Congratulations to past Keswick President & CEO Carmel Roques

Congratulations to past Keswick President & CEO Carmel Roques on her appointment as Maryland Secretary of Aging! Cheers to another solid choice by Governor-elect Wes Moore in a cabinet of experts in their field. In my role as current President and CEO of Keswick, and former VP of Community Health at Keswick under Carmel’s leadership from 2016-2019, and as Immediate Past Board Chair of LeadingAge Maryland, I wholeheartedly support this excellent choice for ALL older Marylanders… of today and tomorrow.

Carmel Roques understands both the determinants that get in the way of aging well AND the power we each hold in our own aging future, with leadership experience across the socio-economic spectrum in senior living, post-acute and long-term care, and community health. She uses her voice in the many rooms, and realms both public and private, that affect our aging present and future – in health care, aging services, housing – with a perspective that understands the need for systems that simply make more sense, particularly for underserved communities. In imagining what becomes possible when experts are positioned to make real change, like Laura Herrara-Scott as our new Secretary of Health, and Carmel Roques as Secretary of Aging, I see logic, innovation, collaboration, and great hope.

LeadingAge Maryland had encouraged the Governor-elect to appoint a Secretary who will clearly and consistently serve as a voice for older Marylanders, in partnership with others. LeadingAge Maryland is ready. Keswick is ready. Yes, let us all be fast, bold and fearless. Thank you for your choice, Governor-elect Moore – and Congratulations! What a week for Maryland!

Aileen McShea Tinney
President & CEO, Keswick