Five Named For Cabinet Posts By Shapiro

Governor-Elect Josh Shapiro continues to round out his cabinet as the start of his term approaches, making five appointments on Wednesday morning.

Shapiro selected Dr. Val Arkoosh as Secretary of the Department of Human Services; Dr. Debra L. Bogen as Secretary of Health; Dr. Latika Davis-Jones as Secretary of Drug and Alcohol Programs; Jason Kavulich as Secretary of Aging; and Mike Humphreys as Insurance Commissioner.

“The health and safety of our communities is of the utmost importance, and I’m proud to nominate tested leaders like Dr. Val Arkoosh, Dr. Debra Bogen, Dr. Latika Davis-Jones, Jason Kavulich, and Mike Humphreys to key cabinet posts in my Administration – they are well qualified public servants who are passionate about public health and ready to get to work on day one,” said Shapiro.

“With today’s announcement, we continue to build our diverse, hard-working team with leaders who will bring decades of public health experience to their roles. Every Pennsylvanian deserves access to quality, affordable health care and a social safety net that is there for them in times of need – and I’m confident these five leaders will help us deliver that for communities all across our Commonwealth.”

Arkoosh has served on the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners since she was first appointed to fill a vacancy on the Commission in January 2015, and later elected to two full four-year terms in November 2015 and November 2019.

“As a physician and public health advocate, I spent my career fighting for health care access and affordability for families, and I am deeply honored to be able to continue this fight alongside my friend, Governor-Elect Josh Shapiro,” said Arkoosh. “Working together as Montgomery County Commissioners, I saw Governor-Elect Shapiro’s commitment to enhancing the health and well-being of his constituents firsthand.”

Bogen is the Director of the Allegheny County Health Department. She led the Allegheny County Health Department throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and she and her team have stayed on top of the pandemic and provided consistent, measured and common-sense information to the public while working closely with diverse stakeholders across the county.

“The health and wellbeing of Pennsylvanians is critical to our success as a Commonwealth, and I am truly grateful for the opportunity to work with Governor-Elect Shapiro to serve the healthcare needs of people across Pennsylvania,” she said.

Davis-Jones is currently the Senior Director of Behavioral Health at Highmark Wholecare. Previously she served as the Administrator for the Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services at the Allegheny County Department of Human Services.

“I am humbled by the opportunity to serve the Governor-Elect as Secretary of Drug and Alcohol Programs,” said Davis-Jones. “As Secretary of DDAP, I will work diligently to advance the Governor-Elect’s agenda by expanding education, intervention, treatment, recovery supports programs programs across the Commonwealth.”

Kavulich is currently the Lackawanna County Director of Agency on Aging. In his current leadership role with the county Area Agency on Aging, he promotes the innovation and expansion of services for older adults and strongly advocates to guarantee their rights and independence.

“It is a privilege to serve the Governor-Elect and to work with the Shapiro Administration to advocate for the interests of all older Pennsylvanians as Secretary of Aging,” said Kavulich. “With over two decades in the human service field and as the Director of P4A, I know that too often our seniors are making impossible choices between meeting basic needs and staying in their home or paying for their prescriptions. Our seniors deserve better.”

Humphreys was named Acting Insurance Commissioner on February 28, 2022 and has served in senior positions in the Insurance Department for over three years. He has a long track record of working to expand access to insurance coverage and enforcing the Commonwealth’s laws to prevent predatory practice.

“I’m looking forward to continuing our work at Pennsylvania Insurance Department, and I’m honored Governor-Elect Shapiro has entrusted me with this role in his cabinet,” said Mike Humphreys. “As the Governor-Elect has said, every Pennsylvanian, no matter where they live, deserves to have access to equitable, affordable health care – and I’m proud of our work to expand access to high-quality, affordable health insurance plans in Pennsylvania and and to ensure such plans provide fair and robust mental health coverage protections.”

The five join seven other Cabinet appointments made by Shapiro:

 

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  1. Good. Maybe now we can get decent medical facilities in western PA rural counties. No certified Trauma Center outside Pgh and Erie. Why is that?

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