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NH DHHS Commissioner Meyers Announces New Leadership in the Bureau of Developmental Services
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Publish Date:
September 14, 2016

Concord, NH – Jeffrey A. Meyers, Commissioner of the NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), today announced that he has appointed Christine Santaniello to serve as the Director of the Bureau of Developmental Services (BDS). Commissioner Meyers also announced that he has appointed Sandy Hunt to the position of BDS Deputy Director.

Ms. Santaniello has worked in the State’s development services system for more than 25 years. For the past 10 years, she has led Lakes Region Community Services, the area agency that supports individuals and families in the Lakes Region living with developmental disabilities or acquired brain disorders and provides community-wide family supports. As BDS Director, Ms. Santaniello will oversee the State’s network of supports and resources that ensures BDS clients of all ages with developmental disabilities or acquired brain disorders can receive services and supports in a community setting.

“I know that as BDS Director, Chris will be singularly focused on working with Bureau staff and developmental services stakeholders to ensure that the needs of disabled residents and their families are met,” Commissioner Meyers said. “The Department, BDS staff and the developmental disability community will all benefit from having someone with Chris’s experience, background and sense of purpose leading the Bureau.”

Commissioner Meyers also announced that he has appointed Sandy Hunt to the position of BDS Deputy Director. Ms. Hunt joined DHHS in June 2015 and served as Interim BDS Director and Administrator, Medicaid Care Management. Before she joined DHHS, Ms. Hunt spent 15 years with LifeShare Management Group, a service provider for adults and children with developmental disabilities, brain injury and mental illness. At LifeShare, she served as a Vice President on the Senior Management Team.

“Sandy has an excellent, diverse background that includes serving people with developmental disabilities at a provider agency as well as her time with the Department,” said Commissioner Meyers. “Together, Chris and Sandy will bring their collective experience to bear on the developmental disability service delivery system to ensure the system serves the best interests of our clients."

 
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