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Department of Health Executive Leadership

Secretary of Health
Dr. Rachel Levine

Dr. Levine is currently the Secretary of Health for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the Penn State College of Medicine.

As physician general, Dr. Levine made significant strides combating the opioid epidemic and advocating on behalf of the LGBTQ population. She spearheaded the efforts to establish opioid prescribing guidelines and establish opioid prescribing education for medical students. She also led an LGBTQ workgroup for the governor's office which has worked to create programs and processes that are fair and inclusive in healthcare, insurance, and many other areas. Recently, Dr. Levine was recognized as one of NBC's Pride 30, a national list of 30 people who are both members of and making a difference in the lives of the LGBTQ community.

Her previous posts included: vice chair for clinical affairs for the Department of Pediatrics and chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine and Eating Disorders at the Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital-Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
Dr. Levine graduated from Harvard College and the Tulane University School of Medicine. She completed her training in pediatrics at the Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City and then did a fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at Mt. Sinai. She then practiced pediatrics and adolescent medicine in New York City and was on the faculty of the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. She came to Central Pennsylvania in 1993 as the director of Ambulatory Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at the Polyclinic Medical Center. She joined the staff at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center in 1996 as the director of Pediatric Ambulatory Services and Adolescent Medicine.

Her accomplishments at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center include the initiation of a Division of Adolescent Medicine for the care of complex teens with medical and psychological problems. In addition, she started the Penn State Hershey Eating Disorders Program which offers multidisciplinary treatment for children, adolescents and adults with eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. She was the Liaison for the LGBT community for the Office of Diversity at the Penn State College of Medicine. In that role, she established a LGBT faculty and staff affinity group and was the facilitator for the LGBT student group.

Dr. Levine teaches at the Penn State College of Medicine on topics in adolescent medicine, eating disorders and transgender medicine. In addition, she has lectured nationally and internationally and has published articles and chapters on these topics.

Executive Deputy Secretary
Sarah Newman Boateng

Sarah Newman Boateng is the executive deputy secretary at the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Prior to serving in this role, Ms. Boateng served as the special assistant to the Physician General at the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the director of public affairs at Planned Parenthood Keystone. Ms. Boateng is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and Robert Morris University.

Deputy Secretary, Administration for Shared Services
Carolyn Ellison

As part of the Shared Services Initiative to consolidate the Administrative and Budget functions of the Department of Human Services, the Department of Health, the Department of Aging and the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, Carolyn will oversee administrative functions for all departments. Carolyn has worked for the Department of Human Services the past five years as a project management consultant in the Secretary's Office through Computer Aid Inc. Prior to that, she served as a commonwealth employee for 10 years in both the Department of Health and the Pennsylvanian Liquor Control Board in various capacities.

Acting Deputy Secretary, Health Innovation
Brian Lentes

Deputy Secretary, Health Preparedness and Community Protection
Raphael (Ray) Barishansky

Ray serves as the deputy secretary for Health Preparedness and Community Protection and is responsible for 1) monitoring, tracking and analyzing the health status of Pennsylvania communities; 2) overseeing the state laboratories and licenses independent clinical labs; 3) supervising emergency medical services; and 4) ensuring epidemiological data collection, dissemination and analysis. Bureaus include: Community Health Systems; Emergency Medical Services; Epidemiology; Laboratories; and Public Health Preparedness.

Ray holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Touro College, a Master of Public Health degree from New York Medical College and a Master of Science in Homeland Security Studies from Long Island University. He is a graduate of the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program held at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (2006) and has also earned a Certified Public Manager (CPM) certification through Arizona State University.

Ray brings experience in large governmental agencies as well as in writing, developing and testing realistic operational emergency plans and interacting with all levels of emergency services personnel in both the private and public sector.

Deputy Secretary, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Dr. Loren Robinson

Dr. Robinson serves as the deputy secretary for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and is responsible for developing and implementing a wide variety of educational, preventative and treatment programs for people of all ages. Bureaus within this area include: Communicable Diseases; Family Health; WIC; Health Promotion and Risk Reduction; and the Office of Health Equity.

Before joining the department, Dr. Robinson was a staff physician at the Cobbs Creek Clinic with the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She also served as a staff physician for the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center, as well as other hospitals in southeastern Pennsylvania.

Dr. Robinson was a fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program and at the Penn Institute for Urban Research at the University of Pennsylvania. She was also a senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University Of Pennsylvania Perelman School Of Medicine.

She received her medical degree at Duke University and completed residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.

Dr. Robinson also has served abroad as a fellow in the Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellowship Harvard University, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa.

Deputy Secretary, Quality Assurance
Susan Coble

Prior to becoming Deputy Secretary for QA, Susan was the Director for the Bureau of Community Program Licensure and Certification, where she managed various programs including home health, intermediate care, tanning and the drug devices and cosmetic act. Susan has a robust background in nursing, with over 25 years of experience working in nursing homes. She also worked at Penn State Hershey for 10 years where she directed operations for the department of medicine and managed National Institute of Health (NIH) grants.

Chief Counsel
Yvette Kostelac

Yvette has been an attorney in the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Health since 1990.  During her tenure with the Department of Health, she has acted as counsel to several of the Department’s regulatory programs and nearly each one of the Department’s public health bureaus. She was appointed Deputy Chief Counsel in 2015 and continued in that position until her appointment as Chief Counsel.

Director, Office of Communications
April Hutcheson

Director, Office of Legislative Affairs
Erin Molchany

Director, Office of Policy
Kimberly Early

Kimberly serves as the director for the Office of Policy and is responsible for directing policy development activities for the department. Most recently, Kimberly served as the deputy director of the Office of Policy Development in the Department of Human Services.

She is a licensed social worker, receiving a bachelor's of science degree in Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh and a master's of Social Work at Temple University. She began her career in the mental health field before working in child welfare as a child protective services caseworker. In 2002, she joined the commonwealth as a human services program specialist in the Department of Human Services. She later worked for the Department of Health managing grants related to children's health, before returning to the Department of Human Services as a legislative specialist. Kimberly also served as a public health program manager in the Department of Health preparing for public health accreditation.

Fiscal Management Director, Office of the Budget, Shared Services for Health and Human Services
Ronni Burkhart