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Our Team


Samaritan’s employees hail from Hereford, Vega, Umbarger and Canyon; small town folks who understand the special issues involved in rural health care. We look forward to bringing you the care you need, when and where you need it.

Kristi Batenhorst, LBSW

Administrator / Social Worker / Volontier Coordinator

Kristi was born in Vega and has lived in Umbarger for over thirty years with her husband, Roger. They have four daughters and five grandchildren. Kristi graduated with a BSSW in 1996 and has worked for Samaritan Hospice since its inception in 2004. Kristi enjoys meeting new people and helping the patients and families as they begin another journey of life through hospice care.

Stefanie Crockett, FNP

Nurse Practitioner

Stefanie has been married to Blake since 2003.  They live in Canyon with their 3 children Brynleigh, Breccan, and Braylee.  Stefanie graduated from West Texas A&M University with a BSN in 2006 and a MSN as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2010.  She enjoys meeting our patients and providing them and their families with exceptional and personlized care that is centered around dignity and quality of life.

Raquel Balderaz, RN

RN Nurse Supervisor

Raquel was born in Amarillo but raised in Hereford her whole life.  She graduated from Amarillo College in 2014 with her ADN.  Raquel chose to become a Hospice nurse because she has always had a passion for taking care of others.  She believes most people to be scared of end of life care.  She would like to educate others in our community about the love and compassion that Samaritan Hospice can provide.

Desiree Ruiz, RN

RN Case Manager

Desiree lives in Vega, TX with her husband and four girls.  She graduated in 2008 with her nursing degree from WTAMU.  She worked for BSA hospital for 10 years working in many different areas.  She is excited to be working with Samaritan Hospice and is looking forward to providing compassionate care to our patients.

Araseli Castillo, RN

RN Case Manager

Maria Alvarado, CNA

CNA Caregiver

Maria has been a resident of Hereford since 2005.  She is married and has three boys.  She has been with Samaritan Hospice for 3 years and has a passion for taking care of others.


Angela Lucero, RN

Hannah Layman, RN

Brian Hevrin


Brittney Duran


Leah Myers, RN

RN Nurse Supervisor