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Cabinet appointments announced

Governor Mike DeWine has announced a number of cabinet officials who will serve in his administration and lead efforts related to community mental health and addiction services.

Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
Lori Criss has been appointed to serve as the Director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Ms. Criss has over 20 years of operations and leadership experience with addiction and trauma treatment. She has extensive experience in policy related to recovery housing, opiate addiction, and integrated physical and behavioral health care. She is an active member of the recovery community, including sitting on the National Alliance of Recovery Residences (NARR), an organization dedicated to supporting individuals in recovery from substance use disorders. Criss holds a Master’s Degree from The Ohio State University College of Social Work. She resides in suburban Columbus with her husband, Scott, and their two daughters.

Ohio Department of Medicaid
Maureen Corcoran has been appointed to serve as the Director of the Ohio Department of Medicaid. Ms. Corcoran most recently served as the President of Vorys Health Care Advisors.

Ohio Department of Insurance
Jillian Froment has been appointed to serve as the Director of the Ohio Department, where she has served in that capacity since. She has been a member of the department’s senior staff since 2011 when she joined as Chief Administrative Officer before being named Deputy Director. Froment has over 15 years of public sector and executive experience with a reputation for streamlining organizations and realizing operational efficiencies. Prior to her state service, she was the City Administrator for the City of Marysville. She was also the inaugural Executive Director for eTech Ohio, an agency created to consolidate the state’s investment in the telecommunications networks used by Ohio’s public broadcasters and the K-12 education community. Director Froment earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from The Ohio State University and a Juris Doctorate from Capital University.

Recovery Ohio
Alisha Nelson has been appointed to serve as the Director of the newly created Recovery Ohio initiative. Ms. Nelson previously served as the Director of Substance Use Policy Initiatives in the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.


The OPPA has worked closely with Directors Criss, Fromont, and Corcoran and looks forward to working with her in their new (or continued) roles Administration.


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