Senior Lobby Updates

Bea Rector has accepted the position of Acting Assistant Secretary for ALTSA

Bea Rector is the Acting Assistant Secretary for the Aging and Long-Term Support Administration (ALTSA) in Washington state.  ALTSA administers long-term services and supports to low income seniors and individuals with disabilities; a system which is ranked in the AARP Scorecard as 2nd in the nation for its home and community-based service options. Prior to her appointment to Acting Assistant Secretary, Bea worked in the Home and Community Services Division of ALTSA for 17 years and was responsible for planning and administering federal and state services for individuals with functional impairments and their caregivers as well as programs dedicated to protecting vulnerable adults from abuse, neglect and exploitation. In partnership with the Health Care Authority, Bea worked closely with stakeholders and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to negotiate the state’s financial alignment demonstration designed to improve services to individuals on Medicare and Medicaid while creating an innovative opportunity for the state to share in savings accrued to the Medicare program.   Prior to her work with the state of Washington, she worked at one of the state’s largest non-profit home care agencies. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Washington.  In 2008 Bea received the Governor’s Award for Leadership in Management.