Kirby Stone, PhD
Senior Proposal Manager
Kirby Stone is a health and human services executive and former state Medicaid director with significant experience developing and implementing programs, impacting strategic organizational culture change, building strong collaborative partnerships, analyzing regulations and developing policy, and managing multimillion-dollar budgets with diverse state and federal funding streams.
For the better part of the past two decades she helped streamline the integration of public-sector health and human service programs, built collaborative partnerships, and improved operational performance outcomes. Her creative business process improvement expertise helps improve efficiencies while creating a unified, multidisciplinary working environment.
Kirby managed the State of South Dakota’s Medicaid program, serving more than 116,000 people annually including the implementation and administration of the health care reform initiatives such as Health Homes, Money Follows the Person, and Home and Community Based Service programs/waivers.
As a seasoned leader with experience in health and human services administration at the state and county level, she specialized in management, strategic planning, organizational growth and change, business process improvement, proactive vs. reactive philosophy, crossing boundaries to create integrated business operations, developing collaborative partnerships, and enhancing customer experience and outcomes.
She earned a PhD in education and human resource studies from Colorado State University, a master’s degree in gerontology from the University of Northern Colorado, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Western State College.
In her free time, Kirby enjoys collecting antique glassware, cooking, golfing, and walking.