PEOPLE "It is people standing next to people that make a difference"
Administrative Staff: (Staff Biographies following Therapists')
|Jeff Burrows, Owner/Director|
|Dawn, OM, Eastside||Jamie, OM Westside|
|Bri, OM, Eastside||Marnie Gregg, OM|
|Chelsea, Billing||Chris Dickmeyer, Bookkeeper|
|Averi, OM, Westside||Tina Fajardo, Billing|
THERAPISTS - BIOGRAPHIES and SPECIALTIES
All Therapists are Masters or PhD level in education, with State and National licensure and certification. In addition, the Family Workshop does a credentialing verification on all Therapists. The letters following the names refer to the type of licensure, however, all are certified to do therapy or counseling. Counseling and therapy are virtually the same thing. We are careful to solicit, evaluate and hire the very best Counselors in the area. These people have huge resumes, significant expertise and are well versed in a variety of modalities - they are gifted, creative and, most of all, very good at engaging clients
- Cheryl Aiken, LPCC/PsyD - Texas Woman’s University, Texas A&M, and Capella University. Cheryl spent 17 years in private practice as well as working with the Sequoyah Adolescent Treatment Center, The Counseling Center, and the Taos/Colfax Community Center. She enjoys working with children, adolescents, and families. She loves both cats and dogs, and likes to golf, hike, and bike.
- Codi Azuela, LMHC - Codi received her Master's in Mental Health Counseling in 2016 from UNM. She has worked at the Eating Disorder Treatment Center where she helped those with nutritional counseling and rehabilitation. She specializes in Child Development, PTSD, Trauma, eating disorders, women's issues, parenting & relationship issues, couples, and families as well as individuals. While she's not busy helping others, Codi enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, swimming and gymnastics horse vaulting.
- Kevin Baker, LMHC - UNM, Webster University, Kevin previously worked for Vista Sandia Hospital, Memorial Hospital, Heights Psychiatric Hospital and The State of New Mexico Department of Health. Kevin specializes in working with children between the ages of 5-14, focusing on Play, Art Expression, ADHD, as well as counsels for Single Parenting issues. He enjoys helping Veterans and their spouses as well. On his down time, he enjoys studying North American and Native American Art and learning about the culture and faith-based practices of the original Americans.
- Judy Branham, LPC - Judy attended Portland State University and Southwestern College and has over 20 years of experience in counseling with a master's degree in Mental Health Counseling. She is also certified in Grief therapy. Judy has worked at the well-known Meadows Treatment Center in Arizona, and in the behavioral health sectors at both Lovelace and Haven Hospitals. Her specialties include geriatrics, SA aftercare, anxiety & depression and helping DV victims. Judy loves animals, loves to travel, going hiking and loves spending time with her cat Sadie.
- Tamba Calfee, T-LMHC/LADAC - Radford University, Grand Canyon University. Tamba is currently working on her Doctorate. She previously worked at Turquoise Lodge, Southwest Family, Molina Healthcare, and Silver Street Methadone Clinic. She runs our Substance Abuse Group on Tuesday evenings, and sees children on an individual basis….dog person.
- Mary Pam Colton, LPC - University of Cincinnati, UNM. Pam has worked as a school counselor at Duranes Elementary, Hodgin Elementary, Algodones &Placitas Elementary, and Belhaven Elementary. She is crafty, loves gardening, and plays the guitar and hand drums.
- Andrew Conticelli, LPCC - Andrew earned his bachelor's degree from Webster University and his BA from UNM here in Albuquerque. He moved to NM from NY almost 30 years ago. Andrew specializes in both children and adult counseling, focusing on CBT, Substance Abuse, clients suffering from PTSD, anxiety and depression, domestic violence, as well as anger management, all while being solution focused for his clients. When he's not working, Andrew enjoys spending time with his kids, reading clinical manuals, exercising and traveling within the US.
- Jennifer Chavez, LPCC - Jennifer has worked in the field of education for 25 years as both a teacher and a school counselor and enjoys working with a variety of populations. She earned her double Master's Degree from Highlands University and the College of Santa Fe and then obtained her Bachelor's Degree from UNM. In addition to working in the field of Mental Health and educations, she has also worked in Washington DC as a Grant Reviewer for The Federal Youth Services Bureau. Jennifer has been married to her husband for 20 years and has 4 children. She enjoys working with children involving Art, Play, and Sand tray therapy. She also counsels couples, families, parenting and family re-unification. While not at the office, Jennifer enjoys her family time, hiking, reading and traveling.
- Tracy Cross, LCSW - Tracy graduated from NM Highlands. She has experience working with children and families who have experienced trauma, as well as children in foster care. She is a native to New Mexico and her favorite meal is tacos with a Pepsi! Tracy enjoys reading, going to Jazzercise and taking her dog to the dog park.
- Ed Church, LPCC - Whittier College and Heidelberg College, Ed also holds a Master’s Degree in Divinity, that’s right, his name is Church and he is also a pastor! Ed has also worked for Epoch Behavioral Healthcare, Valle del Sol, Carlsbad Counseling Associates, New Day, Valencia Counseling Services and Presbyterian Children’s Services. Ed works with a variety of populations and modalities.
- Donna Clauss, LMSW - University of San Francisco, Michigan State and UNM, Donna has a huge background and resume including, founder and Executive Director of Rainbow House International (Adoption Agency), Math and Psychology teacher for APS and Albuquerque Indian School, U.S. Coordinator for a Mexican Foundation in Guadalajara and has worked as a Counselor for Hogares. She and her husband also have six kids adopted from every continent in the world (and now a bunch of grandchildren). Or, are there seven continents?
- Elizabeth Dunlap, LPCC - Elizabeth studied at the University of New Mexico for her degrees in psychology and sociology. She has over 20 years of counseling experience and currently also works as a state vocational rehabilitation counselor. Her specialties include women's issues, depression, anxiety and adolescents. Elizabeth's hobbies include reading, country dancing, cooking and spending time with her daughter and her dogs. West Side.
- Stacy Echevarria, LMHC - University of Maryland, Chapman University. Stacy has previously worked as a family support co-coordinator at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, a Realtor at Keller Williams, and is an Integrated Nutrition Health Coach. She has 3 children, likes to paint and draw, is a dog person, and Yoga is her thing.
- Bryan Gabaldon, LPC - Webster University, UNM. This is the second time around here with us at the Family Workshop, and he has also been a counselor with APS for the past 17 years. In 2013-14 he received the counselor of the year award; he was also graduate student of the year while attending Webster University. Bryan is flexible, open-minded, spiritually Buddhist, and enjoys working with the LBGTQ community.
- Cynthia Gelien, LMHC - Cynthia is a native East Coaster who has a BA from PSU as well as an MA in Professional Counseling from NMHU. Her experience includes working as a counselor at the Domestic Violence Resource Center, a research assistant for a PTSD study at Raymond G Murphy VA Medical Center, and well as volunteering at the Rape Crisis Center of Central New Mexico. Cynthia is trained in EMDR and Motivational Interviewing and has expertise in trauma therapy and recovery, LGBTQ, guilt issues, PTSD and sexual assault victims. She loves traveling and playing with her Boxer.
- Theresa Jones, LMHC - Texas A&M and Southwestern College, Theresa has previously worked at Desert Hills as a Therapist and has extensive experience with intervention and rehabilitation in corrections. She has done graduate internships with Challenge New Mexico, a therapeutic riding program, the Santa Fe Community Guidance Center and the Santa Fe Detention Center. Teresa loves to ride horses, herbs and aroma therapy and do art, loves to do art!
- Julia Keleher, LMHC - Julia earned her degree a Loyola Marymount University & through UNM. She has worked at Agora Crisis Center and Dragonfly Counseling Center, and she has also taught English as a second language in Granada, Spain. Julia helps children through sand tray and CBT, children with behavioral issues, parenting, anxiety, and depression. She loves hanging with friends and family, dancing, reading, and once had 17 bunnies in her backyard.
- Mary Ann Landry, LPCC-BA - UNM and MA, Webster University - Mary Ann has worked in the counseling field for 25+ years in private practice, Agency, and school environments helping with individuals, families and couples cope with life challenges that have become difficult and/or over whelming. Together, she sets realistic goals that helps develop skills to assist with uncovering strengths, resilience and talents to allow movement towards positive change. She works with diverse populations and issues including depression, anxiety, trauma, substance abuse, anxiety, grief, loss, and self-esteem. Mary Ann loves to travel, reading and going to the theater.
- Sunny Laurenne, LPCC - Metro State College, Colorado University, UNM and Webster, Sunny has an extensive background in art, expressive arts counseling, trauma and brief therapy. She has been a singer, dancer, actress, song writer, performance coach, and done "interactive entertainment" with children. Sunny works with all ages, family systems, sand tray and is a professional life coach. She has worked at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation as a teacher and counselor, as well as at A New Awakening. East side.
- Judy Martinez, LCSW - Judy earned both her master's and Bachelor's Degree in Social Work at the New Mexico Highlands University. She has worked with the Indian Health Services since 2014 with adults by helping them through case management for mandated services through the Courts and probation. Judy also specializes in counseling for adult geriatrics. In her down time, she enjoys half marathons, golfing, spending time with family and traditional dancing with the Acoma Pueblo. /li>
- Mary McCabe, LMSW - UNM, Highlands University. Mary has worked at the YSC Juvenile Detention Center, Arca Family Based Services, The Evolution Group, and Four Winds Behavioral Health. She also spent time at the Albuquerque Treatment Services Center. She loves to workout, takes dance &barbell classes, would love to be a personal trainer, and much to her daughters chagrin her baby is her dog Daisy.
- Connie K. McNeil, PHD - Connie received her MA and PhD from the California School of Professional Psychology in Fresno. She specializes in Neuropsychology and Neuropsychological and psychological testing as well as psychotherapy. Connie attended the University of Michigan for her post-doctoral fellowship conducting research in spinal cord injury and psychotherapy. She has worked at The Balanced Path here in NM as well as a private practice while in NY. She specializes in mood disorders, psychotic disorders, addiction, trauma, bereavement, self-esteem, work and relationship issues. Connie enjoys reading, watching movies, traveling, going for walks and singing in the New Mexico Peace Choir.
- Rod Mercure, LMHC - University of New Mexico and Highlands University, Rod has previously worked at the Sandoval County DWI program and the Counseling and Psychotherapy Institute. He is a certified mediator and works with addictions, DV and as a group facilitator. Rod is a Youth Football Coach and on the Board of Directors of First Choice Community Healthcare.
- John Ryan Montenery, LMHC - Miami University, UNM. Ryan has previously worked for a Pharmaceutical company in final phase drug studies, as well as a substitute teacher, and at a drug rehabilitation center. His previous work history includes Valle Del Sol and Dragonfly Counseling. Ryan moved to New Mexico because the weather in Ohio was unbearable. He enjoys skateboarding, sailing, and has a great collection of Star Wars memorabilia. Ryan is also a professional actor – he has done projects in L.A. and here.
- Jennifer Padilla, LMSW - Jennifer is from the Pueblo of Isleta and has a BA in Social Work from NM Highlands University and her MA in Social work from NM State University. She has extensive experience in working with the Native communities in the areas of behavioral health prevention, intervention, treatment and aftercare. Jennifer uses elements of somatic Experiencing to approach addiction, violence and trauma when working with individuals, families and communities. Jennifer also works with individuals in areas such as domestic violence victims, PTSD, trauma, abuse and neglect. In addition to counseling, she teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses for NM Highlands School of Social Work. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys camping, playing basketball and gardening.
- Natalie Naranjo-Rodriguez, LPCC - UNM and Webster, St Louis, and Doctorate in Education from Nova Eastern University, Ft Lauderdale. Natalie is a native New Mexican and presently, also works for CYFD in the juvenile justice area. Her specialties include children, adolescents, adults, trauma and addictions. Natalie enjoys spending time with her two kids and her dog.
- Sarah Penn, UNM times 2 - Sarah has worked as a school counselor, a clinical director at an inpatient treatment center, and as assessor for Presbyterian Medical Services. She specializes with EMDR a type of PTSD/Trauma therapy and is working toward becoming an EMDR trainer. Sarah loves Harry Potter and is in House Gryffindor.
- Paulette Pollem, LMHC - Paulette was a Physician Assistant for 16 years utilizing the Biological/Psychologic/Social model in medical practice. When Managed Care fully arrived at UNMH in 1996, she returned to school to obtain her MA in field counseling, which seemed a natural segue from role of PA. Her specialties include Grief and Loss, Couples, Family and Individual Counseling. Paulette loves spending time in the outdoors, reading, walking, going to museums, and spending time with friends.
- Jonathon Reade, LMSW - LMSW-Franklin College, Columbia University, and a MSW from NYU. Jon is a native New Yorker and has held several positions in PA and NY including Project ACE and at the AIDS service center. He prefers to work with teens and adults and his specialties include Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Substance Abuse, and LBGT. He loves trying new and exotic foods and is a huge Game of Throne’s fan.
- Katie Royer, LPCC - Regis University and UNM, Katie has also worked at Southwest Family Guidance, Albuquerque Public Schools, Turning Point Recovery Center and Red Mountain Family Services. Previous to the Counseling, she was a legal assistant and worked in web design and public relations. Katie spends a lot of time with family, nephews and nieces, and loves to read.
- Sandy Silverman, LPCC - Cleveland State University times two, originally from Ohio, Sandy is back with from a couple of years ago (glad to have her back.) She has worked as a counselor at Life Roots and taught Health Education at Albuquerque Academy. She has worked as a school psychologist/therapist, test administrator and has been in private practice. Sandy specialized in families, couples, kids, grief, sexual abuse, parent education, working with male clients, and individuals with most issues. Sandy enjoys reading, gardening, being outside and spending time with her dog, Yoda.
- Ginny Sutherland Sanchez, LMHC - Sandy Bedfordshire C.C., Demontport Sutherland University, and Webster University. Ginny originally is from England and has previously worked for Arbor Counseling, FBHA Counseling, for the Office of the District Attorney as a Truancy Officer, and has spent the last 15 years working for APS. She is very empathetic, enjoys working with children and families, and prides herself on her mediation skills.
- Bernice Ulibarri, LMHC - Bernice received both her BA and Ma from NMHU with a minor in Criminology. She worked on the Child Resource Advocacy Program for the San Miguel County Detention Center, has been a substitute teacher for the last couple years, and has worked at Agave Health Services and Molina Healthcare. She is a football mom to her two boys, believes health is very important, and New Orleans is one of her favorite places.
- Leslie Ulibarri, LPC - UNM and Webster's University, Leslie has been a parole officer with the New Mexico Corrections Department, a Counselor at the New Mexico Corrections Academy; a probation counselor at the District Attorney's Office and is also currently a probation counselor for Bernalillo County. Leslie's specialties include substance abuse, domestic violence, teens, family, couples and gay/lesbian issues. Her interests include fishing, sports and ballroom dancing. East side.
- Kari Valdez, LMHC - Kari earned her MS in Mental Health Counseling while attending the University of Phoenix and UNM. She has 10 years' experience in a variety of settings including Engender Inc., A New Awakening, and various corrections facilities. Later she earned her BS in Accounting with 11 years' experience in banking and finance. Kari specializes in counseling for both children and adults that have experienced Trauma, PTSD, Bi-Polar Disorder, or persons needing family counseling, couples counseling, parenting and works with individuals that are going through the Courts, Probation and CYFD. On her days off, Kari loves spending time with family, volunteering, reading and weekend getaways.
- Lucille Vega, LPC - Highlands University, Anderson Theological Seminary of Georgia. Lucille is Bi-Lingual and proud of her heritage. She has worked with Ride to Pride as an Equine assisted Psychotherapist and with the Esperanza Shelter for Battered Families. She spent 10 years at Mano De Ayuda, and she loves art, music and animals.
- Julie Velazquez, LMSW - Julie joined us at the Family Workshop in June of 2019. Her previous employers include The Barrett Foundation, Albuquerque Public Schools and Hogare's, Inc. Julie is a graduate of New Mexico State University (BSW) and Arizona State University (MSW). While her focus is primarily working with children (ages 4-12) and their families, she specializes in Play, Sand Tray, Parenting, CYFD cases and Art. While she is not at work, Julie enjoys reading, hiking and spending time with her husband and 5 children.
- Paul Weeks, LPCC - New York University (Fredonia), St. John's and Southwestern College, Paul recently did HIV/AIDS Counseling and Teaching in Malawi, Africa, has worked at Desert Hills, Job Corps, Spirit Club in Santa Fe and Southwestern Counseling Center. Paul works with all ages and he also works at Valencia Counseling Services in Los Lunas. Enjoys guitar, books, blogging, biking and Greek thinkers. East side.
- Rose Wolfenbarger, LPCC - University of San Francisco and U of Florida, Rose specializes in the changes that come from aging, bereavement and loss, and counseling teens and also younger children. Rose worked with and volunteered with Girl Scouts for 20 years and has worked as a counselor in Nursing Homes here and in Florida. Her approach is helping people believe in themselves and issues including domestic violence, questioning spiritual beliefs, feeling different from others and stress...does soul dancing?
- Melissa Wood, LMHC - Southwest College and UNM for her master’s degree in counseling. Melissa is a wife and mother of four. She specializes in children, teens, adults, couples and families with conflict, trauma, depression and anxiety issues utilizing a Christian based approach to counseling. She has been a dance instructor, camp counselor and does dance and art therapy and somatic psychology. She lives in Cedar Crest and her hobbies include running, hiking, dancing, outdoors and spending time with her kids and friends and pets.
- Jeff Burrows (Owner/Director) - MA,Ed,Soc. Springfield College, Harvard University, UNM and Texas A&M. Jeff was most recently the Director of Social Services at the Pueblo of Laguna, the former Executive Director of Valencia Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence, the former Executive Director and co-founder of New Day Shelters and an original member of the Watermelon Mountain Jug Band, "always a standing ovation." He is an avid, unfortunately not frequent, golfer. Jeff was the recipient of the 1987 United Nations Humanitarian Award.
- Christina Dickmeyer (Bookkeeper) - Chris is a contract bookkeeper for us. She has a Masters from UNM and was a hockey mom for ten years. She has also worked at Summit Food Services, the Federal Housing Administration, as a mortgage loan underwriter, Albuquerque International Association and as an historical consultant and research specialist.
- Dawn DuBerry (Office Manager / East Side) - Dawn moved from the Virginia area to NM 17 years ago with her husband & 3 kids. Since then, she obtained her AJP (Accredited jewelry Professional) Certificate from the Gemological Institute of America while working at a local jeweler in town for 3-1/2 years. Later she obtained her P&C and Banking Certification Licenses in the Insurance field during her 8-year stint with State Farm as an Administrative Assistant/Insurance Representative and Office Manager. On her days off she loves riding motorcycles with their friends to Colorado and Red River, going camping in the mountains, riding horses and spending time with her husband & kids and their 5 grandchildren.
- Tina Fajardo (Billing) – AA in social work from CNM and a certificate in Billing and Coding from Carrington. Tina is a native New Mexican. She is a mother of 5 and a grandmother of 3. She loves art of any kind and spending time with her grandchildren.
- Avery Gleason (Office Manager / West Side) – Avery is currently attending school at Liberty University and working towards her BA in Business Management. She has previously worked for the Make-A-Wish Foundation receiving medical intakes and helping the children fulfill their lifelong dreams. She was raised in Washington DC and just recently relocated to Albuquerque about 2 years ago with her husband and 3 daughters. She enjoys hiking, road trips, and spending time with her family on her days off.
- Marnie Gregg (Office Manager) - Marnie recently located here from California and for years has worked in the restaurant business, also bartender at PF Chang’s for 6 years. Most recently for a few years, she was the “booth manager” for Safeway in Mountain View California. Google is in Mountain View and apparently taking over the town! She loves movies, Sci Fi and the Raiders.
- Chelsea Jones (Part Time Medical Biller / East Side) - Chelsea originally studied for her Elementary Education degree but then decided not to pursue it as a full-time career. She later began working with Blue Cross Blue Shield as a Claims Examiner and then as a Bartender for both Club Rio Rancho and the Freight House Kitchen and Tap, where she really enjoyed meeting new people. She is married with 2 sons and on the weekends really enjoys spending her time at the baseball field cheering on her oldest son with her family.
- Jamie Ortiz (Part Time Office Manager / West Side) - Jamie is a New Mexico native who began working for Commercial Roofing, LLC as their Receptionist and worked her way up to Office Manager where she stayed with them for a little more than 8 years. Shortly after, Jamie began working for United Healthcare and became licensed in health and Accidental Health Insurance, where she could do business in 48 States! On her days off, she loves spending time with her husband of over 10 years and 3 children, hanging out with her goats and dogs, four wheeling and hanging by the fire outside. If it's too cold, she loves making her own bath and body products.
- Briana Van Schuyver (Part-Time Office Manager / East Side) - Briana has dual bachelor's degree in Psychology and Philosophy and is currently working on her Master's in Social Work. She has worked in several clinical settings, including Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Briana is a former professional ballet dancer and was even cast as a dancer in the movie "The Lone Ranger", filmed her in NM. In her down time, she enjoys volunteering for hospice patients, doing yoga, and spending time with her dog, Sugar.