The Honoring Native Life Team

Caroline Bonham, MD

Teresa Gomez, MA

Bernice Chavez

Cheryl Drapeau

Beverly Gorman, MCSW, MBA

Ryan Sanchez

Caroline Bonham, MD

Community Education Services Manager

Caroline Bonham, MD, is the medical director of Honoring Native Life and the Vice Chair of Community Behavioral Health at the University of New Mexico’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health. She is a psychiatrist with 8 years of experience of providing direct clinical services to indigenous communities in the U.S. Southwest and rural Australia.

Teresa Gomez, MA

Pueblo of Isleta
Community Education Services Manager

Teresa Gomez has dedicated her career to advocating for issues affecting American Indians. In 2006, Teresa was appointed by Governor Bill Richardson to serve as the Deputy Cabinet Secretary for the New Mexico Indian Affairs Department. Teresa has worked extensively with Tribal governments and various governmental agencies at the federal, state, and local levels. She has been instrumental in building and strengthening Tribal-State relations and collaboration. Teresa has played a key role in major policy initiatives including the NM Tribal Infrastructure Act, State-Tribal Collaboration Act, and the Indian Education Act.

Bernice Chavez

Pueblo of San Felipe
Program Coordinator

Bernice Chavez has been employed with UNM CBH since June 2015. Previous to working with UNM, she was employed with the Pueblo of San Felipe for five and a half years where she was instrumental in developing the youth program, Katishtya Youth Leadership Institute, as the youth coordinator. She is currently working toward her associate’s degree in Human Services.

Cheryl Drapeau

Pueblo of Zia
Program Coordinator

Cheryl Drapeau has been employed with UNM CBH since February 2012, and has worked at the University of New Mexico for the past 18 years. She is currently working toward her bachelor’s degree in Native American Studies and Family Studies.

Beverly Gorman, MCSW, MBA

Diné/Navajo
Research Assistance/Program Specialist

Beverly Gorman is Diné (Salt Water born for Rows of Houses Clans). She has a dual Master’s in Clinical Social Work and Business Administration-Government Non-Profit. Her research expertise are in the areas of family systems, grass-roots, community-based, and strength-based approaches addressing mental health needs in Native American communities throughout New Mexico.

Ryan Sanchez

Pueblo of San Felipe, Pueblo of Cochiti
Research Tech

Ryan Sanchez has been employed with UNM CBH since December 2016. Previous to working with UNM, he was a Youth Mentor/Advocate working on a variety of mental health-related initiatives geared toward substance use prevention and suicide prevention under a Systems of Care grant and a Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention Grant. As a result of his roles in the community, he was featured twice in Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, an initiative of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), as a Health Champion. He recently became certified as a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) trainer for the adult, youth and public safety populations.