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    Secretary of Public Welfare

    Photograph of Beverly Mackereth

    Public service has been the hallmark of Mackereth’s professional career. She began her service with the York County Blind Center in 1979. Next, she became a caseworker and then supervisor at York County Children and Youth Services overseeing intake investigations of alleged child abuse and neglect from 1980 to 1987.

    Her experience in helping York County children led to her service with the York County District Attorney’s Office beginning with her position of victim witness coordinator. As the victim witness coordinator, she developed and implemented a local effort to coordinate services for crime victims. Mackereth also created a number of important programs within the District Attorney’s Office including the Child Abuse Unit, the "Stop Violence Against Women" program, and a Juvenile Prosecution Unit. Mackereth has also served as a statewide consultant for Pennsylvania's Office of Attorney General.

    In 1997, Mackereth was appointed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge as deputy director of the Governor’s Community Partnership for Safe Children. The partnership was established to assist communities in setting up effective programs to reduce childhood violence.

    Prior to her election to the state House, Mackereth served as Executive Director of the Healthy York County Coalition.

    Mackereth was previously elected as Mayor of Spring Grove in 1996 until 2000, and served on the Spring Grove Borough Council and Planning Commission.

    Mackereth was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2000 to serve the 196th Legislative District, and served four terms in office. During her tenure in the legislature, Mackereth served on the Education, Children & Youth, Aging & Older Adult Services, Judiciary, and Health & Human Services Committees. She was also appointed deputy whip and chairperson of the House Basic Education Subcommittee.

    In 2008, Mackereth took the position of Executive Director of the York County Human Services Department. As Executive Director, Mackereth oversaw the York County offices of Aging; Mental Health; Mental Retardation; Early Intervention; Drug & Alcohol; Veterans Affairs; HealthChoices; Children, Youth & Families; and the Youth Development Center. In addition to departmental oversight, Mackereth was responsible for the administration of the Homeless Assistance Program, Human Services Development Fund, Medical Assistance Transportation, Child and Adolescent Service System Program, Family Group Decision Making, and Homeless Management Information System.

    In November 2011 Mackereth was appointed by Governor Corbett as the Deputy Secretary of the Office of Children, Youth and Families in the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. As Deputy Secretary, Mackereth promoted increased collaboration between counties, the state, and providers; pushed for family and youth engagement; and successfully negotiated a Title IV-E Waiver with the federal government to improve child welfare practice and outcomes for children, youth and families.

    In June 2013 Mackereth was named Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare.

    Mackereth graduated Frostburg State University in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology.

    Bev Mackereth is the mother of four and lives in Spring Grove with her husband, Michael.