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Biography of Secretary Tom Emberton Jr.

Tom Emberton Jr. comes to his position as the Secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services from previous posts as the Cabinet's undersecretary for Children and Family Services and commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Community Based Services.

Emberton began his career in health care as a nursing home administrator with subsequent roles as regional manager, senior area administrator, regional vice president of operations and most recently director of operations for Kindred Healthcare/Vencor. He has a strong background in senior leadership, strategic planning and systems change.

Emberton received an undergraduate degree from Western Kentucky University, a master's degree in health services administration from the University of Evansville and a master's of science, management from Troy State University. Prior to his work in the health care field, Emberton served in the United States Navy as a command training chief and Spanish linguist. Emberton also taught health care administration and serves on the National Board of Alumni at Western Kentucky University.

A Metcalfe County native, Emberton is married to Stephanie Hall Emberton.  They have three children: Ann-Thomas, Thomas and Catherine.


Last Updated 2/11/2013