Commissioner, WVDHHR Bureau of Medical Services
Saint Albans native Cindy Beane has always known her career would be centered around helping others. Growing up, she wanted to be a teacher, but when she graduated with her teaching degree, there wasn’t a demand for educators in her area. There was, however, an open position at a community mental health center that she decided to apply for. “Once I got there, I loved it,” Beane says, “and that’s when I went back to school to get my master’s in social work.”
Beane has worked with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources for over 20 years. The average tenure for someone in Beane’s current role—Commissioner of the Bureau of Medical Services—is around 24 months, but she’s six years in and going strong. With the help of her 85-person team, Beane keeps our state’s Medicaid program running smoothly. “The changes and additions we can make with the Medicaid program really have a statewide impact,” she says.
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