SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez announced Thursday the appointment of Myles Copeland as New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department (ALTSD) cabinet secretary to succeed Secretary Gino Rinaldi, who is leaving his post after more than two years of service.
Copeland has been the deputy secretary of the department since 2013. Previously, he worked with issues relating to Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, and he has a passion for helping the elderly and those who care for them.
“I am grateful to Secretary Rinaldi for his service to New Mexico,” Martinez said. “Deputy Secretary Myles Copeland brings the right background as an advocate on aging issues to build on our efforts and connect critical resources to older New Mexicans, those with disabilities, and their caregivers.”
Before serving as deputy secretary at ALTSD, Copeland was the communications and advocacy director for the Alzheimer’s Association, where he worked with stakeholders throughout New Mexico to support and enhance care for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. He provided leadership to develop and improve caregiver training statewide, and worked with advocates, volunteers, and other stakeholders to keep policy makers informed about the needs of those affected by Alzheimer’s and related dementias, helping to give them a stronger voice in the public policy process.
“I’m grateful for Governor Martinez’s leadership on aging and long-term care issues in New Mexico, as well as for her trust and confidence in my abilities,” Copeland said. “I’m looking forward to continuing to serve New Mexicans in this new position, so that we can continue to improve care, services, and other resources for those who need them the most.”
Copeland also has a background in media, having worked as a reporter and radio producer for nearly 13 years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Whittier College in Whittier, Calif., and a Master of Business Administration in Human Resources and Organizational Behavior from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.