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Board of Trustees

Board Chair - Stephen McKernan

Steve McKernan was raised in Williamsport, PA, in a large family. He was active in sports and Boy Scouts and worked in the family business. He attended St Bonaventure University, where he graduated in 1978 with a Bachelor Degree in Accounting. He move to New Mexico and started his career in accounting with the firm Deloitte Haskins and Sells, where he attained his license as a CPA.

Steve took at position at the University of New Mexico Hospital in 1980 in the accounting department. His career progression took him to the position of Controller and Chief Financial Officer in the 1980's. He simultaneous served as Executive Director of the UNM Medical Group. In 1996, Steve took the position of Chief Executive Officer of UNM Hospital and served in that position until he retired in 2017. During his tenure as CEO the hospital advanced the programs of UNM to attain a Comprehensive Cancer Center designation, a Stroke Center designation, maintain the level 1 Trauma designation, open multiple community based clinics and many other medical specialties. The hospital grew to employee over 6,000 employees, had a medical staff of 1,000 and revenues of over $1 billion. The hospital invested nearly $1 billion in capital projects during his time as CEO. He was also involved in a number of complex financial transaction with the state and federal government to assure the health of the hospital. He was also instrumental in implementation of the electronic medical record system that attained more than ten most wired hospitals in the country.

Mr. McKernan is involved with providing financial planning and strategic planning services to hospitals and high tech biomedical startups.

Steve has been married to his wife, Rebecca for over 40 years and they have 4 children and 4 grandchildren. Steve has been active in Rotary and Boy Scouts during his career and has served on a number of local and national boards.

Chief of Staff - Dr. Kimberly Collins

Certification: General Surgery

Board Credentials: Board Certified

Specialty: General Surgery, Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery, Breast Surgery, EGD, Endoscopy, Open Laparoscopic Resection

Board Member - Deborah Gorenz

Deborah Gorenz retired from Hospital Services Corporation in early 2021 after more than thirty-seven years of service as its president. She was responsible for developing programs and services designed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of hospitals and other healthcare organizations. Under her leadership, Hospital Services Corporation was named a Best Place to Work in New Mexico in 2019, 2020, and 2021. Other achievements included certification from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for credentials operations with continuous re-certification since 1997; numerous New Mexico Quality Awards Roadrunner Recognitions utilizing the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence; recognition as a New Mexico Flying Forty Company and a New Mexico Private 100 Company for multiple years; and receipt of the New Mexico Viva Award by the Association of Commerce and Industry for Vision, Investment, Vitality and Action.

Ms. Gorenz attended the University of New Mexico and received both a bachelor's and a master's degree in Business Administration. She has served as Chair of the Board of Directors for the University of New Mexico Anderson School of Management Foundation, Quality New Mexico, and Association of Healthcare Enterprises. Additionally, Ms. Gorenz previously held positions as Assistant Secretary/Treasurer of the New Mexico Hospital Equipment Loan Council, Vice President of the New Mexico Hospital Association, Executive Director of LA Credentials, LLC, Panel of Judges for Quality New Mexico, and as a member of the Board of Directors for the Association of Commerce and Industry, New Mexico Health Resources, and New Mexico Society of Association Executives. She was also a member and graduate of Leadership New Mexico.

Board Member - Genevieve Robran

Genevieve Robran is currently employed by Presbyterian Medical Services a non-profit FQHC as the Regional Director. She is responsible for overseeing the primary care clinics in five counties in Western NM. These Counties include, McKinley, Cibola, Catron, Socorro and Northern Sandoval serving Cuba and Eastern Navajo. Ms. Robran has 32 years of experience in FQHC primary care operations and is very familiar with all aspects of primary care to include -medical, dental and behavioral health services. Ms. Robran has served on numerous non-profit boards as well as State boards and is very familiar with Gallup and McKinley County.

Board Member - Bill Lee

Bill Lee is the President/C.E.O. for The Gallup McKinley County Chamber of Commerce. Bill is a 2012 graduate of the "Institute for Organization Management" and has served on their Board of Regents and as a faculty member, teaching leadership, and organizational excellence. Bill is a Certified Clifton StrengthsFinder Executive and Personal Coach. He is a Past Chair of the New Mexico Chamber Executives Association and was recently re-elected to their board. He is the Past President of the Tourism Association of New Mexico (now the New Mexico Hospitality Association) and was nominated as Tourism Professional of the year in 2018 for the state of New Mexico. Bill served as County Commissioner for District 3 in McKinley County from 2016-2020. He has been recognized as a "Regional Champion" by the Northwest New Mexico Council of Governments and, as one of the "Top 22 C.E.O.s" by Albuquerque Business First. He also runs his own small business, offering Hot Air Balloon rides and flies the New Mexico True hot air balloon for the state tourism department. Bill is married, has two grown daughters, and three wonderful grandchildren.

Board Member - Mike Hyatt

Mike Hyatt has lived, worked and raised his family in McKinley County over the past 29 years. He has called Thoreau, Ramah and Gallup communities home during this time. His professional career has involved working in the education field in the Zuni Public School District and in Gallup McKinley County Schools (GMCS) for the past 25 years. Over his career he has been a public school teacher, assistant school principal, principal, assistant superintendent and is currently serving as the GMCS Superintendent for the past 6 years.

As the superintendent of GMCS, he leads the largest employer in our region with almost 1900 employees and ~ 12000 students in its 32 schools. GMCS is also one of the largest geographically sparsely populated school districts in the United States, covering almost 5000 Square miles with 7 distinct communities. The budget Mr. Hyatt oversees, along with his school board at GMCS, was $405 Million in 2022.

Mr. Hyatt attended the University of New Mexico where he earned his major in Chemistry and minor in Mathematics. He later received his Master's in Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Western New Mexico University.

Board Member - Dr. Warren Anderson

Dr. Warner Anderson is a physician, anthropologist, and retired US Army Colonel.

Semi-retired, he also is an assistant professor of military and emergency medicine at the Uniform Services University of Health Sciences (USUHS, "the nation's medical school"), and mentors US Army Special Forces medic students at Gallup Indian Medical Center.

Dr. Anderson is a long-term resident of McKinley County, having arrived here after completing primary care internal medicine residency at University of New Mexico Hospital in 1983. He worked for two years as lead physician at the Gallup Family Health Center, then two years in a local group practice. From 1987 through 1989, he was director of the emergency department at RMCHCS. He then moved to the GIMC emergency department, was named chief of emergency medicine, and served in that role until 2001. During this time, Dr. Anderson was also district medical examiner, as well as EMS medical director for Gallup Fire, McKinley County, and Tohatchi EMS.

Upon retirement from the Army, Dr. Anderson returned to GIMC, but the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs requested his assignment to the Pentagon to establish and develop policy for Global Health. Dr. Anderson was the Defense Department's lead expert in Global Health for nearly seven years, providing consultation on health systems to the Afghan Minister of Public Health, the Iraqi Minister of Health and Surgeon General, and many others internationally. In 2014, he retired from Civil Service to return to Vanderwagen.

Dr. Anderson is married to Ruth Macias Anderson, a New Mexico native. They three grown children and four grandchildren, two Rez dogs, a chihuahua, 19 hens, and a gray-capped conure. He is fluent in English and Spanish, and speaks basic Navajo and Arabic. He enjoys running and hiking in the mountains, rifle and pistol marksmanship, and KGLP FM radio.

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