Directors and Advisory Council

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

Board of Directors

President:  Lucia Darlach, Ph.D., is a bilingual child and family psychologist specializing distancing from painful memories via hypnosis to gain a sense of future and hope. She presently works for University of New Mexico Hospitals, North Valley and Atrisco Heritage High School Clinics, serving a varied population and teaching family residents.  Lucia places a great emphasis on patient’s family dynamics, as well as cultural and historical backgrounds as tools for healing, resilience and understanding. She runs bilingual support groups and attempts to form community maps for patients to feel empowered and enamored with their neighborhood. She became the vice-president of Crossroads with the hope of reviving the “Camino Real” alliance of Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Las Cruces, El Paso, and Ciudad Juarez.

Vice-President: Hermán García,is currently retired as Regents/Distinguished Professor of Education Emeritus from the College of Education at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces. He has worked throughout the United States and Latin America/Central America/Mexico (Brazil, Cuba, Perú, Ecuador, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, and others); also, Hermán works with educators, civic personnel, and community development projects that address education, health, civil rights and housing needs including drug/alcohol prevention efforts in poor and indigenous communities.

Secretary: 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.

Treasurer: Bob Peticolas, MPA, is retired. During his career, he managed the software development of financial and actuarial applications in support of several longitudinal studies aimed at assessing the welfare of people from the standpoint of both health and finances. These efforts were funded by several Federal government agencies, including the Federal Reserve, the Department of Labor, and the National Institute on Aging. He also served as a corporate manager in charge of financial forecasting and budgeting. He has testified as a financial expert in both Texas and New Mexico. He joined the board of Crossroads Acupunture to make acupuncture more available in Las Cruces and Juarez.

Carla Molina has over 15 years of experience as a residential/commercial appraiser, serving currently as the community  Senior Appraiser for the Dona Ana County Assessor’s office. She also serves as the Committee Chair for the The Whole Enchilada Fiesta.  She has volunteered her time in the past to causes such as St. Judes Children’s Hospital and La Mesa Lion’s Club.

John Gray, Psy.D., has been an adult clinical psychologist since 1987 with expertise in trauma, anxiety and depression. John presently works for University of New Mexico Hospitals, Southeast Heights Clinic, as both a practitioner and an assistant professor for the school of medicine. He is always eager to learn effective healing methods and became the president of Crossroads after taking the acudetox training in 2014 and visiting Ciudad Juarez with the Border project. He also has vast experience in dialectical behavioral therapy and healing touch, as well as serving refugee and “forgotten” populations. John Gray would like to expand the use of acudetox in the hospital setting to better serve the general public.

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.

Advisory Council

Charlie Roberts,  Certified Public Accountant, NM

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

Shahid Mustafa, Founder of DYGUP

Aaron Sharratt, MA, Co-founder and Director of Development & Administration at La Semilla Food Center and co-owner of Fresh Food Truck, Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Peter Goodman, Attorney at Law, Photojournalist

Executive Director

Ryan Bemis, DOM, MACOM, RT is co-founder and works as Executive Director and an acupuncturist at Crossroads Community Supported Healthcare.   He also works at a clinic treating active duty soldiers, and is co-founder and teacher of a health promotion capacity building program in the Catholic Diocese of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.  Ryan is a registered NADA ear acupuncture trainer, and has trained over 130 health workers in the border region including providers at the University of New Mexico, NMSU, Families and Youth, INC, and St Luke’s Health Clinic.  He is nationally certified by the NCCAOM licensed by the state of New Mexico as a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, in the state of Texas as a Licensed Acupuncturist, 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 for the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association and other public health and addictions programs.  

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