Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) Commissioner Candice L. Broce announced a change to the Department’s Division of Aging Services team. MaryLea Boatwright Quinn has been named Assistant Deputy Commissioner for the Division of Aging Services. Boatwright Quinn joins DHS from the Georgia Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, where she worked as the Director of Government Affairs.
“MaryLea has done tremendous work throughout her years advocating for seniors across the state of Georgia,” said Commissioner Broce. “I am excited for her to join the DHS family, and I know her expertise and background will help us make great strides in serving vulnerable older Georgians.”
Boatwright Quinn began her career in elder services as a medical social worker. She has worked in a variety of settings, including hospice, long-term care, adult day care, and home health. Boatwright Quinn works to inform community and professional audiences about successful aging in place for Georgia’s seniors and has been a strong advocate for senior rights, working to educate legislators on the importance of dementia care. She is on the board of directors for the Georgia Gerontology Society, and serves as a member of the Georgia Alzheimer’s & Related Dementias (GARD) Advisory Council and the Coalition of Advocates for Georgia’s Elderly (CO-AGE).
Boatwright Quinn received a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Auburn University and a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Denver. She resides in Atlanta with her husband and two teenage sons.