Board of Trustees
Robert V. Wingo
Board Director – Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare
President & CEO, Sanders/Wingo Advertising
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.
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.
John L. Hummer, MHA
President – Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine
John L. Hummer is co-founder, executive board director and president of Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine. 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 led 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 Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine.
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.
Dan Arvizu, PhD
Chancellor – New Mexico State University
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.
William T. Baker, DO
Family Medicine & Team Physician – NMSU Athletics
Dr. Baker is a second generation, native Las Cruces, New Mexico, board certified physician. He is chairman of the SW Foundation for Osteopathic Education & Research. 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.
Managing Member –Silavon Healthcare Holdings
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 Burrell, JD
CEO – The Burrell Group
Daniel C. Burrell, the founding chairman of Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine, 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.
Daniel C. Burrell, the founding chairman of Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine, 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.
CEO – Lovelace Medical Center and Heart Hospital of New Mexico
Derrick Cuenca, chief executive officer of Lovelace Medical Center (LMC) and Heart Hospital of New Mexico at Lovelace Medical Center, came to Lovelace Health System in December of 2020.
LMC is the flagship hospital of the Lovelace Health System, dedicated to exceeding patients’ expectations and offering unparalleled health care. It offers New Mexico’s only Gamma Knife Center, specializing in non-invasive brain surgery. LMC is home to a state-of-the-art Cancer Care program, which features the state’s most advanced technology and most experienced team in the fight against cancer. It has also earned The Joint Commission’s certification as a Primary Stroke Center, as well as the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Gold Plus award for commitment to quality patient care.
Derrick brings considerable healthcare experience to this position, most recently serving as CEO of MountainView Regional Medical Center and MountainView Medical Group in Las Cruces, NM, where he was responsible for its 168-bed acute care hospital, a free-standing emergency department, three urgent care clinics, a multi-specialty physician group (120 providers), two joint venture ambulatory surgery centers and 1,600 employees. Derrick oversaw expansion of physician services and specialties, surgical services and the addition of operating rooms to accommodate community need. Finally, he led the executive team, directors and managers to drive operational/quality improvement, receiving the 2019 Quest for Excellence Award in the large hospital category from the New Mexico Hospital Association for advancing patient safety, performance improvement, and quality.
Prior to his role at MountainView, Derrick was CEO of Lake Granbury Medical Center (LGMC) and Lakeside Physicians in Granbury, TX, where he led 700 employees at the 83-bed medical center and physician group. Under his leadership, LGMC improved its CMS ranking from 2 stars to 4 stars.
Derrick earned a bachelor of science degree in healthcare management from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois as well as a master of science degree in health care administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. He served nine years in the United States Navy, earning three Navy and Marine Corps achievement medals.
Joe Davidson, JD
Senior Associate Counsel – Rice Management Co.
John Floros, PhD
President – New Mexico State University
Renowned food scientist and academic leader John Floros became President of New Mexico State University on July 1, 2018. Prior to his current role, he was dean of the College of Agriculture and director of K-State Research and Extension at Kansas State University, where he led the development of a strategic plan, guided the college to record student enrollments, retention and graduation, and nearly 100% placement. As director, he steered K-State Research and Extension – an entity with faculty and staff in five colleges: Agriculture, Arts & Sciences, Engineering, Human Ecology, and Veterinary Medicine – to record extramural funding, with research expenditures of more than $105 Million. Under his leadership the College of Agriculture established the first ever NSF supported Center on Wheat Genomics; and four new Feed-the-Future Labs from USAID on wheat, sorghum and millet, postharvest loss reduction, and sustainable intensification, for a total investment of more than $100M in five years.
Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recognized him for his “distinguished service to the people of U.S.A.” as a member of the Science Board to the FDA. In 2017, he testified in front of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry on “Agricultural Research: Perspectives on Past and Future Successes for the 2018 Farm Bill,” and he recently co-chaired the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, Executive Committee on Science Breakthroughs 2030: A Strategy for Food and Agricultural Research.
Dr. Floros served as professor and head of the department of food science at Pennsylvania State University (2000-12), as professor at Purdue University (1988-2000), and worked as an international industry consultant for more than 35 years. He earned his PhD in food science and technology from the University of Georgia.
Denise Gonzales, MD
Medical Director, Adult Specialties – Presbyterian Medical Group
Denise Gonzales, MD, is the Medical Director Adult Medical Specialties at Presbyterian Medical Group, as well as a pulmonary and critical care physician for Presbyterian Medical Group.
Dr. Gonzales, who works with patients with breathing disorders and those who need critical care, joined the organization in 2007. She was the founding medical director of Presbyterian’s first 21st century hospital, Presbyterian Rust Medical Center. In her role as medical director of Adult Medical Specialties, she leads a group of physicians who deliver highly specialized care to adults.
Dr. Gonzales is a member of the board of The ASK Academy, a science, technology, engineering and math innovation school in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. She has also been inducted as a Fellow in the Society of Critical Care Medicine.
Dr. Gonzales was born and raised along the U.S.-Mexico border in rural southern New Mexico. Her childhood experiences engendered a passion for improving the lives of others, in particular the disadvantaged.
After earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biomedical engineering, she earned her medical degree from the University of New Mexico and completed her residency in internal medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center. She then completed the joint National Institutes of Health and Johns Hopkins Pulmonary and Critical Care fellowship program.
Dr. Gonzales thrives in her hospital-based clinical practice, as a bedside educator and physician leader. Her mission to improve the health of all New Mexicans includes changing the way we deliver care, by using telemedicine to access rural communities and focusing on population health.
Steven C. Hansen
President & CEO – Presbyterian Medical Services
Steven C. Hansen is the CEO and President of Presbyterian Medical Services, a New Mexico based 501 C (3) nonprofit corporation whose mission is to design and deliver quality accessible integrated health, education, and human services in response to identified community needs of the multicultural people of the Southwest. Through his leadership over the past 11 years, PMS has grown to a current budget of $135 million, 1,400 employees, and operations located at distances of over 600 miles, 110 individual sites, and is Joint Commission (JCAHO) accredited. Operations include Primary Care, Behavioral Health Services, Dental, 340B Pharmacy Program, Health Care for the Homeless, Supportive Living, Transportation Services, Native and Traditional Healing Services, and Children’s Services (Head Start and Early Head Start programs).
Prior to joining PMS as the CEO and President in 2007, Steve was the CEO of the Nevada Health Center Inc., Carson City, Nevada, responsible for or all aspects of the corporation including managing and directing the operations of 22 primary care clinic sites with a number of specialities, a budget of $25 million, 325 employees, and operations covering over 600 miles.
Steve received his Bachelor of Science in 1991 from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT in Communication and Business Management and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1993. Over the past 25 years, Steve has served as a board member and chair of many healthcare organizations throughout New Mexico and nationally.
Ronald E. Long
Chief Operating Officer – Rice Management Co.