leadership


“People Start to Heal the moment they are heard.” ~Cheryl Richardson

Board Leadership



Susan "Suzy" Bienvenu, LPCC, RPT-S, Founding Member, Chair, Board of Directors
Registered Circle of Security Parenting (COSP™) Facilitator 
Suzy is a licensed professional clinical counselor and registered play therapist supervisor. She has been a children’s therapist in Santa Fe for 25 years. She is in private practice and has worked at Gerard’s House as the clinical director and at Esperanza Shelter as the children's therapist. She is passionate about the mission of this agency and hopes to bring more services to the young children in Santa Fe and the rest of the state, through play therapy training for professionals, counseling services for the children, and support for parents.


Lisa Dykes-Harrell, LPCC, RPT-S, Founding Member, Board of Directors
Lisa has over 25 years counseling experience that ranges from school counseling to private practice, to full time university instructor in counseling. Lisa has been using Play Therapy extensively in her practices since 2001. She has presented numerous counseling and play therapy workshops for CE credit and supervises future therapists and Play therapists. After retiring from Eastern New Mexico University in 2015, Lisa moved to Santa Fe, NM where she has worked with the Military Family Life Counselor Program (MFLC) and currently the Child Counseling Center and Play Therapy Institute of New Mexico.



Geri Glover, PhD, LPCC, RPT-S, Founding Member, Board of Directors
Geri Glover has worked with children and families for over 30 years in education, day treatment programs, private practice, mental health clinics, and is currently Professor and Chair of the Counseling Department at New Mexico Highlands University. She completed research in Filial Therapy with Native Americans residing on the Flathead Reservation in northern Montana in honor of her Salish ancestry. Her research has appeared in such publications as The School Counselor Journal and The International Journal of Play Therapy. Dr. Glover is a strong advocate of multicultural awareness and its importance in the therapeutic relationship. She has numerous publications, and is co-author of Play Therapy Interventions with Children’s Problems.


Dee Ann Briceño-Roybal, Board of Directors
Dee Ann is a Santa Fe Native. She is a mother of four, one son and three daughters. She earned her MBA in 2010 and her Masters in Counseling in 2013. The majority of her career has been managing offices. She has worked for lawyers, the public schools and the School for the Deaf, where she learned ASL, and the financial industry, and now the Foundation where she can do what she truly loves, make a difference in the lives of others in her community. She has always been very involved with her children and their schools. She is a Girl Scout troop leader, where she has instilled in her troop the importance of giving back to their community. Her troop does a number of community outreach projects every year to help the homeless, veterans in our community, and children in our community by partnering with the Adelante program by organizing coat, food and toy drives. She is also a basketball and cheer coach, a member of the Monte de Sol parent association, and sits on the Board of Directors at the Child Counseling Center of New Mexico. 


Meredith Baca, LPCC, RPT, Board of Directors 
Meredith D. Baca has worked with children and adolescents since 2011. She was born in Santa Fe and raised in Northern New Mexico. It was during graduate school at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas, where she found her passion for Play Therapy. She is an Independent Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Registered Play Therapist.  She has worked in inpatient, outpatient, residential treatment centers and in private practice throughout her career.  She is passionate about Play Therapy and striving to provide a place of healing for all her clients.


Advisory


Eliza Combs, LPCC, ATR, Founding Member, Advisory Member
Registered Circle of Security Parenting (COSP™) Facilitator
Eliza is of Irish, Cornish, German and ancestral lineages still being traced. Eliza is an independently licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC) and nationally registered art therapist (ATR). They are currently studying American Sign Language and working towards a registered play therapist credential (RPT). Eliza graduated from Freedom Lodge, a year long historical trauma training and integrates body centered work with creative modalities in their work as a mental health counselor and art therapist. Eliza is guided in their work by a social justice background, the earth, the body, mystery, mindfulness, intuition, play, curiosity and creativity. They have worked for over 20 years with children, adults and families in community based organizations. The last 6 years they have worked as a mental health and expressive arts therapist in New Mexico agencies in Los Lunas, Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Eliza is passionate about expressive arts and play therapy for all people especially children. 

Trainers


Diana Lightmoon, LPCC, LMT
Diana is a licensed psychotherapist and massage therapist in private practice. She teaches workshops on touch for therapists through the Child Counseling Center and Play Therapy Institute of NM. Using Joanna Macy’s model The Work That Reconnects, she leads workshops on climate change for adults and children empowering them to act on behalf of their love for the world.