DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & MENTAL HYGIENE

SECRETARIES

FORMER SECRETARIES


[photo, Adele Wilzack, Maryland Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene] ADELE WILZACK, R.N.
Secretary of Health & Mental Hygiene, 1983-91
Assistant Secretary for Medical Care Programs, Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, 1979-83

Assistant Secretary for Medical Care Programs, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 1979 to January 1983. Member, Medical Assistance Advisory Committee, 1981-83.

Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene, January 1983 to February 1991. Resigned February 1991. Member, Governor's Executive Council, 1983-91; Regional Planning Council, 1983-89.


Member, Interagency Committee on Aging Services, 1983-91; Advisory Committee for Children and Youth, 1983-91; Maryland Council on the Economy, Environment, and Energy Production, 1983-91; Emergency Management Advisory Council, 1983-91; Maryland Highway Safety Coordinating Council, 1983-91; Herring Run Public Watershed Association Commission, 1983-91; Governor's Commission on Hispanic Affairs, 1983-91; Interdepartmental Advisory Committee for Minority Affairs, 1983-91; Scenic and Wild Rivers Review Board, 1983-91; State Soil Conservation Committee, 1983-91; State Development Council, 1983-91; Interdepartmental Committee for Telecommunications Master Planning, 1983-91; Governor's Volunteer Council, 1983-91; Asbestos Insulation Problems Task Force, 1984; Task Force on Health-Care Cost Containment, 1984; Governor's Commission to Revise the Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Laws, 1984-85; Assisted Living Programs Board (formerly Domiciliary Care Facilities Board), 1984-91; Maryland Juvenile Justice Advisory Council, 1984-91; Governor's Council on Adolescent Pregnancy, 1986-91; Interagency Child Care Council, 1986-91; Governor's Advisory Board for Justice Assistance, 1987-91; Subcommittee on Mandated Health Insurance Benefits of Governor's Commission on Health Care Policy and Financing, 1988-91; Baltimore Regional Council of Governments, 1989-91; Governor's Drug and Alcohol Abuse Commission, 1989-91; Correctional Health Care Task Force, 1990.

Project Director, Community Action Agency, Health and Welfare Council, Baltimore City, 1965-67. Assistant Director of Special Home Services, 1967-72, Director of Special Home Services, 1972-71, and Director of Health Services for the Aging, 1974-76, Health Department, Baltimore City. Assistant Commissioner, Health Department, Baltimore City, 1976-79.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, 1937. Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, R.N., 1957; Mt. St. Agnes College, B.S.N., 1959; University of Maryland School of Nursing, M.S.N. (nursing administration), 1960. Assistant Director of Nursing Services, Mercy Hospital, 1963-65; President, Health Facilities Association of Maryland, 2007-. Board of Directors, Upper Chesapeake Health Systems, Inc., 2008- (secretary, 2013-). Board of Trustees, Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care, Inc. Chair, Board of Directors, Tai Sophia Institute, 2013- (member, 1998-; vice-chair, 2006-). Dean's Advisory Council, School of Pharmacy, Notre Dame of Maryland University. Certificate on Aging Advisory Board, The Johns Hopkins University. Chair, Board of Trustees, Maryland University of Integrative Health (member, 1998-; vice-chair, 2006). Board of Directors, Upper Chesapeake Health Center (secretary; chair; quality care committee); Upper Chesapeake Health Foundation. Board of Directors, University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center. Humanitarian Award, Baltimore Community Relations Commission, 1978; Alumna of the Year, Loyola College, 1978; Woman Manager of the Year, Women in State Service, 1981.

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