Meet Our Executive Team
Nick Lyon brings a wealth of community health and human services policy, budget expertise, and department operations to his new role as director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS).
Lyon was named to the position effective April 10 by Gov. Rick Snyder when he announced the new agency in February. It is a merger of the Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH).
Previously, Lyon had served as MDCH director beginning in September 2014, when Gov. Snyder selected him to succeed James K. Haveman. The governor also appointed Lyon as interim DHS director to succeed Maura Corrigan, who retired Dec. 31, 2014.
Prior to becoming MDCH director, Lyon served as the agency’s chief deputy director beginning in 2011. In this role, he upheld the mission of the MDCH by overseeing the day-to-day operations of all of the department’s administrations including Medical Services, which oversees the Michigan Medicaid program; Public Health; Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities; Policy and Planning; and Operations.
Lyon’s other previous state positions include serving as deputy director of the MDCH Operations Administration, deputy director of the MDCH Health Policy and Regulation Administration, director of the Office of Budget Development and General Government within the State Budget Office and finance officer for the Department of Attorney General.
Through his previous experience, Lyon has a distinguished track record of success overseeing and crafting health policy and operations, finance and human resource, and budget development.
Lyon is a 1990 graduate of Yale University where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in economics and political science. He currently lives in Marshall, Mich. with his wife and two children, where he volunteers as a Marshall Soccer Club coach.