Veronica H Celani
1940 to Today
Subject CategoriesGovernment / Politics
Served as the Commissioner of the Department of Social Welfare under Governor Madeleine Kunin, was on the Health Care Authority board, and helped design the Vermont Health Access Plan.
Date of Birth09/02/1944
Veronica H. Celani was the Commissioner of the Department of Social Welfare under Governor Madeleine Kunin, served on the Health Care Authority board, and helped design the Vermont Health Access Plan.
Veronica Celani was born in Tatabanya, Hungary in 1944. She came to the United States at the age of six, and obtained a B.A. in Journalism from Rutgers University in New Jersey. Celani moved to Vermont to attend the University of Vermont, from which she has a M.Ed. in Counseling. Her career began as a social worker, but she became involved with the State Welfare Department in the early 1970's. She was the department's income maintenance director, where she administered the state's emergency assistance fuel program. In 1985, Governor Madeleine Kunin appointed Celani Commissioner of the Department of Social Welfare. She left this position in 1992 to serve on the new three-member Health Care Authority board, which was given the task of designing a universal health care system. Celani has also served as Director of Administrative Services for the Secretary of Human Services and was a part of the group that designed the Vermont Health Access Plan (VHAP), which is a program for low-income uninsured adults not eligible for Medicaid. Celani retired from state government in 1999.
Organizations or Movements
- Vermont Health Care Association
- Vermont Health Access Plan
- Vermont Conference of Social Concerns
- American Public Welfare Association
- National Council of State Human Service Administrators.
- Vermont Commissioner of Social Welfare
- Health Policy Director of Vermont's Agency of Human Services
- Director of Administrative Services for the Secretary of Human Services
- Health Care Authority Board.
- BA in Journalism, Rutgers University, New Jersey (1966)
- M.Ed. in Counseling, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont, (1973).