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 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.

 

Christine L. Ross, Ph.D., Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Christine is the Critical Response Programs Supervisor based out of the Albuquerque Main Office. 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.

Dr. Leandrea R. Romero-Lucero, 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 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.

Lori Ortiz, License Professional Clinical Counselor
Lori is the MST-PSB Supervisor for Bernalillo County.

 

 

 


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 and 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

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 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.


VALENCIA COUNTY

John Dodd, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
John Dodd, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and serves as the Lead Supervisor for Valencia County. Additionally, John serves as the supervisor for the MST-PSB team in Valencia County.

 

 

Heather C. Sands, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Heather is a clinical supervisor and MST supervisor for Valencia County. In addition to working with families and youth as an MST-PSB therapist, Heather also has a background working with older and disabled adult populations, refugee women, and homelessness. Heather is currently a doctoral candidate at UNM in Counselor Education and Supervision. Her research interests include critical theory, political theories, and social justice counseling.