Board of Directors

NMSIP’s seven member board of directors reflects a cross-section of the Santa Fe community and is comprised of individuals with a broad spectrum of knowledge and expertise.

  • Cameron Miranda, President
  • Karen Aubrey, Treasurer/Secretary
  • The Rev. Randall Lutz (Randy)
  • Leah Swanson
  • Poem Swentzell
  • Brooke Gilder
  • Yvette Roybal
Staff

The professional staff have years of experience in teaching, training, consulting and provision of clinical services to youth and families. Our biggest accomplishment is by far our commitment in creating a caring compassionate work environment that strives to serve families with the utmost respect and regard while maintaining our own wholeheartedness.

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  • Apryl Miller, LCSW, Executive Director, was hired by the New Mexico Suicide Intervention Project’s Board of Directors in October 1996 and was instrumental in the creation of the Sky Family Therapy Training Center as well as the many programs that have developed since the center opened in January 1998. She currently serves as Executive Director.  Her background includes working on various national research projects focusing on mood disorders, suicidal behavior in youth and the development of protective factors for youth at risk. She has had a special interest in removing barriers that limit access to treatment and promoting systemic family treatment models that build connections between family members. Promoting wellness and deep sustainable self-care among the center’s staff is a core value of hers.  Additionally, she served on faculty for nearly a decade at the College of Santa Fe and has taught as adjunct for various graduate departments in New Mexico.  She also has a small private practice and strives to maintain a wholehearted approach in her personal life as well as in her leadership role and clinical practice.
  • Cynthia Gonzales, Grants and Contracts Director

 

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  • Erin Sibley Doerwald, LCSW, CMT-P, Program Director, has been a member of the Sky Center team since 2013, entering the program as a graduate intern and now serving as Program Director and Clinical Supervisor. Erin offers an experiential and research informed perspective on the connection between self-care, resilience, and suicide. In an effort to provide comprehensive services to enhance the safety and well-being in our community, she co-founded The Sky Center’s Mindful Education Santa Fe Program in 2014, providing support for mindful awareness practices in New Mexico school communities. She received her training in mindfulness facilitation from UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC), a department of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at the Facundo Valdez School of Social Work for New Mexico Highlands University. Erin also has a private practice offering psychotherapy and teaching mindful awareness practices. In her spare time, you will find her wrangling her two spirited, school-age children and one-year-old Sky Center Assistance Dog, Otis.

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  • Robert Kristy (Bob), MA, LCSW, Adolescent HUGS Coordinator, began his career at The Sky Center as a therapist-intern in 2011.  Upon ending his two-year internship, Bob was hired in 2013 as Coordinator of the Adolescent HUGS program, a joint venture between The Sky Center and Christus St. Vincent Hospital that offers wraparound, therapeutic, and non-traditional services to at-risk individuals under the age of 22.  In 2015, Bob and Katrina Koehler, Executive Director of Gerard’s House, started Semicolon, a peer teen support group for those met with the challenge of transforming suicidal ideation.  Bob received his BA in political science at UCLA and a MA in political theory at the University of Maryland.  Applying his knowledge of social psychology that links individual and social liberation, Bob received his masters in social work (MSW) at New Mexico Highlands University.  When not serving the needs of young people and their families, Bob devotes time and energy to baseball, rock n roll, and community activism.

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  • Grietje Laga, Natural Helpers and Education Outreach Coordinator, works as the Natural Helpers Coordinator for the The Sky Center of the New Mexico Suicide Intervention Project. She is closely engaged with nine different Natural Helpers’ groups, both in Santa Fe and Pecos. She also functions as a facilitator of The Sky Center’s Inner and Outer Life Skills program and provides presentations on a variety of topics. With a Licentiate Degree in Physical Education and a Master’s Degree in Experiential Education, Griet brings inspired, hands-on activities in all of her programming. Her main passion remains the outdoors, where she has spent over 30 years facilitating groups in adventure education and nature connection.

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  • Marisol Peña, BSW, Office Manager/Interpreter. Before Marisol began her journey with The Sky Center, she was born and raised in the heart of the valley in Española, NM and graduated from Española Valley High School. Her passion for sports led her to continue her education at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, NM. She then graduated with a Bachelors in Social Work and upon graduation, she found The Sky Center. She started off as an interpreter for our free family counseling program and quickly moved into her essential role as Office Manager. Marisol strives to serve the Santa Fe community within the Sky Center and is hoping to one day work with families as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
  • Susan Hayre, MFA, LMHC, Postvention Crisis Response Coordinator
The Sky Center Clinical Supervisors

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  • Dennis Bumgarner, LCSW, ACSW has been a clinical supervisor at The Sky Center since 2014.  Additionally, he is the Clinical Director at Susan’s Legacy, a nonprofit in Albuquerque.  He also maintains a private practice in Placitas, New Mexico.  He received his M.S.W. from Indiana University in 1977. In addition to his clinical work, he has taught social work and psychotherapy at Ball State University and Christian Theological Seminary.  He is the past president of Habitat for Humanity and Freewheelin’ Community Bikes in Indianapolis. His spare time is spent cycling, mountain biking, and hiking throughout the southwest along with song-writing and playing the guitar.

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  • Daniel E. Best, LPCC, LMFT. In his nearly thirty-year career, Dan Best, has served as an elementary school counselor, a home-based services counselor, a relief counselor at a residential home for juvenile delinquents, an overnight counselor at a residential program for chronically mental ill adults, a parent group facilitator, a teen anger management group facilitator, a batterers intervention group facilitator, and chaired the Virginia Batterer Intervention Program Board.  He has served as officer in many statewide organizations and facilitated many workshops over the years, with a focus on social justice.  Currently, in addition to serving as a clinical supervisor at The Sky Center, he teaches graduate counseling courses at Southwestern College, runs a solo private practice in Eldorado, and serves on the Southwest Behavioral Health Independent Practice Association board.

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  • Claire Pfister, LCSW, recently joined the Sky team this year as a clinical supervisor. She obtained an MSW from the University of Denver in 1991 concentrating in family therapy, child protection, and drug dependency. She then moved to Australia for thirty years. She furthered her family therapy studies there, completing an intensive two year Milan family therapy course through Relationships Australia and then obtaining a two year Graduate diploma in couple and family therapy through the university of New South Wales. For the past twenty-five years she has worked with families and individuals in a variety of settings both urban and rural and with both voluntary and involuntary clients. In her spare time she has been concentrating on her new project of food production at her farm on the outskirts of Santa Fe while also studying Jungian therapy and Kabbalah.
Interpreters
  • Ruth Jurado
  • Ivan Cornejo
  • Luis Burrola
  • Vicky Avina