Substitute Care Advisory Council Members (Council)

The Act establishes 9 appointed members to the Substitute Care Advisory Council.

Four members are representatives of specific state agencies;
Five members are appointed by the Governor.

New Mexico State Agency


Secretary of Health (DOH)
or the secretary’s designee

Secretary of Human Services (HSD)
or the secretary’s designee

Secretary of Finance and Administration (DFA)         
or the secretary’s designee

Secretary of Public Education (PED)
or the secretary’s designee


Appointed by Governor

 Children’s Court Judge


Two public members who have expertise in
the area of child welfare.

Two public members who are at least 18 and no
more than 30 years of age at the time of appointment and who were previously in substitute care.

Current Appointment

Thomas Massaro, M.D., Ph.D.
Chief Medical Officer/School Health Officer

Angela Medrano
Deputy Cabinet Secretary

Renee M. Ward, MHA
Deputy Cabinet Secretary

Laura Henry, Vice-Chair
State Coordinator Migrant Education Program and Foster Care Education Point of Contact

The Honorable Angie K. Schneider, Chair
Twelfth Judicial District



If you are interested in serving on the Substitute Care Advisory Council submit an application: