Wilson Peak.jpeg

Telluride Medical Center Board of Directors

Members of the Telluride Medical Center's Board of Directors are elected or appointed and have different term expirations.

Notice of Regular Meetings

PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that the regular meetings of the Board of Directors of the Telluride Hospital District, San Miguel County, Colorado, will be held at the San Miguel County Commissioners chambers, 333 W. Colorado Avenue, 2nd Floor, Telluride, Colorado, on the Fourth Friday of the month, except April at 8:30 a.m.; at which meetings the Board will take up regular business of the District and any other matters as may come before the Board. These meetings are open to the public.

Notice of the Telluride Hospital District Executive Director Finalists

pursuant to C.R.S. § 24-6-402(3.5)

(1) Karen Winkelmann

CERTIFICATION OF POSTING On June 26, 2019, A. Tokarz did post the above public notice as required by law


Upcoming Board Meetings

TRMC Dark Green-01.png



richard betts trmc board of directors

Richard Betts

Elected Member Since : August 2015
Term Expires : May 2022

Richard Betts has called Telluride home for almost 30 years and is the founder and owner of ASAP Accounting and Payroll, Inc., which provides payroll and accounting solutions to clients in over 40 states. Betts served as the first Chairman of the Telluride Medical Center Board and has been a member of Telluride Foundation board since its establishment. He currently serves as Chair of the Audit Committee. Richard served a three-year term on the Connect for Health Colorado board and another nine years on the Telluride Historical Museum board. Richard was instrumental in the restoration of the Miners Hospital Building while on the board and received a Stephen H. Hart award for historical restoration excellence in recognition of his work


Dr. Robert Pinkert

Dr. Robert Pinkert

Elected Member Since : July 2016
Term Expires : May 2020

Dr. Robert Pinkert has spent his entire professional career in health care. In addition to serving patients and the public for decades, he has hands on experience in planning and constructing medical facilities. Specifically, he spent 35 years in clinical practice and is a founder and managing partner of one of the largest ophthalmic practices in the country. As a manager he has overseen the expansion and construction of existing and new medical facilities in both rural and urban communities. Pinkert also has experience in medical compliance. As a gubernatorial appointee, he served on the Arizona Board of Optometry for eight years, including two years as President.



Chris Chaffin

Appointed Member Since : May 2018
Term Expires :  May 2022

Chaffin is a former Trustee of the Urban Land Institute, a non-profit land use organization providing leadership in the field of land use on an international scale (www.uli.org). Chaffin obtained an MBA at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and a BA in American Studies, and Honor program at the University of Virginia. Chaffin has served on the Open Space Commissions for both the Town of Telluride and San Miguel County. He is currently a member of the Valley Floor River Restoration Committee whose purpose is to return the San Miguel River along the valley floor to its pre-mining ecological condition. Chaffin can also be found chasing his kids around the San Juans while skiing, biking, fishing, hiking, or coaching hockey.


Laila Benitez

Laila Benitez

Appointed Member Since : July 2019
Term Expires :  May 2020

Prior to moving to Mountain Village, Laila designed and directed clinical research studies focused on the use of ablative lasers in the treatment of coronary artery disease and liver cancer. She graduated from California State University at Fullerton with a B.S. degree in Biological Sciences, with an emphasis in tumor immunology.

Laila has served on the Mountain Village Town Council since July of 2015 and has served as Mayor since July of 2017.

In 2015, Laila worked with colleagues from Mountain Village, Telluride and San Miguel County to draft and pass a ballot measure to form the San Miguel Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART). She served as the Chair of SMART from November 2016 through January 2019. 

Additionally, Laila serves on the Telluride Foundation and Telluride Humane Society Boards of Directors and the following Mountain Village committees: Parking and Transportation, Business Development, and Community Grants Committees.

Laila and her husband Anton moved to Mountain Village in 2010.

“We moved here for the beauty of our trails and open spaces, outdoor recreation opportunities, and a transportation system which makes driving almost unnecessary.”

Now after nine years here it’s the strong relationships and deep sense of community that makes the Benitez’s feel so lucky to call this home.


Lynne Beck

Appointed Member Since : May 2018
Term Expires :  May 2022

Bio coming soon.