Secretary Linda Seemeyer
Linda Seemeyer was appointed by Governor Scott Walker as Secretary of the Department of Health Services (DHS) in August 2016.
Secretary Seemeyer has a long history of service in state and county government. Prior to being appointed as the Department of Health Services Secretary, Linda was the Director of the Walworth County Department of Health & Human Services from 2007 to 2015. Linda also previously served as the Director of the Milwaukee County Department of Administrative Services, and Deputy Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Administration under Governor Tommy Thompson.
DHS is committed to protecting and promoting the health and safety of the people of Wisconsin. DHS is one of the largest and most diverse state Departments in Wisconsin with an annual budget of roughly $24 billion and more than 6,100 employees. DHS oversees Medicaid, the single largest program in the state budget, and other health and social service programs.
DHS ensures that the care provided to Wisconsin residents is high-quality and provided in accordance with state and federal law; ensures that Wisconsin taxpayer dollars are being utilized effectively and efficiently by preventing and detecting waste, fraud and abuse; and works to continue Wisconsin's long tradition of strong health outcomes and innovation.
Deputy Secretary Tom Engels
Tom Engels was appointed Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health Services in February 2015. Tom is a member of the Governor’s Opioid Task Force representing the Department of Health Services.
Prior to serving as the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health Services, Tom served as the Deputy Secretary as well as the Assistant Deputy Secretary at the Department of Safety and Professional Services. Prior to his role at the Department of Safety and Professional Services, Tom served as the Vice President of Public Affairs for the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin for many years.
Tom has also served as the Government Affairs Director for the Wisconsin State Telecommunications Association and has previously held public service positions as then-Governor Tommy Thompson’s Deputy Press Secretary and as the Communications Director for the Senate Republican Caucus. He also held various staff positions in the State Senate and Assembly and held a position as the District Field Representative for former United States Congressman Scott Klug.
Assistant Deputy Secretary Jennifer Malcore
Jennifer Malcore was appointed Assistant Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health Services (DHS) in November 2016.
Prior to serving as the Assistant Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health Services, Jenny Malcore, worked in state government leadership, most recently as the Chief of Staff to Co-Chair of Joint Finance, Representative John Nygren. Jenny worked extensively on the HOPE agenda legislation, and continues to play a key leadership role in driving Wisconsin’s efforts to fight opioid overdose deaths, including prescription drugs and heroin.
Jenny is a University of Wisconsin - Green Bay graduate and also worked for the Brown County Sheriff’s Department Jail Division.