Lanier M. Cansler established Cansler Collaborative Resources, Inc. in 2012 after stepping down from his position as Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Lanier developed the firm with a commitment to bringing together highly qualified and experienced individuals with expertise in the health and human services and state and local government arena that could provide significant value to the firm’s clients in a rapidly changing political, regulatory, and business environment. Lanier practiced as a Certified Public Accountant, with a substantial focus on assisting healthcare providers in the area of business strategy and tax compliance and planning, for almost 20 years before his election to the North Carolina General Assembly in 1994. As a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives, Lanier chaired various healthcare committees including the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services Appropriations as well as the Healthcare Oversight Committee, and was recognized as a leader in health policy development. Elected to four terms in the House, Lanier left his House seat in 2001 to become the Chief Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, a position he held for four years. In 2009, Governor Beverly Eaves Perdue appointed Lanier to her Cabinet as the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. As Secretary, Lanier had the management and oversight responsibility for an organization with a budget of over $17 billion and a staff of over 17,000 employees, made up of 14 programmatic divisions which included North Carolina’s Medicaid and Health Choice programs, the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services, the Division of Public Health, the Division of Health Services Regulation, the State’s 14 healthcare facilities including the State’s psychiatric hospitals, and the Divisions of Social Services, Aging, and Child Development. Lanier brings a unique consulting and strategy perspective from his past experience in serving business and healthcare clients as a CPA, combined with his understanding of the legislative process, and his administrative skills and experience in managing the North Carolina’s largest state agency.
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