Office of Director

About the Director

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.


Name Title Phone
  • Cindy GillespieDHS Director501-682-8650
    Fax: 501-682-6836
  • Keesa SmithDeputy Director501-682-8650
  • Dawn StehleDeputy Director501-682-8650
  • Amy WebbChief Communications and Community Engagement Officer501-682-8650
  • Brandi HinkleDeputy Chief of Communications501-683-5286
  • Brian Bowen Chief of Staff to the Director501-682-8650
  • Kelley LinckChief Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs Officer501-682-8650
  • Dennis SmithSpecial Advisor on Medicaid501-682-8650
  • Kierra WalkerAssistant to the Communications and Legislative Affairs501-682-8650
  • Pam LambertAssistant to the Director501-682-8650
  • Debbie ConwayAssistant to the Deputy Director501-682-8650