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Pamela Suzon Hyde, American federal agency administrator. Recipient Distinguished Service to State Government award National governments' Association, 1987, Excellence in Case Management award National Case Management Conference, Cincinnati, 1990; named Young Woman of Achievement in Government, National Council Women, New York City, 1984, American Medical Associate Doctor Nathan Davis award, Outstanding Government Service, 2009.


Hyde, Pamela Suzon was born on November 7, 1950 in Thayer, Missouri, United States. Daughter of Gaston Clark Hyde and Leta Vineta (Crass) Sponsler.


Student, Southwest Baptist University, 1970. Bachelor, Southwest Missouri State University, 1972. Juris Doctor, University Michigan, 1976.


Law clerk Vedder, Price, Kaufman, Kammholz, Chicago, 1975. Audio-visual media specialist law school University Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1974-1976. Volunteers in Service to America attorney Ohio State Legal Services Association, Columbus, 1976-1977.

Attorney Ohio Legal Rights Service, 1977-1978, chief mental health unit, 1978-1980, director, 1980-1983, Ohio Department Mental Health, Columbus, 1983-1990, Ohio Department Human Services, Columbus, 1990-1991, Seattle Department Human Services, 1991, Seattle Department Housing and Human Services, 1992—1993. President, Chief Executive Officer ComCare, 1994—1996. Senior consultant Technology Assistant College, 1996—2003.

Secretary New Mexico Human Services Department, 2003—2009. Administrator Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) United States Department Health & Human Services, since 2009. Delaware leader Mental Health Leader's People-to-People tour of Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics and China, 1987.

Member advisory committee Center Community Change, Burlington, Vermont, 1989-1991.


Active Ohio Commodores, Columbus, 1983-1990. Member National Association State Mental Health Program Directors (president 1989-1990), Mac Arthur Foundation Networks on Mental Health Policy Research and Mandated Community Treatment, Women Executives in State Government (founding member).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: hiking, softball, golden retrievers, music.