Our Founder and Staff
Sister Eleanor Gilmore
Sister Eleanor Gilmore was the founder and first Director of PeaceHealth's El Salvador Health Ministry, a work of love to which she brought the experience of her lifetime, and her love for the people of El Salvador.
As both director and founder, she had the opportunity to live the PeaceHealth and CSJP mission by helping to bring a healing culture to the poor of El Salvador through her own work and that of volunteers. She retired in January, 2009, and now lives in Bellevue, Washington, where she continues to serve on the PeaceHealth Board of Directors and provides pastoral care for the Sisters at St. Mary-on-the-Lake.
Kathy Garcia is Manager of the El Salvador Health Mission. She works and lives in Eugene, Oregon. Kathy leads the El Salvador Health Mission program, organizing mission trips, recruiting volunteers, soliciting donations of medications and cash, and representing PeaceHealth in international health organizations.
Before she became part of the El Salvador Health Mission in 2001, Kathy worked in Radiology and the Cardiac Cath Lab at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eugene. Now she uses her organizational and people skills to make each mission trip a success for volunteers and patients. Kathy says that being a part of an organization offering health care to those in need is a fulfilling experience.
Sister Susan Dewitt
Sister Susan Dewitt began serving as In-country Coordinator for PazSalud in January, 2009, taking the place of PazSalud founder Sister Eleanor Gilmore. She lives in the town of Suchitoto, about an hour to the north of San Salvador, the capital city.
Sister Susan has ministered at Jubilee Women's Center, with the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center, and on a leadership team for the Sisters. As In-country Coordinator, she works out the details of mission trips, connecting with local volunteers, getting needed permits, and continuing relationships with a number of Salvadorans who've been part of PazSalud missions.
Read Sister Susan's Blog.