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 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.
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.
Gregg Ferran is a member of the Presbyterian Española Hospital Community Board of Trustees.
Mr. Ferran was born at Presbyterian Española Hospital, where his grandmother worked and his mother and aunts served as auxilians. Following this tradition, Mr. Ferran became the first male auxiliary president at Presbyterian Española Hospital. In his career, Mr. Ferran has managed several health and human services non-profit agencies, including People Living Through Cancer, Cuidando Los Ninos, Family Focus Center and New Mexico AIDS Services.
Mr. Ferran received his bachelor's degree and a master’s degree in business at the University of New Mexico. He is also an accomplished grant writer.
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.
Mary Beth Lujan
Mary Beth Lujan is a member of the Presbyterian Española Hospital Community Board of Trustees.
Ms. Lujan is currently employed by Los Alamos National Laboratory, where she provides expertise in training and qualification program development for various commercial and education contexts, including highly regulated industries such as nuclear facilities. She provides extensive experience in regulatory, needs and process analysis, developing innovative approaches and long-term process improvement.
Ms. Lujan received a bachelor’s degree in organizational communication and a master’s degree in training and learning technologies from the University of New Mexico.
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.
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.
Lonnie Sanchez is a member of the Presbyterian Española Hospital Community Board of Trustees.
Mr. Sanchez has more than 20 years of experience as a supervisor and technical project manager in highly regulated industries, including time employed by Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Mr. Sanchez received a bachelor’s degree in business management and a master’s degree in human resource management from the College of Santa Fe. He served in the United States Army and is a certified six sigma yellow belt in process improvement projects.
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.