Meet BCOM’s Board of Trustees & Institutional Leadership

Board of Trustees

Dan-Burrell_2x3Dan 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 serves as Chairman or Executive Chairman of each of these companies.

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. Mr. Burrell and his wife Katherine are the co-founders of the New Mexico Leadership Institute, a non-profit scholarship and educational program that in partnership with UNM and NMSU, the state’s two flagship universities, supports entrepreneurship and innovation in New Mexico.

Mr. Burrell is also the Founder and Chairman of The Burrell Institute for Health Policy and Research, a regional non-profit organization focused on a multidisciplinary approach to the analysis of health care access disparity, delivery systems, public policy and educational programming in the Borderland region of the Southwestern United States.

Jaime-Aguirre_2x3Jaime 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 the Austin Children’s Museum, Emerus Hospital Partners, Iora Health, Energy Logistics Partners, Molecular Match, and Accelerate Learning.

Chet-Burrell_2x3Chet Burrell
Director

Since 2007, Chet Burrell has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield serving Washington DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia. The company is the largest private health plan and health insurance carrier in the mid-Atlantic region with $10 billion in annual revenues serving 3.4 million people in the region. The company is a leader in managed care models built around primary care physicians and operates the largest single patient centered medical home program in the U.S. with primary care physicians at its core. This program has also become the subject of a major public private partnership with the federal government to create a common model that would serve the Medicare population and the commercial population in the region and serve as a model for the nation.

Prior to joining CareFirst, Burrell was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of RealMed Corporation, a provider of online claims processing services for the health care industry. It is, today, among the largest health care electronic clearinghouses in the U.S.
Before joining RealMed, Burrell served as founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Novalis Corporation, a managed care technology and consulting company that he developed from the idea stage to an organization serving over 800,000 members throughout the eastern half of the U.S. The company partnered with large, regionally-based managed care networks of health care providers centered on leading academic and medical centers, enabling them to offer their own managed care plans.

Prior to Novalis, Burrell served as Executive Vice President of Associated Insurance Companies of Indiana, the predecessor organization that became Anthem BlueCross BlueShield and now WellPoint. He had responsibility for directing AICI’s managed care operating subsidiary companied. Before joining Anthem, 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. Among other areas, the Albany Division served the company’s largest single account (the NYS Employees Program with one million enrollees) as well as all managed care programs operated by the company. Prior to his Empire experience, he was President and CEO for Blue Cross of Northeastern New York, serving subscribers in Upstate New York.

In addition to his private sector health care experience, Burrell has also served in the public sector. During a 10-year career with state government in New York, he served 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 New York State Governor’s Staff, Division of the Budget.

Carruthers_2x3Garrey Carruthers
President – New Mexico State University

Garrey Carruthers who grew up and attended public schools in Aztec, New Mexico, has been involved with NMSU for 50 years, as a student, faculty member, Dean and President. Carruthers earned his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from New Mexico State University and his Ph.D. in Economics from Iowa State University. He has spent most of his academic and business career focusing on business/economic development and education. Carruthers is the former Governor of the State of New Mexico, having been elected to office in 1987. Earlier in his career he was a White House fellow serving as a Special Assistant to the Secretary of Agriculture and later, in President Reagan’s administration, as the Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Dr. Carruthers private sector experience includes participation in the founding of Cimarron Health Plan in 1993, where he served as president and CEO. He serves on the Boards of Molina Health Care, First National Bank of New Mexico, and Advanced Health Care Hospital of Southern New Mexico. Carruthers was also the Dean of the NMSU College of Business from 2003 to 2010.

George-Mychaskiw_2x3George Mychaskiw, DO
Founding Dean & Chief Academic Officer
Ex-Officio Member

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.

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.

John-Harris_2x3John 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.

Bill-Baker_2x3Bill 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

Bob-Wingo_2x3Robert 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.

John-Hummer_2_2x3John Hummer
Executive Director & President

John 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 aH 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.

John-Jetter_2x3John Jetter
Director

John Jetter is a globally recognized investment banker, natural resources project and investment manager, and private entrepreneur with more than 30 years of experience. After leaving the law practice of Purvis & Purvis in 1981, John spent the next 12 years of his career at Rio Tinto, where he held a number of senior management positions, most notably as the head of the company’s steel division in Germany and later as general manager of finance in Australia. John left Rio Tinto to join J.P. Morgan in 1992, where he became the Co-Head of Project Advisory for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Following this position, John was made head of investment banking for Austria, Germany, and Switzerland before finally accepting the role as CEO of J.P. Morgan, Germany. John was a member of J.P. Morgan’s European Executive Committee, the firm’s management and decision making body for the whole of Europe.

In addition, from 1996 until 2006, John was actively involved in the governance of the European Business School, one of the top 3 rated privately funded business schools in Germany. During that time John was both Chairman of the EBS Finance Faculty and Deputy Chairman of the Board of Governors, providing John with extensive experience in the governance of a leading private academic institution.

During his 15 years at J.P. Morgan, John focused on a wide variety of major projects and transactions, which included deals in the natural resource and energy sectors. John left J.P. Morgan to form a private family office that specializes in direct investments in resources and energy. Most recently, John became Executive Chairman of Burrell Western Resources, LLC an operating mining company that produces clean abrasives for use in a broad range of industrial applications. He is currently a Board Member of Otto Energy, Ltd and Venture Minerals, Ltd, both of which are publicly listed Australian companies. Otto energy is an operating oil and gas company with oil production in the Philippines. Venture Minerals is currently developing a tin, tungsten and magnetite deposit and is due to go into production in early 2014.

Angela-Throneberry_2x3Angela Throneberry
Sr. VP Administration & Finance – New Mexico State University

Ms. Throneberry is the current Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance at New Mexico State University. Ms. Throneberry has been with the University over 20 years and held numerous positions including Associate Vice President for Administration and Finance, Assistant Vice President for Auxiliary Services, Director of Financial Operations, and Assistant Athletics Director. Prior to joining NMSU, Ms. Throneberry worked in public accounting with both KPMG Peat Marwick and Arthur Andersen. Ms. Throneberry is an NMSU graduate and Certified Public Accountant.

John-Cruickshank_2x3John 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.

Suzan-Martinez-de-Gonzales_2x3Suzan Martinez de Gonzales
CEO – La Clinica de Familia

Suzan Martinez de Gonzales, Chief Executive Officer, 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.

Denten-Park_2x3Denten Park
CEO — MountainView Regional Medical Center

Denten has been MountainView’s Chief Executive Officer since October, 2009, after joining the organization in June, 2008, as its Chief Operating Officer. Denten has held previous leadership positions at Payson Regional Medical Center in Arizona as Associate CEO, and interim CEO of Mountain West Medical Center in Tooele, Utah. He also was the Administrator at both a long- term care facility and a center for developmentally disabled in Wyoming. Denten received his B.S. of Business Management at Utah State University, and his MBA at New Mexico State University. Denten demonstrates personal commitment to our Las Cruces community and the healthcare business sector. At MountainView, Denten is known as a visionary and strong leader, which has been instrumental in MountainView’s recent successes.

Jennifer-Taylor_2x3Jennifer Taylor, MBA
Ex-Officio Board Member

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.

Institutional Leadership

John-Hummer_2_2x3John Hummer
President

John 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 aH 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.

Jennifer-Taylor_2x3Jennifer Taylor, MBA
Chief Financial Officer,
Vice President for 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.

Bob-Ketchum_2x3Robert Ketchum, Ph.D
Senior Associate Dean for 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.

Mike-Morehead_2x3Michael Morehead, EdD
Associate Dean for Administration,
Learning, Evaluation and Outcomes

Dr. Michael Morehead is currently the Dean for the College of Education at New Mexico State University. Upon his retirement from NMSU in 2015, he will join BCOM’s leadership team.
Originally from St. Louis, Mo., Morehead has a bachelor’s in education, a master’s in educational administration and a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Missouri in Columbia. Prior to joining the NMSU College of Education in 1992, he worked in administrative roles at Northern Arizona University and Emporia State University. He has been an educator since 1971, including teaching at the middle- and high-school level and serving as an administrator in secondary schools.

Morehead’s primary research involves teacher education, program quality, student internships and accreditation; all of which will benefit the growth and development of BCOM. Morehead has been instrumental in establishing linkages and outreach initiatives that foster collaboration between higher education and public schools. Morehead has been instrumental in establishing the Alliance for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning – a collaborative among New Mexico State University, K-12 education and other agencies that support teaching and learning in New Mexico. Additionally, Morehead has been instrumental in the planning for the Early College High School in Las Cruces.

In the area of teacher education he has assisted in creating a more field based teacher education program where students increase their time in classrooms prior to graduation. He has also led the college in developing more business partnerships and in expanding collaboration with community agencies that provide services to children and families. During his tenure as an educator Dr. Morehead consistently seeks collaborative and innovative strategies to meet the needs of the communities he serves.

Tania-Arana_2x3Tania B. Arana, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Admissions and 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.

LeAnn-Jons-Cox_2_2x3Leann Jons-Cox, DO

Assistant Dean for Osteopathic Integration
Associate Professor, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine

Dr. Jons-Cox joins BCOM from Rocky Vista University, where she was one of the founding faculty members and greatly involved in the development of the school. During her time there, Dr. Jons-Cox served as chair and associate professor of the Osteopathic Principles and Practices department, director for the second year OPP course and the OPP elective course, and director of the third and fourth year Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) curriculum. She also served as director of the Osteopathic Focused Track residency program and director of the Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine +1 residency program at the Rocky Mountain OPTI/Sky Ridge Medical Center. She has taught OMM throughout the continuum of first year of the medical school curriculum through residency. She served on numerous committees and chaired the Faculty Council and the Faculty Promotions and Credentialing Committee. She served as advisor for the Student American Academy of Osteopathy, the American Osteopathic College of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and the Christian Medical and Dental Association. She currently holds a position for the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME) as a SOAP Note rater for the COMLEX II PE and was on  the NBOME Standard Setting Panel for COMLEX I and IICE in 2014. Dr. Jons-Cox is known for her innovative approaches to osteopathic medical education through her development of individualized osteopathic education labs, track labs, and competency portfolios. She is published internationally on the concept of self-directed learning in the osteopathic lab setting.

Dr. Jons-Cox graduated from the Kansas City University of Health and Biosciences in 2000. She completed an osteopathic internship at Cuyahoga Falls General Hospital (now Western Reserve Hospital), 21 months of an anesthesiology residency program at the Cleveland Clinic, and an Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine/Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine residency at the University of New England. She was in private practice for three years before beginning her academic medicine career.

George-Mychaskiw_2x3George Mychaskiw, DO
Founding Dean and Chief Academic Officer

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.

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_2x3Jeff 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.

Oliver-Hayes_2x3Oliver W. Hayes, DO, FACEP
Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Education,
Professor of Clinical Sciences

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.

Hugo-Vilchis_2x3Hugo Vilchis, MD, MPH
Associate Dean for Population Health
Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences

Nancy-Minugh-Purvis_2x3Nancy Minugh‐Purvis, PhD
Associate Dean for Graduate Education,
Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology

Dr. Minugh-Purvis comes to the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine after serving as Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Director of the Division of Pre‐Medical and Pre‐health programs at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia.  She earned her BA in Anthropology and Latin American Studies from the University of New Mexico and PhD in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania.  She joined the Medical College of Pennsylvania, now Drexel University College of Medicine, as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy in1991.  Dr. Minugh‐Purvis has also served as Director of Gross Anatomy at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and Director of Advanced Gross Anatomy at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, now the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.  She served the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as an executive of the Humanity Gifts Registry the state’s anatomical body donation program for medical education–from 2008 to 2015.  Dr. Minugh-Purvis brings with her 31 years of clinical experience in patient care as growth specialist for the Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Teams in the Division of Plastic Surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

 

In the area of medical and pre‐medical education, Dr. Minugh‐Purvis’ experience includes curriculum development, student career advisement, and teaching in the various anatomical sciences at the medical and graduate levels.  She is the recipient of awards for her teaching in medical gross anatomy at both Drexel and the University of Pennsylvania. While at Drexel, she administered the largest post-baccalaureate/medical preparatory program in the nation. Drawing on her original training in Anthropology, she emphasizes the importance of human diversity and cultural competencies in all aspects of medical education, and has developed and instructed courses in medical Spanish.

 

Dr. Minugh-Purvis’ research examines craniofacial growth and development and skeletal morphogenesis from numerous perspectives. Her published work in this area includes the characterization of growth patterns specific to children with craniofacial syndromes and oro‐facial clefts; examinations of the Upper Pleistocene evolution of the human craniofacial complex; and the molecular biology underpinning aspects of skeletal morphogenesis and developmental variation.

Justin-McHorse_2x3Justin McHorse, M.S.

Chief of Staff, Assistant Dean for 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.

Justin is excited to join 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 competence to help BCOM establish a culturally diverse, supportive and inclusive environment where students, faculty, staff and administrators are valued members of the community.