President Appoints New Leadership for Aging Services

Members | July 05, 2017 | by Peter Notarstefano

LeadingAge is pleased President Trump has appointed Lance Allen Robertson of Oklahoma to be Assistant Secretary for Aging, Department of Health and Human Services and Mary Lazare to serve as Administration for Community Living (ACL’s) Principal Deputy Administrator. We look forward to working with Mr. Robertson and Ms. Lazare, and appreciate that the President appointed two extremely knowledgeable and dedicated individuals to lead the efforts of the Administration for Community Living, the federal agency created around the fundamental principle that older adults and people with disabilities of all ages should be able to live where they choose, with the people they choose, and with the ability to participate fully in their communities.

LeadingAge is pleased President Trump has appointed Lance Allen Robertson of Oklahoma to be Assistant Secretary for Aging, Department of Health and Human Services. Mr. Robertson served as Oklahoma’s Director of Aging Services for the past decade, overseeing a range of programs that included the Older Americans Act and a large 1915c Medicaid waiver. He was an administrator at Oklahoma State University for twelve years, where he co-founded the Gerontology Institute and directed a regional professional association, PartnerShips for Aging. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army. Mr. Robertson has a B.S. from Oklahoma State University and Masters in Public Administration with Honors from the University of Central Oklahoma. Mr. Robertson worked closely with LeadingAge Oklahoma concerning home and community based services for older adults in Oklahoma. He is a dedicated advocate for seniors.

President Trump also appointed Mary Lazare to serve as Administration for Community Living (ACL’s) Principal Deputy Administrator. Ms. Lazare recently served as Vice President for Home- and Community-Based Services for Lutheran Senior Services, a LeadingAge member in St. Louis, Missouri.  With master’s degrees in both management and gerontology and an extensive career in long-term care and community health operations, she combines hands-on program-level knowledge with strategic planning and organizational development expertise, and has led organizations in delivering quality services and advocating for the people they serve while adhering to sound stewardship principles.

We look forward to working with Mr. Robertson and Ms. Lazare, and appreciate that the President appointed two extremely knowledgeable and dedicated individuals to lead the efforts of the Administration for Community Living, the federal agency created around the fundamental principle that older adults and people with disabilities of all ages should be able to live where they choose, with the people they choose, and with the ability to participate fully in their communities.