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Gila Regional Governing Board

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