The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) today announced the appointment of Melinda “Mendy” Richard as the Associate Secretary of the Office of the Department of Aging and Adult Services (OAAS). Richard most recently served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of Community Preparedness and Health Protection at the Office of Public Health (OPH).
Richard will begin his new role as Assistant Secretary on Monday, February 28. She will take over from Acting Assistant Secretary Elizabeth Adkins, who will serve as the OAAS Deputy Assistant Secretary.
OAAS was created within the Department of Health as a health care reform initiative, bringing together all long-term care programs that serve elderly residents and people with disabilities at the age adult.
Richard joined LDH in 2016 after more than 20 years of public service at Louisiana State University’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Department of Public Safety – Louisiana State Police Crime Lab, and Division of Administration. She graduated from Louisiana State University and LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans with a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology. Richard is a Fellow of the American Society for Quality and a Certified Clinical Laboratory Scientist with the American Society for Clinical Pathology. She is also a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt.