Organizational Leadership

FOUNDER & CEO

Craig Pierce, PhD, LMFT, LPCC has over 30 years of experience as a clinical counselor and family therapist.Dr. Pierce is a fellow of the American Psychotherapy Association, a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, a board-certified PTSD Clinician by the American Psychotherapy Association, a leading expert in trauma-informed treatment, the 2016 award recipient from the New Mexico Child Abuse Prevention Partnership, and author of multiple books on effective parenting.

CLINICAL DIRECTOR

Christina Renée LaVail (formally Martinez), is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Renee’s experience lies primarily in family systems, and the assessment and treatment of youth with problematic sexual behaviors. Additionally, Renée is trained in suicide, crisis and threat assessments and functions as a supervisor for those teams. In collaboration with the Southwest Family Institute, Renée and her colleague Dr. Leandrea Romero-Lucero have developed the Clinical Supervision and Leadership Academy which, as the name suggests, educates and trains current and up and coming clinicians in the areas of clinical supervision and leadership in the counseling field.


BERNALILLO COUNTY

Claire Kyllo, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Trained and licensed in social work, Claire is the Site Supervisor for our APS school programs for the delivery of in-school counseling services and supervises both independently licensed and non-independently licensed social work therapists in the Albuquerque area. Claire also serves as the Director of the SWFGC Internship Program supervising both counseling and social work interns.

Sheila Morrow, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Sheila is trained and licensed as a Clinical Counselor, and serves as the Site Supervisor for our Eastside office in Bernalillo County. Sheila specialties in work with children and issues of trauma and is a supervisor for suicide and crisis assessments.

PJ Bruch, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
PJ is trained and licensed in Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy, with a focus on adolescent populations. She has a passion for supporting parents, couples and caregivers of difficult youth. She has training in crisis assessment and interventions to address trauma and is focusing her PhD work on trauma from a family systems perspective. PJ serves as the MST Supervisor for Bernalillo County MST Team 2 and also assists in supervision of suicide/crisis assessments.

Valerie Rodriguez, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Valerie serves as an MST supervisor for Bernalillo Team 1 and works on our Threat Assessment team for the Albuquerque Public Schools.

Katherine Spikes, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
MST-PSB Supervisor & Bernalillo Country Intake Coordinator.


DOÑA ANA COUNTY

Matthew Cashion, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Matthew serves as the Las Cruces Site Supervisor and has an extensive background in family and individual therapy, with a focus on pre-adolescent and adolescent youth. Matthew provides administrative oversight to all daily operations, but directly supervises both the MST and MST-PSB teams.

Stacey Scanlon, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Stacey is trained and licensed in Social work with a focus on children, family and adolescent populations. Stacey is the clinical Supervisor for outpatient services, supervisor/program coordinator for our Thriving Kids Parenting Program, as well as our Seeking Safety and Seven Challenges Substance abuse programs in Las Cruces. Additionally, Stacey serves as the supervisor and Program Coordinator for the Internship Program in Las Cruces, supervising both counseling and social work interns.


SANDOVAL COUNTY

April Casuse, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
April serves as the Site Supervisor for Sandoval County, is a trained and licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in family and adolescent therapy and assists in supervising suicide/crisis assessment supervisor.

Christine L. Ross, Ph.D., LMFT is the Multisystemic Therapy (MST) Sandoval County Supervisor. I received my doctorate in Family Studies at the University of New Mexico and my clinical degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from New Mexico State University. I am originally from Missouri and have been in New Mexico since 1999. I have worked at Southwest Family Guidance Center and Institute since 2011. I specialize in Parenting, Family Therapy, Christian Counseling and Racial and Ethnic Identity Counseling.


SANTA FE COUNTY

Carlotta Saiz, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Carlotta serves as our Santa Fe Site Supervisor. Carlotta received her Master of Counseling degree from Southwestern College in 2006 and her experience lies primarily in working with children, adolescents and their families. She is trained in Crisis Intervention and stabilization, Trauma-informed Care, Multisytemic Therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy.

Kevin Moeller, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Kevin is a trained and Licensed Clinical Social Worker serving as the MST Supervisor for MST Team 1 which services both Santa Fe and Rio Arriba counties.

Lauren Hunter, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Lauren Hunter, LPCC, is the Multi-systemic Therapy (MST) supervisor for Santa Fe County. Lauren has worked with adults and children in the community for over 4 years, and supervised an MST team in Colorado. Lauren attended New Mexico State University for her undergraduate degree in Psychology, University of New Mexico for a Masters in Counseling and is currently in her doctorate program in Psychology.  Lauren has interests in sex offender treatment, working with Native American families, and counselor supervision.


VALENCIA COUNTY

Dr. Leandrea R. Romero-Lucero, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Leandrea serves as the Site Supervisor for Los Lunas in Valencia County, is a fellow of the Association for Counselor Educators, and has 10 years of working with NM families, CYFD, and other legal entities in both the adolescent and adult populations. Dr. Romero-Lucero also has extensive experience in training others on various topics. Dr Romero-Lucero graduated from Walden University in 2014 with her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision and from New Mexico Highlands University in 2008 in Professional Counseling. Dr. Romero-Lucero’s research interests is in sex offender work, emerging adults, self-care in contract v. salary based therapists and supervisor training and competence.

John Dodd, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
John serves as the supervisor for both the MST and MST-PSB teams in Valencia County.