Keynote Speaker and Presentations

Howard Yonas, MD

Dr. Howard Yonas

Howard Yonas, M.D. is the A. Earl Walker & Agnes M. Walker Professor and Distinguished Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of New Mexico (UNM). Dr. Yonas joined UNM in April 2005 and was instrumental in the formation of the Department of Neurosurgery (formerly a division of the Department of Surgery). Under his tenure the clinical practice of neurosurgery has grown significantly, basic science and clinical research has expanded, and the resident training program has received full Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accreditation.

 Since joining UNM he has initiated several projects to improve the health of New Mexicans. These include the development of a 24 bed state-of-the-art Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit; the development of a multi-specialty neuroscience outpatient clinic, and the development of a statewide telemedicine network for the evaluation and management of acute stroke.

Dr. Yonas obtained his medical degree from Ohio State University. He completed an internship and residency in Neurosurgery at Case Western Reserve University. Between his internship and residency he served in the United States Air Force as a flight surgeon. Following residency he completed fellowships in microsurgery in Zurich, Switzerland and in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr. Yonas joined the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh in 1978. He became a tenured professor in 1988 and was named the Peter J. Jannetta Professor of Neurosurgery in 1995. Dr. Yonas served as the Vice Chair of the department and the Director of Cerebrovascular Surgery. Dr. Yonas helped create and served as the Co-director of the University of Pittsburg Medical Center (UPMC) Stroke Institute.

Dr. Yonas is the Principle Investigator on a 15.1 million dollar Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) Innovations Grant awarded September 2014.  The grant A.C.C.E.S.S. "Access to Critical Cerebral Emergency Support Services"  (A.C.C.E.S.S.) will put state of the art tele-health/medicine equipment in 30 New Mexico Hospitals to provide emergent neurological and neurosurgical consultations.  The grant will last three years. The model is uniquely low cost and potentially widely applicable.

Dr. Yonas is actively involved in the development of new technologies for improved understanding and treatment of cerebrovascular and traumatic disorders of the brain. He helped develop and implement the use of quantitative cerebral blood flow measurements using the combination of stable xenon inhalation and CT scanning.

Dr. Yonas is a member of multiple medical societies including the Senior Society of Neurological Surgeons. He has authored more than 100 articles and edited two books.

Special interests include: Stroke prevention and treatment of cerebrovascular disorders, Microvascular decompression for Tic Doloureux (trigeminal neuralgia), Photography, and Sailing

Sponsor: Jose D Garcia

Sponsor: José D. García

José D. García, is the General Manager of The Albuquerque Convention Center. José García grew up in Cuba, NM.  After high school, he served in the United States Navy as a Quartermaster 2nd Class Petti Officer.  After the Navy, José moved back to New Mexico and attended the University of New Mexico.  He put himself through college working as an Administrative Assistant at the University.  He spent two years working in the Scheduling Office in the Office of the Registrar and three years working in the University College Advisement Center. 

Upon receiving his degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management he went into the private sector and took an Event Coordinator position at the Albuquerque Convention Center.  José has been with the Albuquerque Convention Center for 11 years and has been the General Manager for two of those. The University has always had a special place in José’s life, he met his wife of 11 years at the University and currently his daughter is a Lobo Freshman. 

Keynote Speaker: Patricia Boverie, PhD 

Patricia E. Boverie, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair of the Organization Information and Learning Sciences Program at the University of New Mexico. She has been teaching, speaking, and helping organizations increase motivation for over 30 years. 

Keynote speaker: Patricia Boverie

After graduating from the University of Texas in Austin, Patricia taught in the Psychology Department at Central Washington University where she directed a Masters program in Organizational Development. She has completed post-doctoral work at University of British Columbia and Harvard University.  Patricia came to UNM in 1990. 

Patricia’s areas of expertise are in the fields of individual, team, and organizational learning; work motivation; and applications of positive psychology at work.  Patricia’s research interests include the development of passion in the workplace, adult learning, transformational learning, and leadership development through mentoring.

She has co-authored the book, Transforming Work: The Five Keys to Achieving Trust, Commitment, and Passion in the Workplace, with Michael Kroth.  This book has been translated into various other languages. She has over 40 publications, and has made over 60 international and national presentations.