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Gila Regional Medical Center is a non-profit acute-care hospital owned by Grant County. The Grant County Board of Commissioners appoints members to Gila Regional's Board of Trustees, which is responsible for governance and the mission of Gila Regional Medical Center. The Board of Trustees is made up of seven members, who are appointed to staggered three-year terms.

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Special Board of Trustees Meeting Agenda for October-- PDF


Jeremiah Garcia - Chair has been a citizen of Silver City for the past 23 years. During this time he has been employed with Public Service Company of New Mexico, a Gas & Electric Utility Company. After 35 years of service Jeremiah retired from PNM, but has continued employment with New Mexico Gas Company as the Operations Manager. He has 38 years of service in the gas utility business. Jeremiah has been in management for over 25 years of his career and brings people skills, managing multi-million dollar budgets in O&M and Capital projects. His key priority is customer satisfaction, safety to the public, and administering compliance in state and federal regulations.

Jeremiah presently is the President of the Board for the Gila Economic Development Alliance, Advisory Board for Freeport- McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc., Advisory board of AmBank and the Advisory Board for the School of Business at WNMU. He also works with city and county governments to improve our communities in Grant County.

Jeremiah has served the community as President of the Silver City Lions Club (three times) receiving the prestigious award as a Melvin Jones recipient. He is a former board member of the Grant County Chamber of Commerce, and served as director of the Silver City Youth Basketball for 15 years helping the youth of Grant County.

Jeremiah attended Eastern New Mexico University and has been a member of the National Associations of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) for over 25 years.

Jeremiah is married to Joan Collins Garcia, principal at Stout Elementary in Silver City, New Mexico. His term expires June 30, 2018.

Serves on GRMC Board Committees:
Executive Committee -- Chair
Human Resources
Finance & Audit -- Chair
Long Range & Institutional Planning -- Chair
Joint Conference -- Chair


Victor Nwachuku M.D., F.A.C.O.G. - Vice Chair was appointed to the GRMC Board of Trustees effective February 20, 2015. Dr. Nwachuku has served GRMC before as the Chief of Staff and is a Board Certified Obstetrics/Gynecology physician at the Cassie Health Center for Women in Silver City. Originally from Owerri, Nigeria, he and his wife Nkechi and 4 children have lived in Silver City for 14 years.

His formal education began at California State University where he studied biology and then later he went to the Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia to study medicine with his residency at the Einstein Medical Center, focusing in OBGYN.

Dr. Nwachuku is a member of the International Physicians Association (IPA) Board and has also been involved with Teen Court in the past.

His term will expire June 30, 2017

Serves on these GRMC Board Committees:
Executive Committee
Finance & Audit
Long Range and Institutional Planning
Joint Conference
By-Laws -- Chair
Healthcare Environment


Michael Morones, CPA - Treasurer/Secretary is a life-long resident of Silver City and a graduate from Western New Mexico University. He is the managing partner with the local CPA firm Morones & Knuttinen, LLC where he manages the day-to-day operations of its Tax and Accounting Services. His areas of focus include the finance, non-profit, and health care sectors. His past practice has included substantial work in governmental accounting and auditing.

Michael currently serves on the Board of Directors for Western Bank and the Advisory Board for the NM Small Business Development Center. His past civic service includes serving as the Town of Silver City Mayor and Town Councilor. He is also a past President and past Treasurer of the Corporation for Downtown Development (Silver City Main Street Project).

Michael is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New Mexico Society of Certified Public Accountants.

His board term expires on July 31, 2019

Serves on these GRMC Board Committees:
Plant & Facility
Finance & Audit
Long Range and Institutional Planning


Antonio “Tony” Trujillo was appointed to the GRMC Board of Trustees effective July 1, 2015. Mr. Trujillo is an active member in our community serving on several boards to include:

The New Mexico Prosperity Project (chair),
Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce (chair) and the
Gila Economic Development Alliance (board member).

He has worked for Freeport McMoRan since 1976 and is currently their Director of Government Relations. Prior to working for Freeport McMoRan, Mr. Trujillo served in Law Enforcement as a Patrolman for the Silver City Police Department and a Deputy for the Grant County Sheriff’s Department.

His board term expires on June 30, 2018.

Serves on these GRMC Board Committees:
Human Resources
Quality Improvement
Plant & Facility
Long Range and Institutional Planning


Tsering Sherpa MD, is a board certified Internist and Infectious Disease physician who has been a practicing hospitalist for 11 years. She started her practice in Hobbs, NM where she worked for 6 years and was on the hospital board there. She has worked at GRMC since 2008 and is currently the Medical Director of the Hospitalist Program at GRMC. She serves on various committees at GRMC including MEC, MI6, OPPE Infection Control and is the Chair of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. She has played an active role in working with the Quality Department of GRMC to help with several quality measures. She lives in Silver City with her husband the 2 children.

Her board term expires on July 31, 2019

Serves on these GRMC Board Committees:
Quality Improvement
Long Range and Institutional Planning
By-Laws
Healthcare Environment


Joel Schram moved to Silver City in December 2013 to join First American Bank as an Executive Operations Officer. He has over 40 years of banking experience with 25 years serving in a senior management capacity for community banks. He currently serves as First American Bank's Market President.

Joel is currently involved with two non-profit organizations (New Mexico Health Options and WNMU Foundation). He is a graduate of Spring Arbor University, Spring Arbor, Michigan with a bachelor of arts degree in management and organizational development.

Joel is married to his wife Vicky, Senior Loan Originator with VanDyk Mortgage Corporation.

Joel is a veteran of The United States Army and served his country proudly for 3 years between 1974 and 1977, serving an additional 8 years in The Michigan Army National Guard before leaving in 1986 as a Warrant Officer.

His board term expires on July 31, 2019

Serves on these GRMC Board Committees:
Quality Improvement
Plant & Facility
Long Range and Institutional Planning


Jeannie A. Miller was appointed to the Board of Trustees effective July 1, 2017.

She moved to Silver City in January, 2005 and has been active in the community since her arrival. She served on the Board of the Western Institute for Lifelong Learning for its first six years and as its President for two years. She is one of the founding organizers and the co-chair of the Southwest Festival of the Written Word. She also serves on the Friends of the Silver City Library Board.

Jeannie's professional career spans over thirty years in the information technology field in Arizona and Alaska. The majority of these positions were in the capacity of Information Technology manager/director. Her experience covers hospital systems, municipal government systems including elections and public safety, and legal systems. As Deputy Clerk for the City of Phoenix, in addition to her enterprise IT responsibilities, she managed the City's Records Department. She also taught math, yoga, and theater classes for the Maricopa Community College District.

She was born and raised in Safford, Arizona. She received her BA in Sociology from the University of Chicago and her MA in Mathematics from the University of Arizona. She also received an Executive Certificate in International Management from the Thunderbird School of International Management in Phoenix.

Her term on the Board expires in June 30, 2020.

Serves on these GRMC Board Committees:
TBD