Board


Meet the Southwest Center for Health Innovation (CHI) Board of directors:

Magdaleno Manzanares, President

Magdaleno Manzanarez, President

Magdaleno Manzanarez – President, currently teaches political science at Western New Mexico University and is the Chair of the Department of Social Sciences. He is directly involved in the development of the curriculum for the certificate in the administration of non-profit organizations. In addition to his position on the CHI Board of Directors, Magdaleno also serves on the board of two of our partner organizations – the National Center for Frontier Communities and Hidalgo Medical Services. Magdaleno holds a Doctorate of Political Science, a Master of Public Administration and a graduate certificate in the administration of non-profit agencies.

Frank Chaires, Vice-President

Frank Chaires, Vice-President

Frank Chaires – Vice-President, is the Executive Vice President for Western Bank. He resides in Lordsburg, NM. He is a graduate of New Mexico State University (Accounting/ Economics) and Louisiana State University (Masters of Banking). Frank was formerly employed by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. He was elected to the Western Bank Board of Directors in 1998.

Katy Estrada, Secretary/Treasurer

Katy Estrada – Secretary/Treasurer, has owned and operated her own Certified Public Accounting business since 2004. Previously, Katy worked as a Tax Senior specialized in preparing business and individual tax returns, a Business Office Manager, and an Accountant. Katy has a talent for providing bookkeeping services and completing complex bookkeeping and payroll issues for separate companies that share employees, supplies, and clients. She holds a Bachelor of Accountancy from New Mexico State University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Brian Cunningham, Member at Large

Brian Cunningham is the CEO of Gila Regional Medical Center, a county-owned, not-for-profit, acute care hospital in Silver City, New Mexico. He started his healthcare career as a Parking Lot Attendant at a large hospital in Philadelphia over 30 years ago. Since then, Brian has put himself through school on 3 different occasions, earning 2 separate clinical degrees and an MBA. Brian aims to actively contribute to the evolution of healthcare and healthcare leadership, working side-by-side with caregivers, volunteers, medical providers and the community to build “the best rural hospital in the country.”

Rudy Martinez, Member at Large

Rudy Martinez, Member at Large

Rudy Martinez has served as a New Mexico State Representative since 2007. He was born & raised in Southern New Mexico, where he worked for Chino Mines for 33 years. Rudy is also a Vietnam Veteran. Before he was elected State Representative, Rudy served 8 years as councilman and 8 years as Mayor for the City of Bayard, NM; 10 years as District 7 Director of the NM Municipal League; and as Chairman of the Grant County Commission.

Manuela McDonough, Member at Large

A Manuela McDonough, Member at Large

A. Manuela McDonough joined the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization, in 2007, and is currently Associate Director of the Institute for Hispanic Health. In this capacity, Manuela oversees NCLR’s efforts to improve the health status and outcomes of Latinos through grassroots initiatives and collaboration with Latino-serving community-based organizations. Her work focuses on eliminating injustices in health care for Latinos by increasing access to culturally competent and linguistically appropriate health care and services. Manuela holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Chicago and a master’s degree in public health with a concentration in health behavior and health education from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2011, she was selected by the White House as a Champion of Change for her work in public health as a returned Peace Corps volunteer, where she served in Panama from 2003-2005.