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For a lot of people, retirement is something to look forward to. For Bernadette Quintana, the manager at the Los Alamos Motor Vehicle Division, retirement is a bittersweet thought.
Though she has been planning retirement since this summer, she has yet to actually take the leap into the retiree pool.
Quintana, a Santa Cruz native, has worked for the MVD for approximately 23 years, but has worked for the state since 1982.
She began her career working for the Fire Marshall’s office, where she spent two years as a data entry clerk. She also worked with other state agencies before transferring to the MVD.
She worked with the Taxation and Revenue Department, as well with the medical assistance office. She eventually transferred to the MVD, where she has been ever since.
“I have a passion for working with people,” Quintana said. She said that she realized her passion at a young age, when she and her sister would play office. She said that they would set their dolls up and pretend they were customers, and pretend they were working in an office.
She also said it was at that time that her sister realized her dream of becoming a hair stylist. “She’d cut her dolls’ hair and cry later because it wouldn’t grow back. She’s a successful stylist today,” Quintana said.
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