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Kathy Greenlee

Administrator of the Administration for Community Living and Assistant Secretary for Aging

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Kathy 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. In January 2011, Assistant Secretary Greenlee was designated as the Administrator of the CLASS (Community Living Assistance Supports and Services) program, a component of the Affordable Care Act signed into law by President Obama in March 2010.

Assistant Secretary Greenlee is committed to building the capacity of the national aging network to better serve older persons, caregivers and individuals with disabilities so that they can live in the community as they age. In addition, Assistant Secretary Greenlee places a high priority on building partnerships with Federal, state, tribal, community and private organizations in order to increase momentum for person-centered services in all settings.

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 oversaw the Senior Health Insurance Counseling program. In addition, Ms. Greenlee 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 degrees in business administration and law.


Mary Wakefield

Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Mary Wakefield joined HRSA from the University of North Dakota (UND), where she was associate dean for rural health at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Dr. Wakefield brings experience on Capitol Hill to her post at HRSA. In the 1990s, she served as chief of staff to two North Dakota senators: Kent Conrad (D) and Quentin Burdick (D).

She also has served as director of the Center for Health Policy, Research and Ethics at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., and worked on site as a consultant to the World Health Organization’s Global Programme on AIDS in Geneva, Switzerland.

Dr. Wakefield is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and was elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM).  She served on the IOM committee that produced the landmark reports To Err is Human and Crossing the Quality Chasm. She also co-chaired the IOM committee that produced the report Health Professions Education and chaired the committee that produced the report Quality through Collaboration: Health Care in Rural America.

In addition, she has served on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, as chair of the National Advisory Council for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, as a member of President Clinton’s Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry, and as a member of the National Advisory Committee to HRSA’s Office of Rural Health Policy.

Dr. Wakefield is a native of Devils Lake, N.D. She has a bachelor of science degree in nursing from the University of Mary in Bismarck and master’s and doctoral degrees in nursing from the University of Texas at Austin.