West Virginia

Department of
Health & Human Resources

DHHR Purchasing Office Globally Recognized for Excellence


DHHR Cabinet Secretary Karen L. Bowling is pleased to announce the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Purchasing Office is the first West Virginia state agency to reach 100% certification through the Universal Public Purchasing Certification Council (UPPCC).


“I am extremely proud of this outstanding accomplishment by our Purchasing team under the leadership of Director Bryan Rosen,” said Bowling. “These employees exemplify DHHR’s commitment to professionalism and excellence.”


Certification by UPPCC requires staff members to meet established criteria consisting of public purchasing experience, education/training and successful completion of a rigorous examination. In addition to being West Virginia’s leader in this arena, the DHHR Purchasing Office is only one of 171 agencies worldwide holding UPPCC Agency Certification status.


The designation of Certified Public Purchasing Officers (CPPO) and Certified Professional Public Buyers (CPPB) demonstrate an individual’s high standard and competency with government procurement and the ability to obtain maximum value for the taxpayer’s dollar. The team is comprised of: Jo Bess, CPPB; Robert Price, CPPO, CPPB; Bryan Rosen, CPPB; Susie Teel, CPPB; and Roberta Wagner, CPPO, CPPB, CPIM.


The UPPCC is an international governing body that has certified more than 10,000 professionals around the world.

Contact Information

Allison C. Adler ■ DHHR Director of Communications ■ (304) 558-7899 ■ allison.c.adler@wv.gov