Cynthia Biehl, Children's Ministry Director
Cynthia has taught school on the Jicarilla Apache and Zuni Pueblo reservations in New Mexico, as well as public school in California for 18 years and Sunday School classes for 11 years. She was her district's mentor for Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English. She additionally has TA’ed for UC Santa Cruz' Sociology Department and been a research assistant in its Education Department. She developed a heart for the Mexican people while teaching adult ELD classes through her local Migrant Education Program.
William W. Krzymowski, M.D.
Bill is Internal medicine physician at The Gallup Indian Medical Hospital. When not involved in his medical career or reading, Bill is either to be found playing his viola or climbing the 14 thousand foot high mountains of Colorado. Bill most recently played in The World Doctors Orchestra Memorial Concert, September 11, 2011 in Washington, DC. He enjoys playing in a Gallup ensemble which gives local concerts.
Richard P. Stam, M.D.
Richard and his wife Elaine came to New Mexico in 1969 with a commitment to work for two years at Rehoboth Christian Hospital in Gallup. After Richard’s 35 year career in Pediatrics at Rehoboth and Elaine’s career as housewife, mother of three children and bank marketing executive they moved to Albuquerque. Richard remains committed to the goals of Salud Partners as well as staying active by running and fly fishing. Elaine enjoys cooking and looking after her great grandchildren.
SALUD PARTNERS works with the Northern Tarahumara people in the State of Chihuahua, Mexico, southwest of the City of Chihuahua. It’s a remote, mountainous area that includes Copper Canyon. We have focused our efforts on the Village of Cuchiverachi. Situated at an altitude of 2,000 meters (6,562 feet), Cuchiverachi has 180 residents. The Tarahumara are a native people of northwestern Mexico. In the 16th Century, Spanish explorers forced them to retreat to the Sierra Madre mountains and canyons. Here they have been able to preserve their traditional lifestyle. Many Tarahumara live in natural caves or cliff dwellings and migrate to remote canyons to raise crops of corn and beans and pasture sheep and goats. The Tarahumara language (Rara'muri), dress and traditions are maintained in remote villages. Transportation is often by foot, horse, or burro. The Tarahumara are renowned for their long-distance running ability. The northern and southern Tarahumara population is estimated at 50,000 to 70,000 people. This is rugged country.
Susan A. Krzymowski, P.A. – C
Susan is a career Physician Assistant employed at The Gallup Indian Medical Center. Susan and Bill spent seven years as medical missionaries in Equador and both are fluent in Spanish. They have 3 children and 2 grandchildren. Susan is a rug weaver and enjoys hiking and skiing. A ski retreat near Telluride, Colorado is a welcome get away.
Stephen W. Heath, M.D.
Steven is a retired doctor of Internal Medicine with a distinguished career in Public Heath in clinic practice at The Gallup Indian Medical Center and more recently in an administrative position in Albuquerque. Aida, his wife, is a retired pediatric nurse. They are both active volunteers and after a year of mission work in Guatemala they remain active in Albuquerque
charities including The Roadrunner Food Bank and many hours with their church. They have 2
children and 2 grandchildren. Steve is an avid hiker and Aida is a talented chef. They recently
participated on a pilgrimage in Spain.