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Posted on: January 5, 2024

Pinal County is pleased to announce Merissa Mendoza has been appointed as Director of Public Health

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Pinal County is pleased to announce that Merissa Mendoza has been appointed as Director of Public Health, having served as Interim Director since last February.

Merissa began her Pinal County career in Public Health almost 13 years ago, working in the WIC program. She has served as a Nutritionist, Breastfeeding Coordinator, Nutrition Program Supervisor, and Division Manager for Nutrition and Vital Records.

Merissa earned her Bachelor's Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics at Arizona State University and her Master's in Public Administration at Grand Canyon University. She holds the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant credentials.  

Merissa was appointed to the interim role at the encouragement of the outgoing director, Dr. Tascha Spears. She is being appointed to the permanent role based upon the unwavering support and across-the-board recommendations of her entire leadership.

According to Deputy County Manager, MaryEllen Sheppard, "Merissa represents what we look for most in our County leaders. A person of the highest ethical character who is respectful, empathetic, and who consistently and compassionately focuses on taking the best possible care of each other and our community. When the Public Health leadership team was asked how they would rate Merissa on these attributes, without hesitation, they responded, 'That's her!'"

Merissa also earned a culinary degree at the Scottsdale Culinary Institute, and she enjoys baking, reading, and spending time with her husband and two children.

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