Lokuta Named ODP Acting Deputy Secretary
October 22, 2012
The Department of Public Welfare has selected Fred Lokuta as acting deputy secretary for the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP). He will assume this position in November upon the departure of Kevin Friel.
Lokuta has served the commonwealth for over 28 years, beginning his career as a direct support worker and advancing through the ranks of ODP in a number of positions including the Harrisburg headquarters, northeastern regional office, and several state centers. For the past several years he has served as White Haven Center facility director and, more recently, as the acting ICF/ID division director.
In the past year he led the ODP/OMHSAS joint Dual Diagnoses Project. PCPA has worked with him on this initiative. Lokuta has presented updates at several IDD Committee meetings.
PCPA congratulates Lokuta on his appointment and looks forward to continuing to work with him in his new position.