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Bonner Appointed New EOEA Secretary

Tuesday, April 21, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lisa Gurgone
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On Thursday, April 16th, Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) Secretary MaryLou Sudders announced that Alice Bonner, PhD, RN, has been appointed to serve as Secretary of the Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA).  Here is a link to an article from the Boston Globe on this appointment.


Dr. Bonner’s 30-year career as a clinician, researcher, educator and policy-maker has focused on models of care that promote optimal health, autonomy and quality of life for older adults.  She is an Associate Professor at the School of Nursing in the Bouve College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University. Previously, she was the Director of the Division of Nursing Homes at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in Baltimore, Maryland and a Deputy Associate Regional Administrator for the Northeast Region at the CMS Boston Regional Office. While at CMS, Bonner and colleagues led a national initiative to improve dementia care. She has served on a number of national panels related to the National Alzheimer’s Strategic Plan and other policies.  She also worked as Bureau Director of Health Care Safety and Quality at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and served as Executive Director for the Massachusetts Senior Care Foundation.  Bonner received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University, her nursing degree from Columbia University, her Masters in Gerontological Nursing from the University of Lowell and her PhD in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts, Worcester.  


The Council worked with Dr. Bonner on direct care workforce issues in her previous role at the Massachusetts Senior Care Foundation.  We are very excited about her appointment to the position of EOEA Secretary.  We look forward to working with Secretary Bonner to build upon the great work we have accomplished in collaboration with EOEA throughout the past few years to strengthen and enhance the home care aide workforce.