State of New Mexico
Office of the Governor
Contact: Enrique Knell
For Immediate Release
January 25, 2013
Retta Ward Secretary of New Mexico Department of Health;
Gino Rinaldi Appointed Secretary of
Aging and Long-Term Services Department
SANTA FE – Governor Susana Martinez announced today that she has nominated Retta Ward to serve as Secretary of the Department of Health and Gino Rinaldi to serve as Secretary of the Aging and Long-Term Services Department.
Ward will take over the top position at the Department of Health after serving as Secretary of the Aging and Long-Term Services Department since February 2011. She was confirmed unanimously for that position by the New Mexico Senate during the 2012 legislative session.
“As Secretary of the Aging and Long-Term Services Department, Retta Ward has shown a passion for public service and an important understanding of our state’s public health needs,” said Governor Martinez. “I have asked her to take on this new role because I am confident that Ms. Ward will excel as a cabinet secretary for one of New Mexico’s largest state agencies. She is up to the challenge of leading the Department of Health and working to ensure the health and well-being of all New Mexicans.”
In addition to her service as Secretary of the Aging and Long-Term Services Department, Ward has worked as an educator and health professional. She previously managed the Arthritis Program for the Arizona Department of Health Services and worked as a health educator for Albuquerque Public Schools. Prior to her position at ALTSD, Ward taught advanced biology courses and worked as a school administrator in Cave Creek, AZ. Ward earned her undergraduate degree in Health Education from the University of New Mexico and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Arizona.
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