Gina Meier-Hummel is the new Commissioner of Community Services and Programs at the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services.
In her new role, Meier-Hummel will oversee behavioral health and home and community-based services waiver programs for the department.
She comes to the role after serving 20 years in Kansas social services and public services, most recently as director of Children and Family Services, Prevention and Protection Services for the Kansas Department for Children and Families.
In her previous position, she was responsible for all aspects of child welfare programming, adult protective services, family preservation, foster care, adoption, guardianship and independent living services.
Prior to joining the team at DCF, Meier-Hummel worked for 14 years in a variety of roles at KVC Behavioral Healthcare/KVC Health Systems. Her most recent role at KVC was as Director of Operations. She holds a Master's Degree in Client Centered Administration and Clinical Social Work from the University of Kansas.
"Gina's broad experience in behavioral health and disability services will be a great asset to our team at KDADS," Secretary Shawn Sullivan said. "I look forward to all the great things Gina and her staff will accomplish as we strive to improve the quality care and services provided through our community partners."
Another appointment at DCF is that of Aquila Jordan as Home- and Community-Based Services Program Director. Jordan comes to Kansas from Texas, where she has served as a Mediator, Arbitrator and Guardianship Court Investigator for the County of Lubbock.
Jordan holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Texas Tech University.
"Aquila brings a wealth of experience and administrative skills to aide our team in overseeing the programs we administer on behalf of Kansas' most vulnerable citizens," Sullivan said.
Source: Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services