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.”