Meet BCOM's Board of Trustees & Institutional Leadership

Board of Trustees

Dan Burrell
Executive Chairman

Daniel C. Burrell is the Founder and CEO of The Burrell Group, LLC a holding company that invests in and operates individual, privately held companies in the education, real estate, natural resources and agricultural sectors. Select holdings of The Burrell Group, LLC include, but are not limited to, Gemini Rosemont Realty, LLC, The Orogrande Garnet Company, LLC, The Orogrande Cattle Company, LLC, West Coast Aggregate, LLC, and The Burrell Colleges of Medicine, LLC.

Mr. Burrell received his Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University, a General Course Degree in International Law from the London School of Economics, and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

Jaime Aguirre
Director

Jaime Aguirre joined Rice Management Company in 2013 as Investment Director for Private Equity and Venture Capital. Previously, Mr. Aguirre was a Principal at Austin Ventures where he focused on growth equity investments and also acted as CFO of a portfolio company. He was previously a Vice President in the technology, media, & telecom investment banking group at Goldman Sachs. Earlier in his career, he worked in the investment banking division of Merrill Lynch as part of the energy group in Houston and the Latin America group in Mexico City. Mr. Aguirre received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and has a Bachelor of Business Administration and Master in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. He serves on the board of Accelerate Learning, Burrell College of Medicine at New Mexico State University, Emerus Hospital Partners, Iora Health, Whittle School & Studios, and Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

John L. Hummer
Executive Director & President

John L. Hummer is co-founder, executive board director and president of BCOM.  He earned his undergraduate degree in economics from Kansas State University under a United States Army scholarship and his master’s degree in healthcare administration from the University of Kansas. He has 20 years of executive leadership experience in the private, investor owned, healthcare industry as well as academic teaching hospitals. He held the CEO position in 12 of his 20 years in the hospital industry. He has developed, expanded, and lead major hospitals in Las Vegas, NV, Washington, DC, New Orleans, LA, Ft. Lauderdale, FL., Las Vegas, NV and Las Cruces, NM. He is a past board member of The Federation of American Hospitals.

His experiences include several academic teaching hospitals. Hummer completed his administrative residency at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, KS, a 760-bed teaching hospital for The University of Kansas Medical School. Early in his career, Hummer served as the chief operating officer for an osteopathic teaching hospital in South Florida providing him with an appreciation for osteopathic medicine. He served as the chief operating officer for The George Washington University Hospital (GW) a major teaching hospital located in our nation’s capital.  Hummer led and negotiated all key provisions and shared service contracts between UHS, Inc. and George Washington University (GWU) under the joint venture with GWU.  His professional experience with graduate medical education (GME) and its critical role within hospitals and communities, coupled with his network of hospital relationships, has and will continue to benefit BCOM.

John serves on the board of directors for the Borderplex Alliance, the regional economic development organization for Southern, NM, El Paso, TX and Ciudad Juarez, MX. He is a director for First American Bank’s Board of Trustees. He is a past chairman of the board for the Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance (MVEDA) and past chairman of the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce. He is also a past president of The Rio Grande Rotary Club.

John and his wife Amy own the largest full service real estate company in Las Cruces – Steinborn Inc. Real Estate offering residential, commercial, property management, development and consulting services.  John and Amy served as co-chairs of Mesilla Valley Hospice’s “Continuing the Dream” Capital Campaign which raised $6.5 million for expansion of hospice facilities.

John, along with his wife Amy and their two sons Alex, and Sam, enjoy New Mexico, active in St. Albert the Great Catholic Church and avid NMSU Aggie supporters.

Chet Burrell
Director

Chet Burrell has had a long career in the government, non-profit and for-profit sectors, much of it focused on healthcare policy, program development and information technology.

Mr. Burrell most recently served as President and Chief Executive Officer of CareFirst BlueCross Blue Shield – the largest health insurer and health benefit services company in the Mid-Atlantic region covering 3.4 million members living in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia. This company, with $15 billion in annual revenue, has the highest market share in the region among private payers at just over 50 percent.

During his tenure with the company from December, 2007 to June, 2018, when he retired from CareFirst, Mr. Burrell led a massive technology upgrade, substantially changed the company organizational structure and management team, modernized product and service offerings and launched one of the largest and longest serving patient centered medical home programs in the United States that substantially slowed the rise in health care costs for CareFirst subscribers and employer groups. This program was built on establishing a central role for primary care providers as the key to overall improvement in quality and cost across all categories of care. On his departure, the company was performing at all time high levels in many areas of its operations.

During his tenure with the company, Mr. Burrell was the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions including Most Admired CEO of a large company (twice), Innovator of the Year, the ICON Award for long standing leadership and impact in the helath field. Mr, Burrell was inducted as a member of the Hall of Fame in the Baltimore area for most impactful community/business leaders whose sustained contributions to the larger community over their careers merit this recognition. Mr. Burrell served on many different industry groups and community boards, often serving as Chair.

Prior to joining CareFirst, Mr. Burrell was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of RealMed Corporation from early 2002 to late 2007. Realmed was, at the time, an Indianapolis-based company that provided extensive online revenue cycle services to nearly 30,000 providers throughout much of the United States. Under Mr. Burrell’s leadership, RealMed became a leading payment related transaction clearinghouse that was a bridge between all types of providers and all government and commercial payers in the United States.

Over the five years that he led the company, RealMed developed sophisticated online services to providers that enabled real time claims adjudication (a first in the health industry) and offered virtually instantaneous responses to providers for a range of patient eligibility, claims status inquiries and payment results from all payers. In so doing, it better enabled providers to understand the patterns in their service billings and, thereby, helped them to operate at higher levels of efficiency.

He led a sharp growth in the company’s business (more than tripling revenue) and brought the business from deep losses to profitability. After Mr. Burrell’s departure, RealMed was sold and became a core component of Availity, which, today is a leading clearinghouse player in the health care field.

Before joining RealMed in 2002, Mr. Burrell was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Novalis Corporation, a groundbreaking managed care and health-technology company he founded that offered operational support to provider-sponsored healthcare networks. This enabled these provider networks to offer health coverage plans directly to employers and individuals in their regional/state markets.

The company was capitalized through a syndicate of private equity firms resulting from fund raising efforts Mr. Burrell led. It developed a model managed care program built upon strong incentives to primary carer providers to control cost within global cost targets – leading to greater overall efficiency and quality in the healthcare delivery system. This was the early version of the program design that ultimately formed the basis of the CareFirst Patient Centered Medical Home Program.

Mr. Burrell developed the company from the idea stage to full operation in the early to late 1990’s, as it entered into relationships with or created large provider sponsored networks often built around academic medical centers that used the technology, services and intellectural property of Novalis as the backbone of their health plan operations. The first of these networks, in 1990, was Preferred Health Network of Maryland, Inc., in Baltimore, a managed health care plan subsequently acquired by CareFirst.

By the time Mr. Burrell sold the company to TriZetto in late 1999, the company was supporting nearly a dozen regional health networks serving approximately 800,000 members.

Earlier, in the mid to late 1980’s, Mr. Burrell served as Executive Vice President of Associated Insurance Companies of Indiana, the predecessor organization that became Anthem BlueCross BlueShield. In this capacity, he exercised oversight and leadership of the managed care and HMO operations of the company and oversaw new innovations in health care financing.

Prior to that, in the mid 1980s, Mr. Burrell was President of the Albany Division of Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield, which, at the time, was the nation’s largest non-profit health insurer in the country serving over 10 million members. Among his responsibilities was oversight and leadership of plan-wide managed care initiatives.

Prior to his Empire experience, he was President and CEO of Blue Cross of Northeastern New York, serving subscribers in Upstate New York and the greater Capital District area in New York.

Mr. Burrell started his career in New York State Government in the 1970s. During a 10-year career with state government in New York, he rose from an intern to serve in various senior-level positions including Executive Deputy Commissioner for the New York State Office of Mental Health; Deputy Director for New York State Office of Health Systems Management (the state’s health regulatory agency) and Senior Budget Examiner in the New York State Governor’s Office, Division of the Budget.

In these various roles he had the opportunity to participate in and shape a wide range of policy areas with an increasing focus on health policy as his government career progressed. He also had broad operational roles in helping to lead two critically important state agencies that were central in carrying out health policy initiatives and laws/regulations of the State.

Dan Arvizu
New Mexico State University Chancellor

Dr. Dan Arvizu became Chancellor and the 28th Chief Executive of the New Mexico State University System (NMSU) on June 1, 2018. NMSU is New Mexico’s land-grant institution founded in 1888 and is presently one of the nation’s foremost Hispanic-serving universities. NMSU is a NASA Space Grant College and is home to the very first Honors College in New Mexico. Dr. Arvizu is the second alumnus and first Hispanic to be hired as the NMSU System Chancellor and Chief Executive. He previously served in various roles at Emerson Collective including Chief Technology Officer, STEM Evangelist, and Senior Advisor. He also currently serves as a Venture Partner for Sustainability for Ridge-Lane Partners, Ltd. and as a Precourt Institute Energy Scholar at Stanford University.

Dr. Arvizu has had a long distinguished career in advanced energy research and development, materials and process sciences, and technology commercialization. He started his career in 1973 at Bell Labs, and after four years transferred to Sandia National Labs, where he spent the next 21 years, 14 years in executive roles. In 1998 he joined CH2M Hill Companies, Ltd for 6 years, his last two years as a CTO. In January of 2005 he was appointed the 8th Director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado and became the first Hispanic Lab Director in the history of any of the 17 U.S. DOE’s National Labs. He retired in December of 2015, and is presently Director Emeritus.

Dr. Arvizu serves on a number of boards, panels and advisory committees including the State Farm Mutual Insurance Board of Directors, the Singapore International Advisory Panel on Energy, and the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy Advisory Council. In 2004 he was appointed by President George W. Bush, and subsequently in 2010 reappointed by President Barack Obama (twice confirmed by the full Senate), to serve six-year terms on the National Science Board (NSB), the governing body of the $7.5 billion National Science Foundation. He was twice elected NSB Chairman by his peers and served in that role for four years (2012-2016) where he testified annually on NSF’s budget before Congress. He was the first Hispanic Chair of the National Science Board, founded in 1950.

He is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Public Administration and in 2016 received the Secretary of Energy’s Exceptional Service Award for more than three decades of energy contributions. He has received numerous awards and recognitions including induction as a member of the U.S. News and World Report STEM Leadership Hall of Fame, induction as a member of the Great Minds in STEM Hispanic Science and Engineering Hall of Fame, and in 2010 was awarded the Hispanic Scientist of the Year, by the Museum of Science and Industry, Tampa, Florida.

Dr. Arvizu has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from New Mexico State University, and a Master of Science and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.

Bernadette Montoya
VP Student Affairs & Enrollment Management – New Mexico State University

Bernadette Montoya has been the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at New Mexico State University since June 2011, and has worked in student services since at NMSU since 1992. At NMSU, she provides oversight to multiple aspects of student services, including financial aid, admissions, student life, career services, health and wellness, multicultural programming, and student records. Montoya also oversees student academic success programs such as tutoring, TRiO-Student Support Services, and study skills programs. Her areas encourage participation in campus life via recreational sports, Greek Life, and student-run organizations, student government, ASNMSU, and our student radio station and newspaper. She also deals with student judicial and accessibility issues. Montoya’s comprehensive understanding of education at all levels reflects her own education and professional career. She both attended and taught at a rural elementary school, and she earned her Associate of Arts from New Mexico State University’s community college in Grants. After completing her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, also from New Mexico State University, she taught elementary school. Montoya received her doctoral degree from the University of New Mexico and earned a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from New Mexico State University.

John Cruickshank, DO
CEO – Lovelace Medical Group

Dr. Cruickshank joined Lovelace Health System in 2010. He has had a diverse and distinguished career in health care that spans nearly 30 years. Among his achievements, Dr. Cruickshank has helped lead physicians, hospitals and health plans in innovative efforts to improve quality. Since joining Lovelace in 2010, Dr. Cruickshank has played an instrumental role in the development of quality improvement efforts.

In addition to a focus on quality measures and improvement across the health plan, he developed a five-touch approach for eliminating gaps in care for medically fragile members and has enhanced partnerships with providers to ensure quality care. Before joining Lovelace, he served as Vice President and Market Medical Officer for Humana Healthcare in Phoenix, where he was responsible for medical operations in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada and Utah. Prior to that, Dr. Cruickshank was Executive Vice President and Chief Quality Officer at IASIS Healthcare in Franklin, Tenn. He also served at CIGNA Healthcare in Phoenix, where he directed operations for a 22-state region as its Western Region Chief Medical Officer.

Dr. Cruickshank is board certified in Family Medicine. He completed post-graduate training at the Chicago Osteopathic Medical Center, earning his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. He earned his Master of Business Administration from Arizona State University. Dr. Cruickshank is also board certified in medical management (CPE) through the American College of Physician Executives.

Dr. Cruickshank has been a recipient of two prestigious awards from the United States Air Force for his distinguished service: the USAF Systems Command Flight Surgeon of the Year Award and the Meritorious Service Medal. He has honored his profession through participation and leadership in various medical associations, including the American Osteopathic Association and the Arizona Osteopathic Association. Dr. Cruickshank was named Albuquerque Business First Top CEO Honoree in 2014.

John Harris
CEO – Memorial Medical Center

Mr. Harris has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Memorial Medical Center in Las Cruces since November, 2013. Harris brings nearly 40 years of senior level healthcare administration experience to MMC and the Las Cruces community. His leadership focus is on developing and executing business strategies, growing service lines and enhancing physician relationships.

Previously, Harris served as Group Vice President of Southern California for UHS, and prior to that he worked with Tenet Healthcare Corporation as President of the Sierra Providence Health Network in El Paso, Texas, from 2006-2012, and as CEO of Tenet’s Lake Pointe Medical Center in Rowlett, Texas, from 2003-2006. Over his career, Harris has served as CEO of hospitals in Texas, Arizona, Washington and Utah. He has served on numerous boards for organizations such as the Regional Economic Development Corporation, Federal Bureau of Investigation in El Paso, and the Board of Development for University of Texas at El Paso. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University and his Master’s in Hospital Administration from the University of Alabama in Birmingham.

Suzan Martinez de Gonzales
Community Member

Suzan Martinez de Gonzales is originally from Colorado, but she has made the State of New Mexico her home. She has a very diverse background that gives her a true understanding and first-hand knowledge of the population we serve; and a commitment to providing culturally appropriate services. Ms. Martinez de Gonzales rejoined La Clinica de Familia as of September 2011. Suzan oversees all Officers and Directors of the Medical, Dental, Behavioral Health, and Community based services. Suzan has worked in several administrative capacities in Community Healthcare for 21 years: serving LCDF as Medical Program Manager beginning in 1993, advancing to Director of Operations, and currently as the CEO. From January 2003 to September 2011 Suzan assumed the duties of Deputy Director of the New Mexico Primary Care Association in Albuquerque, NM. Suzan began her career working 14 years to end violence against women; from 1987 to 1993 Suzan was the Executive Director for La Casa, Inc. in Las Cruces. From 1984 to 1987 Suzan was the Mental Health Domestic Violence Team Leader for Servicios de La Raza, Denver CO. Suzan is a Certified Community Healthcare Executive from the John Anderson School of Management at UCLA, Certified paralegal, Denver Paralegal Institute, receiving her B.A. in Sociology with an emphasis in Social Welfare from Adams State College in Alamosa, CO.

Bill Baker, DO
Family Practitioner & NMSU Athletics Team Physician

Dr. Baker is a second generation, native Las Cruces, New Mexico, board certified physician. Since 1980, he has operated a prominent family medicine practice and is a respected medical leader within the state of New Mexico. He has served as the Chief of the Medical Staff for both MountainView Regional Medical Center and Memorial Medical Center and currently serves on the Board of Directors for MountainView. He is a past board member of the New Mexico Medical Review Board and past president of the New Mexico Osteopathic Medical Association. In addition, Baker is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, the New Mexico Osteopathic Association, the American College of Family Physicians, the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. For over three decades, Baker has served as the lead team physician for NMSU Athletics. For his service, Baker was recently inducted into NMSU’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Dr. Baker attended the University of New Mexico, earning a bachelor’s degree in biology. He received a master’s degree in microbiology from NMSU and obtained is DO degree from the Kansas City College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Derrick Cuenca
CEO — MountainView Regional Medical Center

Derrick Cuenca recently joined MountainView from his very successful market in Granbury, Texas where he was the CEO of Lake Granbury Medical Center, a CHS affiliated facility.
Derrick, a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, is an accomplished healthcare leader with more than 10 years of executive healthcare administrative experience coupled with 9 years of clinical experience as a surgical technician and supervisor. At Granbury, he led the way in expanding the Lake Granbury Medical Center, expanded service lines and physician practices, implemented practices that resulted in numerous JCS Quality certifications, led the hospital to a 4 Star CMS rating and Joint Commission Top Performer in Quality distinction and expanded points of patient access through development of Express Care clinics. From 1997 to 2006, Cuenca served in the United States Navy as a surgical tech and supervisor, including one tour as a medical corpsman in support of US Marines forward deployed in Iraq.
Derrick holds a master’s degree in Health Care Administration from Trinity University and a bachelor’s degree in Health Care Management from Southern Illinois University.
Derrick, his wife, Nicole, along with son’s Tanner and Parker now reside in Las Cruces and are actively engaging with our community.

Robert V. Wingo
Chairman, Las Palmas del Sol Healthcare System

Bob Wingo joined Sanders\Wingo in 1983. In the decades since, Bob’s commitment to authenticity and excellence has fueled the Sanders\Wingo team to expand the agency’s presence from El Paso across Texas to Austin, and into regional offices in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
The years he spent devoted to client-side marketing have made him a trusted authority for many current and former clients. He intuitively understands how to match talent and capabilities to client needs. His leadership has been prized by clients like AT&T, Burger King, Chevrolet, KFC, State Farm Insurance, the United States Postal Service and Shell Oil.
Generosity with his knowledge and experience has led to a wealth of civic involvement and public service over the course of his career. In the 1990s, Texas Governor George W. Bush made Bob a member of the Finance Commission of Texas. In January of 2004, Texas Governor Rick Perry appointed Bob to the Texas Economic Development Corporation Board, where he served as president. Governor Perry also appointed Bob to a position on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
On a national scale, Bob sat on the board of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Foundation. Bob is a long standing member of HCA Las Palmas Del Sol’ Healthcare Board of Trustees and is currently serving as its Chairman.
Many organizations have honored Bob for his contributions to the community and to the fields of marketing and advertising. One of the most notable testaments to Bob’s leadership has been the recognition of Sanders\Wingo as Black Enterprise 2009 Advertising Agency of the Year.
In 2013, The University of Texas at El Paso and its Alumni Association honored Bob Wingo as one of their Distinguished Alumni.

Institutional Leadership

Don N. Peska, DO
Dean and Chief Academic Officer

Don N. Peska, DO, MEd, FACOS, Dean & Chief Academic Officer, Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine at New Mexico State University is a highly respected educator and academic leader within the osteopathic medical school profession. Most recently (2009 – 2017), Dr. Peska served as the Dean of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Ft. Worth Texas (TCOM). He started his academic career at TCOM in 1982 as an Assistant Clinical Professor and was promoted to the positions of Associate Professor, Assistant Dean for Clinical Education, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Dean for Educational Programs. He also served as the Chief Medical Officer for UNT Health. Dr. Peska also served as a Residency Director for Vascular Surgery. Dr. Peska’s honors include: Distinguished Osteopathic Surgeon from American College of Osteopathic Surgeons (ACOS), President’s Service Award from ACOS and the MeadJohnson Fellow in General Surgery. Prior to academia, Dr. Peska had a successful private practice in cardiothoracic and vascular surgery.

Dr. Peska received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. He obtained his Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Cincinnati (Ohio). He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY. He completed residencies in general surgery and thoracic cadiovascular surgery. He is board certified in general surgery, general vascular surgery and thoracic-cardiovascular surgery from the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery. Dr. Peska is a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners. He has also served as a member of the Research Advisory Committee of the National Resident Match Program (NMRP) in Washington, DC and accreditation surveyor for the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA).

An accomplished researcher and lecturer, Dr. Peska is a visiting faculty member at the Harvard-Macy Institute at Harvard University. The Harvard-Macy institute is an inter-professional, international incubator for innovators in health care education. The institute takes a collegial “think tank” approach to continuing professional development, bringing together diverse perspectives in health care education. It inspires participants to examine their own assumptions and behaviors in a new light, leading to fresh approaches to their careers and their capacity as leaders of organizational change.

Under Dr. Peska’s leadership at TCOM, he and his team successfully increased the overall class size and established the TCOM Academy of Medical Educators. The Academy provides protected time for faculty to attend to their teaching assignments and brings them together each week for their own development. They participate in a longitudinal curriculum that provides in-depth discussion in the learning sciences and coursework that includes theory, instructional design, assessment, skills training, technology, and other facets of curriculum delivery. Time is dedicated for reflective dialogue on outcomes of recent courses and sharing of best practices. The Academy members were responsible for modernizing and integrating the curriculum. The overall success of the academy and other leadership strategies contributed to achieving excellent outcomes for TCOM’s students and an increase in overall faculty and institutional pride. Since inception TCOM students have exceeded the national means for first attempt passage and total scores on all levels of COMLEX-USA, the licensing board exam required of all graduates of osteopathic medical schools. Additionally, the majority of TCOM students sit for USMLE Step 1 where they also performed at or above the national average of all allopathic medical schools.

Dr. Peska’s Perspective on Medical Education: “Although comfortable with and experienced in clinical practice management and oversight of a modest research enterprise, my core interests are in curriculum and instruction and team development. The application of evidence-based principles of learning to medical education has enhanced institutional effectiveness at TCOM. With several complimentary degree programs on the health science center campus and in the community TCOM has successfully partnered internally and externally to promote inter-professional practice. Our team has been invited to present its strategies and outcomes in the United States and overseas.” – Don N. Peska, DO, MEd, FACOS

Jennifer Taylor, MBA
Chief Financial Officer,
Vice President of Administration/Finance

Jennifer joined BCOM in January 2015 as CFO, following a career of over 30 years in financial administration and accounting. She began her career in public accounting, and held numerous positions of increasing responsibility at New Mexico State University, culminating in the position of Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration. Following her retirement from this position in 2010, she rejoined NMSU as a faculty member in the Department of Accounting and Information Systems. She holds a Bachelor of Accountancy and an MBA

George Mychaskiw II, DO
Vice President of Development and External Relations

Dr. Mychaskiw, is a board-certified, practicing pediatric cardiac anesthesiologist with over 20 years of experience, having completed medical school at the Kansas City College of Osteopathic Medicine and anesthesiology residency and fellowships at the Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Mychaskiw has an extensive background in health policy and medical education and is a graduate of the AOA’s Health Policy Fellowship.

As the visionary behind an osteopathic medical school being established in southern New Mexico to address the shortage of physicians in the Southwestern U.S. and Northern Mexico and diversify the physician workforce, Dr. Mychaskiw initiated a compilation of influential leaders to make this vision a reality. In 2013, the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) was established with Founding Dean & Chief Academic Office Mychaskiw at the helm of the academic arm of the medical school. The public/private partnership of New Mexico State University and BCOM was an integral factor in receiving the approval of the American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation to admit BCOM’s first class. In 2016, BCOM’s inaugural class of 162 arrived in Las Cruces, New Mexico to begin their dream of attending medical school. In 2018, Dr. Mychaskiw stepped into the role of Vice President of Development & External Relations to continue his acumen at developing new opportunities for BCOM.

In 2012, Dr. Mychaskiw was selected as the Founding Chair of Anesthesiology and Anesthesia Medical Director of Perioperative Services at the new Nemours Children’s Hospital, in Orlando, Florida. A $400 million dollar project of the AI DuPont Charitable Trust, Nemours Children’s Hospital is the first new children’s hospital to be built in the U.S. in nearly 40 years.

Before leading this project, Dr. Mychaskiw served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at Drexel University, the largest medical school in the U.S. At Drexel, Dr. Mychaskiw developed numerous new service lines and was able to balance a budget in a department that, before his arrival, was losing $13 million dollars per year.

Additionally, Dr. Mychaskiw has served as Vice Chair of Anesthesiology at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine, where he led the opening of a new pediatric operating facility and development of a pediatric cardiac surgery program. An authority in osteopathic medical education, Dr. Mychaskiw has authored over 100 articles and book chapters, including works on hospital, medical school and operating room management. He has given hundreds of lectures around the world and is an authority on medical and educational administration in the U.S. and developing world.

Jeff Harris
Assistant Vice President of Administration/Chief Information Officer

Jeff Harris joined BCOM from the Las Cruces Public Schools, where he served as the Executive Director of Technology Support Services for the 2nd largest school district in New Mexico.  His career has been focused on the design and development of large scale data systems and the use of technology to enhance education. He has previously held leadership positions with NMSU, Region 19 Education Service Center (Texas), and in several large consulting projects across New Mexico & Texas with his firm Harris & Associates Technology Group, LLC. His recent focus has been leveraging technology for staff, student learning, and building safety systems.  He is the Past-President and an Emeritus member of the NM Council of Higher Education in Computing and Communication Systems (NM-CHECS) and a board member of the New Mexico Technology in Education (NM-TIE) group that hosts the largest educational technology conference in New Mexico.  He is an Electrical Engineering graduate of NMSU and a long-time resident of Las Cruces.

Robert Ketchum, Ph.D
Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Pre-Clinical Education, Professor of Biomedical Sciences

Dr. Ketchum comes to BCOM from the College of Osteopathic Medicine of Rocky Vista University, in Parker, Colorado, where he served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences and as Director of Research and Scholarly Activity. An accomplished researcher in the areas of diabetes, isolation of pancreatic islets, and cellular transplantation, having served as the Director of the GMP cell processing lab at the University of Virginia, which prepared insulin-producing pancreatic islet cells for clinical transplantation. Dr. Ketchum is a graduate of Brigham Young University (BS, Zoology, ‘82) the University of Minnesota (PhD, Anatomy, ’89). He was on the founding faculty of the Pikeville University, School of Osteopathic Medicine and was with Rocky Vista since its inception. Dr. Ketchum played a significant role in Rocky Vista University’s curriculum re-sequencing in 2010, which has proven to be very effective and successful in the training and placement of its graduates into residency training programs. (Rocky Vista University is the only other medical school to share BCOM’s proprietary status and tax structure.) As Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Ketchum will be accountable for the development and implementation of BCOM’s curriculum and assurance of student progress and success.

Oliver W. Hayes, DO, FACEP
Senior Associate Dean of Clinical Education

Dr. Hayes is a nationally-known authority on clinical education of medical students and medical residents. He joins BCOM from the Genesys Healthcare System in Grand Blanc, Michigan, where he serves as the Designated Institutional Official and is accountable for the accreditation and operation of their graduate medical education programs, that is, residency training. Dr. Hayes has written extensively on development of graduate medical education and has been instrumental in the development of hundreds of new residency training positions in the US. Dr. Hayes is board- certified in emergency medicine and also holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health Administration.

Tania B. Arana, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Student Affairs
Associate Professor of Biomedical Science

Dr. Tania Arana is a behavioral neuroscientist and joins BCOM from the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine – Texas Tech University @ El Paso, where she was one of the founding faculty members and deeply involved in the development of the school. Dr. Arana most recently chaired their Admissions Committee as well as the Committee on Diversity. She received her PhD in experimental psychology from the University of Ottawa and is widely published in the area of educational methods and behavioral neuroscience. With relatives in Chihuahua, Mexico, Dr. Arana brings a wealth of local cultural experience to BCOM and is uniquely suited to help the school accomplish its mission of increasing the number and diversity of the local healthcare workforce.

Christa Vaudrey, MAEd
Vice President of Enrollment Services

Christa Vaudrey, MA Ed, is an Education Specialist and Vice President for Enrollment Services at Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine where she has worked to support the students, faculty and staff since it’s inaugural opening in 2016. Ms. Vaudrey has degrees in Education and Educational Leadership and Administration earned from New Mexico State University. In addition, she participated in the Darden/Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education and the UVA School Turnaround Program at the University of Virginia dedicated to establishing the school system conditions that set the stage for change and to building transformative leadership capacity to achieve that change. Her educational areas of emphasis include data analysis that leads to instructional and learning improvement, evaluation, observation and feedback, and supervision and leadership. Throughout her career, Ms. Vaudrey has been an educator, principal, specialist and director dedicated to the improvement of learning from both the educator perspective as well as the student perspective.

Cindy Funk, PhD
Assistant Dean of Student Assessment

Cindy Funk, Ph.D., anatomist and neuroscientist, joined Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2016 as one of the inaugural faculty members. Prior to her position at BCOM, Dr. Funk was a founding faculty member at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine where she served as member of the anatomy faculty and as Phase Director of the year 1 curriculum. As phase director, Dr. Funk contributed to the assessment, evaluation, and delivery of the medical curriculum. At BCOM, in her role as Assistant Dean of Student Assessment, Dr. Funk can continue to contribute to a culture of utilizing assessment data to make continual improvements to student learning and outcomes. Dr. Funk’s scholarly activity pursuits include the neurobiology of drug and alcohol addiction. She received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from Texas A&M University and conducted postdoctoral research at the Scripps Research Institute and at the University of Bordeaux.

Justin McHorse, M.S.
Assistant Vice President of Multicultural Inclusion

Justin McHorse is originally from Taos Pueblo, NM, where he graduated from Taos High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College where he double majored in Native American Studies and English. Upon graduating from Dartmouth, Justin participated in the Institute for Recruitment of Teachers at Phillips Academy Andover.

After his summer in Andover, MA, he served as the Assistant Director of Admissions at Proctor Academy in Andover, NH, and then as the Diversity Outreach Coordinator for The Advent School in Boston, MA. Justin then headed to West Lafayette, IN, to study at Purdue University. He graduated with a M.S. in Education with a specialization in Higher Education Administration.

Following his graduate study at Purdue University, Justin accepted a position offer from Cornell University where he served as the Assistant Director of Diversity Programs in Engineering. One of his noted roles was as the advisor for the university’s chapters of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE).

As it was always one of Justin’s goals to return to his home state of New Mexico, he welcomed the opportunity to serve as the Director of the American Indian Program at New Mexico State University. As the director, Justin strived to provide a positive climate that supports the recruitment, retention, and graduation rates of American Indians in the pursuit of a higher education.

To highlight one Justin’s accomplishments as the director, he played a key role in facilitating the construction and completion of the new American Indian Student Center at NMSU, which opened its doors in early 2011. Upon being satisfied that he contributed to the advance of the American Indian Program for the benefit of the students, Justin was open to new opportunity for growth and advancement.

In 2015, Justin joined the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) team as the Assistant Dean for Multicultural Affairs, Marketing and Communications. In his role, he employs the use of cultural knowledge and humility to help BCOM establish a culturally diverse, supportive and inclusive environment where students, faculty, staff and administrators are valued members of the community. As of 2018, Justin continues to promote the benefit of cultural diversity and sustain the sense of community BCOM has created as the Assistant Vice President for Multicultural Inclusion.

David Osborne Ph.D.
Assistant Dean of Pre-Clinical Education

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