Our Board of Directors
Vice-President: Molly Molloy, MLIS (Master of Library & Information Science) is a professor, research librarian and Latin American studies specialist at the New Mexico State University Library. She is the creator and editor of the Frontera List, a newsgroup for sharing border and Latin American journalism, research and current affairs information with a focus on the U.S.-Mexico border region. Molly is a writer, editor and translator and is the author of books and articles on the border in areas of human rights, economics and violence.
Secretary: Carla Molina
Treasurer: Darren Brown, LISW, is a therapist at the Fort Bliss Spectrum Health Care Resources Center, serving soldiers returning from combat, and in private practice in Las Cruces, NM. His prior experience includes social work and case management at Ambercare, Catholic Charities and as a teacher within the Chicago school district.
Maria Ortiz, MSW, MA is a college assistant professor for the School of Social Work at New Mexico State University. She has taught undergraduate and graduate coursework and coordinates the undergraduate social work practicum experience placements. Her interests include the learning/teaching process, the cultural and linguistic aspects of social work service delivery, the role of social workers in making basic services accessible to marginalized clients and the role of oppression and discrimination in social and economic welfare. She has experience coordinating Adult Basic Education services, and she currently serves in the Child Abuse and Neglect Citizen Review Board.
Antonio Lujan, MSW is a former state legislator in NM and has worked as a social worker and administrator for over 40 years. He is a former professor of behavioral health at Pan American University and New Mexico State University, and has worked within social ministries with the Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces as well as for the the National Campaign for Human Development.
John Funk, LISW/LCSW is a social worker at Ft. Bliss SRRC bldg., serving soldiers coming back from and going to deployments, often to the war effort. He also provides psychotherapy 3 nights a week in Las Cruces at Las Cruces Behavioral Medicine Assoc. (Dr. Gabriel Hernandez), and on Saturdays for a Counseling agency (Wellconnect) in El Paso, Tx.
Julia Hansen, BA serves as the Interim Curator of Exhibits at the Branigan Cultural Center. She has worked in behavioral health and special education since 1974 and has 35 years of experience in business management. She has been active in child advocacy and Democratic politics since moving to Las Cruces in 1991.
Laura Bemis, BA is an administrator at the Southern New Mexico Rehabilitation Center with prior experience in administration with the United Way and the Girl Scouts Council of Wyoming. She is co-founder of Crossroads Community Supported Healthcare and the Friends of the Rehab Center. Her past experience includes the United Way and the Girl Scouts Council of Wyoming.
Ryan Bemis, DOM, MACOM is co-founder and works as both a trainer and an acupuncturist at Crossroads Community Supported Healthcare. He has over 15 years of experience in social services and community health as a recovery counselor, researcher and consultant. He is a contributing writer in areas of behavioral health, addictions, community acupuncture, and humanitarian aid for AcuTake, Guidepoints, and the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association.
As a non-profit organization Crossroads Community Supported Healthcare (DBA Crossroads Acupuncture) works to make healthcare accessible and affordable in three ways.
1. Low-Cost Services: We provide services at the lowest cost possible for people seeking care, regardless of class, income level, sex, sexual orientation, religion, race or ethnicity. Access to health care is a human right and it is our mission to work in every way to allow our community can access care when they need help. If you’d like to make an appointment at our community acupuncture clinic, click here.
2. Capacity Building: We realize that techniques such as acupuncture are much more effectively administered and more accessible to low-income groups when front-line health providers have the capacity to provide protocol based treatments for the patients that they serve. Therefore we train local providers in cost-effective techniques such as acudetox/ear acupuncture. Our trainees work within a variety of self-help, addictions, medical and behavioral health programs, primarily within impoverished areas targeting the indigent, the poor and underserved groups. To date, we have trained over 86 providers who have offered more than 20,000 treatments since 2011. Learn more about this project and how our Las Cruces clinic supports it.
3. Consultation: We also help underserved groups establish and sustain their own community-supported health projects. Our consultation has offered support for churches, recovery programs, shelters for the homeless and mentally ill, orphanages, and for free medical clinics such as St. Luke’s Health Clinic at the Community of Hope in Las Cruces. Consultation may include technical support, curriculum development, materials supply, evaluation, public policy research and guidance for regulatory issues. For support for your organization, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
More about our model
The Crossroads Community Supported Healthcare model draws from many different traditions and philosophies. These include the NADA ear acupuncture (acudetox) model originating in the 1970’s, the barefoot doctor movement implemented by China and the World Health Organization (WHO), the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) movement, and various types of health cooperatives including the Community Acupuncture (POCA) movement. Crossroads’ membership program (i.e. $75 a month or $800 annual rates) has been adapted in part from the CSA model.
From each of these models, we learn new, simple, humane, cost-effective and people-centered ways to provide client-centered care and empower underserved groups. Our model focuses on techniques that can be accessible within mainstream health care as well as within local community centers, such as acudetox, community acupuncture, and moxa.