JAMIE SILVA-STEELE, CO-CHAIR
Jamie Silva-Steele brings with her 28 years of progressive experience in an academic healthcare environment. After earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the University of New Mexico, she began her career as a Pediatric Nurse and worked in the General and Sub-Acute Nursing Units at the University of New Mexico Hospital (UNMH). As her career progressed, she moved into leadership roles within the organization, taking on director positions and serving as an Administrator for Ambulatory Services at UNMH. In addition to her clinical education and experience, she also received a Master’s in Business Administration—a credential that has helped her to successfully handle the business-side of healthcare operations. Prior to assuming the role of Interim President and CEO of SRMC, she served as the facility’s Chief Operating Officer (COO).
Silva-Steele continues her educational and professional growth through memberships in several organizations, including the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), the New Mexico Nurses Organization of Nurse Executives (NMONE), the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN), and the American College of Health Executives (ACHE). She was also a National Association of Public Hospitals (NAPH) Fellow from 2011-2012, and just completed a two year term on the Board of Directors for the New Mexico Center of Nursing Excellence. Further, as a recipient of The Disparities Leadership Program Award for “Recognition of Excellence in Addressing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care” from the Disparities Solution Center of Massachusetts General Hospital, she has demonstrated her commitment to creating accessible healthcare for people from all walks of life.
Among her many accomplishments, Silva-Steele is most proud of the role she played in improving the delivery of patient care at The University of New Mexico Hospitals, including the advancement of the Patient-Centered Medical Home in Primary Care, the development of new Primary Care and Specialty facilities for patients, the expansion of Interpreter Language Services, and the development of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Program. Outside of work, she is a devoted wife to her husband and a loving mother to her daughter and two sons. She is an avid sports fan and enjoys watching her youngest son play football and basketball. She also loves to sing and play guitar – she has performed professionally over the years for a variety of events and used to have a jazz band with two of her brothers!
ANGELA WARD, CO-CHAIR
Ms. Ward holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology/ Criminal Justice and minor in Social Welfare from the University of New Mexico, as well as Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Nursing from DeVry University. She holds an Advanced Nurse Executive Board Certification and is completing her Master in Business degree from DeVry University.
Healthcare is a second career for Ms. Ward. She has more than 15 years of leadership and management experience and has worked in the areas of recruiting, strategy, human resource management, quality management, process improvement, and Lean Six Sigma.
She started her career in healthcare as a registered nurse at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque, NM. In 2010, she began working at Presbyterian Rust Medical Center as Director of Patient Care Service, leading the hiring and development of innovative care models for the medical center prior to the facility opening in October 2011.
Ms. Ward chaired the Presbyterian Healthcare Services PresGiving campaign in 2012 and 2013 and was a member of the organization’s Executive Excellence program in 2009.
Ms. Ward serves on the Board of Directors for the Rio Rancho Chamber of Commerce, the Sandoval Economic Alliance and the Sandoval County Health Council. She also is the Co-Chair of the Sandoval County Health Collaborative. Ms. Ward is a graduate of the Leadership Sandoval County program and a member of Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses; the New Mexico Organization of Nurse Leaders; and the American Organization of Nurse Executives.
RICHARD DRAPER, PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Richard Draper is a founding member and program manager of the Sandoval Health Collaborative. This initiative connects health, education and job creation strategies in Sandoval County, New Mexico, and is affiliated with the Sandoval Economic Alliance.
Richard’s background includes experience in public relations, broadcast journalism and a small business start up. His decade at Intel Corp. included assignments as worldwide corporate Public Affairs director and as media relations manager for the Intel New Mexico site.
Prior to Intel, Richard was a broadcast journalist, TV producer and news director in television markets from Los Angeles to Portland (OR) to New Mexico. He holds a political science degree from Claremont McKenna College in California and a J.D. from University of Santa Clara, California.
In addition to his work for the Collaborative, Richard serves as an active member of several Nonprofit boards, including HealthInsight New Mexico, UNM West Advisory Council, UNM SRMC Community Advisory Board and the Center for Hands on Learning.