Fulton County Manager Dick Anderson has named Dr. Pamela Roshell as the new Director of the Department of Aging & Youth Services.
Dr. Roshell brings over 20 years of experience in public administration, health policy and gerontology. She will begin with Fulton County on March 22, reporting directly to Chief Operating Officer Todd Long.
Anderson said of the appointment, â€śDr. Roshell brings a remarkable portfolio of experience in public service at the national, state and community levels. Her insight into regional and national policy issues will be hugely valuable in leading Fulton County forward in this important area.â€ť
Dr. Roshellâ€™s appointment comes at a time when Fulton County is in the midst of a transformation in its customer service focus for senior services, as well as ongoing efforts to maximize the impact of allocated resources.
â€śI look forward to building on the strengths, hope and possibilities in our communities to deliver impact and value for children, youth and older adults across Fulton County,â€ť said Dr. Roshell.
Prior to her appointment, Dr. Roshell served as Regional Director for the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) where she provided senior executive leadership and served as the confidential regional representative, advisor and liaison for HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell and former Secretary Sebelius. In her role, Dr. Roshell ensured operational excellence for the largest regional enterprise of the HHS consisting of over 5,000 employees, 11 Operating Divisions, 8 southeastern states and 6 federally recognized tribes. She drove strategy and policy across a wide range of cross-cutting portfolios, including human services, global health, infectious diseases, public health preparedness and response, and non-communicable disease prevention. In addition, Dr. Roshell, directed region-wide outreach, governmental and external affairs with Congressional district offices and over 500 non-governmental organizations.
Prior to her appointment as Regional Director, Dr. Roshell served in a variety of leadership roles at AARP including State Director for AARP Georgia where she provided management and leadership to ensure that the Georgia State Office delivered value and relevant programs, services, outreach and consumer advocacy to AARPâ€™s 1 million+ members in Georgia. Beginning in 2000, Dr. Roshell led the conceptualization, design and execution of the first AARP state office in South Carolina and served as the State Director providing leadership, strategic guidance and development of the business unit with staff and over 200 volunteers. Prior to being named State Director for AARP South Carolina, Dr. Roshell performed health policy education, program design and implementation activities for AARPâ€™s Southeast Region in Maryland, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington, DC, West Virginia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Committed to the belief that healthy aging requires a holistic and collaborative approach, Dr. Roshell assisted policy-makers along with state and community-based organizations serving older adults, to develop and implement population health solutions. Dr. Roshell joined AARP after leading and managing the Home and Community Based program for the Augusta Area Agency on Aging. During her tenure, Dr. Roshell led and implemented program streamlining and process improvement efforts which revamped several key Medicaid waiver services in 13 counties.
Dr. Roshell is a graduate of Columbia College, and received a master of social work degree with a specialty in administration from the University of South Carolina. She has built on that specialty with the completion of a PhD in social policy, planning and administration from Clark Atlanta University. She and her husband Win are the proud and involved parents of one daughter.