Ms. Melanie Johnson
2005 Bethune-Cookman University graduate, Melanie L. Johnson, is an alum committed to serving her community and has truly “Departed to Serve.” Majoring in psychology at B-CU, Ms. Johnson served as a
student leader, held membership in Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology, and was a team captain and centerfielder for the Wildcats softball team. In 2005, the B-CU Wildcats became the first school in MEAC history to win a NCAA Regional Championship. Ms. Johnson also holds a Master of Science degree in school psychology from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.
Ms. Johnson has also become a true leader in her professional career. In 2014, at the age of 30, she was named the Medicaid Branch Chief for the Division of Medicaid and Children’s Health Operations, the largest CMS regional office responsible for the oversight of eight states located in Atlanta, GA. She now provides oversight and consultation to state Medicaid agencies regarding program development, maintenance, federal regulations, compliance of Medicaid policy, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the Affordable Care Act. Prior to joining the Atlanta regional office, she worked at the CMS Headquarters office located in Baltimore, MD. There she provided extensive technical guidance to states related to managed care and long-term care quality improvement.
Throughout her career, Ms. Johnson has always advocated for improving access and quality of health care for underserved communities. She lives by the quote: “Hardwork is its own reward, but it also rewards the people we work for. Work hard, have fun, make a difference.”