Meet Dana Phelps

Dana PhelpsDana Phelps, DSHS Senior Director of the Office of Policy and External Relations, will take on the extra responsibility of Acting Assistant Secretary for the Services and Enterprise Support Administration (SESA), effective February 23, when Pat Lashway moves into her new role of Acting DSHS Secretary.

Dana has been in her current position since April 2013. Her team works with local, state and federal governments, elected officials, clients and the public on policy, rules adoptions, privacy and records issues, and in administrative hearing processes and appeals.

Prior to taking on that role, Dana worked in the Assistant Secretary’s Office of the Juvenile Justice and Rehabilitation Administration (now the Rehabilitation Administration) where she covered a wide range of policy and operations issues. Dana has worked in DSHS programs serving children and youth for 22 years, beginning her career as a counselor at Maple Lane School in 1991.

“I appreciate Dana taking on this added responsibility while I am on assignment as the Acting DSHS Secretary,” said SESA Assistant Secretary Pat Lashway. “This is the kind of teamwork that will help us be successful during this time of transition.”

She has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology and a Master’s of Education, Guidance and Counseling from Saint Martin’s University.