Queral picked to lead DSHS's Rehabilitation Administration

Release Date: 
Dec 23 2016
DSHS Office of Communications
Chris Wright
chris.wright@dshs.wa.gov
(360) 902-8338

Marybeth Queral has been selected to serve as the Rehabilitation Administration’s (RA) next Assistant Secretary effective January 1. She will replace outgoing Assistant Secretary John Clayton, who is retiring January 31.

Queral has been with DSHS for more than two decades. After beginning her career as a social worker in Alaska, she took a job as an on-call security officer at Naselle Youth Camp in 1994. She was quickly promoted to Security Manager, then Program Manager, Associate Superintendent and, finally, Superintendent. In that role, she worked with the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Fish and Wildlife to strengthen historic forestry and aquaculture work programs for the youth at that facility.

“I am honored to serve as RA’s next Assistant Secretary,” said Queral. “I hope to continue to build on many of the innovative programs launched by John Clayton aimed at reducing recidivism and returning youth to their communities with the skills they need to be productive members of society.”

In 2007, Queral moved to her current role as Superintendent of Green Hill School in Chehalis. As the leader of the largest juvenile facility in the state, she has worked diligently with internal and external partners to implement a number of progressive vocational and rehabilitative programs. 

“Marybeth is highly respected in the juvenile rehabilitation community and I’m confident she’ll do an incredible job leading the Rehabilitation Administration,” said DSHS Acting Secretary Pat Lashway. “She

has a record of bringing a balanced approach in transformational leadership and leading successful organizational change. She is also a visionary professional who understands the need to build relationships, which is vital in supporting the RA mission.”

The Rehabilitation Administration provides rehabilitation services to the state’s highest risk juvenile offenders and vocational rehabilitation to individuals with disabilities.  Partnering with families and communities, the Administration team of 1,540 served more than 23,000 residents in 2014. Its annual budget is $98 million.  

 

 

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