Board of Trustees
John Harris, MHA
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.
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.
John L. Hummer, MHA
Trustee & Secretary (Ex-officio)
Co-founder & President – Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine
Chief Executive Officer – 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.
Robert V. Wingo
Trustee & Past Chairman
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.
Ceci Arreola, MBA
Head of Portfolio and Asset Management for Rice Management
Head of Portfolio and Asset Management for Rice Management Company which is responsible for the stewardship of a $8.1 billion endowment fund. Ms. Arreola is responsible for the portfolio of direct assets and assists with oversight of the broader real estate portfolio. Ms. Arreola received her M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in honors sociology, cum laude from Rice University. She is an active member of the Urban Land Institute and serves as the Vice Chair for its Women’s Leadership Initiative in Houston. Ceci brings a deep understanding and representation of the Burrell College’s mission as she was raised in El Paso, TX.
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.
Derrick Cuenca, MHA
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.
Joe B. Davidson joined Rice University in 1994. As General Counsel for Rice Management Company and Senior Associate General Counsel for Rice University, his principal responsibilities are endowment investments, financings, corporate governance and compliance. In this role, Mr. Davidson advises on and manages the internal and outside counsel teams for private equity, venture capital, alternative, real estate, natural resource investments. His other practice areas include athletics coach, event and sponsor agreements, intellectual property, and export controls. Previously, Mr. Davidson worked with the law firms of Dewey Ballantine and Paul Hastings where he focused on mergers and acquisitions, public offerings and private placements, and real estate. Mr. Davidson received his J.D. from The University of Chicago Law School, and graduated magna cum laude from Rice University with a B.A. in Political Science, Legal Studies, and Managerial Studies. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the State Bars of Texas and California, the Houston Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the National Association of College and University Attorneys. Mr. Davidson serves on the boards of the Chance for Hope Foundation, the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine, and the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Steven C. Hansen, MPA
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, MBA
Chief Operating Officer – Rice Management Co.
John Rogers, EdD
Partner and the Education Sector Lead for The Rise Fund
John Rogers is a Partner with TPG’s Rise Fund focused on the Education sector. John led the Rise Fund’s investments in DreamBox, InStride, Teachers of Tomorrow and PresenceLearning and assisted with investments in Renaissance Learning and EverFi.
Prior to joining TPG in 2017, John was a founding partner of Bridges Ventures’ U.S. Sustainable Growth Fund, where he led the development of Bridges’ U.S. investment strategy. Prior to his work with Bridges, John was a Partner and Group Head for the Healthcare and Education Group at Gryphon Investors, where he led investments in Accelerated Rehabilitation, Delta Career Education, and Envision. Before joining Gryphon, John was a Vice President at DB Capital Partners, Deutsche Bank’s principal investment arm, where he was an early investor in Sylvan Learning Centers, Strayer University, Concentra Health and Fresenius Medical Care.
John began his career in the public and nonprofit sectors, leading the development of innovative public health programs for Alameda County. John holds a B.A. in political science from Yale University, an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Doctorate in Education from University of Pennsylvania, where his research focused on quantifying the impact of internship participation on the wages of community college graduates.
Monica Torres, Ph.D.
President of the New Mexico State University System’s Dona Ana Community College (DACC)
Nick Turkal, MD
CEO of Center for Health Education and Access, Former President and CEO of Advocate / Aurora Health Care
Dr. Nick Turkal was President and Chief Executive Officer of Aurora Health Care, a not-for-profit health care system based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As CEO, Dr. Turkal was responsible for overall strategy and direction for one of Wisconsin’s leading integrated health systems and its largest private employer, with more than 31,000 employees and over 5 billion dollars in annual revenues. He led efforts to successfully merge Aurora with Advocate Health Care, creating Advocate Aurora Health, the 9th largest healthcare system in the country. He served as CEO of the merged system until 2019.
Dr. Turkal graduated from Creighton University School of Medicine, followed by a residency in Family Medicine. He began his career as a family physician in a rural / underserved community in Illinois. He then entered the academic arena at the University of Wisconsin Medical School, where he served as a Clinician Educator, Residency Director, Department Chair, and Associate Dean for the Milwaukee Campus. He was jointly employed by University of Wisconsin Medical School and Aurora Health Care as Associate Dean / VP of Academic Affairs prior to serving as CMO. From 2000 to 2005, Dr. Turkal served as Aurora’s SVP and Chief Medical Officer, focusing on care management, quality, patient safety, academics, risk management, and research. Immediately prior to his role as CEO, Dr. Turkal served as Aurora’s Metro Region President.
In addition to his current roles as an Adjunct Clinical Professor at the University of Wisconsin and a Practicing Palliative Care Physician, Dr. Turkal currently serves on the Board of Creighton University and Board of the Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI). He continues to be Board Certified in Family Practice and holds memberships in a number of professional organizations, including ACPE, AMA, ACHE and AAFP.
Thomas Verghese, MBA
Partner and the Healthcare Sector Lead for The Rise Fund
Thomas Verghese leads healthcare investing for The Rise Fund which focuses on supporting undeserved and fragile patient populations across the world. He led The Rise Fund’s investment into Blue Cloud Pediatric Surgery Centers, the largest provider of pediatric dental surgeries in the U.S. and the Fund’s investment into Evercare Dhaka, the only JCI-accredited tertiary care hospital in Bangladesh. Thomas also oversees the Evercare Health Fund, which manages 30 hospitals, 16 clinics, and 82 diagnostic centers across 5 countries serving nearly 3m patients per year.
Mr. Verghese joined in 2018 from LeapFrog Investments, a growth capital investor based in London, specializing in global healthcare delivery. Before LeapFrog, Thomas worked in London at the British Sovereign Wealth Fund as well as in New York for Bank of America Merrill Lynch within their investment banking division.
Thomas earned a B.S. in Finance from Georgetown University and a M.B.A. from the University of Oxford.