Directors and Advisory Council

Crossroads is guided by a Board of Directors, Advisory Council, and an Executive Director.

Board of Directors

President: Dalila Bothwell, BS, MA, has served in the wellness community since she was a teenager in southern Arizona.  A recent transplant to the border region from New York City where she served as Deputy Director of New York Insight Meditation Center for nearly 10 years, she has returned to her southwestern roots.  While in New York she volunteered with various culinary and nutrition organizations educating and cooking with the local community in the area of fresh, whole foods and healthy eating habits.  A graduate of culinary school, Dalila also practices Ayurvedic nutrition, Bach Flower Essence therapy and Insight meditation.  She currently works for the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA and mentors meditators in Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield’s meditation programs. She is happy to support Crossroads Acupuncture and its role in providing quality accessible healthcare to the Southern New Mexico community.

Vice President: Sarah Hychka, BA serves as the current Business Office Team Lead at Mesilla Valley Physical Therapy.  Sarah’s background includes nine years serving as a board member of The New Mexico Friends of Wellness, a local non-profit organization that promotes stroke awareness in the community.  She is apprenticed to a local ceramic artist and has participated in the Empty Bowls Fundraiser.  She joined the board of Crossroads Acupuncture because she believes that all people should have access to affordable medical care and that helping to build community- supported health projects will enrich the lives of all who reside there.

Treasurer:  Veronica Lynch is an accomplished Revenue Cycle Consultant, with over 20 years of experience in the Healthcare Industry including background in patient access, patient accounting and financial services management, hospital information technology implementations, and a variety of other areas in healthcare management.  Veronica serves on the Dona Ana Community College Billing and Coding committee and serves the Vista College Council for Coding and Billing in Las Cruces New Mexico. Veronica is a certified SMS McKesson, Meditech, QuadraMed, professional and hospital billing.  Veronica has also worked as a consultant in policy development, standardized procedures and system work flows. She lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico, is interested Native American folk art and has love for trekking and backpacking she has over 7,000 miles logged and counting.

Secretary:  Vickie Hale worked as a confidential executive assistant to the Warden of High Desert State Prison, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) performing a variety of administrative and secretarial duties for 20 years.  She worked for the non-profit organization Prison Employees Need Your Support, at High Desert State Prison, which raised money for staff going through catastrophic events.  She also served for 12 years on the State of California Elections Board in Susanville, California.  She has recently retired with her husband to Las Cruces, NM to be near their son and his family. It’s important to Vickie that she will be working with Crossroads Acupuncture in obtaining their mission of affordable healthcare in the community and beyond.

Member at Large: Laura Bemis has over 10 years as an Administrative Assistant at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Southern New Mexico, and resource development with the United Way and marketing and volunteer management at the Girl Scout Council of Wyoming.  Laura is co-founder of Crossroads Community Supported Healthcare and the New Mexico Friends of Rehab. She currently serves as co-Vice-President for Membership for the American Association of University Women in Las Cruces.

Member at Large:  Alisha Edmiston is a licensed clinical social worker practicing in the community of Las Cruces, New Mexico. She has experience in both macro and micro practice levels of social work, and she values focusing on individual change while acknowledging the larger impact of community outreach. Alisha has a background in education and has a passion for establishing a love for literacy in children at a young age. For many years, Alisha was a professional cyclist and triathlete and traveled over many different parts of the world competing. This allowed her to be exposed to different cultures, deepening her appreciation of diversity. Alisha is happy to be a part of the Crossroads mission as an at-large board member and looks forward to seeing what the future brings for our organization.

Member at Large:  Maria Cabrera was born and raised in New York City.  She has worked as property manager for high end buildings in New York City for over 25 years. Volunteered as a facilitator for the Hispanic population in a woman’s minimum prison and started a support group on the lower east side of Manhattan for woman with addictions.  Maria retired and relocated to New Mexico one year ago and since then has started a woman’s empowering support group here in Las Cruces.  She is happy to support Crossroads Acupuncture and its vision and the wellness of Southern New Mexico.

Advisory Council

Hermán García, Former Regents/Distinguished Professor of Education Emeritus from the College of Education at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces.

Sara Ibarra, NADA Trainer and Secretary for Promotores Descalzos,  Diocese of Cd Juarez, MX

Charlie Roberts,  Certified Public Accountant, NM, Ebbs Roberts Head and Daw, INC

Molly Molloy, MLIS, professor, research librarian and Latin American studies specialist at the New Mexico State University

David Eisen, L.Ac., MSW, OMD(am) Director of Quest Center for Integrative Health, Portland, OR, Co-founder of National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA)

Blake Gentry, Co-founder and director of Guatemalan Acupuncture and Medical Aid Project (GUAMAP)

Demetra Markis, LAc, Founder and Director of Yerba Buena Community Acupuncture, San Francisco, CA

Peter Goodman, Attorney at Law, Photojournalist, Las Cruces Community Radio

Executive Director

Ryan Bemis, DOM, MACOM, RT is co-founder and works as Executive Director, NADA Trainer and an acupuncturist at Crossroads Community Supported Healthcare.  He is co-founder and teacher Crossroads’ training programs in the border region.  Ryan trained over 220 health workers in the border region including providers at University of New Mexico Hospitals, Catholic churches, US federally qualified health centers, addictions programs and indigenous health programs in the Taos Pueblo, Tarahumara, Acoma, Ysleta del Sur and Navajo communities.  He is US nationally certified by the NCCAOM licensed by the state of New Mexico as a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, in the and is certified in NM as a supervisor for behavioral health programs that utilize ear acupuncture.   He received his education in acupuncture at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland, OR and Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx, NY. His experience includes working at acupuncture-based clinics such as the Warrior Resilience Center and the Interdisciplinary Pain Management Clinic at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, TX, as well as Hooper Detox Center, Project Quest, and Outside In in Portland, OR.  He is a contributing writer for America Magazine, FronteraList and AcuTake.  He has worked as a policy and public health program consultant and advocate for the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association and other public health and addictions programs.

To reach us, email crossroadsacu@gmail.com.

 

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