operations for then-Governor Kathleen Sebelius.
Ms. Greenlee is a graduate of the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and a Juris Doctor degree in law.
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Principal Deputy Administrator, Administration for Community Living
Sharon Lewis serves in the dual roles of Principal Deputy Administrator of the Administration for Community Living, as well as HHS Secretary Burwell’s Senior Advisor on Disability.
From March 2010 to November 2013, Ms. Lewis served as the Commissioner of the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Prior to her appointment as Commissioner, she served as the Senior Disability Policy Advisor to U.S. House Committee on Education & Labor, advising members of the Committee on legislative strategy and disability-related policy issues in education, employment and healthcare, and as a Kennedy Public Policy Fellow for U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Children & Families. Sharon is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2010 Distinguished Leadership in National Disability Policy Award and the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Chairman’s Award.
In Oregon, Sharon worked on public policy for the Oregon Developmental Disabilities Coalition and for the Arc. She served as the co-chair of the Oregon Family Action Coalition Team, founded DisabilityCompass.org and managed the Oregon Partners in Policymaking Program, working with individuals with disabilities and family members to participate in policy decisions at all levels. Sharon is a parent to three daughters, including one with disability. She is a native of Michigan and a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis.
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Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aging
As the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aging of the Administration on Aging (AoA) within the Administration for Community Living, Edwin L. Walker serves as the chief career official for the federal agency responsible for advocating on behalf of older Americans.
In this capacity, he guides and promotes the development of home and community-based long-term care programs, policies and services designed to afford older people and their caregivers the ability to age with dignity and independence and to have a broad array of options available for an enhanced quality of life. This includes the promotion and implementation of evidence-based prevention interventions proven effective in avoiding or delaying the onset of chronic disease and illness.
A strong and experienced advocate for older persons, he has served as the primary liaison with Congress on legislation related to aging services and programs. For more than 25 years, he has been characterized as a consummate professional civil servant who can be relied upon to represent the best interests of our nation’s senior citizens.
Prior to joining the Administration on Aging, Mr. Walker served as the Director of the Missouri Division of Aging, responsible for administering a comprehensive set of human service programs for older persons and adults with disabilities.
He received a J.D. degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law and a B.A. in Mass Media Arts from Hampton University. A proud grandfather, he resides in Fort Washington, Maryland.
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Commissioner, Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Aaron Bishop was appointed Commissioner of the Administration for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in March 2014, having served as Acting Commissioner since November 2013.
Mr. Bishop has almost 20 years of experience working with and for individuals with disabilities in both the direct practice and public policy sectors. Aaron was the Executive Director of the National Council on Disability from November 2010 until February 2013. In 2006, he received a Kennedy Foundation Public Policy Fellowship to work on federal disability policy and legislation for the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.
Aaron’s previous experience also includes serving as the Project Coordinator for the Waisman Center University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, where he managed projects that advanced the rights of individuals with disabilities. He also served as the Site Coordinator and Director of Technical Assistance for the National Service Inclusion Project for the Association of University Centers on Disabilities.
Aaron received his Master’s of Science in Social Work degree, with an emphasis in public policy, and two Bachelor of Science in Natural Sciences degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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Deputy Administrator, Center for Consumer Access and Self-Determination
As the Deputy Administrator for the Center for Consumer Access and Self-Determination (CCASD) within the Administration for Community Living, John Wren oversees ACL’s administration of programs and initiatives that serve both older adults and people with disabilities, as well as their families and caregivers, including consumer access and protection programs, as well as programs and initiatives that promote the use of self-directed and person-centered service models.
Mr. Wren previously served as the Deputy Administrator for ACL’s Center for Disability and Aging Policy and, prior to that, as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Planning and Evaluation at the Administration on Aging (AoA). Prior to joining AoA in 2000, Mr. Wren served as Vice President for the National Council on the Aging and the Director of the National Aging Program at the Pew Charitable Trusts. From 1976 to 1995, Mr. Wren worked for the New York State Office for the Aging, where he designed and implemented several major statewide programs for the elderly, including the Expanded In-Home Services for the Elderly Program, the State Health Insurance Counseling and Assistant Program, and the State Family Caregivers Assistance Program. He also served as lead staff directed to the Governor’s Policy Coordinating Council on Long Term Care.
Mr. Wren has served on the Board of Directors for the National Senior Citizen’s Law Center and is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance. He has a master’s degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, and received advanced training in policy analysis and public management at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
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Deputy Administrator, Center for Management and Budget
As the Deputy Administrator of the Center for Management and Budget (CMB) within the Administration for Community Living, Dan Berger serves as the Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer for the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and advises the Administrator for Community Living on all matters related to resource management and internal administration.
In this capacity, Mr. Berger oversees the administration of ACL’s financial resources; discretionary and mandatory grants; information technology and telecommunications; procurement and facilities services; personnel and human capital development; and internal control activities. Under his leadership, the Center is responsible for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of ACL’s operations and providing effective administrative services to support ACL’s programs.
Prior to assuming his current position, Mr. Berger served in a variety of budget and management positions in the Department. Management positions at AoA included Director of the Center for Management and Budget, Director of the Office of Management Analysis and Resources, and Director of the Office of Information Resources Management. He entered Federal service as a Presidential Management Fellow in 1997 and spent 8 years as a budget analyst in the Office of the Secretary and AoA.
He received a master’s degree in public administration from Northeastern University and bachelor’s degrees in history and politics from Brandeis University. He resides in Fairfax, Virginia with his wife and three children.
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Director, Center for Policy and Evaluation
As the Director of the Center for Policy and Evaluation (CPE), Vicki Gottlich oversees the coordination of effort across ACL program offices to manage the evaluation of, and reporting on, the performance of ACL programs; the provision of technical assistance on performance measurement to ACL grantees; and assisting ACL’s organizational units in developing operational plans that include measurable objectives and performance indicators.
Prior to serving as the Director of CPE, Ms. Gottlich served as a senior advisor to Sharon Lewis, Principal Deputy Administrator (ACL), focusing on policy issues involving health insurance and Long-Term Social Services (LTSS). Ms. Gottlich came to ACL from the Centers for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) in the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), where she headed the Consumer Support Group (CSG). CSG certified assistance counselor programs for the private Marketplaces; implemented and oversaw external appeals procedures; and implemented and oversaw the summary of benefits and coverage, which provides consumers with standardized information about private health insurance plans.
Before joining HHS in 2011, Ms. Gottlich worked as an attorney and beneficiary advocate for older people and people with disabilities, engaging in policy work, litigation, and administrative advocacy. She focused on issues related to Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance, LTSS, adult guardianship and end-of-life decision making. Ms. Gottlich is the author of numerous articles regarding Medicare, the Affordable Care Act, and private health insurance.
Ms. Gottlich has a J.D. degree from New York University School of Law and an L.L.M. degree from George Washington University Law School.
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Director, Office of Policy Analysis and Development and Acting Director, Independent Living
Jamie Kendall serves as the Acting Director, Independent Living at the Administration for Community Living. She also serves as Director of ACL’s Office of Policy Analysis and Development.
Ms. Kendall began her federal career working at the Administration for Children and Families and subsequently worked at the Social Security Administration, developing policies for low income families and individuals with disabilities. Prior to her current role, she served as Deputy Commissioner for the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD), where she provided leadership to the programs authorized under the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 and the Help America Vote Act.
She holds a Master of Public Policy degree from Georgetown University.
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Director, Office of Regional Operations
Ms. Sufian joined the Administration for Community Living in August 2012. In her role as the Director of Regional Operations, Ms. Sufian oversees the agency’s ten Regional Support Centers.
In January 2014, Ms. Sufian was appointed to serve as the first Special Envoy for U.S. Holocaust Survivor Services, a position that was created as part of a White House initiative to focus on the needs of Holocaust survivors living in the United States. As Special Envoy, Ms. Sufian serves as a liaison to this community and is working domestically to raise awareness about the specific needs of Holocaust survivors across government and with nonprofits, foundations, and the private sector.
From October 2009–August 2012, Ms. Sufian served at the U.S. Social Security Administration. In her roles as Associate Commissioner of External Affairs and Senior Advisor to the Commissioner, she worked on a variety of issues related to both aging and disability.
Previously, she served as Senior Policy Analyst at the New York City Department for the Aging and as Planning Executive in UJA-Federation of New York’s Caring Commission.
Ms. Sufian earned a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a Master’s in Public Health from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, each with a focus on aging. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Sociology from Columbia University.
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