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The June 2005 newsletter, print version

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The June 2005 issue, online version.


Dobson, Guffey and StewartSecretary assembles a new management team:

DHHS has a new management team: Dr. Allen Dobson has accepted the position of assistant secretary for health policy and medical assistance; Allyn Guffey is acting assistant secretary for finance and business operations; and Dan Stewart is acting assistant secretary for policy, planning and compliance.

El Foro Latino 2005 helps to lower barriers: This two-day conference is an intimate affair for those hoping to learn more about Latino culture and for those advocating on behalf of this community.

Aging forum provides insight for planning: The N.C. Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging (GAC) sponsored a pre-White House Conference on Aging Forum at the Holiday Inn Brownstone Hotel on May 18.

Equal Employment Opportunity Office created in DHHS

Mumford named senior assistant to state health director



Cherry Picks Top Admin



Governor Morehead School celebrates 160th Anniversary on May 12.GMS Choir


Employee wellness is focus of effort: Suzanna Young is the new wellness director for DHHS, helping to assure employees have more opportunities to be healthy in their work environment.

TomasAdoption profile: Introducing Thomas.










Secretary assembles new management team

DHHS has a new management team: Dr. Allen Dobson has accepted the position of assistant secretary for health policy and medical assistance; Allyn Guffey is acting assistant secretary for finance and business operations; and Dan Stewart is acting assistant secretary for policy, planning and compliance, Secretary Carmen Hooker Odom announced.

“We have also revamped our organizational chart to streamline department business operations,” Hooker Odom said.

“Allen is an incredible addition to our management team – a person that all of you will enjoy working with as we continue to shape the country’s best Medicaid program.”

Under the organizational plan, Budget and Analysis, Human Resources, Procurement/Contract Services, the Controller, DIRM and MMIS will report to Guffey; Internal Audit, Office of Policy and Planning, Facility Services, Property/Construction and the Senior Advisor will report to Stewart.

“I just can’t convey how pleased I am to have these two fine men moving up in the management team,” Hooker Odom said of Guffey and Stewart. “They have both worked closely with all of our divisions, so they know the issues and the people. They have both agreed to take these positions on an acting basis, but I’m hoping we can convince them to make this permanent change in the next few months. Please join me in thanking them for taking on these new challenges.”


Allyn GuffeyGuffey began his career with DHHS in 1977 as an accountant in the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services. He has held a number of positions in DHHS, and has served as director of Budget and Analysis since 1999. He is a Certified Public Accountant and received a B.A. in accounting from Belmont Abbey College.

In the interim, Jim Slate has accepted the position of acting director of the Division of Budget and Analysis.


Dan StewartStewart started out with DHHS in 1976 as a government accounts auditor in the Secretary’s Office. Since that time, he has held a number of positions including positions in the Departments of Corrections and Environment and Natural Resources. He has headed DHHS’ Internal Audit Office since 1999. He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a BBA in accounting from Emory University. During the interim, Eddie Berryman will serve as acting director of the Office of the Internal Auditor.


Dobson is chair of the Medicaid Physician’s Advisory Group, Community Care of North Carolina and the ACCESS program. At Cabarrus Family Medicine (CFM), he has been a constant champion of Community Care of North Carolina. What is now Cabarrus Family Medicine began in 1983 when Dobson founded Mount Pleasant Family Physicians. That practice now includes seven office sites, a residency program and 200 employees in Cabarrus and Stanly counties.

“Allen is exactly the kind of person that we can look to during these crucial times for our Medicaid program,” Hooker Odom said. “He is the kind of leader who has always been able to inspire others to be the best they can be. So many young doctors have grown under his tutelage at CFM. Now he is going to bring that leadership and vision to this very important role.”

Dobson has a strong vision for the North Carolina Medicaid program.

“Over the next few months he will be articulating that plan, which includes a strong accountability program and the transformation of DMA from a solely regulatory and financing agency to a health management and healthcare planning agency,” Hooker Odom said. “Allen understands our Medicaid program better than most people at the state, or even national, level. Most importantly, he recognizes from his own work with Community Care that we have one of the best-managed Medicaid programs in the country – a message that he is going to work to deliver across this state. He also recognizes that Medicaid is not a stand-alone program – it is crucial to our mental health and public health efforts.”

A native North Carolinian, Dobson received his undergraduate education at North Carolina State University. He attended medical school at Bowman Gray School of Medicine and completed his residency in family medicine at East Carolina University, where he served as chief resident.

In 1992, he was named the North Carolina Family Physician of the Year. In 1993, he was the recipient of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine and a finalist for AAFP Family Physician of the Year. He has been actively involved in medical student and resident education for many years and holds faculty appointments at Duke University Medical Center and UNC-Chapel Hill. He has participated in many state and national activities. He is past-president of the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians, past chair of the North Carolina Joint Committee on Medicaid, past president and chair of the Board of the North Carolina Physicians Advisory Group, sat on the boards of the Association of Family Practice Residency Directors and the North Carolina Licensing Board for Athletic Trainers, and is currently on the Board of the North Carolina Institute of Medicine.











Last Modified: February 4, 2013 .