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Cindy Gillespie

Cindy Gillespie serves as the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) Director.  In this capacity, she is a member of the Governor’s Cabinet.  She is responsible for leadership and oversight of the department’s efforts, which support the health and well-being of all Arkansans, especially those who are most in need.  Before joining DHS, Gillespie served as a Principal in the Washington D.C. office of Dentons’ Public Policy and Regulation practice and a leader of the firm’s Health Policy and Health Insurance Exchange Teams. Earlier, Gillespie served as a senior advisor to former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, where she led the Commonwealth of Massachusetts interactions with the federal government and oversaw development and implementation of the Administration’s executive branch initiatives, including playing a leading role in the development of Massachusetts health reforms.
 

Staff

Name Title Phone Email
Cindy Gillespie DHS Director

501-682-8650 Fax: 501-682-6836

Keesa Smith Deputy Director

501-682-8650

Amy Webb Chief Communications and Community Engagement Officer

501-682-8650

Brandi Hinkle Deputy Chief of Communications

501-683-5286

Alexandra Rouse Chief of Staff to the Director

501-682-8650

Kelley Linck Chief Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs Officer

501-682-8650

Dennis Smith Special Adviser on Medicaid

501-682-8650

Kierra Walker Assistant to the Communications and Legislative Affairs

501-682-8650

Pam Lambert Assistant to the Director

501-682-8650

Debbie Conway Assistant to the Deputy Director

501-682-8650

Arkansas Department
of Human Services
(501) 682-1001

TTY: 1-800-285-1131 or dial 711 for Arkansas Relay Service

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