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 and previously served as Chair of the Quality Committee.
He is a retired school district administrator who spent thirty-three years with Clovis Municipal Schools. He received his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees 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 for 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 owns the Foxy Drive-In restaurant. He represents District 4 in his second term on 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 the President and Owner of Contemporary Benefits, LLC, an employee benefits and financial planning design and administration firm, in Clovis and has worked in the financial planning and employee benefit industries since 1996. He has served on the Plains Regional Medical Center Governance and Finance Committees.
Mr. Cockrell received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Eastern New Mexico University in 1996 with a double major in Human Resource Management and Business Administration. He is a past president of the Clovis Rotary Club, the United Way of Eastern New Mexico, and the San Vincente Homeowners Association and has served as the Finance Committee Chair for the Boy Scouts, Conquistador Council. He currently sits on the Executive Committee and General Board of the Curry County Chamber of Commerce, and he is active in his church having served in various capacities over the last two decades.
Vince DiFranco is the Administrator of Plains Regional Medical Center. He has served in senior management positions in hospital organizations for 28 years.
Before coming to Clovis, he served in Torrington, Wyoming, as the chief executive officer of the Community Hospital, part of the Banner Health System. Before that, he ran the Mena Regional Health System in Mena, Arkansas, and branches of Quorum Health Resources in Monroeville, Alabama, and Washington, Georgia.
Mr. DiFranco is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He has served on the board of directors for the Wyoming Hospital Association and the board of directors for the Goshen County Economic Development Corporation.
Mr. DiFranco received his bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Michigan, and a master's degree in health administration from the University of North Carolina.
Priscilla Hernandez works as the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction & 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 Bachelors of Science in Education in 1975, her Masters of Education in 1979 and a Public Administration Certificate in 1986.
Ms. Hernandez has been 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, F.A.C.S.
Albert M. Kwan, MD, F.A.C.S. is the president of the medical staff at Plains Regional Medical Center. Dr. Kwan has been practicing 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 received his MD degree from the University of New Mexico in 1983 and completed his surgical residency at Texas Tech University. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a general surgeon and flight surgeon from 1988 to 1993 and as chief of surgery in 3 U.S. Air Force hospitals including a mobile hospital during 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 a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.
Ben McDaniel has been a partner in and operated McDaniel's Furniture for the last ten 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. He 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, going on to West Texas A&M and Wayland to receive his bachelor's degree in business administration.
Jacob Moberly, DDS, MAGD
Dr. Jacob Moberly has been a member of the PRMC medical staff for over 50 years and has served on the PRMC Board since 2000.
Dr. Moberly received his Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern New Mexico University, his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Missouri, and his Masters of Dentistry degree from the Academy of General Dentistry.
Dr. Moberly served on the New Mexico Board of Dentistry for 18 years, serving as Chairman for 7 of those years. He has been a member of the New Mexico Boys and Girls Ranches Board since 1983 and is a member and past president of the New Mexico Amigo Goodwill Ambassadors.
Tom Phelps is Chief Executive Officer of ENMR-Plateau Telecommunications headquartered in Clovis, New Mexico.
Mr. Phelps has served on the Plains Regional Medical Center Board since 2007 and currently serves as Chair of the Finance Committee.
Mr. Phelps has a Bachelor's of Science degree in Accounting from California State University at Fresno and a Master's of Business Administration degree from Eastern New Mexico University. He is also the 2010 President of the Clovis -- Curry County Chamber of Commerce.
Joyce Pollard has worked in 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 serves as a substitute teacher.
She 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.
Ms. Pollard earned a bachelor's degree in education in 1980, and a master's degree in elementary education in 1983 from Eastern New Mexico University.