During this complex time of healthcare changes Summit Healthcare has exceptional guidance from the Governing Board of Directors. Summit Healthcare’s Governing Board reflects our commitment to excellence with the vision and leadership to carry out our mission, “Trusted to deliver exceptional, compassionate care, close to home.”
The members of the Governing Board have a variety of professional expertise, medical backgrounds, community service, and experience. Meet Summit Healthcare’s Governing Board:
Chairman of the Board
Paul Watson joined the Governing Board in 2002 and became chair in January of 2019. He served previously as Vice Chairman and as Chair of the Finance Committee. Currently he is the Assistant County Manager / Economic Development Director for Navajo County as well as the Executive Director for REAL Az Development Council representing Apache and Navajo Counties. Prior to this position Paul has served as the Town Manager for the Towns of Snowflake and Pinetop-Lakeside. He received his A.A. degree from Mesa Community College and his B.S. in Accounting from Brigham Young University.
He has and continues to serve on numerous boards and committees representing economic development and tourism in the White Mountain region, northern Arizona and the State of Arizona. Mr. Watson and his wife Lisa have lived in the area for over 30 years and raised their four children here. He has a passion for the area and would love to see the economy flourish to allow his and other families be able to return to live and work in the beautiful White Mountains of Arizona. He recognizes that outstanding healthcare is a key component to a strong and healthy economy and enjoys serving on the Governing Board.
Neal Thompson joined the Governing Board in March 2002 and was elected Chairman of the Governing Board in January 2003, serving as Chair for 10 years. Neal has lived in the White Mountains for over 34 years and is currently a real estate agent for Realty Executives in Pinetop, Arizona. He was Vice President of Operations for Contel & Area Manager for GTE prior to an early retirement after 30 years in the Telecommunications business.
He is past President of both the Rocky Mountain Telephone Association & the Arizona-New Mexico Telephone Association. He was also a member and Chairman of the Northland Pioneer College Board of Trustees where he served for over 24 years. He was a member and President of the White Mountain Regional Development Corporation Board and served for some 12 years. He has served on the Board of Directors for Frontier State Bank and was Chairman of the Board of First Country Bank in organization, and has been on the Board of Pinetop Country Club for three different terms.
Becky A. Thompson, M.D.
Becky A. Thompson, M.D., became a member of the Active Medical Staff at Summit Healthcare in October, 1999 and joined the Governing Board in 2011. She accepted the position of Governing Board Vice Chair in January of 2014. Her specialty is Family Medicine.
Dr. Thompson attended Medical School at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson, Arizona and completed her Residency as Chief Resident at Southern Illinois University in Quincy, Illinois. In 1999, Dr. Thompson started “Your Family Practice Team” in Show Low.
She has been an active member of the American Academy of Family Medicine since 1995 and has been a frequent Delegate in the academy’s congress. I became American Academy of Family Medicine Fellow in 2014 and teach as Volunteer Faculty for University of Arizona’s Rural Family Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Thompson is married with 4 children.
John Corder became Governing Board Chair in January, 2014. He is currently President of Corder Community Services. John retired after thirty six years in law enforcement and served as Chief of Police for twenty years for the City of Show Low. He grew up in Iowa and attended numerous law enforcement schools, academies, as well as Northland Pioneer College.
He is a life member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police and past chair of the Show Low Chamber of Commerce Board.
In the past twenty five years he has been a member of and participated in many local groups and organizations. He has been appointed by two Governors to state boards and is a past President of the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police. Mr. Corder’s interests include classic cars, art and music. He and his wife Janet have two grown children and five grandchildren.
Elizabeth Bierer, MD
Dr. Bierer graduated from Blue Ridge High School and continued her education at the University of Arizona. After graduating from the U of A with a B.S. in Psychology, Dr. Bierer spent a year in South Carolina with AmeriCorp VISTA assisting Commune-i-Care, a not for profit organization, helping the medically underserved population of the state. After her year with AmeriCorp VISTA, Dr. Bierer was accepted into and began her studies at the U of A’s College of Medicine. Dr. Bierer is Board Certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.
Doug Wright, D.O.
Doug Wright, D.O., Chief of Medical Staff, joined the Active Medical Staff at Summit Healthcare in November, 2000. His specialty is Emergency Medicine. Dr. Wright attended Medical School at the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Des Moines, Iowa. His Internship was at Bi-County Community Hospital in Warren, Michigan and his Residency was at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan.
Foundation Board Member
Neil Traver is the APS Division Manager for Navajo and Northern Gila counties. A certified public accountant by training, Neil joined APS in financial operations in 2006. In 2010, he joined APS’ Fossil Division and moved to the Cholla Power Plant in Joseph City, where he oversaw the financial operations for Cholla and the Four Corners Power Plant near Farmington New Mexico. He was promoted into his current role in 2018, and manages the energy delivery for communities throughout Northeastern Arizona including Winslow, Holbrook, Snowflake, Taylor, Show Low, Payson and Star Valley.
Having grown up in St. John’s, Neil is grateful that APS afforded him the opportunity to return to the region. He is committed to the communities he serves and is active on a number of boards in addition to his role on the Summit Healthcare Foundation.
He is on the Show Low Chamber of Commerce board of directors, an ambassador with the Snowflake/Taylor Chamber of Commerce board of directors and is a class member in the 2018-19 White Mountain Leadership program. He also participates as a Boy Scout troop leader.
Neil enjoys anything outdoors and is an avid hunter, fisher, camper and skier. He and his wife, Beth, live in Snowflake with their three children.