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DHS Leadership

Teresa D. Miller, 
Secretary of Human Services

Teresa D. Miller is Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services.

Previously, Miller served as Pennsylvania's insurance commissioner starting in January 2015, where she worked on a range of issues, including the administration's top priorities — fighting the heroin and opioid epidemic and helping seniors.

Under her leadership, Miller made it clear that one of her top priorities at the Insurance Department was enforcing mental health parity laws, ensuring consumers have access to the mental health and substance use disorder treatments they need.

Secretary Miller has been a leader in the Wolf Administration's efforts to protect seniors. Her work to ensure 180,000 seniors in Western Pennsylvania were protected and would not lose access to their doctors helped prevent disruption in care by ensuring UPMC providers continued participation in Highmark's Medicare networks through the end of the consent decrees.

In 2017, Teresa was named chair of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Senior Issues Task Force. Also at the NAIC, Teresa has been a leader in taking on the current challenges of the long-term care insurance markets. At her request, the NAIC created the Long-Term Care Innovation Subgroup, which she chaired, to work to increase long-term care funding options for consumers, including increasing the number of affordable asset protection options available.

Prior to coming to Pennsylvania, Miller served as acting director of the State Exchanges Group, the Oversight Group, and the Insurance Programs Group in the federal government's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Before her move to Washington, D.C., Miller worked in Oregon where she fought for state adoption of mental health parity legislation, representing drug and alcohol treatment providers, social workers, the Arc of Oregon, and other advocates for individuals with disabilities. Then, as the insurance regulator in Oregon, she worked to ensure consumers received the benefits of that law.

Miller received her J.D. from Willamette University College of Law, and her B.A., magna cum laude, from Pacific Lutheran University.

Executive Offices

Executive Deputy Secretary
​Clarke Madden
​Office of Administration
​Carolyn Ellison
​Office of the Budget
Gloria Gilligan
​Office of General Counsel
Ken Serafin
​Office of Legislative Affairs
​Kristin Crawford
​Office of Policy Development
Jon McVey (Acting)
​Office of Press and Communication
​Ali Fogarty 

Program Office Deputies

Office of Administration
​ Carolyn Ellison
Office of Child Development and Early Learning
 ​Tracey Campanini
​Office of Children, Youth, and Families
 Jon Rubin
Office of Developmental Programs
 Kristin Ahrens
Office of Income Maintenance
 Elizabeth Tilahun
​Office of Long-Term Living
​ Jamie Buchenauer
Office of Medical Assistance Programs
 Sally Kozak
​Office of Mental Health and
Substance Abuse Services

 Kristen Houser