"Nancy is a champion for individuals with disabilities in Pennsylvania and across the nation," said Secretary Dallas. "We are fortunate to have a leader of her caliber here in Pennsylvania and look forward to difference she will make in the lives of thousands of individuals living with disabilities. I consider myself lucky to be her colleague and to count her as a friend."
Thaler received an Administrator Citation Award from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in recognition and appreciation for her leadership, performance, and dedication to public service and the programs of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. She also was honored with the Katie Beckett Award from NASUAD, which recognizes tireless advocacy and tenacity in supporting persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Last year former First Lady Rosalynn Carter received the Katie Beckett Award.
Before beginning her current position in June, Thaler was executive director of the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services. She served the commonwealth in the Department of Public Welfare (now DHS) 1986-2003, first as director of the Bureau of Community Programs, then as deputy secretary for what is now ODP, overseeing 4,000 employees and a$2 billion budget.
SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Human Services