Because Plains Regional Medical Center is owned by the communities we serve, we are governed and guided by community leaders who serve on our Community Board of Trustees. Our not-for-profit structure and community-based governance ensure healthcare resources are adapted to best meet the community's healthcare needs.
These fellow New Mexicans willingly donate their time, energy, and expertise to improving the health of patients, members, and the communities we serve.
Lonnie Leslie, Chair
Lonnie Leslie serves as chair of the Plains Regional Medical Center Community Board of Trustees. He also previously served as chair of the Quality committee.
Mr. Leslie is a retired school district administrator who spent 33 years with Clovis Municipal Schools. He received both his bachelor's degree and master's degree from Eastern New Mexico University.
Mr. Leslie is chairman of the Local Growth Management Organization planning for growth at Cannon Air Force Base and is also the chairman of the Curry County DWI Task Force and a member of the Clovis Schools Foundation board of directors.
He is the past president of the Clovis Rotary Club and was named by the Clovis Chamber of Commerce as the Citizen of the Year in 2008. He has also been honored with awards for New Mexico Administrator of the Year, Clovis Rotary Club Rotarian of the Year, the United Way Golden Heart Award, and the Eastern New Mexico University Educator Hall of Honor.
Chris Bryant is a member of the Plains Regional Medical Center Community Board of Trustees.
Mr. Bryant owns the Foxy Drive-In restaurant and represents District 4 ion the Clovis City Commission, where he is chairman of the water policy committee. He also serves on the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority.
Mr. Bryant represents the City of Clovis on the Civil Aviation board, the Chamber of Commerce board and the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce Railroad committee. He also serves on the board of directors for the New Mexico Restaurant Association.
Derek W. Cockrell
Derek Cockrell is a member of the Plains Regional Medical Center Community Board of Trustees.
Mr. Cockrell is the owner and president of Contemporary Benefits, LLC, an employee benefits and financial planning design and administration firm in Clovis. He has worked in the financial planning and employee benefit industries since 1996. Mr. Cockrell has also served on the Plains Regional Medical Center governance and finance committees.
Mr. Cockrell received his bachelor’s degree in business administration and human resource management from Eastern New Mexico University in 1996. He is a past president of the Clovis Rotary Club, the United Way of Eastern New Mexico, and the San Vincente Homeowner’s Association and has served as the finance committee chair for the Boy Scouts, Conquistador Council. He currently sits on the executive committee and is a board member of the Curry County Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Cockrell is also active in his church and has served in various capacities over the last two decades.
Paul Ellis is a member of the Plains Regional Medical Center Community Board of Trustees.
Mr. Ellis offers more than 40 years of experience in banking and finance. Mr. Ellis has served as the senior vice president and chief lending officer at American Heritage Bank for more than 12 years, and was the executive vice president and chief lending officer at First Savings Bank of Clovis for more than 16 years.
Mr. Ellis is a member of the Clovis Rotary Club, Clovis Committee of 50, Clovis Elks Club, and the finance committee of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He also serves as a board member for the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation and the Clovis Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Ellis received his bachelor's degree at Southwestern State University in Weatherford, Oklahoma. He completed specialized training in finance and banking operations at the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado in Boulder.
Priscilla Hernandez is a member of the Plains Regional Medical Center Community Board of Trustees.
Ms. Hernandez works as the assistant superintendent of curriculum, instruction and assessment for Portales Municipal Schools. She is a 34 year veteran of public education and has worked in area school districts including Clovis, Portales and Muleshoe, Texas.
Ms. Hernandez is strongly committed to team building while leading others in highly demanding situations. She also is effective in using data in decision making for both short and long range planning.
Ms. Hernandez received two post-secondary degrees and one certificate, all from Eastern New Mexico University. She received her bachelor’s degree in education in 1975, her master’s degree in education in 1979 and a public administration certificate in 1986.
Ms. Hernandez was recognized by Who's Who Among Professional Women in 2007 and 2008, Who's Who in American Education in 1996 and by Outstanding Young Women in 1985.
Albert Kwan, MD, FACS
Albert M. Kwan, MD, FACS is a member of the Plains Regional Medical Center Community Board of Trustees.
Dr. Kwan is the president of the medical staff at Plains Regional Medical Center. Dr. Kwan has been practicing medicine in Clovis since 1993. He has served as a member of the Medical Executive Committee for the past 14 years, including serving as chair of surgery and vice president of the committee.
Dr. Kwan earned his medical degree at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in 1983 and completed his surgical residency at Texas Tech University. He served in the US Air Force as a general surgeon and flight surgeon from 1988 to 1993 and as chief of surgery in three US Air Force hospitals, including a mobile hospital during Operation Desert Storm.
Dr. Kwan is a past president of the New Mexico Medical Society and is currently the governor of the New Mexico Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Kwan is also a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.
Rev. Anthony Mahan
Rev. Anthony Mahan is a member of the Plains Regional Medical Center Community Board of Trustees.
Rev. Mahan retired from his role as chief master sergeant after 30 years of service in the US Air Force and is currently the site manager for Melrose Air Force Range at Cannon Air Force Base. Along with his associate pastor duties at Triangle Baptist Church, Rev. Mahan serves as president of the Ministerial Fellowship of Clovis, as board member of the Clovis Chamber of Commerce, as member of the advisory committee for the Governor’s Office of African American Affairs and as the vice president of the Clovis chapter of the NAACP.
Rev. Mahan received his bachelor’s degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Ben McDaniel is a member of the Plains Regional Medical Center Community Board of Trustees.
Mr. McDaniel has been a partner in and operated McDaniel's Furniture for the last 10 years.
Mr. McDaniel currently serves as the chairman of the Curry County Commission. He is also on the board of directors of the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation and the Clovis Municipal Schools Foundation. Mr. McDaniel is a member of the Median Beautification Committee and the Curry County Investment Committee. In the past, he has served as a member of the City of Clovis Beautification Committee, and the Revenue Review Committee.
Mr. McDaniel graduated from Clovis High School in 1999. He went on to West Texas A&M University and Wayland Baptist University to receive his bachelor's degree in business administration.
Joyce Pollard is a member of the Plains Regional Medical Center Community Board of Trustees.
Ms. Pollard has worked with the Clovis Municipal Schools for 34 years, and won a Lifetime Achievement Award from the City of Clovis. Most of her teaching experience was in kindergarten, first and second grades. She taught at Cameo Elementary, Lincoln-Jackson Elementary, James Bickley Elementary and Parkview Elementary. She retired in 2001 and now works as a substitute teacher.
Ms. Pollard has served as the president of the Black Advisory Council at Clovis Community College, and she has been a member of the board of directors for the Clovis Community College Foundation. As president of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, she was instrumental in the naming of a street in honor of Dr. King.
She earned a bachelor's degree in education in 1980 and a master's degree in elementary education in 1983, both from Eastern New Mexico University.
Larry Roberts is a member of the Plains Regional Medical Center Community Board of Trustees.
Mr. Roberts has extensive experience and involvement in the agriculture community, including serving as a farm manager and certified crop advisor. Over the past 40 years, Mr. Roberts has served on various committees through his church, functions in the community and with the Clovis Public School system.
Mr. Roberts received his bachelor’s degree in agriculture business and economics from West Texas State University in Canyon.
Richard Smith is a member of the Plains Regional Medical Center Community Board of Trustees and is the chief hospital executive of Plains Regional Medical Center and Dr. Dan C. Memorial Hospital in Tucumcari, NM.
Mr. Smith has more than 35 years of leadership experience in healthcare administration. Mr. Smith has served as a chief financial officer, multiple hospital controller and chief executive officer, as well as a county manager. He owned his own medical consulting company for 15 years, specializing in strategic planning. Mr. Smith received his bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He is a certified public accountant and chartered global management accountant.