Because Socorro General Hospital is owned by the communities we serve, we are governed and guided by community leaders who volunteer to serve on our Community Board of Trustees. These fellow New Mexicans willingly donate their time, energy and expertise to improving the health of patients, members and the communities we serve.
Robert Tacker, Chair
Robert Tacker is a self-employed Information Technology consultant. He previously held positions as Director of Information Services for New Mexico Tech in Socorro, as well as Senior Technical Advisor in the Office of the Governor under Governor Johnson.
Mr. Tacker serves as the President and a member of the Socorro Chamber of Commerce, Chairman and member of the Socorro Economic Development Committee, member of the Socorro Housing Authority, and member of Rotary International. He received his associate's degree in Applied Math from Casper College, his bachelor's degree in Computer Systems from the University of Wyoming Casper, and his master's degree in Information Systems from the University of Phoenix.
Lorraine Archuleta is a native of Socorro and has served on the Socorro General Hospital Board of Trustees since 2003. She is the Administrative Secretary/Buyer at NMT Magdalena Ridge Observatory and is also active in supporting her community. Ms. Archuleta serves as a community advocate via several venues, including her role on the El Camino Real Board of Directors (Heritage Center). She also serves on the Socorro Community Relations & Development Committee.
ALLEN BASSLER, MD
Dr. Allen Bassler has been a member of the Socorro General Hospital Emergency Department medical staff since moving to Socorro in 1999. A magna cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College, he attended Dartmouth Medical School, graduated with honors, and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.
After completing a family practice residency at the University of Connecticut, he spent three years with the Indian Health Service in Wyoming. He then started and grew a private family medicine practice in Maine and subsequently began to practice full-time emergency medicine there, eventually serving as the Director of Emergency Medicine Services in his community.
Dr. Bassler has a long-standing interest in quality issues. He has served as the Socorro General Hospital Quality Officer as well as on the Presbyterian Healthcare Services Board of Directors Quality Committee.
Lynn Brandvold is Senior Chemist Emeritus and a retired chemistry instructor from New Mexico Tech University, Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources. She has been a member of the Socorro General Hospital Board of Trustees since 1991. Ms. Brandvold is active in community service and is a member of the Socorro Rotary Club.
Blake Gerard is a lifelong resident of Socorro County and is employed by the Socorro County Assessor's Office. He was a business owner for more than 20 years and is well respected and well known in the community.
Mr. Gerard previously served as President of the Socorro Chamber of Commerce and as a Board member of the Small Business Development Center. He has served as a Board member of Socorro General Hospital since 1991 and served as Board Chair from 1999 - 2013.
Ron Gilworth has resided in Socorro since 1963. He gave more than 43 years of service to Socorro General Hospital and retired in 2005. During his tenure, he worked as the Lab and Radiology Manager and as an Assistant Administrator.
Mr. Gilworth has been a member of the Socorro Masonic Lodge for more than 35 years and is a founding member of the Socorro Eagle Club. He is also a member of the Socorro Chamber of Commerce and a past member of the Socorro Golf Club. Mr. Gilworth has served nine years as president of the New Mexico Bass Federation and eight years as the New Mexico Bass Federation Conservation Director. During his time with the Bass Federation, he worked directly with the Governor's office on the development of state fisheries and habitat improvement.
Jason Jones is a lifelong resident of Socorro and has been employed by the Judicial Branch since 1996. He is the Court Executive Officer for the Seventh Judicial District Court, which is comprised of Socorro, Catron, Sierra, and Torrance counties. He currently serves on the Judicial Information Systems Council that makes Information Technology decisions for the Judiciary as well as on the Personnel Rules Committee for the Judiciary.
Janine Morgan-Aragon is a retired elementary school teacher. She volunteers as the treasurer for the Socorro General Hospital Auxiliary and has served on the Board of Trustees since 2008.
Ms. Morgan-Aragon is also very involved in volunteering for Literacy Volunteers-Socorro County, the Socorro County Association of Educational Retirees, and the National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees.
Rick Penner is a Certified Public Accountant and Principal of the accounting firm Beckham & Penner, P.C. He has been a member of the Socorro General Hospital Board of Trustees since 2000 and chairs the Socorro General Hospital Board Finance Committee. Mr. Penner is also a member of the Socorro Rotary Club.
Veronica Pound, RN
Veronica Pound serves as the Administrator of Socorro General Hospital and has over 27 years of experience in nursing. She completed a Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing from the University of New Mexico and is currently in the process of completing her Executive Masters of Business Administration. She recently participated in the Presbyterian Healthcare Services Executive Excellence Program.
Ms. Pound has dedicated her personal and professional life to enriching the health and wellbeing of the communities of Socorro, Catron, and Valencia counties. She serves on a number of advisory boards and committees within the hospital, including the Socorro General Hospital Community Board of Trustees and its Quality Committee. She also participates on the Medical Executive Committee as well as several Medical Staff committees. She serves as a member of the Infection Control, Pharmacy & Therapeutics, and Environment of Care Committees and regularly participates in community events.
Under Ms. Pound's leadership, Socorro General Hospital has been designated by the National Rural Healthcare Association as one of the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals in the nation for the quality of care provided. The hospital has also earned the prestigious Joint Commission Award as one of the top performers on key quality measures.
Peter Romero is retired from the United States Marine Corps. He is now a volunteer and serves the community on a full time basis. He leads volunteers at Good Samaritan Nursing Home, as well as the Socorro General Hospital Auxiliary and a variety of other local causes. Mr. Romero has also served as President of the Socorro General Hospital Auxiliary.