Aldona Wos

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Aldona Zofia Wos

Aldona Zofia Wos (born 1955 in Warsaw, Poland)[1] is a physician who was the United States Ambassador to Estonia from 2004 until early December 2006. She was the fifth U.S. ambassador to Estonia since that country regained independence in 1991.

She was born in Warsaw, Poland. Wos has a medical degree from Warsaw Medical Academy. She is the daughter of Paul Zenon Wos, a Flossenbürg concentration camp survivor. Wos is a member of the American College of Physicians, the American Women's Medical Association, the American College of Chest Physicians, the Medical Society of the State of New York, the North Carolina Medical Society, and the Greater Greensboro Society of Medicine. As a physician, Wos prided herself on her work in the field of preventing HIV and AIDS. Wos moved from New York City to Greensboro, North Carolina in 1997 when her husband, Louis DeJoy, took over New Breed Logistics a company started by his father Dominick DeJoy Sr. in 1968.[2]

In North Carolina, she became an avid Republican Party fund-raiser. She was appointed North Carolina State Chair of Women for Senator Elizabeth Dole, and the North Carolina Finance Co-Chair for the 2004 Bush-Cheney presidential campaign. President George W. Bush appointed her to two terms on the United States Holocaust Memorial Council.[3]

As ambassador to Estonia, she helped organize the state visit of President Bush to Estonia, which took place on 27th and 28 November 2006.[4]

She left her diplomatic post in late 2006.[5] [4] The U.S. Embassy in Estonia announced that her successor would be Stanley Davis Phillips. He was sworn in on April 16, 2007.[6]

In 2012, North Carolina Governor-elect Pat McCrory appointed her to his Cabinet as Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.[7] Wos declined her $128,000 salary and was instead paid a token $1.[8] In April 2013, Wos lectured reporters on the dangers of government transparency, saying it gets in the way of people doing their jobs. The department should not be asked about its plans, she said. “I think the word transparency can get pretty dangerous,” Wos said. “Because what does transparency mean? If transparency means that we’re in a planning process and you’re asking us, ‘Tell us all the things you’re planning,’ well, my goodness, allow us to work, and then we’ll give you everything that you want.”[9] Under Wos, the new NCTracks program mailed the private medical information of almost 49,000 children to the wrong addresses.[10] She resigned in August of 2015.[11]

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Joseph M. DeThomas
United States Ambassador to Estonia
2004–2006
Succeeded by
Stanley Davis Phillips