[speaker photo=”http://attendhead2toe.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/azim2012-e1359404705242.png” speaker name=”Azim Khamisa”]Following the murder of his only son Tariq in 1995 through a senseless, gang-related incident, Azim chose the path of forgiveness and compassion rather than revenge, and this amazing choice led to the establishment of the Tariq Khamisa Foundation (TKF) and the subsequent forgiveness movement which has reached millions. A renowned international speaker, Azim has spoken to audiences of adults, juveniles and children, ranging from small schools, to large corporations, to audiences into the thousands, including – on the occasion of a rally in Washington DC in 1996 – a crowd of 300,000. Azim’s focus remains on his vision of a peaceful, non-violent world where adults and children alike make empowering choices. Azim looks forward to delivering his inspiration message to the attendees of Head to Toe.
[speaker photo=”http://attendhead2toe.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/johnson.jpg” speaker name=”James H. Johnson, Jr., Ph.D.” post=”William Rand Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship” company=”UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School “]Jim Johnson is the William Rand Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and director of the Urban Investment Strategies Center at the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise. Johnson’s center focuses on innovative approaches to revitalizing urban areas and on teaching government, community, and nonprofit leaders and managers to become more entrepreneurial and business-like in their operations and service delivery. Johnson is an expert on community and economic development, the effects of demographic changes on the U.S. workplace, interethnic minority conflict in advanced industrial societies, urban poverty and public policy, and workforce diversity issues. [/speaker]
[speaker photo=”http://attendhead2toe.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/ples_felix.jpg” speaker name=”Ples Felix, Jr.”]Ples Felix, Jr. was invited by Azim Khamisa in November 1995 to co-found the Tariq Khamisa Foundation – Youth Violence Prevention Programs, Ples serves as the Board Co-Vice-Chair of the. Their lives became intertwined when Ples, grandfather and guardian of Tony, learned that Tony had killed Azim’s son in a senseless, gang-related murder. Ples and Azim have worked together to bring their story and message of forgiveness and compassion to countless young people through their Foundation. Ples worked for the City of San Diego Community and Economic Development Department as a Special Incentives Manager for 21 years and then retired. He holds an MA degree from the New School for Social Research in NY City, a BA degree in Political Science from San Diego State University and has served in the US Army in Vietnam. His most recent award is a 2009 Local Hero of the Year, Community Activism Award from KPBS/Union Bank of California.[/speaker]
Javier Aceves is the medical director of Young Children’s Health Center and is involved in improving the health of families living in the southeast Heights of Albuquerque. Dr. Aceves began his career in medicine with an interest in developing programs and providing direct services to populations who experience challenges in accessing healthcare. Upon graduating in pediatrics, his interests began to focus on children with special healthcare needs and disabilities. Dr. Aceves initially joined the University of New Mexico School of Medicine when he accepted the position of director of pediatrics at Carrie Tingley Hospital. He then became involved with the Los Lunas Hospital and Training School at the invitation of the chief medical officer of the Department of Health.
Jessica Apodaca is a consultant with the New Mexico Tobacco-Free Schools Project. She is a prevention specialist with the Santa Fe Public Schools, Office of Student Wellness, and holds a master’s degree in public health.
Jessica Aufrichtig, LMSW currently works with the New Mexico Public Education Department as the teen parent support coordinator and has more than 16 years of experience as a social worker serving children and families in New Mexico. She oversees a project focused on increasing support, resources and access to health, education and social services for pregnant and parenting teens and their children through collaboration with NM GRADS, school-based health centers, school and community partners and the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office. Ms. Aufrichtig also provides technical assistance to two school districts implementing a teen dating violence awareness campaign.
Michael Barker is a prevention associate working for the Torrance County DWI program. Although he spends most of his time inside the local schools teaching the prevention of bullying and substance abuse, Mr. Barker is also the coordinator of the county’s Teen Court program.
Gabriella Blakey, MA is the founding principal of Health Leadership High School. She previously worked as a teacher and school administrator in Seattle, Washington and Albuquerque, New Mexico. As a school administrator, Ms. Blakey worked to transform schools into learning communities focused on the belief that all students can learn and encourage staff to embrace ideas that are radically different than those that have been used to guide schools in the past.
Mark Boschelli is a behavioral health clinical director for Presbyterian Medical Services and is licensed as an independent professional clinical counselor and a licensed drug and alcohol addiction counselor in New Mexico. He is also a nationally approved clinical supervisor. At Presbyterian Medical Services, he supervises licensed counselors on the 24-hour hotline and directs two school-based behavior health centers for adolescents co-located at the two public high schools in Santa Fe. Mr. Boschelli started his professional psychology career in Illinois on one of the first crisis hotline-linked mobile psychiatric crisis intervention teams in the nation.
Dan Burke has been the State’s STD program manager since 2009. He also managed, on an interim basis, the HIV Services Program for more than a year. Mr. Burke came to New Mexico from the University of California, Berkeley as an intern with the Department of Health. He has previously worked in Family Planning, Health Promotion, Primary Care and the Santa Fe Public Schools in positions ranging from teaching about pregnancy prevention to planning new facilities.
Laurel Burnett, LMHC, NCC
Laurel Burnett, LMHC, NCC is a licensed mental health counselor in New Mexico and a licensed clinical professional counselor in Maryland and national certified counselor; she also holds a Certificate in Thanatology from the Association of Death Education and Counseling. Ms. Burnett has experience in the fields of separation and divorce, bereavement, abuse, domestic violence, substance abuse and hospice. She has worked as a counselor for 15 years in several non-profit organizations, a group private practice and private practice. Ms. Burnett has special interest with life-transitions related to career-change, blended families, separation and divorce, aging and elder-care issues.
Alejandra Casarrubias, RN
Alejandra Casarrubias, RN is a sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) and a speaker that has been involved in helping victims throughout her career. Over the last ten years, Ms. Casarrubias worked with non-profit agencies and organizations in an effort to start the healing process of the victims and patients seen. As a survivor of domestic violence and sexual assault, she has helped organizations and members of her community with the care, translations and interpretations needed to start their path to become survivors of abuse.
Tom Chavez, M.A.
Tom Chavez, M.A. is a doctoral student in counseling psychology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and currently a clinical child psychology intern at the University Of New Mexico, Department of Psychiatry. He is originally from Espanola Valley and has worked with youth in various capacities within community, psychiatric, juvenile justice, school, and research settings in New Mexico, New York and Wisconsin. The promotion of self and other understanding in context to social-emotional well-being and social justice is a driving force in his work with youth and their families. Mr. Chavez has accomplished part of this work through facilitating Diversity Dialogues with administrators, college students, and elementary and high school students.
MaryAnne Chavez, RNC, BSN
MaryAnne Chavez, RNC, BSN is currently the Albuquerque SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners) Collaborative, follow-up nurse liaison within the Department of Health-Refugee Health Program. She is also employed as an intensive care unit nurse with the Children’s Hospital of New Mexico. As a registered nurse with 15 years of experience centered in pediatrics, school nursing, public health, women’s health and forensic nursing; she has a strong desire to help children and families in a state of crisis and after trauma. Ms. Chavez is currently pursuing her masters of science of nursing and is enrolled in a family nurse practitioner program.
Christine Cogil, CFNP, MSN
Christine Cogil, CFNP, MSN is a family nurse practitioner and clinical instructor at the University of New Mexico College of Nursing. She has worked in school-based health clinics in New Mexico and, at the University of New Mexico, teaches adult health to students who are preparing to become family nurse practitioners. Ms. Cogil also practices with Family Health Partnerships, a clinic sponsored by the College of Nursing. While she sees patients of all ages, her focus has been developing and providing well-child visits in a group format for infants up to one year of age, their parents and other caregivers. Her scholarly focus is to increase nurses’ skills in oral health assessment and treatment as part of the holistic model of care that nurses strive to provide.
Rita Condon, BS
Rita Condon, BS is the Healthy Kids New Mexico program manager. Ms. Condon has led the New Mexico Department of Health’s BMI population-based monitoring effort in elementary schools throughout New Mexico for the past three years. She has trained school nurses and health staff, nursing school students, physical education teachers and other school staff to use the Department of Health standard measurement protocol and has measured over 9,000 elementary school children. Ms. Condon works statewide on childhood obesity prevention initiatives where children live, learn and play. She is also a nutritionist with 20 years of experience educating communities about healthy eating and active living.
Janie Corinne is the coordinator of the New Mexico Tobacco-Free Schools Project. Her areas of focus are qualitative research, substance abuse prevention, tobacco prevention and control, maternal and child health and personal development. Ms. Corinne holds a master’s degree of public health and has 21 years of experience planning, implementing and evaluating community health projects.
Sarah Couch, LMSW
Sarah Couch, LMSW works with young people and families on substance abuse and suicide prevention and the promotion of health and wellness. She focuses on youth and family participation, empowerment and leadership by educating young people and families on effective strategies to take ownership of their lives and responsibility for their community. Ms. Couch also works across systems to shift agency culture and help people understand and integrate authentic youth and family engagement and participation opportunities.
Meg Curtin Rey-Bear
Meg Curtin Rey-Bear is a licensed professional clinical mental health counselor who owns a private practice, New Solutions Therapy. Previously, Ms. Curtin Rey-Bear worked with adolescents with substance abuse issues and their families at the Center for Family and Adolescent Research for more than ten years. She is trained in a variety of evidence-based behavior therapies, as well as with working with the parents of treatment resistant teens in identifying effective ways to motivate them to seek therapy. Ms. Curtin Rey-Bear has also worked as a project coordinator on several National Institutes of Health funded treatment grants. In addition to her work as a therapist, Ms. Curtin Rey-Bear has been a guest lecturer for the University of New Mexico’s counseling program and national sports program, as well as speaking to teens, parents, and educators in various school and community environments about drug prevention and intervention issues throughout the community.
George Davis, MD
George Davis, MD currently directs psychiatric services in the New Mexico Department of Children, Youth and Families and is a child and adolescent psychiatrist with primary expertise in public sector care delivery for underserved and severely disabled populations. Dr. Davis is the former training director for child psychiatry, vice chair for child psychiatry at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and staff psychiatrist for the Indian Health Service. His specialties include juvenile forensic psychiatry, extreme behavior disturbances in young children, the behavioral consequences of neglect and abuse and developmental delays in children.
Bob Deane, MA LPCC
Bob Deane, MA LPCC is a therapist in Santa Fe and handles the same-day suicide assessments for the entire Santa Fe Public School District. He has worked with at-risk children, teens and families for 25 years.
Barbara deNevers, CFNP
Barbara deNevers, CFNP is a nurse practitioner with Las Clinicas del Norte. She is the medical provider for the full-time school-based health center at Pojoaque High School which is participating in the School-Based Health Center Improvement Project initiative. Ms. deNevers graduated with her master of science in nursing from the University of New Mexico and has more than 20 years of nursing experience.
Cheri Dotson, RN, BSN, MA
Cheri Dotson, RN, BSN, MA is the lead nurse and 504 coordinator for Santa Fe Public Schools. She has been involved with school nursing for 30 years in El Paso, Texas and Santa Fe, New Mexico and has worked in 504 coordination for four years for Santa Fe Public Schools. Ms. Dotson currently coordinates nursing services with a staff of 42 answering questions about 504’s from administrators and staff at more than 30 schools. She earned her bachelor of science in nursing from Arizona State University and completed a tour of duty with the Air Force Nurse Corps before completing her masters in counseling and psychology from New Mexico State University.
CJ Fishgrab is the Second Chance program coordinator with Big Brothers Big Sisters. Originally working in the residential environment, Ms. Fishgrab began working with the Second Chance Program through Big Brothers Big Sisters, a program designed to reduce recidivism through the use of mentors in our community. Previously, she tutored at Mount Carmel Girls Home in Gallup, New Mexico. Ms. Fishgrab has completed both her bachelors and masters degrees and has continued to work with youth in various capacities from direct care and case management, to program management in group homes, detention alternative settings, as well as residential treatment.
Tara Ford is the co-director of Pegasus Legal Services for Children. She has been involved in children’s legal issues for 20 years and often teaches as an adjunct faculty at the University of New Mexico School of Law. Ms. Ford also regularly works with state and community stakeholders to develop policies that support children in New Mexico. Ms. Ford was awarded the Children’s Champion in Legal Advocacy from Parents for Behaviorally Different Children and was recognized by the State Bar of New Mexico for her “Outstanding Contribution to People with Disabilities.” In 2010, Ms. Ford was honored to receive the Patty Jennings Citizen Advocacy Award from New Mexico Voices for Children. She has been recognized the National Association for Children as a Child Welfare Law Specialist since 2006.
Yvonne Garcia, LISW is currently a clinical school social worker with Albuquerque Public Schools. Ms. Garcia has 10 years of school social work experience with a strength-based focused, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Model as well as an RTI (Response to Intervention) “multi-disciplinary systems” approach to working in the school setting.
Anna Marie Garcia, M. Ed.
Anna Marie Garcia, M. Ed. works with the Los Alamos National Laboratories Foundation as the program director for the First Born Home Visiting program. She also teaches early childhood courses at both Santa Fe Community College as well as Northern New Mexico College. Ms. Garcia worked as a private early childhood educational consultant for 15 years before moving to Costa Rica for a year to develop an inclusive special education program for a bilingual, environmental education school. She has extensive experience in early intervention and relationship-based home visitation.
Maria Garza is currently the youth leaders coordinator at Enlace Comunitario. She oversees all aspects of youth leadership training and co-facilitates some family strengthening classes. Ms. Garza has worked in different capacities for Enlace Comunitario over the past 11 years. Specifically, she has worked with Latino children and teens affected by domestic violence.
Todd Goldblum, MD
Todd Goldblum, MD is the pediatric ophthalmologist at Family & Children’s Eye Center of New Mexico. Dr. Goldblum has been practicing pediatric ophthalmology in Albuquerque for more than 17 years. After completing his medical degree at Case Western Reserve University, he served residencies in both pediatrics and ophthalmology. He then completed a pediatric ophthalmology fellowship at University of Minnesota. Dr. Goldblum has served as the principal investigator for the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group, volunteer faculty at the University of New Mexico Department of Surgery and as medical director of the New Mexico Lions’ Operation Kidsight. Dr. Goldblum successfully submitted the bill “Save Our Children’s Eyesight Fund” in 2007 saw it signed into law by Governor Richardson.
Janie Lee Hall, RN, PNP
Janie Lee Hall, RN, PNP is a school health advocate for the New Mexico Department of Health. Ms. Hall has 37 years of nursing experience, with an emphasis in school and public health in Native American communities. She has worked as the Northwest Region School Health Advocate with the New Mexico Department of Health since 1996. In that role, she has been involved in the establishment of school health assistant licensure rules, facilitated statewide training for school health assistants, and provided consultation for school nurses regarding safe and appropriate delegation.
Beth Hamilton is the executive director of the New Mexico Alliance for School-Based Health Care (NMASBHC), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. NMASBHC represents more than 80 school-based health centers within New Mexico and collaborates with other partners to promote, facilitate, and advocate for comprehensive, culturally competent health care, including health education in schools. Ms. Hamilton taught school for 16 years in rural West Virginia and on the Navajo Nation in New Mexico before becoming the coordinator of the Cuba Schools Wellness Center, then transitioning into the role of executive director at NMASBHC in January 2011.
Keith Haynie, DNP, RN, FNP-BC
Keith Haynie, DNP, RN, FNP-BC is an assistant professor and family nurse practitioner at the University of New Mexico College of Nursing. He works with the family and acute nurse practitioner programs as well as the undergraduate nursing programs in lecture, preceptorship, fieldwork and site evaluation, and course facilitation as an assistant professor. Mr. Haynie’s doctoral work focused on the homeless experience of homeless populations in Bernalillo County, New Mexico. He has roughly 20 years of intermittent EMS experience, 11 years of experience as an ER/Trauma/Flight nurse, and four years of experience as a family nurse practitioner. His current practice includes the startup, management and care provision of a school-based health center at a local charter school, work with substance abuse and dependence at a local detoxification center, and in local emergency rooms.
Ron Hofius is the public relations chairperson of the Greater Albuquerque Area Narcotics Anonymous (NA). Mr. Hofius is a member of Narcotics Anonymous, a 12-step fellowship modeled after Alcoholics Anonymous which focuses on recovery from addiction to any drug through involvement in a local community of recovering peers. Mr. Hofius found recovery in 1979, and has remained drug-free for the past 33 years, devoting much of that time to NA service. In the 1980s, Ron accepted employment at the world headquarters of NA in Los Angeles and spent five years as editor of the fellowship’s international journal. He has just completed a 12-year commitment as a world board member of NA and in that role, participated in developing and facilitating workshops designed to simulate NA community development throughout the world.
Penny Holland, LPCC
Penny Holland, LPCC is a clinical counselor at a school-based health center and in private practice. She has developed and presented trainings on the impact of trauma, for educators and health professionals throughout New Mexico. She also assists in training clinicians and social organizations in a new understanding of trauma and its healing. Ms. Holland’s approach encourages us to quiet ourselves, develop mindfulness, attend to relationships and increase our focus on the joy and beauty in our lives.
Jenn Jevertson, MS
Jenn Jevertson, MS is a program manager at the Santa Fe Mountain Center (SFMC) and oversees SFMC’s bullying prevention program, named Adventures in a Caring Community. She is well-versed in issues of bullying, included bullying towards LGBTQ students; and has presented at local, national, and international conferences. Ms. Jevertson has more than 14 years of experience providing experiential programs to adjudicated and at-risk youth and has developed anti-bullying curriculum and programs for elementary through high schools students.
Julia M. Kennedy, Psy.D.
Julia M. Kennedy, Psy.D. is the Juvenile Justice Facilities Behavioral Health director with the Children, Youth and Families Division. In this role, Dr. Kennedy conducts research on bullying behavior and risk factors for juvenile incarceration. Dr. Kennedy also chairs the Child Fatality Review Committee for Suicide. Previously, Dr. Kennedy was an early intervention provider for the State of Illinois, where she was also a consultant and provider for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
Jill VonOsten is an organizational development consultant and trainer. She helps business, government and non-profits organizations initiate and manage change to realize their full potential. Ms. VonOsten’s 25-year career has been dedicated to organizational development and community capacity building, both in the public and private sectors. She previously served as the executive director of the New Mexico Ethics Alliance, a non-profit organization that provided ethics training, resources and consultation to organizational leaders to build capacity and foster a culture of ethics within their organizations. Ms. VonOsten is active in the community and volunteers for and supports varied interests, including: serving for many years as chair of the Sandoval County Community Health Council, participating in domestic violence prevention, environmental protection, and school-based and community-based health and human services efforts. Ms. VonOsten holds a bachelors of arts in sociology and a master of business administration.
Jennifer Weiss is the executive director of the Heroin Awareness Committee, a 501(c)3 non-profit located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Ms. Weiss earned her bachelors in information technology and masters of business administration from the University of New Mexico. She started the Heroin Awareness Committee in April 2010, shortly after finding out her 16 year old son was a heroin addict. She is an advocate for families and addicts suffering from addiction and works with members of the Heroin Awareness Committee to raise awareness and educate our communities on the opiate epidemic affecting our state.
Adrien Lawyer is the executive director of the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico. Mr. Lawyer has a long history of activism in the LGBT community. In his capacity as executive director, he sits on many task forces, including groups that are suggesting policy to Albuquerque Public Schools regarding transgender students and staff and New Mexico’s Community Planning and Action Group which guides HIV planning for the state. He is a transgendered man, a spouse and a father working for equality and accessible resources for the entire transgender community.
Marie Leyba currently works as the project coordinator for the Teen Dating Violence Campaign. She is also employed with Espanola Public Schools (EPS) as a regular education school social worker and has worked the EPS district for the past 11 years. She has worked with students from pre-school to high school in one-on-one or group settings, educational support and family support interventions. Ms. Leyba graduated from Highlands University with a bachelors and master’s degree in social work. She initially worked in the non-profit sector for two years as a child and family therapist.
Ron Lucero is currently the Albuquerque Public Schools truancy manager. Formerly the statewide truancy prevention manager for the Public Education Department, Mr. Lucero has been working with families and youth over the last 30 years within both the juvenile and adult corrections systems. Mr. Lucero has extensive experience in management, supervision, program implantation and regulatory compliance. He is a member of the State Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee, the State Juvenile Supervised Release Panel, Jobs for Americas Graduates Advisory Board and is the former state representative to the Federal Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and State Sentencing Commission.
Julie Madrid MA, LPCC
Julie Madrid MA, LPCC is currently the assistant clinical manager at Solace Crisis Treatment Center where she is a therapist and trains master’s level interns and other health professionals in Evidence Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques for work with clients in crisis. Trained in EMDR, brainspotting, trauma resiliency and clinical hypnosis, she began her career working with domestic violence issues, juvenile sex offenders and sexually reactive children. Ms. Madrid has been serving youth and families for more than 12 years. She is a graduate of the Adams State College with a bachelor of arts in psychology and sociology. She earned a master arts degree in counseling from New Mexico Highlands University.
Shelley Mann-Lev, MPH
Shelley Mann-Lev, MPH is the director of the New Mexico Tobacco-Free Schools Project. She currently coordinates programs at the Santa Fe Public Schools in alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention and student safety. Ms. Mann-Lev tracks and advises the Santa Fe Public School District on all substance abuse policies for its schools. She holds a master’s degree in public health and has 20 years of work experience in public schools.
Margaret Matteucci has been a school counselor with Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) for seven years. Ms. Matteucci previously served the APS District Crisis team for the 7seven years that she has served the district. During her time on the crisis team, she has assisted in many crisis interventions and has led and co-led crisis response interventions. In addition to Ms. Matteucci’s crisis team work, she is a founding member of Safe Zone; a group of APS employees that work towards the goal of ensuring that all LGBTQ students feel safe and accepted at school. Ms. Matteucci recently joined the leadership team for Safe Zone, submitted a professional school counselor dossier last spring and achieved her Level III school counseling level.
Kari Meredith is the Teen Dating Violence Project coordinator with the Office of the New Mexico Attorney General. She also sits on the Intimate Partner Violence Death Review Team which reviews facts and circumstances surrounding intimate partner and sexual violence related deaths in New Mexico and leads a statewide program which offers training and technical assistance to law enforcement, social service providers, school staff, community members and students about issues surrounding teen dating violence. Prior to this position, she was part of the legal team that secured the first two human trafficking indictments in New Mexico. Previously working with Child, Youth and Families Department on cases involving child protective services in Arizona and passionately involved as an advocate with local crisis centers and shelters, she brings a wealth of information regarding the continuum of violence, specifically as it relates to victims of domestic violence.
Kristine Meurer, PhD
Kristine Meurer, PhD is the executive director for the Student, Family and Community Supports Division within Albuquerque Public Schools. Dr. Meurer oversees several programs for Albuquerque Public Schools including truancy prevention. She is active at both the national, state and local levels working with health professionals, policy makers, and school districts promoting Coordinated School Health Programs. Dr. Meurer received her doctorate in health promotion from the University of New Mexico and is certified in health and physical education.
Brian Miller, M.A.
Brian Miller, M.A. is a licensed clinical mental health counselor with a private practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He specializes in the treatment of Trichotillomania, compulsive gambling, drug and alcohol addiction, and somatic approaches to the treatment of developmental and sudden onset trauma. Mr. Miller is the only New Mexico therapist trained by The Trichotillomania Learning Center Professional Training Center to treat Trichotillomania and other body-focused repetitive disorders. He holds a master’s degree in counseling from Southwestern College in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Christian Moore, MS
Christian Moore, MS is the founder of “The Why Try Program,” in use by more than 16,000 schools, private and public mental health agencies, group homes and youth detention centers nationwide. The program teaches youth social and emotional skills, and provides them with the motivation and confidence to reach their positive goals and succeed in life. Mr. Moore has several years of experience working with at-risk youth, including work as a school counselor at an alternative high school, as a counselor with the Utah State Department of Youth Corrections and as a youth outpatient therapist at a community mental health agency specializing in adolescents with conduct disorder and learning disabilities.
Mark Munro, MA, LPCC
Mark Munro, MA, LPCC is currently a detective with the Hobbs Police Department specializing in crime against children. Mr. Munro obtained his master of arts in counseling in 1996, and has ten years of clinical experience working with victims and offenders of sexual abuse. Mr. Munro is a clinical member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers and a Department of Public Safety Approved Trainer on topics of mental illness and child abuse.
Sandy Orne-Adams, MA, LPCC, NCC
Sandy Orne-Adams, MA, LPCC, NCC has been the K-12 Level II school counselor for the Moriarty-Edgewood School District for the past 12 years. As part of her duties, she is a district trainer for non-violent crisis intervention through the Crisis Prevention Institute and has been working with the district bus drivers for many years to help maintain consistency between the school day and the bus ride. Additionally, Ms. Orne-Adams maintains a private therapy practice in the Albuquerque and East Mountain areas. Prior to her work in the schools, she was a case worker and advocate for adults with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities both in New Mexico and in Michigan.
Lisa E. Patch, RN, BS, NCSN
Lisa E. Patch, RN, BS, NCSN is the president of the New Mexico School Nurses Association. The Association is dedicated to supporting the professional role of the more than 435 school nurses in the state of New Mexico. This is done through collaboration, education and legislative support on issues affecting the health of students in New Mexico. Ms. Patch has been the director of health services for the Alamogordo Public Schools for 14 years. Before entering school nursing, she worked as a pediatric nurse at Memorial Medical Center in Las Cruces, as well as with a family practice physician and public health.
Robbyn Peters-Bennett, MA, LMHC, CMHS
Robbyn Peters-Bennett, MA, LMHC, CMHS is a child health specialist who has provided psychotherapy to children and families for more than 15 years. Previously, Ms. Peters-Bennett was the administrative and clinical director of Presbyterian’s Kaseman Psychiatric Program, where she implemented the Parental-Child Foundations Program aimed at early intervention and treatment of attachment failures and pregnancy related psychological illness. She was also the clinical director of a long-term residential treatment center for mentally ill children. Ms. Peters-Bennett has worked extensively with at-risk children with Children’s Administration and Catholic Community Services. She is a board advisor for the US Alliance to End the Hitting of Children, an organization committed to ending all forms of violence against children. Ms. Peters-Bennett holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and has received advanced training in Jungian Analytic theory. Ms. Peters-Bennett is currently studying the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics with Child Trauma Academy.
Craig Pierce, PhD, LPCC, LMFT
Craig Pierce, PhD, LPCC, LMFT is the founder and chief executive officer of the Southwest Family Guidance Center and Institute. His areas of specialty include trauma and developmentally informed treatment, neurobiology, couples therapy, family therapy, domestic abuse treatment, and childhood disorders. Dr. Pierce has worked extensively in New Mexico communities and the Albuquerque Public School system providing trainings on Interpersonal Neurobiology with the goal of making educators, clinicians and parents more trauma and developmentally informed. Dr. Pierce is a fellow with the American Psychotherapy Association and has more than 25 years of experience in the mental health field.
Roberta Rael is a founder and the director of Generation Justice, an intergenerational media making project that is committed to social change. Generation Justice operates from the social justice principles of equity, inter-generational connectedness, and civic engagement through media making. Ms. Rael is also the principal of Inspired Leadership Inc. where she offers organizational development and program planning, implementation, curriculum development, evaluation training and facilitation for numerous youth, early childhood development, public health and service organizations across the country.
Rich Ransley, MA, LPCC
Rich Ransley, MA, LPCC has been the clinical manager and supervisor at Solace Crisis Treatment Center for the past seven years. He has additional life experience in the U.S. Army, a federal correctional facility, and the multi-cultural men’s movement. Mr. Ransley believes strongly that “one size never fits all” and began his professional career working with high-needs at risk youth in a variety of settings. He specialized for five years working with juvenile sexual offenders and their families. He has additional experience as a clinical interviewer in a major suicide research project.
Victoria Reed, M.A.
Victoria Reed, M.A. currently works as the Albuquerque Public Schools district crisis team coordinator and has served on the school crisis intervention teams of three school districts. She is an International Critical Incident Stress Foundation Approved Instructor, with more than ten years of experience in school crisis intervention. Ms. Reed has worked in both rural and urban public schools in New Mexico as a school counselor. Ms. Reed also served on the New Mexico Crisis Support Team; working with emergency medical services, fire suppression, law enforcement, and other emergency personnel.
Kate Reynolds, LPCC
Kate Reynolds, LPCC is a clinical supervisor at the SKY Center and leads their comprehensive, agency-wide Mindfulness Project and is the co-founder and director of the Santa Fe Center for Mindfulness where she teaches Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. Ms. Reynolds has been involved with The New Mexico Suicide Intervention Project for 14 years. She researched and created a mindfulness-based stress reduction approach for working with parents, having taught the “Joy of Mindful Parenting” for several years in both Santa Fe and Albuquerque.
Miriam Reza is currently in the 12th grade at Highland High School. She serves as a youth leader and educator for Enlace Comunitario.
Jim Roeber, MSPH
Jim Roeber, MSPH is a Center for Disease Control-funded alcohol epidemiologist with the New Mexico Department of Health. His interests include alcohol-related public health surveillance, policy and prevention support and program evaluation.
Carmela Romero, MA currently works with the Children, Youth and Families Department as the Juvenile Community Corrections program manager and created the recent edition of the Juvenile Community Corrections Program Manual for the State of New Mexico. Prior to her seven years of service with the Children, Youth and Families Department; she was an intern over the span of her collegiate years in New Mexico for various organizations such as Healthcare for the Homeless, The Center for Family and Community Partnerships at the University of New Mexico, Highland Human Services Collaborative and the Albuquerque Boy’s Reintegration Center. Ms. Romero was instrumental in creating The Girls Are Great Group, a female gang prevention and intervention group within the Albuquerque Public School District. Ms. Romero has a master’s degree in family studies from the University of New Mexico.
Judge Freddie J. Romero
Judge Freddie J. Romero serves in the Fifth Judicial District Court as the State District Court Judge, Division II in Chaves County, New Mexico. Prior to his appointment, Judge Romero practiced litigation and has served on numerous local and statewide boards and organizations devoted to the community, children and social work. Judge Romero is chair of the New Mexico Children’s Court Judge’s Association and the Chaves County Comprehensive Strategy Board. He serves on committee by appointment of the New Mexico Supreme Court and is a candidate for a Fellowship as Science Resource Judge for the State of New Mexico. He presides over criminal, civil and domestic cases and is the only judge handling the juvenile delinquency docket and the juvenile drug court for Chaves County. Judge Romero received his bachelors of arts degree in government from New Mexico State University and his Juris Doctor from the University of New Mexico School of Law.
Judge John J. Romero, Jr.
Judge John J. Romero, Jr. serves in the Second Judicial District Court as Presiding Judge of the Children’s Court Division. The cases before him include delinquency matters, child welfare and adoptions. Judge Romero presides over the Program for Empowerment of Girls, an intensive multi-agency juvenile probation program for girls who have some type of violence in their history. Judge Romero is the co-chair of the Children’s Court Improvement Commission and is a member of the Tribal-State Judicial Consortium. He is the first judge in the country to be recognized as a Certified Child Welfare Law Specialist by the National Association of Counsel for Children. In 2011, Judge Romero received the Governor’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his significant contributions to New Mexico through volunteer efforts. Judge Romero is also elected to the Board of Trustees of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.
Demian Rubalcaba is a family and adolescent therapist at the Center for Family and Adolescent Research in Albuquerque and is a recovered heroin and methamphetamine addict. Mr. Rubalcaba is a Self Help Substance Abuse and Addiction Recovery (SMART) -trained facilitator who also leads several groups for young adults facing the challenges of recovery. Mr. Rubalcaba earned his master’s in social work from New Mexico State University and his undergraduate degree in psychology and philosophy from the University of New Mexico.
JoAnn Sartorius, LISW
JoAnn Sartorius, LISW is a licensed clinical social worker who delivers suicide prevention, intervention and postvention workshops to youth, professionals and community members. Her business, Prevention New Mexico, is located in Santa Fe where she is a member of the postvention team that responds to the needs of a community after a suicide has occurred. Prevention has been the emphasis in her work with families and youth since 1975 in a variety of settings, both clinical and educational. For the past 18 years she has focused on suicide prevention and currently is a program manager, consultant and trainer for school based, peer-to-peer suicide prevention programs throughout the state. Mrs. Sartorius was one of the original and primary participants in the Hope for the Heart youth suicide prevention work which begun in the state in 1999 and she has since continued to be active in helping to reduce suicide through her prevention and postvention work.
McKane Sharff, MS
McKane Sharff, MS is a program specialist with Envision New Mexico working on the School-Based Health Center Improvement Project initiative. As a quality improvement coach, she works with School-based Health Centers around New Mexico, with a particular focus on helping sites achieve Patient Centered Medical Home recognition. She has a master’s degree in health policy and more than 10 years of experience working with families and children.
Juan Silva currently a student at Van Buren Middle School. He serves as a youth leader and educator for Enlace Comunitario.
Sally Silva, RN
Sally Silva, RN currently works with Albuquerque SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners) and has been a nurse for 39 years, exploring many areas of nursing practice. Ms. Silva has hospital experience in critical care, burn and wound care, as a nurse manager and liver transplant coordinator. She has also worked as a camp nurse, in a nursing home, coordinated clinical trials and was an occupational health nurse. Ms. Silva has been a member of the New Mexico Medical Disaster Team for 28 years. She became a school nurse in 2004 and is currently in her sixth year at Albuquerque High School.
Grace Spulak is a staff attorney at Pegasus Legal Services for Children. She represents youth in emancipation cases and young parents in family law cases. Ms. Spulak also acts as a guardian ad litem and youth attorney to children and youth in foster care. During the 2009 New Mexico legislative session, Ms. Spulak helped draft legislation allowing youth 14 and older who are parents or living apart from their legal guardians to consent to their own medical treatment. Ms. Spulak has created education and outreach materials for the Youth Law Project and has provided training to youth and youth providers regarding the rights of young parents and mental health rights of youth. She is the chair of the New Mexico Bar’s Children’s Law Section and received her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.
Ashley Swanson is a licensed independent social worker with the Roswell Independent School District. Her experience includes six years working with children grades kindergarten through 12 on behavioral and emotional issues. Ms. Swanson currently works with the special education programs and in the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) classroom providing intensive early interventions and strategies to students in grades kindergarten to third grade. She also serves on the districts ASD Team providing consultation and education to parents, staff and teachers. Previously, she worked for the Roswell School-Based Health Center as the behavioral health provider and a member of the districts crisis intervention team.
Brooke Tafoya currently serves as the Bullying and Violence Prevention coordinator for Albuquerque Public Schools. Ms. Tafoya has more than 12 years of experience working with youth in various capacities around the country. Most recently, she was a state-wide trainer on youth violence prevention with a special focus on bullying and cyber-bullying prevention and coordinated a state-wide youth advisory board in Illinois. She developed and implemented a career education program for high-risk and gang involved youth in St. Louis, Missouri and managed a community center in Orlando, Florida. Ms. Tafoya worked in residential treatment facilities for physically or sexually abused youth and supervised transitional living programs for older youth in Chicago, Illinois. Ms. Tafoya received a master of social work from Washington University in Saint Louis and a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from Principia College.
Mike Tattershall is a licensed independent social worker currently employed by the Roswell Independent School District. His work experience includes 13 years working with children in kindergarten through 12th grades. He has worked with children in programs designed to serve students with emotional disturbances as well as alternate school settings and life skills programs. He also served on the district’s crisis team and helped to plan programs geared toward specific populations in special education and general education. In addition to his work with the Roswell Schools, Mr. Tattershall has worked for nine years as an ancillary instructor for New Mexico Highlands University Social Work Department on their Roswell program. He has also worked in residential treatment with adolescents and inpatient mental health units in New Mexico and Kentucky.
Tracy Townsend is licensed as a professional counselor in New Mexico and Texas and has more than 25 years of experience in the world of business, behavioral health and public-sector healthcare. Ms. Townsend practices the Client-Directed, Outcomes-Informed model of therapy, and is a strong proponent of individuals being the drivers of their own care. As the senior director of System Development for OptumHealth New Mexico, Ms. Townsend currently serves as the project lead for implementation of the Core Service Agency model, as well as the move of the healthcare system toward integrated care (as described in the Affordable Care Act). In addition, she works closely with Children, Youth and Families Department in the administration of their Systems of Care Grant.
Kay Whitney, MSN, RN
Kay Whitney, MSN, RN has been a registered nurse for 28 years and currently works for the New Mexico Board of Nursing as the associate director of education and unlicensed assistive personnel director. She obtained her education first as an LPN, ADN, BSN, and currently has her masters in health care education. Her nursing experience has included working as a hospital staff nurse, home health nurse, school nurse and nurse educator.
Beth Williams-Breault is a family studies doctoral student at the University of New Mexico, focusing on teen pregnancy prevention. Ms. Williams-Breault taught fifth grade at a charter school in Albuquerque for four years before becoming a full-time doctoral student and mother. Along with her coursework, Ms. Williams-Breault taught an undergraduate class at the University of New Mexico titled Growth and Development in Middle Childhood. She holds a bachelor of arts in elementary education from Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts where she conducted practicums each semester in Boston and Cambridge public schools. Ms. Williams-Breault also holds a masters of arts from the University of New Mexico in language, literacy and sociocultural studies.