Jennifer Walthall, MD, MPH

Dr. Walthall was appointed as Secretary of the Family and Social Services Administration by Governor Eric J. Holcomb effective January 9, 2017.  Prior to this appointment, she served as the Deputy State Health Commissioner and Director for Health Outcomes at the Indiana State Department of Health.  Dr. Walthall is currently an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine. She also serves as the Division Chief for Pediatric Emergency Medicine and was the Program Director for the Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics Residency from 2007-2015.

Dr. Walthall works clinically in the Riley Hospital for Children Emergency Department. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Houston Honors College and her Master in Public Health at the Richard Fairbanks School of Public Health at Indiana University. She earned her Medical Doctorate at Indiana University School of Medicine and is board certified in Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics.

The Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) was established by the General Assembly in 1991 to consolidate and better integrate the delivery of human services by state government. FSSA is led by the Secretary who is appointed by the Governor and is a member of the Governor's cabinet.


Paul E. Jarris, MD, MBA

Paul E. Jarris, MD, MBA is the Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President Mission Impact at the March of Dimes. He has overall responsibility for the March of Dimes Mission work including Advocacy, Maternal Child Health, Consumer Education and Professional training, the Perinatal Data center and the NICU Family Support Program.

Dr. Jarris is a nationally recognized expert in healthcare policy, clinical quality initiatives, public health and disease prevention and wellness, among other areas. He previously served as Executive Director of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO). 

Dr. Jarris has a distinguished career spanning 20 years leading policy and care initiatives to improve public health at the local, state and national levels.  Prior to his role at ASTHO, Dr. Jarris served as Commissioner of Health for the State of Vermont, where he led public health, mental health and substance abuse for the state of Vermont. He led healthcare policy matters and championed new public health initiatives, addressing access to care, prevention, and the factors that impact population health.  In addition, he has held a number of health insurance executive-level positions, including President and CEO of Vermont Permanente Medical Group.  Dr. Jarris is a board certified Family Physician with over 20 years of clinical practice including Rural and Federal qualified health centers, inner city schools and a homeless shelter for adolescents.

Dr. Jarris received his BA from the University of Vermont, his MD at the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine, and an MBA and Faculty Development Fellowship from the University of Washington.


Michael C. Lu, MD, MS, MPH

Michael C. Lu became HRSA's Associate Administrator of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) in November 2011.  Since joining HRSA, he has transformed key federal programs in maternal and child health,  launched major initiatives to reduce maternal, infant, and child mortality in the U.S., and has been awarded the Hubert H. Humphrey Award for Service to America (2013) and the HRSA Administrator's Award for Equal Opportunity Achievement (2015). Dr. Lu joined HRSA from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Schools of Medicine and Public Health, where he was associate professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and public health.  Prior to his appointment, Dr. Lu served on two Institute of Medicine (IOM) committees, chaired the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality, and has been voted one of the best doctors in America since 2005.  Dr. Lu received his bachelor's degrees in political science and human biology from Stanford University, master's degrees in health and medical sciences and public health from the University of California (UC) Berkeley, medical degree from UC San Francisco, and residency training in obstetrics and gynecology from UC Irvine.

Michael Warren, MD, MPH

Dr. Warren is a board-certified pediatrician.  He received his undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and his medical degree from the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. He completed his pediatrics residency, Chief Residency, and fellowship in Academic General Pediatrics at Vanderbilt, where he also obtained a Master’s in Public Health.  He is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

As Deputy Commissioner, Dr. Warren provides leadership for various offices and divisions within TDH, including:  Family Health and Wellness (which includes Title V/Maternal and Child Health, Chronic Disease Promotion and Health Promotion, and Supplemental Nutrition); Policy, Planning and Assessment; Rural Health; Minority Health and Disparities Elimination; Grants Coordination and Strategic Alignment; and the Office of the State Chief Medical Examiner.

Dr. Warren previously served as the Assistant Commissioner for Family Health and Wellness, a role in which he led Departmental efforts related to maternal and child health, chronic disease prevention and health promotion, and supplemental nutrition.  Prior to joining the Department of Health, Dr. Warren served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Vanderbilt and as Medical Director in the Governor’s Office of Children’s Care Coordination.  He currently serves on the Oversight Committee for the Tennessee Initiative for Perinatal Quality Care (TIPQC) and as President for the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, the national professional organization for maternal and child health professionals.


Maria Del Rio Hoover, MD

Dr Maria Del Rio Hoover joined St Mary’s Hospital for Women and Children after finishing a neonatology fellowship at the University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital.  She became the Medical Director of St Vincent Center for Children in 2014 after spending over 25 years in the practice of neonatology.  As Medical Director of the Center for Children, she oversees outpatient services for children which include a Behavioral Health Program, a Feeding Program and a pediatric subspecialty clinic.   She co-chairs, with Dr John Ellis, the Perinatal Substance Use Committee of the Indiana Perinatal Quality Improvement Collaborative.  She is a member of the Vanderburgh County Board of Health and the Commission on Legislation of the Indiana State Medical Association.   Throughout her career she has served on multiple state and local boards, committees and commissions all focused on improving the health and wellbeing of women and children in Indiana. 


Jim McClelland

In January 2017, Governor Eric Holcomb appointed Jim McClelland to the newly-created position of Executive Director for Drug Prevention, Treatment, and Enforcement for the State of Indiana.  He reports to the Governor and also chairs the Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse.

Jim is charged with coordinating, aligning, and focusing the relevant work of a wide array of state agencies that in various ways touch substance abuse issues directly or are indirectly related to those issues.  In addition, he seeks to leverage the state’s resources with those of entities in other sectors to respond as effectively as possible to the current opioid crisis and to substantially reduce the likelihood of a similar crisis arising from the abuse of addictive substances in the future.

In 2015 Jim concluded a 45-year career with Goodwill Industries, the last 41 of those years as President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana, based in Indianapolis.  He has served on the boards of numerous not-for-profit organizations at local, national, and international levels and chaired several of them.  He currently serves on the Dean’s Council of the Indiana University Kelley School of Business – Indianapolis, the Advisory Board of the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech, and the Board of Directors of Building Tomorrow. 

A native of Florida, Jim earned a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering degree from Georgia Tech and an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.  He is married to Jane, and they have two grown children and one grandchild.