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  • President Appoints Dr. Aldona Wos as Vice-Chair of the PCWHF

    The Honorable Aldona Wos, M.D. was born in Warsaw, Poland. Her father, Paul Zenon Wos, survived Flossenburg Concentration Camp and her mother, Wanda Krystyna Wos, survived Nazi Germany’s child slave labor. Mr. Wos was a recipient of many distinguished awards including the “Righteous Among the Nations” medal from Yad Vashem.

    Dr. Wos earned her medical degree at the Warsaw Medical Academy and completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine including a fellowship in Pulmonary Medicine in New York City. Her experiences include time as a physician in private practice and corporate medicine, including as an attending physician, providing clinical care, teaching and consulting for both hospitals and private industry.

    Appointed by President George W. Bush in 2002 and reappointed in 2004, Ambassador Wos served on the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. Appointed as the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Estonia from 2004 to 2006. During her tour she focused on winning the hearts and minds of the next generation of Estonian leaders, Russian integration, HIV/AIDS prevention, and the preservation of Estonian culture. For her service, Ambassador Wos was awarded the Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana 1st Class by the President of Estonia, the Distinguished Service Cross of the Estonian Defense Forces, and the Cross of Merit of the Estonian National Police Board.

    Upon her return home, Ambassador Wos continued serving others in her philanthropic endeavors. In 2007 she received the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland. In 2008 she was presented the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. She was invested in the Sovereign Order of Malta in 2010. In 2012, she served on The University of North Carolina Board of Governors. Dr. Wos holds an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the Institute of World Politics, and an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Greensboro College.

    From 2013 – 2015, Dr. Wos served as North Carolina’s Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services overseeing more than 18,000 employees across North Carolina and nearly a $20 billion budget. Secretary Wos and her newly-created leadership team focused on operations to create an accountable, sustainable Department that protects the health and safety of all North Carolinians, provides essential human services, and delivers value to our taxpayers. Under her leadership and through her fiscal management, despite nearly $2 billion dollars in Medicaid shortfalls from the four years prior to her appointment, overall, DHHS finished state fiscal year 2015 with $143 million dollars cash on hand and state fiscal year 2014 with $104 million dollars cash on hand. Secretary Wos oversaw the implementation of the country’s first-ever statewide consolidated benefits eligibility/enrollment system, the largest IT project in North Carolina history.

    Currently, Ambassador Wos serves on the boards of The Institute of World Politics, the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, and the Council of American Ambassadors, all in Washington, DC. Ambassador Wos is married to Louis DeJoy and they live in Greensboro, North Carolina, where they enjoy spending time with their twins.

    posted: May 16, 2017
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