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Lincoln County Medical Center is owned by the communities it serves, and is governed and guided by community leaders who serve on the Community Board of Trustees. Lincoln County Medical Center ‘s 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.

  • Blake Gerard

    Gary Mitchell, JD, Chair

    Gary Mitchell is a successful defense attorney, who is well-known throughout New Mexico. He has served on the LCMC Board of Trustees for nearly 30 years and has been chair for more than two decades.

  • Marilyn Beckley

    Marilyn Beckley

    Marilyn Beckley moved to Ruidoso, New Mexico in March of 2012, just in time to be evacuated a month later by the Little Bear Fire. She is a member of the Ruidoso Valley Greeters, is an Elder of the First Presbyterian Church, was the 2016-17 President of the Alto Mountain Village Condos, and in 2017 became President of the Lincoln County Medical Center (LCMC) Auxiliary.

    Marilyn was born in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin and later moved to Yorba Linda, California, where she was employed for 22 years at Pacific Decorating Centers. She then embarked on a career with State Farm Insurance before taking an early retirement in 2006. She recognizes that small towns can be close knit families and that is why she enjoys living in Ruidoso and volunteering for the LCMC Auxiliary.

  • Mark Flack

    Mark Flack

    Mark D. Flack has served as President and owner of Mortgage Pro, Inc. since 2010. Mark graduated from Ruidoso High School and attended Eastern New Mexico University before joining the U.S. Army. Mr. Flack was Airborne and a Medic during his four years in the Army. After leaving the Army, he settled in El Paso, Texas and embarked on a career in the field of Dialysis. During this time, he met and married his wife Cindy. They have two daughters. Since moving back to Ruidoso in 2007, Mark has demonstrated his commitment to his community through his active participation in the Rotary Club of Ruidoso, service on the board of the Chamber of Commerce and membership on the Planning and Zoning Commission in Ruidoso.

  • Greg Haussler

    Greg Haussler

    Greg Haussler is a retired conservationist and has served on the Lincoln County Medical Center Community Board of Trustees since 1996.

  • Betty Leonard

    Betty Leonard

    After serving as a legal assistant for 30 years in Nevada and Texas, Ms. Betty Leonard retired in the Ruidoso community. Ms. Leonard is the former President of Lincoln County Medical Center Auxiliary and previously served as the President of the New Mexico Hospital Association Auxiliary/Volunteer Services 2015-2016. In addition to serving on the Lincoln County Medical Center Community Board of Trustees, she is a member of Executive Quality and Volunteers Committees. She volunteers with the American Hospital Association and is a Lay Leader with Community United Methodist Church, studying for Certified Lay Minister certification. In her spare time, she serves as an usher at the Spencer Theater.

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    Todd Oberheu

    Todd Oberheu joined Lincoln County Medical Center (LCMC) in early July, 2016 as the facility’s administrator, bringing more than 20 years of experience in healthcare administration. Prior to coming to LCMC, Todd served as the CEO of Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center in Walsenburg, Colorado for 8 years. During his 15-year career at Plainview Covenant Hospital in Plainview, Texas, he held the positions of Chief Operating Officer, Chief Clinical Officer, and Director of Quality Management.

    Todd holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Texas Tech University and a Master’s of Business Administration degree from Wayland Baptist University. While in Colorado, he served as the Chairman of the Board for the Colorado Hospital Association.

  • Stephen Otero

    Stephen Otero, MD

    Dr. Stephen Otero serves as Lincoln County Medical Center's Chief of Staff. He is a board certified family practice physician who received his medical degree from the University of New Mexico (UNM) School of Medicine and completed his residency at the UNM Family and Community Medicine Residency Program.

  • Keri Rath

    Keri Rath, MD

    Dr. Keri Rath, MD, FACOG, is a New Mexico native. She was born and raised in Carlsbad. She attended Texas A&M University where she earned a degree in biochemistry and genetics. She subsequently attended the University of New Mexico medical school. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. She was in private practice in Houston for four years, prior to happily relocating her family to Ruidoso in 2010. She has two children, Leigh and Stephen. She and her husband, Dr. Stephen Rath, own Fusion Medical Spa in Ruidoso.

  • W. Chris Robinson, M.D.

    W. Chris Robinson, MD

    Dr. Robinson is an Internist at Internal Medicine Associates, a hospital-based clinic at Lincoln County Medical Center, a position he has held since 1987.

    He earned a Bachelor's degree in zoology from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He earned his medical degree from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in Albuquerque. During his residency program, Dr. Robinson was awarded Outstanding Resident from the Texas Tech University Health Science Center Department of Internal Medicine in 1987. He was honored with the Distinguished Leader Award in 1992 from Presbyterian Healthcare Services.

  • Alberto Robles

    Alberto Robles

    Alberto Robles is a realtor by trade who is active in the community. He is past president of the Ruidoso Valley Chamber of Commerce and currently serves as the chair of Lincoln County Medical Center's Strategic Planning Committee.

  • Scott Shafer

    Scott Shafer

    Scott Shafer recently retired from the banking industry and serves as chair of the Finance Committee of the Lincoln County Medical Center Community Board of Trustees. He also serves on the Carrizozo Advisory Board.

  • Cynthia West

    Cynthia West

    Cynthia West is Executive Vice President of Ruidoso Web, Corp., a website development company. She has lived in Ruidoso since 2007, and is active throughout the community. She is a Rotarian and past president of the Ruidoso Valley Chamber of Commerce. Ms. West previously served as a director with the Tourism Association of New Mexico, as well as on the board of directors of the Humane Society of Lincoln County.