J. Alex Valdez
After previous stints in law and government, J. Alex Valdez, 56, has been serving as president and CEO of 180-bed Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe, N.M., since 2004. From 2002-04, Valdez served as the hospital’s general counsel and vice president of government relations. He continues to teach business law part time at Northern New Mexico College in Espanola. From 1995 to 2003, Valdez served as Cabinet secretary for the New Mexico Department of Health, appointed by then-Gov. Gary Johnson.