Deputy Secretary for Operations
Michele Tallent, serves as the Deputy Secretary for Operations. Previously, Michele served as the Director for the Department's Office of Budget and Revenue Management. Prior to her arrival at the Florida Department of Health, she was the Budget Chief for the Health and Human Services unit with the Governor's Office of Policy and Budget. She has also served as the Budget Director for the Agency for Health Care Administration and the Chief of Finance and Accounting for the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service. With extensive finance and management experience, Michele will oversee many of the Department's key divisions and support functions. In addition to the Department's Office of Budget and Revenue Management and Bureaus of Finance and Accounting, Personnel and Human Resources, and General Services, she will oversee the state's regulation of health care practitioners and the determination of Floridians' medical eligibility for disability benefits.