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DHHS Sec. Lanier Cansler Appoints Maria F. Spaulding as Deputy Secretary

Release Date: Jan. 30, 2009
Contact: Mark Van Sciver, 919-733-9190

RALEIGH – Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Lanier M. Cansler today announced the appointment of Maria Foxx Spaulding as Deputy Secretary for Long-Term Care and Family Services.  She replaces Jackie Sheppard, who retired on Jan. 31.

She will begin her new duties on Feb. 2.

As Deputy Secretary, Spaulding will oversee the programs and activities of the divisions of Aging and Adult Services, Child Development, Services for the Blind, Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Social Services and Vocational Rehabilitation, as well as the offices of Education Services, Economic Opportunity, Long Term Services and Supports, and the Council on Developmental Disabilities.

“Maria is exactly the creative and innovative leader we need to carry the Department forward in the coming years in its mission to provide key services to some of state’s most vulnerable citizens,” Cansler said.  “Her years of experience leading one of the largest human services organizations in our state will be invaluable as we work together with state, federal and local agencies to help steer the state through these difficult economic times.”

Spaulding is the former Executive Director of Human Services for Wake County prior to her retirement in 2006.  In 1995, she led the effort to create a single human services agency for Wake County by combining the departments of Social Services; Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Developmental Disability; and Public Health.  Currently she serves as Acting Executive Director of the Triangle Lost Generation Task Force, which is working to reduce and eliminate the high levels of incarcerations among African American and Latino men.

Spaulding has more than 34 years of combined state and local county government experience. She is the former Assistant Wake County Manager for Human Services and Community Development and has more than 13 years of experience in various positions within state government.  She also served as a Special Assistant to the Secretary of Administration, and as an Assistant Secretary for the Department of Natural Resources and Community Development.

She is a graduate of Shaw University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and has also completed the Executive Management Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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