West Virginia

Department of
Health & Human Resources

DHHR Purchasing Office Globally Recognized for Excellence for Third Consecutive Year


West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) Cabinet Secretary Karen L. Bowling today announced the Department’s Purchasing Office received the 2016 Sterling Award. This prestigious recognition is presented to agencies that have achieved the Universal Public Purchasing Certification Council’s (UPPCC) agency certification for three years in a row.


“This is a tremendous honor not only for the purchasing unit and Director Bryan Rosen, but for our entire department,” Bowling said. “I am grateful for these exceptional employees who continuously demonstrate what it means to be a part of team DHHR with their hard work and dedication.”


The Sterling Award is issued to agencies who receive UPPCC Certification for three consecutive years. 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 Office of Purchasing is one of fewer than 90 agencies worldwide holding UPPCC Agency Sterling Award Certification.


The designation of Certified Public Purchasing Officers (CPPO), Certified Professional Public Buyers (CPPB), and Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) demonstrate an individual’s high standard and competency with government procurement and the ability to obtain maximum value for the taxpayer’s dollar.


The DHHR team is comprised of: Jo Bess, CPPB; David Darr; Kim Debolt; Theresa Dorsey; Mary Farley; Althea Greenhowe; Robert Price, CPPO, CPPB; Bryan Rosen, CPPB; Susie Teel, CPPB; Roberta Wagner, CPPO, CPPB, CPIM; and Heather White.


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

Contact Information

Media contact: DHHRCommunications@wv.gov or (304) 558-7899