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National health policy leader to join KC-based Center for Practical Bioethics

Kathy Greenlee, former assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will become vice president of aging and health policy at the Center for Practical Bioethics on Nov. 1.
Kathy Greenlee, former assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will become vice president of aging and health policy at the Center for Practical Bioethics on Nov. 1.

The Center for Practical Bioethics has hired Kathy Greenlee as vice president of aging and health policy, effective Nov. 1.

Greenlee, a former assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, will work to expand the center’s national profile as an advocate for aging, living with disabilities and end-of-life issues.

In Washington since 2009, Greenlee led the Administration on Aging and managed implementation of the Older Americans Act. She also directed creation of the Administration for Community Living, which will have a $1.9 billion budget and more than 200 employees by the end of 2016. That administration includes the Administration on Aging, Administration on Disabilities, and National Institute for Disability and Independent Living Research and Rehabilitation.

Greenlee earned a law degree from the University of Kansas in 1988 and joined the Topeka office of the Kansas Attorney General. In 2006, former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius appointed her as Secretary of Aging for the Kansas Department of Aging. In other state capacities, Greenlee has been the State Long Term Care Ombudsman, Chief of Staff/Operations in the governor’s office, and General Counsel for the Kansas Insurance Department.

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