- Associated Press - Monday, July 6, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The New Mexico Aging and Long-term Services Department has a new secretary.

Gov. Susana Martinez recently appointed Myles Copeland to the post. He replaces Gino Rinaldi, who is stepping down after more than two years.

Copeland has been the deputy secretary of the department since 2013. Previously, he worked with issues relating to Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementias.

Martinez says Copeland has the right background as an advocate to build on the department’s efforts and to connect older New Mexicans, those with disabilities and their caregivers to critical resources.

Before working with the state, Copeland was the communications and advocacy director for the Alzheimer’s Association. He earned degrees from Whittier College in California and the University of New Mexico.

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