Phyllis Gilmore was sworn in as Secretary of the Kansas Department of Social
and Rehabilitation Services on March 21 by Kansas Secretary of State Kris
Kobach.“As our state’s health and human services agencies transition
into new roles, it was important for us to find someone who is experienced in
family and children-related issues and understands the many challenges our
state's most vulnerable citizens face," Gov. Sam Brownback said when he
nominated Gilmore to the position. "Phyllis shares our passion to improve our
great state and to reduce the number of Kansas children living in
poverty.”Her nomination was confirmed by the Kansas Senate on March
20.Gilmore has served as the executive director of the Kansas Behavioral
Sciences Regulatory Board (BSRB), based in Topeka, for more than 11 years. The
BSRB licenses and regulates most of the mental health professionals in Kansas.
She served as a member of the Kansas House of Representatives from 1994-2000
representing Johnson County. Her private sector experience is primarily within
the areas of adoption and health care. Gilmore is a licensed specialist in
clinical social work with a master’s degree in social work from Washington
University in St. Louis. She most recently served as director of SRS’ Kansas
City Region. “I am honored to have this opportunity to serve the
families and children of our state and to work with Governor Brownback and Lt.
Gov. Colyer on improving the lives of Kansans,” Gilmore said.
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