Health Leadership High School


Governing Council

Governing Board Meetings
The Governing Board of Health Leadership High School meets the fourth Thursday of every month at 7:30am.

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Health Leadership Governing Council

Health Leadership benefits from a very high functioning board with executive level experience in their own organizations. They represent a cross-section of highly valuable professional knowledge (legal, financial, strategic planning, education, and industry relations) that will ensure the school is well governed. All members have completed board training through the New Mexico Public Education Department. Below are the current board members:

Shannon Groves is a Senior Health Policy Analyst for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico, the state’s largest commercial health insurer, and previously worked for Presbyterian Healthcare Services, New Mexico’s only not-for-profit integrated delivery system. Shannon has worked in healthcare in New Mexico for more than six years and serves as a liaison between Blue Cross and the New Mexico State Legislature. Shannon is active in the business community, serving on the Health Policy Committee for the Association of Commerce and Industry and on the New Mexico Insurance Exchange Stakeholder Advisory Committee.

Shannon earned a B.S. in Biology from New Mexico State University and a Masters in Business from the University of New Mexico.

Dr. Javier Aceves is the Medical Director of UNM Young Children’s Health Center. He has been providing primary health care services for children with chronic conditions and disabilities since 1985, and has been medical director of Young Children’s Health Center since 1999. He obtained his medical degree in 1979 at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara and his pediatric residency at the University of Texas HSC in Houston in 1985. He is the chief of the Division of General & Community Pediatrics and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of New Mexico. He teaches about community-based practice and the medical home for children and youth with special health care needs.

Ryan Harrigan practices law in a variety of health care areas: regulatory, fraud and abuse, clinical trial, and compliance matters for major healthcare entities. Mr. Harrigan also assists hospital systems, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers and DME manufacturers in the development and implementation of comprehensive compliance programs including the drafting of policies and procedures, creation of databases, and designing of audits and other systems. In addition to his work in the healthcare arena, Mr. Harrigan has experience in a wide array of other business litigation matters involving breach of contract, unfair competition and trademark infringement. Prior to joining Melendres, Melendres & Harrigan, Mr. Harrigan practiced law for eight years at the international law firm Latham & Watkins LLP where he was a member of the Health Care & Life Sciences practice group. Mr. Harrigan is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association and the American Bar Association. Mr. Harrigan is the Co-Chair of the False Claims Act/Qui Tam Sub-Committee of the American Bar Association’s Health Law Litigation Section.

Dr. Arthur Kaufman, MD is Vice Chancellor for Community Health and Distinguished Professor, Family & Community Medicine. He received his medical degree from the State University of New York, Brooklyn in 1969 and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Family Practice. He served in the U.S. Indian Health Service, caring for Sioux Indians in South Dakota and Pueblo and Navajo Indians in New Mexico, before joining the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of New Mexico in 1974, where he has remained throughout his career, providing leadership in teaching, research and clinical service. He was promoted to full Professor in 1984 and Department Chair in 1993. In 2007, he was appointed as the first Vice Chancellor for Community Health, and was promoted to Distinguished Professor in 2011.

Dr. Kaufman has a passion for creating innovative education and service models to better address community, indigent, rural and population health needs. He helped initiate the Primary Care Curriculum in New Mexico which became an international model for change by innovative track in traditional medical schools. He began to integrate Public Health and Family Medicine as Director of the Rockefeller funded Health of the Public Program in New Mexico. He is Director of New Mexico’s World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Innovative Health Workers Education Service and Research Models. In 1999 he was elected Secretary General for the Network: Towards Unity for Better Health– a WHO-affiliated, non-government organization comprised mostly of academic health centers in developing countries interested in improving their relevance in education and service in addressing health needs of their local populations.

Ruby Ethridge is a retired Associate Superintendent for Middle Schools. During her tenure as Superintendent, Ms. Ethridge was responsible for the education, operation and human capital leadership of 27 middle schools, 5 million dollar budget, Principals, Assistant Principals, and 14,500 students grades 6-8. Substantial improvements were seen in both measureable and intangible areas of evaluation: test scores, student attendance, teacher engagement, student participation and morale.

In addition to her service in public education as Superintendent, Ms. Ethridge was a successful Principal and teacher. Her advanced degree in Vocal Performance with an emphasis in voice has given her particular insight into the importance of creativity and its application across all disciplines.

Although Ms. Ethridge has received numerous awards and volunteered for various organizations, her primary focus continues in making the world a better place by helping all children achieve their dreams.

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