Board of Directors
NMSIP’s eight 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
- Brooke Gilder
- Yvette Roybal
- Peter Lovato
- Edward Walpin
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.
- 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, has spent a career lifetime in New Mexico nonprofit leadership. She is passionate about her deep roots and connection to The Sky Center/NM Suicide Intervention Project (19 years and counting) having served proudly as its Executive Director for over twelve years. In 2012, she relocated to the Dallas area to assist aging parents and continued pursuing funding and contract opportunities that uphold the organization’s vision. Cynthia received her B.A. Degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She was selected in 1992 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to serve as a Federal Peer Reviewer of their community-based programs for at-risk youth; In 2004 she served on Governor Bill Richardson’s Task Force for Youth Suicide Prevention in New Mexico, working with constituents across the state to establish funding for youth suicide prevention. Cynthia enjoys horseback riding and is a volunteer for a nearby therapeutic horsemanship nonprofit.
- 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.
- 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.
- Marisol Peña, BSW, Office Manager. 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. Upon graduating with a Bachelors in Social Work, she began as an interpreter for the The Sky Center’s free family counseling. She quickly moved into her essential role as Office Manager and supervises a team of interpreters while overseeing grant requirements for the many programs. She is passionate about working with undocumented families and assuring that all youth in need have easy access to services. Her hobbies include traveling, watching Netflix and sports.
- Holly Davis Borrero, LMHC, LAMFT, Natural Helpers Coordinator, fell in love with the Sky Center model and mission as a graduate intern (2017-2018) and post-graduate studies therapist (2018-2019). Most recently, Holly has stepped into the roles of clinician and educational trainer (Natural Helpers, suicide prevention, intervention & resiliency) at the Sky Center. Her admiration of the Natural Helpers program began in 1986 when she was identified in high school by her peers and teachers as a Natural Helper. In addition to working at the Sky Center, Holly enjoys a small private practice and expanding her extensive volunteer experience in end-of-life-care. In her free time, Holly enjoys exploring the edges of awareness through her long-standing meditation practice. An avid outdoors person, she hikes to hot springs with her husband and dogs, runs half-marathons on trails, and walks across countries, like England, Scotland, Jordan, and Lebanon. Holly is a lifetime learner who reads voraciously, travels, consciously deepens friendships, and enjoys the meditative and creative practice of kintsugi.
- Grietje Laga, Education Trainer, 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.
The Sky Center Clinical Supervisors
- 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.
- 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.
- Carlotta Saiz, LPCC, was born and raised in Santa Fe, NM and graduated from Capital High School. She received her Master’s in Counseling from Southwestern College in 2006 and went on to begin her counseling career in community mental health doing crisis work with at-risk youth on the west side of Chicago. In addition to providing direct service to at-risk youth and their families, Carlotta provided Mental Health First Aid trainings in and around the city of Chicago. Carlotta returned to Santa Fe in 2013 where she continued working in community mental health as a therapist and clinical supervisor. Carlotta’s clinical lens is steeped in family systems and trauma-informed care. Currently, in addition to providing clinical supervision at the Sky Center, Carlotta works as an adjunct professor at the Facundo Valdez School of Social Work for New Mexico Highlands University and is in private practice. In her spare time, Carlotta enjoys kickboxing, nesting in her new home and hiking in and around Santa Fe with her dog, Cashew.
Interpreters role at the Sky Center are essential to our free family counseling services. They interpret for our families to make them feel comfortable expressing themselves in their native language without barriers . Our interpreters want to build bridges and are very passionate working with the Latino community, graduate students and staff.
- Vicky Avina
- Flor Chavez
- Marina Piña
- Melissa Matheus-Crane