Larry Lewis – Chief Executive Officer
Larry Lewis became part of the Pioneers family on September 6, 2012. He comes to Pioneers from Kingman Regional Medical Center, located in Kingman, Arizona, where he served for 13 years in various executive management positions, including CFO, COO, and most recently as chief administrative officer.
Larry received his Bachelor of Science degree in business and accounting from Arizona State University and obtained a Master’s degree in health administration from the University of Colorado – Denver. He has extensive healthcare executive background in the southwest, serving communities similar to that of the Imperial Valley.
Kristi Gillespie MS, RN – Chief Nursing Officer
Kristi Gillespie MS, RN has been an employee of Pioneers Memorial since 2010. She has assumed increasing leadership responsibility since joining the staff. She most recently served as the Director of Medical Surgical Services and was the Interim Chief Nursing Officer in 2016. In addition to her nursing credentials, Gillespie holds a Master of Science Degree, in Nursing with a concentration in Nursing Leadership & Management. Previously, she has worked as a Registered Nurse in the Medical Surgical, Definitive Observation and Intensive Care Units at Pioneers Memorial where she was responsible for the total care of adults with medical, surgical, neurological, and cardiac disorders.
Gillespie stated that she accepted the CNO post because of the rich tradition of nursing and compassionate service that is a hallmark at the Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District in Brawley.
Aracely Smith, CHPC, CHC – Corporate Compliance and Privacy Officer
Aracely Smith, CHPC, CHC attended the University of San Diego, where she received her Bachelors of Arts. Aracely is certified as a Special District Board Secretary/Clerk and in Healthcare Privacy Compliance.
Aracely has been the Clerk of the Board of Directors since 2008 and assisted with compliance matters since 2013. She was officially named the new Compliance and Privacy Officer in 2015 and is currently a member of Health Care Compliance Association.
Carol Bojorquez, MSN, RN – Quality Resources Director
Carol Bojorquez was born and raised in Brawley, California and is a proud Imperial Valley College nursing program graduate that went on to earn her RN license in2002. Since becoming an RN, Carol has pursued higher education and obtained a Master’s Degree in Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems from San Diego State University.
Carol has dedicated her entire nursing career to Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District and now serves as the Quality Director. Her passion is helping this organization provide safe, high quality care to the families of the Imperial Valley.
In addition to her day-to-day roles within PMHD, Carol serves as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner for Imperial Valley’s Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) and is a member of the Imperial Valley Research Council, Child Abuse Response Team. She also serves on the Local Health Authority Quality Improvement and Utilization Committee.
Ryan Kelley – Associate Administrator for Support Services
Ryan Kelley joined the Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District in January 2016 and continues to serve as the Associate Administrator for Support Services. In that time, PMHD has seen considerable growth in facilities and services for the greater need of Imperial County. From clinic expansions to the future Cath Lab, Ryan manages the developmental needs and facility systems required to provide the best healthcare in Imperial Valley.
Beyond attending Brawley Union High School, Ryan holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Long Beach State University and an Associate’s of Science degree from Miramar College, as well as, a Paramedic Certificate from Imperial Valley College.
He is a lifelong and third generation resident of Imperial Valley. His civic commitment began as an Eagle Scout with Troop 22, Boy Scouts of America, and continued as Exalted Ruler of the Brawley Elk’s Lodge #1420. Ryan currently serves as the Chairman of the Imperial County Board of Supervisors, Director of the Salton Sea Authority, Commissioner of the Local Health Authority and designee of the Emergency Medical Care Committee.
As an Imperial County and Brawley Firefighter and Paramedic, Ryan responded to emergency calls across Imperial Valley and built lasting relationships with the Public Safety Community.
For 10 years, he taught fire science and emergency medical services to the next generation of law enforcement, firefighters, and EMTs. As Imperial County EMS Administrator, Ryan developed and enhanced the Emergency Medical Services system and the capabilities of the responding agencies.
Ryan lives in Brawley with his wife Robyn, their daughter, Bridget and son, Conor.
Carrie Teague – Director of Information Systems
Carrie Teague has served as the Director of Information Systems at Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District since August of 2015. As the Director of IS/ HIPPA Security Officer, Carrie oversees all operations and strategic planning for information technology and is responsible for planning and developing all administrative and clinical information systems for Pioneers Memorial Hospital and the district’s facilities.
Carrie first joined the PMHD family in October of 2010 and hold a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Informatics and a Masters of Business Administration in Healthcare Management.
Carrie is a proud product of the Imperial Valley having been born and raised in the area and is a graduate of Southwest High School in El Centro.
Carly C. Loper, MAcc – Chief Financial Officer
Carly Loper began her career with Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District in 2013. Since 2013, she has held various positions including Senior Accountant, Budget & Reimbursement Manager and Controller. As Chief Financial Officer, Carly provides executive oversight and support to the finance, reimbursement, financial planning and operations, and revenue cycle operations of the District.
Mrs. Loper earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from San Diego State University and a Masters of Accountancy from National University. She also holds several memberships in the healthcare industry including memberships with Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), California Hospital Association and the National Association of Rural Health Clinics (NARHC). Mrs. Loper recently became a Certified Rural Health Clinic Professional (CRHCP) through the National Association of Rural Health Clinics.