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The League of Women Voters invites the public to Lunch with a Leader, 11:45 a.m. Sept. 17 at the Mesa Public Library.
The third Tuesday of each month will the new meeting time. The speaker the month will be Kimberly Gabaldon, the Los Alamos County Community Services Department division manager.
Gabaldon is Los Alamos County’s first Social Services Manager. She served as the Native American Liaison for the Behavioral Health Services Division for the last five years before coming to Los Alamos.
Prior to that she served as a policy analyst for the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care for the province of Ontario, where she is from.
She has also worked for many years as a consultant on health related issues to the Union of Ontario Indians, a tribal consortium.
She has a master’s degree in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and a master’s degree in counseling from Lesley University.
Gabaldon took over the management of the Health Care Assistance Program that is transitioning from the Office of Management and Budget to Community Services.
She will also be coordinating the Community Health Council and managing existing social services contracts, and identifying needs that can be met with new or different contracts.
The division is also in discussions to support the DWI Council’s coordination. Gabaldon’s goal is to coordinate County services from a single location.
She lives in Santa Fe with her husband and stepson. “A friend that I had met in Cambridge found me back in Toronto, and asked if I was interested in a job in New Mexico,” Gabaldon said. Although I was born outside Montreal, Quebec, and grew up outside Toronto, Ontario, I’d been drawn to the Southwest in recent years.”
She will be talking with the group about ‘the journey so far’ developing the Social Services Division. Things that have already been done in LA County to improve upon social services, areas that she would like to address in the year ahead and some important changes in Health Care Reform.