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Because Presbyterian Española Hospital is owned by the communities we serve, we are governed and guided by community leaders who serve on our Community Board of Trustees. Our not-for-profit structure and community-based governance ensure healthcare resources are adapted to best meet the community's healthcare needs.

These fellow New Mexicans willingly donate their time, energy, and expertise to improving the health of patients, members and the communities we serve.

  • Tess Casados, Chair

    Tess Casados, Chair

    Tess Casados is a resident of the Tierra Amarilla area, a rural agricultural community located in the mountains of northern Rio Arriba County, and has served on the Presbyterian Española Hospital Community Board of Trustees since 2003. Ms. Casados is the retired executor director of La Clinica del Pueblo de Rio Arriba, having served in that capacity from 1992 through 2002. La Clinica is recognized as a model for rural health care delivery. Consequently, she is extremely knowledgeable in the special challenges of providing health care to isolated, disadvantaged communities with few resources.

    From 2003-2006, she served as the assistant director of the National Center for Frontier Communities, the only national organization dedicated to the smallest and most geographically isolated communities in the United States. Ms. Casados served on the New Mexico Health Service Corps Advisory Committee from 1998–2003, was a member of the founding Board of Directors of El Centro de los Niños (a child development center) and currently serves as the secretary/ treasurer of her local domestic water association.

  • Gail Douglas

    Gail Douglas

    Mr. Gail Douglas comes to the Presbyterian Española Hospital Community Board of Trustees with experience as a retired owner/agent of a property and casualty insurance agency and a property management business owner and investor. He has a long history of community service including service on the City Council of Cedar Hill, Texas, planning and zoning boards, Chambers of Commerce, economic development boards and the North Texas Jurisprudence Board. He served on the Board of Directors and Advisory Board of Charlton Methodist Hospital in Dallas, Texas and was a member of the Planning Committee of the Methodist Health Care System.

    Mr. Douglas received his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas, Austin, has done graduate work at Kent State University, and is a veteran of the United States Air Force.

  • George Gutierrez

    George Gutierrez

    George Gutierrez is Native American from the Pueblo of Santa Clara, located south of the Española Valley. He has served the Pueblo and the Valley in various capacities over the years, including as Chairman of the Valley National Bank Board of Directors, Chairman of the Valley National Bank Asset Corporation Board, and Chairman of the Santa Clara Pueblo Tax Commission. He has been elected as a tribal official several times, and has served the Pueblo as a Council Member for over 20 years. He is a graduate of the University of New Mexico.

    Mr. Gutierrez is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and is co-owner and Vice-President of the CPA firm, Macias, Gutierrez and Company, located in Española. As such, he brings vast knowledge and experience in financial and budgetary analysis to the Board. He is an advocate for access to quality health care for all people, as well as educational, scholarship and job opportunities for minorities in health care.

    Mr. Gutierrez is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New Mexico Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is currently licensed as a CPA through the NM State Board of Public Accountancy.

  • Josie Lujan

    Josie Lujan

    Josie Lujan is a life-long resident of Chimayo, New Mexico. She is a journalist, historian, and published author/folklorist. In the humanities field, she was the recipient of a bicentennial award and a National Endowment for the Arts award for the study of Spanish Colonial drama, with exhibits at the Smithsonian Institution, American History Encounters Project; a Ford Foundation grant for study in Spain; and a University of New Mexico grant for study in Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico.

    Ms. Lujan brings a variety of experience and strong management skills to the board. She is an advocate for employee career, professional development, and educational opportunities through support of scholarship programs including the Presbyterian Española Hospital Foundation. Ms. Lujan has over 15 years of service, having served twice on the Presbyterian Española Hospital Community Board of Trustees. She is a graduate of The College of Santa Fe.

    Ms. Lujan is a member of the Presbyterian Española Hospital Foundation, the Presbyterian Española Hospital Auxiliary, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary, the MANA del Norte Scholarship Program Committee, the Santa Cruz Irrigation District Board of Directors, and the New Mexico Acequia Association. She is a former member of the New Mexico Acequia Commission, and a former associate researcher for Rio Quemado, Rio en Medio, Rio Frijoles, and Rio Santa Cruz Stream Systems' Community Ditch Association.

  • Ernest Maestas

    Ernest R. Maestas

    Ernest Maestas is a native of the Española Valley. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from New Mexico State University in 1981. Upon his graduation, he returned to Española where he has worked in the business community as a Business Manager, Accountant, Quality Assurance Manager and Safety Engineer. Currently, Ernest is semi-retired, providing Business Management and Accounting services part-time. Ernest's support of community involvement has led him to a number of volunteer opportunities and community leadership roles. Some of these roles include Member of the Board of Directors for the Española Valley Chamber of Commerce, Española Main Street Board Member, Española Valley Fiesta Council Treasurer, Española Valley Jaycees President and Holy Cross Church Finance Council Chairman.

  • Nila Montoya

    Nila Montoya

    Nila Montoya has served on the Presbyterian Española Hospital Community Board of Trustees since 2006. She has served the students in the Española Valley as an educator for over 16 years. Currently, Ms. Montoya works as an instructional coach, teaching teachers as well as students. She is a member of the International Reading Association and the Council of Mathematics Teachers.

    Prior to a teaching career, Mrs. Montoya worked in Human Resources and Employee Relations with Los Alamos National Laboratory and Presbyterian Española Hospital. She supports her community in various fundraising events that benefit local schools and Holy Cross Church. Her relationship with Presbyterian Española Hospital includes early student internship, employment, and service on its Board of Trustees.

  • William Pedace

    William Pedace

    William Pedace brings a wide range of experience in organizational development, communications and corporate community engagement to the Presbyterian Española Hospital Community Board of Trustees. He retired from General Dynamics as Corporate Director of Community Relations after a long and industrious career. He brings experience in the healthcare field through his service as Vice President of Development and Public Relations for Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London, Connecticut, before moving to New Mexico.

    He has been actively involved as a leader in multiple community boards in Southeastern Connecticut and St. Louis throughout his working life in a variety of non-profit organizations in the areas of the arts, education, social services and business.

  • Brenda Romero

    Brenda Romero

    Brenda Romero has over 25 years of experience in nursing. As Administrator and previous Director of Nursing and Patient Care Services at Española Hospital, Ms. Romero dedicated her personal and professional life toward enriching the health and well-being of northern New Mexico. She is well known for her volunteer work to address the serious and ever growing problem of drug addiction and domestic violence in Española.

    Ms. Romero is a life-long northern New Mexico resident and serves on a number of boards and committees within the hospital, including: the Presbyterian Española Hospital Community Board of Trustees, the Medical Executive Committee, the Medical Quality Assurance Committee, and the Medical Staff Committee. She is a member of the Infection, Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, the Patient Care Committee and the Environment of Care Committee. In the community, Ms. Romero volunteers as a Lunch Buddy Program Board Member, a member of the Nursing Department Advisory Board for both Northern New Mexico Community College and Santa Fe Community College, and previously served on the Governor's Drug Prevention Task Force.

  • Ernie Velarde

    Ernie Velarde

    Ernie Velarde brings a deep understanding of the root of compliance and regulatory law through his long standing work as an investigator in the New Mexico Attorney General's Office to the Presbyterian Española Hospital Community Board of Trustees. He has served as a Rio Arriba County Magistrate Judge and is currently an active real estate investor. He volunteers his experience in construction to restoration and building maintenance projects at the historic Santa Cruz de la Canada Catholic Church and School.

    Mr. Velarde received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Spanish from New Mexico Highlands University.

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