SALUD PARTNERS works with the indigenous Tarahumara people in the remote mountains of the Copper Canyon. 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.

Our Board of Directors

The Professionals Behind the Missions in Chihuahua, MX


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 and Elaine’s career as a 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.


Stephen W. Heath, M.D.

Stephen is a retired doctor of Internal Medicine with a distinguished career in Public Health in clinical 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 spent many hours with their church.

They have two children and two grandchildren. Steve is an avid hiker and Aida is a talented chef. They recently participated in a pilgrimage in Spain.


Susan A. Krzymowski, P.A. – C

Susan is a career Physician Assistant employed at The Gallup Indian Medical Center. Susan and Bill have spent seven years as medical missionaries in Ecuador and both are fluent in Spanish. They have three children and two grandchildren. Susan is a rug weaver and enjoys hiking and skiing. A ski retreat near Telluride, Colorado is her welcome getaway.


William W. Krzymowski, M.D.

Bill is an 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 14,000 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.

Beth A. Milligan

Beth joins the Board of Salud Partners with more than 25 years of recruiting and human resources experience. She has worked in the fields of industrial automation, aviation, medicine, and engineering research and development. Her responsibilities have included employee and labor relations, maintaining workforce planning, recruiting and hiring, compensation, performance management, and succession planning. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of New Mexico. Beth, and her husband Bryan, live in Albuquerque, NM. They have 5 children and 3 grandchildren. Beth has been an indispensable member of the mission teams and three of their children have been blessed to join Salud Partners in mission trips to Cuchiverachi.