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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.

Alicia Edwards - Chair and County Commissioner District 3 was appointed to the GRMC Governing Board effective May 2020.

Ms. Edwards is the Coordinator for Healthy Kids Healthy Communities Grant County (HKHC), which provides, implements, and supports initiatives that create policy, systems, and environmental changes that result in increased access to healthy eating and physical activity in schools. Ms. Edwards is the former Executive Director of The Volunteer Center and the Commons Center for Food Security and Sustainability, working to end hunger and poverty in Grant County, New Mexico through a multitude of short and long-term projects rooted in social justice and designed to increase individual and community self-sufficiency and resiliency. Ms. Edwards helped found the Grant County Food Policy Council, the New Mexico Collaboration to End Hunger, the Grant County Community Foundation and has served on the Southwest Regional Food Policy Council and the Grant County Community Health Council.

Phone: (575) 574-0023
Fax: (575) 574-0073
Email: aedwards@grantcountynm.gov


Gerald W. "Billy" Billings, Jr. - Vice Chair and County Commissioner District 4 was appointed to the GRMC Governing Board effective May 2020.

Phone: (575) 574-0092
Fax: (575) 574-0073
Email: bbillings@grantcountynm.gov









Harry Browne - Secretary/Treasurer and County Commissioner District 5 was appointed to the Governing Board effective May 2020.

Harry is the business manager and one of the founders of Aldo Leopold Charter School. He has taught math, economics, government, and history at the school, which offers tuition-free education to Grant Countians in grades 6 through 12. He has served as a coach and referee for Grant County youth soccer since 1997, as a member of the first Grant County Community Health Council, as treasurer of the Silver City Food Co-op, and as a site captain with the original Penny Park build.

Harry holds a Master of Teaching degree from Western New Mexico University, a master’s degree from the School of Global Policy and Strategy at the University of California – San Diego, and a bachelor’s degree in physics from Wesleyan University in Connecticut.

Prior to helping found Aldo Leopold, Harry co-founded and directed the Gila Resources Information Project (GRIP), a community-based environmental advocacy organization. In 2003, GRIP succeeded in requiring the Chino and Tyrone mines to begin reclamation of inactive units and to provide financial guarantees for future work. This created dozens of jobs, protected vast amounts of groundwater, and protected taxpayers from having to pay $500 million in cleanup costs. As GRIP had maintained all along, the reclamation requirement did not cause the mines close.

Phone: (575) 574-0093
Fax: (575) 574-0073
Email: hbrowne@grantcountynm.gov


Chris Ponce - County Commissioner District 1 was appointed to the Governing Board effective May 2020.

Chris is a Silver City native who graduated from Western New Mexico University. After 20 years of service with the Silver City Police Department as Deputy Chief of Police, he retired and currently works for Freeport McMoRan in human resources.

Phone: (575) 574-0021
Fax: (575) 574-0073
Email: cponce@grantcountynm.gov







Javier "Harvey" Salas - County Commissioner District 2 was appointed to the Governing Board effective May 2020.

Mr. Salas was born in Santa Rita, NM and enlisted in the U.S. Army immediately following graduation from Cobre High School. After an honorable discharge in 1974, he graduated from Western New Mexico University with degrees in criminal justice, psychology, and a masters in counseling and educational leadership. He has been married to Estella Ortiz for 46 years, and has 3 children: Cruz, Laura, and Javier Salas.

Phone: (575) 574-0022
Fax: (575) 574-0073
Email: jsalas@grantcountynm.gov




Edwin L. Wilmot - Board Member was appointed to the Board of Trustees effective July 1, 2018.

Ed is a seasoned senior executive with a broad technical base of knowledge and experience including: Special Advisor to Chief Transition Officer and interim CEO at Atomic Energy Canada ltd; The Department of Energy (DOE) and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA); manager, Los Alamos Site Office, NNSA; and more. His healthcare experience includes serving as board co-chair of the Los Alamos Medical Center from 2004 to 2007.

Ed has an M.S. in Ceramic Engineering from the University of Washington, and B.S. in Ceramic Engineering from the University of Washington, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude, and post graduate studies in applied mathematics at the University of New Mexico.

He is married to Ann Wilmot, and together they have a gordon setter puppy – they are actually life-long gordon owners! They have lived in New Mexico in various locations for over 20 years, six of which have been in Silver City. Silver City is where he has chosen to retire because of its natural beauty and diversity. Interests include: fitness, Buddhism studies, and transfinite mathematics.


Cynthia Moreno, N.P. - Board Member was appointed to the GRMC Board of Trustees effective August 1, 2019. Cindy has been a board-certified, licensed nurse practitioner since 2011 and a registered nurse since 1996. She brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in her area of specialty.

She worked as an RN in med-surg, ER, and SCU for Gila Regional Medical Center intermittently from 1998 to 2009 and as an education nurse for Ft. Bayard Medical Center in Ft. Bayard, New Mexico. Cindy was a visiting assistant professor for Western New Mexico University in Silver City, New Mexico from May 2007 to February 2012.

Cindy began working as a nurse practitioner in a family practice setting for Southwest Family Medicine from December 2011 thru February 2012 and from February 2012 to February 2015 for Hidalgo Medical Services. On March 1, 2015, she joined Gila Regional Medical Center as a primary care provider at Gila Family Medicine.


James Marshall - Board Member was appointed to the GRMC Board of Trustees effective August 1, 2019.

James began working for GRMC in 1987 as an EMT/ward clerk/security guard and progressed to paramedic and department director. James’ journey with GRMC led him to the public health areas, grant writing, and project management. He held the position of project development director for many years before returning to his roots in EMS as the EMS Director and subsequently retiring with 27 years’ service.

In 2006 James was elected the Mayor of Silver City and went on to serve 4 two-year terms. While serving as Mayor, he broadened his knowledge and skills with the broad range of topics involving managing a municipality. In late 2014, James made a career move and accepted the position as the Assistant Town Manager. He has been the Chairman of the Grant County Regional Dispatch Board for more than ten years.

James brings his broad knowledge in healthcare and government operations and leadership to the Board.