Veronda Durden, Assistant Commissioner for Regulatory Services
Veronda Durden was named assistant commissioner for Regulatory Services in July 2004. As assistant commissioner, she is responsible for survey operations, enforcement, and professional licensing and credentialing of long-term care facilities and agencies across the state.
Durden has more than 19 years of executive-level administrative and leadership experience, 15 of which are in the regulatory field. Previously, she was director of the Provider Operation and Program Analysis Division and director of the Home and Community Support Services Agencies (HCSSA) Licensing and Certification Program.
Before the HCSSA Program transferred to the Texas Department of Human Services, Durden was with the Texas Department of Health for more than five years where she held positions as the program director of HCSSA Licensing, director of the Office of Minority Health, and the program director for the Alzheimer's and Osteoporosis Programs.
Durden worked with the Office of Attorney General in the Medicaid Fraud Division for more than seven years, serving as the supervisor of the Abuse and Neglect Team for three years and as an investigator for four years.
Durden earned a bachelor's degree in education from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., and holds a master's degree in health administration from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. She has completed 30 semester hours toward a master's degree at the University of Texas at Austin School of Business Administration.
Durden is a graduate of Leadership Texas and the Governor's Executive Development Program. She previously served on the Board of the Capital of Texas Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.
Updated: May 30, 2013