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Board of Advisors

The Southwestern Board of Advisors is a group of highly accomplished academicians, teachers, elders, businesspersons, and graduates of the College who align with our mission and have agreed to advise the President and/or the Board of Trustees in their areas of expertise when called upon. It is a volunteer position and there are no regularly scheduled meetings, per se. As areas of concern, growth or interest come to the attention of College leadership, Advisors would be called on an informal basis to weigh in on those issues. Since its inception almost four years ago, the Board of Advisors has contributed immeasurably on policy, curriculum, licensing, marketing, development and many more issues. The diversity of voices and life experiences they bring to the College enriches us all and helps us realize our mission to transforming consciousness through education. They are truly servants of Southwestern College.

Sandra Ingerman, MA
Sandra Ingerman, MA

Sandra Ingerman teaches workshops internationally on shamanic journeying, healing, and reversing environmental pollution using spiritual methods. She has trained and founded an international alliance of Medicine for the Earth Teachers and shamanic teachers. …
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Sequoyah Trueblood
Sequoyah Trueblood

Sequoyah Trueblood is an internationally respected Cherokee/Chocktaw Elder, healer, ceremonialist and teacher. Born in Stroud, Oklahoma, he has lived an extraordinary life including being a Green Beret in Vietnam where he was part of the…
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Lewis Mehl-Madrona, Ph.D., M.D.
Lewis Mehl-Madrona, Ph.D., M.D.

Lewis Mehl-Madrona graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine and trained in family medicine, psychiatry, and clinical psychology. He has been on the faculties of several medical schools, most recently as associate professor of family…
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Tiffany Rush-Wilson, Ph.D., LPCC
Tiffany Rush-Wilson, Ph.D., LPCC

Tiffany Rush-Wilson is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Co-Owner of the Chagrin Counseling Associates and Eating Recovery Clinic in Pepper Pike, Ohio. She earned her Ph.D. in Counseling (with a Psychology cognate) from…
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Fiona Chang, M.So.Sc.
Fiona Chang, M.So.Sc.

Fiona Chang, M. So. Sc (Family Therapy & Health Care), Prof. Diploma in Creative Photography, is a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist and a registered social worker. She became accomplished at Person-centered Expressive Arts Approach with…
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Gretchen M. Miller, M.A., ATR-BC
Gretchen M. Miller, M.A., ATR-BC

Gretchen M. Miller is a Registered Board Certified Art Therapist practicing in Cleveland, Ohio. Gretchen has an interest in technology which includes creating, designing, and managing websites, forums, and blogging related to art therapy, social…
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Laura L. Lansrud-López, M.S., M.A., LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC
Laura L. Lansrud-López, M.S., M.A., LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC

Laura L. Lansrud-López is a native New Mexican who returned to Santa Fe in 2001 after living for several years in the Washington, DC, area. Laura has a background in bioinformatics and forensic science,…
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Ginna Clark, M.A., LPCC, LPAT, ATR
Ginna Clark, M.A., LPCC, LPAT, ATR

Ginna Clark is a psychotherapist and art therapist in private practice in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She received her BA in psychology and women’s/gender studies from the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC and her…
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Will Wilson, Ph.D.
Will Wilson, Ph.D.

Will Wilson grew up as a military "brat" following his father to many army assignments throughout the world. He graduated from high school in Germany and then graduated from the military academy at West point…
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Stephen Wall, J.D.
Stephen Wall, J.D.

Stephen Wall is an enrolled member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe/White Earth Reservation. Stephen was born in Roswell, New Mexico and was raised on and near the Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation in southern New Mexico.…


Ronald A. Hughes
Ronald A. Hughes

Ronald A. Hughes is internationally recognized as a leading authority in the study and research of Phineas Parkhurst Quimby (1802-1866), who is credited by many as being the “Intellectual Father” of the New Thought movement.…
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Stephanie J. W. Ford, Ph.D.
Stephanie J. W. Ford, Ph.D.

Stephanie J. W. Ford received her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision with a specialization in Clinical Mental Health at the University of Akron . She currently serves as the Field Experience Coordinator for the…
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Adam Karwoski, B.A.
Adam Karwoski, B.A.

Adam Karwoski is the founder and "Social Intelligence Officer" at Social Brand U, LLC. Social Brand U is a social media strategy and marketing consultancy that focuses on leveraging the power and reach of Social…
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Christine Konys
Christine Konys

Christine Konys has a wealth of experience working with non-profit organizations and taking on fundraising initiatives both for non-profits and for political campaigns. She worked for four years as Chief of Staff to the Mayor…
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Leslie A. Gentile, Esq.
Leslie A. Gentile, Esq.

Leslie A. Gentile, is an attorney in private practice in Rocky River, Ohio where she concentrates in the area of Family Law and is particularly involved in representing victims of domestic violence. She earned a…
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Dave LaBanc, M.B.A.
Dave LaBanc, M.B.A.

Dave LaBanc currently works for Elmhurst College (EC) in Elmhurst, IL as the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations. He is responsible for building and maintaining institutional relationships that provide the College with various forms…
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Diane Polasky, MA, MH, DOM
Diane Polasky, MA, MH, DOM

Diane Polasky holds BA degrees in Psychology and Religion, MA degrees in Psychology and Herbology and a Doctorate in Oriental Medicine. Trained extensively since 1978, she became licensed in NM as a Doctor of Oriental…
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Amy K. Gearhard, M.S., BCBA
Amy K. Gearhard, M.S., BCBA

Amy K. Gearhard is the author of the Interdisciplinary Intervention Model for Autism Spectrum Disorder, which is a comprehensive method that addresses the naturally inseparable needs and challenges individuals on the spectrum face.…
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William T. Ryan, M.P.A
William T. Ryan, M.P.A

William T. Ryan is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Center for Health Affairs, a regional trade association representing hospitals in Northeast Ohio.…
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Judy Weiser, R.Psych., A.T.R.
Judy Weiser, R.Psych., A.T.R.

Judy Weiser is a psychologist, art therapist, consultant, trainer, college instructor, and author interested in the emotional contents and personal meanings embedded in people's personal snapshots and family photos.…
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Emily Whitfield, B.A.
Emily Whitfield, B.A.

As the founder and principal of Emily Whitfield Communications, Emily has more than 20 years of experience in media relations, strategic planning, issue advocacy, and crisis communications.…
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Curtis Brant, Ph.D.
Curtis Brant, Ph.D.

Curtis R. Brant is Chief Scientist of the Johll Consulting Group. He has served as an Associate Professor of Psychology and has lectured nationally and internationally. He earned his B.A. in Psychology from Kent State…
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Carl Gerber
Carl Gerber

Carl Gerber is the co-founder of Social Media Pathways LLC in Santa Fe, NM. SMP provides cutting edge social media marketing services to clientele such as higher education institutions, retail establishments, art galleries and artists.…
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Kalyn Bastion-Gerber
Kalyn Bastion-Gerber

Kalyn Bastion -Gerber is an author and an entrepreneur. She is the co-founder and creator of the Golden Flow System™ of accelerated enlightenment and well-being. As a personal and spiritual teacher and channel, Kalyn has…
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Webb Black Garrison III
Webb Black Garrison III

Webb Garrison, Ph.D.: B.A., Religious Studies, Davidson College, Davidson, NC, 1993; Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, The Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Adephi University, Garden City, NY, 2000. Webb Garrison has worked with a wide variety…


Rev. Ted Wiard, M.A., CGC
Rev. Ted Wiard, M.A., CGC

Reverend Ted Wiard, LPCC CGC is the Founder and Director of Golden Willow Retreat in Arroyo Hondo, NM, an emotional healing center focused on grief, loss and resiliency. He is a licensed clinical therapist, certified…


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