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