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Presbyterian Central New Mexico Community Board of Trustees Members
Sylvia Crago, MD
Dr. Sylvia Crago is a pediatrician with the Presbyterian Medical Group (PMG) Rio Rancho Pediatric group where she is Lead Physician. She is also Associate Medical Director for PMG Ambulatory Pediatrics and chairs the PMG Executive Council.
Dr. Crago grew up in west Texas and south Alabama and received her Bachelor's of Science degree from the University of Alabama in microbiology. She then received her Ph.D in molecular cell biology from the University of Alabama in Birmingham and did research and teaching in the area of mucosal immunity from 1982 until entering medical school in 1988 at the University of New Mexico. She completed a residency in pediatric medicine in 1995 and joined West Mesa Pediatrics (now Rio Rancho Pediatrics) that same year.
His technical experience includes work in the nuclear fuel cycle and renewable energy systems, state-of-the-art clean room design, structural dynamics and blast resistant design, vulnerability and targeting studies, and the design and construction of unique research and development facilities and systems. He specializes in the integration and management of complex issues and programs with diverse sets of customers and stakeholders.
Mr. DeWitte is a veteran and was a captain in the United States Air Force. He is a registered professional engineer with a bachelor’s of science degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a master’s of science degree from the University of Illinois. He earned his master’s in business administration from the University of New Mexico (UNM) and has completed executive programs at Northwestern and Harvard.
He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Economic Forum and past Chair of the New Mexico Business Roundtable. He was elected to the Governing Board of Central New Mexico Community College and currently serves as Vice Chair and oversees the Planning Committee. He is a recipient of the Governor's New Mexico Public Service Award and was inducted into the University of New Mexico Anderson School of Management's Hall of Fame in 2005.
Clay Holderman serves as Chief Operations Officer of Presbyterian's Central Delivery System. Mr. Holderman was in charge of developing the Presbyterian Rust Medical Center and has served as Administrator for Presbyterian Hospital. He earned a master’s of business administration from Colorado State University and is an Alumni of Texas A&M University. He has over 15 years experience in hospital administration and physician recruitment in Texas, Kentucky and New Mexico. Prior to joining Presbyterian, Clay served as chief executive officer of Lovelace Westside Hospital and Lovelace Medical Center.
Mr. Holderman's accomplishments include multiple hospital construction and development projects, the development of two Open Heart Surgery programs, an Oncology Center of Excellence, and the recruitment of over 90 physicians to rural locations across the U.S. His proudest achievement is that every facility he has led has been awarded with pinnacle recognition by its parent company for “Best” or “Most Improved” for specific categories. He is involved in his community and has served as an examiner for Quality New Mexico, chair of a giving section for the Alexis de Tocqueville Society of the United Way, and on the board of the Rio Rancho Regional Chamber of Commerce.
John Liljestrand, MD
Dr. John Liljestrand grew up in Oklahoma City. He attended Benedictine College in Kansas and received a bachelor's of science degree in chemistry. He attended University of Oklahoma Medical School and then completed residency in family practice at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. He has worked with Presbyterian Medical Group since 1995 on the Kaseman campus. He is a past chair of the Presbyterian Medical Group Executive Council, past member of the PHS Board Finance Committee, and past president of the Greater Albuquerque Medical Association.
George Rhodes, PhD
George Rhodes is a consultant at Coal Flow Consultants, LLC and is an expert in the delivery of coal to power plants using acoustic methods. He is known for his work in the physics of nondestructive testing, specifically in the fields of electro-magnetics, acoustics and resonance phenomena. He has published extensively and holds 10 patents in his field. Today, Dr. Rhodes brings nondestructive testing technologies to the fracking industry for the production of natural gas.
Dr. Rhodes received his PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City in 1973. His thesis explored the use of lasers and fluorescence in chemical systems.
He has held academic positions as well as chairmanships in organizations at the forefront of his industry. Currently, he is president of the Non-destructive Testing Management Association, Vice Chair of the ASTM subcommittee E-07-07 on Electromagnetic Methods, is a consultant to the electric power and oil and gas drilling industries, and chairs the Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation Board of Directors.
Bill Ritchie, MD
Dr. Bill Ritchie practices anesthesia with Anesthesia Associates of New Mexico and is President-elect of the Presbyterian Central New Mexico Medical Staff. He has served as the Section Vice Chief and Chief of Anesthesia Services at Presbyterian as well as Chief of Surgical Clinical Services. He was also the lead physician for the design and implementation of the PICIS Electronic Medical Record for Surgical Services.
Prior to joining Presbyterian, Dr. Ritchie was Director of Anesthesiology for North East Hospital in Humble, Texas and practiced with North Houston Anesthesia. He received his bachelor's of science degree in Biology from Texas A & M University and went on to attend the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio Medical School. He completed his residency in Anesthesiology at the same facility and was Chief Resident in his final year of training.
Fran Roberts, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dr. Fran Roberts serves as Chair of the Presbyterian Central New Mexico Community Board of Trustees and is the owner and executive leader of the Fran Roberts Group, a consulting and contracting practice providing expertise on healthcare leadership, higher education, governance, regulation, and patient safety.
Previously, Dr. Roberts served as the Vice President for Strategic Alliances for the DeVry Healthcare Group. She was with Grand Canyon University from 2004-2010, where she began as Dean of the College of Nursing and was subsequently appointed Vice President of Strategic Business Alliances for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
Additional roles in Dr. Roberts’ background include Vice President of Professional Services for the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association, Senior Vice President at Phoenix Memorial Hospital, Director of the Center on Aging at St. Luke’s Medical Center, and Executive Director of the Arizona State Board of Nursing.
Dr. Roberts’ clinical practice areas include rehabilitation, rheumatology, community mental health/psychiatry, and long-term care/gerontology. She has two Bachelor of Science degrees from Elmhurst College in Illinois, one in nursing and the other in psychology. She received her Master of Science degree from Arizona State University in community mental health/psychiatric nursing, and is a psychiatric nurse practitioner. Dr. Roberts’ Ph.D. is in nursing from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.
Dr. Roberts serves on the boards of directors for the Carondelet Health Network, Mercy Care Plan, and the Health Record Banking Alliance National Advisory Board. Her past roles include chair of the Arizona Nurses Association Foundation Council of Trustees and president of the Alumni Board of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Executive Nurse Fellows Program.
In 2010, Dr. Roberts was inducted as a Fellow in the prestigious American Academy of Nursing; she was also the recipient of an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from A.T. Still University of Health Sciences. In 2009, Dr. Roberts received the Healthcare Leadership Award for Nursing/Nurse Advocate from Arizona Business Magazine, and in 2007, the Healthcare Hero: Innovator award from the Business Journal and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona.
A vocal proponent of addressing the nursing shortage, Dr. Roberts has numerous publications on nursing regulation, long-term care and healthcare workforce issues, and frequently presents on a state and national basis. Dr. Roberts’ areas of research include public policy, geropsychiatric nursing, and the healthcare workforce.
David Stryker, MD
Dr. David Stryker was raised on an island in the Detroit River. Both of his parents were physicians. He graduated from Cornell University with a BA in experimental psychology. After medical school at the University of Michigan, a general internship was followed by itinerant general medical and emergency room work through Intermountain Healthcare in Utah and Idaho. After completing an internal medicine residency, first in Spokane and then at UNM, he served as chief resident and then took an infectious disease fellowship. He currently works with four other physicians at Infectious Disease and Internal Medicine Associates, providing city wide services in internal medicine, infectious disease consultation, epidemiology and antibiotic utilization. Other medical positions have included presidency of the Greater Albuquerque Medical Association, Councilor to New Mexico Medical Society, and presidency of New Mexico Medical Group.
Dick Teater serves as Vice Chair of the Presbyterian Central New Mexico Community Board of Trustees and is President, CEO and owner of Big J Enterprises, LLC, a specialty mechanical contractor based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, graduated from the United States Naval Academy, served as an officer in the United States Navy Civil Engineer Corps, received a master's degree in construction management from Purdue University, and spent 20 years in the international engineering and construction industry rising to Group President at Fluor Corporation.
Since moving to Albuquerque, he has been active on boards of the Chamber of Commerce, United Way, Vistage, Association of Commerce and Industry, and AJCC.
Helen Wertheim graduated in 1984 with a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Arizona and began her career in the financial services industry in Phoenix, Arizona. In 1988, she moved back to Albuquerque and served as President and CEO of Charter Insurance Services, which was nationally recognized for performing in the top quartile of same size agencies for operational efficiency and financial management, successfully selling the business in 2009. Her specialties include financial management, operational efficiency, and community and social relationship building.
Ms. Wertheim has been very active in community affairs serving on a number of boards including the United Way of Central New Mexico, the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, the YWCA of Central New Mexico, and the International Women's Forum New Mexico. She was a founding member of the United Way’s Women In Philanthropy Council, and a Governor's appointee to the New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women. She is a graduate of the Leadership Albuquerque Class of 2000.