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New Elder Affairs, DTA leaders named

On Thursday, April 16, the state's health and human services chief named a new secretary of Elder Affairs and a new commissioner of the Department of Transitional Assistance.

Alice Bonner, a registered nurse, who also has a doctorate degree in nursing was appointed secretary of elder affairs. Bonner currently teaches at the School of Nursing in the Bouve College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University.

"The fastest growing segment of the population includes those age 85 and older. It is critical we have a strong leader who will listen to and meet the needs of these and all older adults and their caregivers," Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders said in a statement.

Jeff McCue, who started his career at the Department of Transitional Assistance in the mid-1980s, was named commissioner of the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA).

McCue previously worked at the University of Massachusetts as the assistant vice chancellor for human resources. He also worked in the Executive Office of Health and Human Services as the chief human resources officer, and as deputy commissioner of management and budget at the Department of Mental Health. He currently works as a consultant.

"Jeff's unique experience and strong human resources background will ensure enhanced customer service," Sudders said in a statement. "He has the talent to set goals and then build and motivate a team to meet those goals."

Information from the State House News Service was used in this news post.