Retta Ward is governor's choice
Gov. Susana Martinez on Friday nominated Retta Ward to be secretary of the Department of Health and Gino Rinaldi to replace Ward as secretary of the Aging and Long-Term Services Department.
Ward, 59, right, has been a member of Martinez's cabinet since early 2011.
“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,” Martinez said. “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."
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 that, Ward taught advanced biology courses and worked as a school administrator in Cave Creek, Ariz.
Rinaldi has served as deputy secretary of the Aging and Long-Term Services Department since October 2011. He has also worked as a senior services administrator for Sandoval County, manager for 60-plus services at St. Joseph’s Healthcare, and social services division manager for Servicios de la Raza, a nonprofit organization addressing human service needs in Denver.