Dawn Stehle Named State's Medicaid Director

Dawn Stehle has been named the state's Medicaid director. 

She will have the interim tag taken off her title, a distinction she's held since June 1. The Arkansas Department of Human Services conducted a national search for the spot.

"We were looking for someone who was not only willing to be a pioneer in Medicaid, but also a person with a proven track record of success," John Selig, DHS director, said in a news release. 

Stehle, 34, came to DHS in 2006 as a fellow. She became a policy analyst in 2007, and went on to hold other positions like policy and planning director, and director of health care innovation for Medicaid.

"I'm excited for the opportunity to lead such a remarkable team of employees," Stehle said in the release.

Stehle has a bachelor's degree in biology and social work from the University of South Dakota, and a master's degree from the University of Arkansas' Clinton School of Public Service. She's currently working on her doctorate of public health from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

She is replacing Andy Allison, who left June 1 to pursue other opportunities, DHS said.