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Cindy Gillespie

Cindy Gillespie serves as the Secretary of the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS). 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 Email
Cindy Gillespie DHS Secretary

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

Keesa Smith Deputy Director


Dawn Stehle Deputy Director


Amy Webb Chief Communications and Community Engagement Officer


Kelley Linck Chief Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs Officer


Dennis Smith Special Adviser on Medicaid


Pam Lambert Assistant to the Secretary


Debbie Conway Assistant to the Deputy Director


Courtney Brown Assistant to the Communications and Business Officer


Stacy Tucker Assistant to Legislative Affairs


Arkansas Department of Human Services
Arkansas Department of Human Services

Arkansas Department
of Human Services
(501) 682-1001

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

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