Organizational Leadership

“A leader sees greatness in other people.” —Maya Angelou

AGENCY LEADERSHIP
Craig Pierce, PhD, LMFT, LPCC
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.

Christina Renée LaVail, LMFT
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 Lead 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.

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.

April Casuse
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

April serves as a Lead Supervisor for Bernalillo County and our CCSS Program Coordinator. April is a trained and licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in family and adolescent therapy and is a support supervisor for our Critical Response Programs, including Suicide, Crisis and Threat Assessments. April is based out of our Albuquerque East Office.

Leandrea R. Romero-Lucero, Ph. D.
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

Leandrea is a clinical supervisor based out of our Albuquerque Main location.  Leandrea is a supervisor for our Internship Program and supports our Critical Response Programs. Leandrea is an Approved Clinical Supervisor, and has over 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 with her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision in 2014  and in 2008 with her Masters in Professional Counseling. Dr. Romero-Lucero’s research interests is in supervisor training and competence, kinship foster care and ambiguous loss, and the practice of self-care in various types of agency settings (e.g. contract v. salary).

Lori Ortiz
License Professional Clinical Counselor

Lori is an MST-PSB supervisor in Albuquerque. She conducts suicide assessments, threat assessments, and is committed to working with youth and their families. Before becoming a supervisor, Lori provided services and support to Albuquerque Public School students and staff for many years.

DOÑA ANA COUNTY
Matthew Cashion
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Matthew serves as a Lead Supervisor at our Las Cruces Location and has an extensive background in family and individual therapy, with a focus on pre-adolescent and adolescent youth. Matthew also directly supervises both our 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 a Lead 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
Kathryn Sandoval
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Kathryn is the Clinical Supervisor and MST supervisor for Sandoval County. She has worked with New Mexico families and youth for over 6 years, largely focused on treating antisocial and delinquent behaviors. Kathryn graduated from New Mexico State University with a Master’s degree in Family & Consumer Sciences, and has a passion for helping clients to navigate interpersonal relationships.

SANTA FE COUNTY
Lauren Hunter
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

Lauren Hunter, LPCC, is a Lead Supervisor for our Santa Fe location. Lauren also serves as the supervisor for our Multi-systemic Therapy for Youth With Problem Sexual Behaviors (MST-PSB) team 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.

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.

Stephanie Medina
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Stephanie has a master’s degree in Social Work with a concentration in Bilingual/Bicultural practice from New Mexico Highlands University. Stephanie is involved with developing the APOYO program that focuses on working with Latino families, and serves as the MST-PSB Supervisor for the PSB Team servicing Santa Fe and Rio Arriba counties.

VALENCIA COUNTY
John Dodd
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

John Dodd is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor from Albuquerque, New Mexico and serves as the Lead Supervisor for the Valencia County Office. John is a member of the Rules and Regulations Committee of the New Mexico Counseling and Therapy Practice Board. John is the supervisor for the Multi-systemic Therapy-PSB team in Valencia County and a graduate of the Southwest Family Institute’s Clinical Supervision & Leadership Academy.