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NHCOA Announces New Board Chair

Hogg Foundation for Mental Health Executive Director Dr. Octavio Martinez sucedes Dr. Tom Nelson as head of NHCOA Board of Directors

 Washington, DC— Today, Dr. Yanira Cruz, President and CEO of the National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA)— the leading organization working to improve the lives of Hispanic older adults, their families, and caregivers— named Dr. Octavio Martinez as the organization’s Board Chair. Dr. Martinez sucedes Dr. Tom Nelson, who served as NHCOA’s Chairman from 2011-2013:

“Octavio has made tremendous contributions to NHCOA since joining the Board of Directors in 2012. Over the years, his insight, commitment, and leadership have been invaluable to the organization and its constituents. On behalf of NHCOA’s Board of Directors, I congratulate Octavio on this new position. We foresee a productive and strong working relationship that will translate into opportunities that will add to the organization’s momentum and future successes,” Dr. Cruz said.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Tom for his multiple years of dedicated leadership on the NHCOA Board. His guidance and strategic vision were beneficial to NHCOA and he will be sorely missed. On behalf of NHCOA and the Board, we wish Tom well in his future endeavors, and are honored to call him a friend and a colleague,” she added.

“I am honored and pleased to be named NHCOA’s Chairman. In light of our current demographic reality, the work NHCOA does is increasingly relevant and important to the future of our country. I look forward to working closely with Dr. Cruz and the NHCOA familia in this new capacity to fulfill the organization’s important mission of working to improve the lives of Hispanic older adults, their families, and caregivers,” said Dr. Martinez.

Dr. Martinez currently is the fifth executive director and the first Hispanic to lead the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health since its creation in 1940. The foundation’s grants and programs support mental health services, research, policy analysis and public education projects in the state of Texas. Dr. Martinez is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a member of the American College of Mental Health Administration, the National Hispanic Medical Association, the American Public Health Association, and the Texas Society for Psychiatric Physicians. He is licensed to practice medicine in Texas and North Carolina and is also on the board of the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities Region VI Health Equity Board.

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NHCOA President and CEO Comments on Annual Board Meeting, Board Changes

Washington, DC – Dr. Yanira Cruz, NHCOA President and CEO, made the following statement regarding the annual Board of Directors meeting, which took place May 4-5, 2011. The annual meeting focused on NHCOA key priorities and implementation of the organization’s business plan. The new NHCOA Board Chair was also announced and a new NHCOA Board Member was officially inducted.

“NHCOA is extremely fortunate to have a board that is not only dedicated to improving the quality of life of Hispanic older adults, their families, and caregivers, but are also actively engaged to ensure the organization can successfully achieve this mission.

“During our productive annual meeting, board members reaffirmed their commitment to the NHCOA’s key priorities as we continue to move forward with our business plan. We also proud to have officially inducted a new board member, Dr. Octavio Martínez, Executive Director of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health in Austin and a clinical professor at The University of Texas at Austin. It is a great honor and privilege to have such a powerhouse join the NHCOA Board of Directors and look forward to his contributions.

“We also appointed a new NHCOA Board Chair. Dr. Thomas C. Nelson, former AARP Chief Operating Officer, will now be at the helm of the NHCOA Board of Directors following a two-year tenure as a NHCOA Board Member.

“We are excited to work with him in this new capacity. His wealth of experience and knowledge are tremendous assets to NHCOA, and under his leadership, we are poised and ready to take the organization to the next level.

“The NHCOA Board of Directors is the bedrock upon which the organization stands, and is supported by their time, expertise, and talent. On behalf of the NHCOA staff, we salute and thank them for their selflessness and servant leadership.

“I also look forward to continue working with this distinguished body to purposefully and dutifully serve our Hispanic older adults, their families, and caregivers so they may have a better tomorrow.”