Adam Meier, Secretary
Adam Meier was appointed secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services by Gov. Matt Bevin May 17, 2018. Meier most recently served as the governor's deputy chief of staff for policy, focusing on the formation of essential administration-wide health, workforce and education policy initiatives with an emphasis on improving technology and analytical capabilities to better measure policy outcomes.
In his capacity as deputy chief of staff, Meier oversaw Kentucky's innovative 1115 Medicaid waiver application (Kentucky HEALTH), the first of its kind in the nation to gain approval from the federal government. Since the waiver was approved in January, he has continued to work with the 1115 implementation team on plans for rollout of the Kentucky HEALTH program across the state.
Meier is regarded as a national expert on workforce issues and recently testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development on strengthening alignment of workforce supports and outcomes in human service programs. As co-chair of Kentucky's Work Matters Task Force, he led a 23-member team in developing policy recommendations to address barriers to employment among five key populations in the commonwealth—individuals with disabilities, veterans, foster youth, individuals with criminal records and individuals suffering from substance use disorders.
He also guided the state through the successful transition from the expensive state-run kynect health insurance exchange system to healthcare.gov, saving the commonwealth approximately $15 million annually and reducing red tape. Additionally, Meier helped coordinate the state cross-Cabinet response to the opioid epidemic.
Meier is an attorney and previously worked as a senior contracting officer for the federal government. He lives with his wife and three children in Ft. Thomas, where he previously served as a member of the city council.
Kristi Putnam, Deputy Secretary
Gov. Matt Bevin appointed Kristi Putnam deputy secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services May 17, 2018. Most recently, she was tapped to serve as Program Manager for Kentucky HEALTH and has led a multi-cabinet project team to develop policy, partnerships, technology, and communications to support implementation of the program across the state. Putnam served as an Executive Advisor to CHFS' Department for Community Based Services, leading efforts to improve technology and staffing efforts for benefind (Kentucky's integrated benefits eligibility system) and assisting in the development of innovative public benefits and child welfare policy.
Putnam is a 26-year veteran of the human services and education policy sector, having held positions in Florida's Department of Education and Department of Children and Families (DCF). In these roles, Putnam proved to be a public policy innovator, working tirelessly to implement reforms and champion fiscal responsibility in statewide human services programs.
She was responsible for helping develop the 1998 Florida School Readiness legislation and was selected as part of the leadership team assigned to the Executive Office of the Governor to implement a revised system for local administration of early childhood education. She also held multiple state leadership roles in the Florida DCF community-based foster care and adoption system, including Child Welfare Services Manager, Chief of Community-Based Care, and Foster Care Licensing Specialist.
Putnam resides in Middletown, Ky., with her husband and youngest daughter.
Timothy Feeley, Deputy Secretary
Gov. Matt Bevin appointed Timothy Edward Feeley deputy secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Feeley recently served as the circuit judge for Family Court District 12, Division 2 serving Oldham, Henry and Trimble counties, a post he held since March 2005. Feeley brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that will allow him to help families and children statewide.
Prior to his service on the bench, Feeley was elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives, serving citizens of the 59th legislative district from 1999-2005. He also managed a solo private legal practice from 1996-2005. From 1989-1996 Feeley was assistant United States attorney for the Western District of Kentucky, responsible for handling bankruptcy, collection and asset forfeiture cases.
Feeley received bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1978 and earned a law degree from West Virginia University in 1985. A veteran, Feeley achieved the rank of major in the U.S. Army and served four years as judge advocate general at Fort Knox, Ky. Feeley has been married for 32 years to Sue Feeley, a dentist in private practice. They reside in Crestwood, Ky. and have three daughters and a son.