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Board of Trustees


Michael P. Johll, Ph.D.
Michael P. Johll, Ph.D.
BOARD CHAIR

Michael P. Johll, is the founder and principal of The Johll Consulting Group. He earned his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 1992 and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from…
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Rev. Brendalyn Batchelor, M.A., LPC
Rev. Brendalyn Batchelor, M.A., LPC

Rev. Brendalyn Batchelor is an ordained Unity minister. She received her master’s degree in Counseling from the University of New Mexico in 1991 and has been the minister of Unity Santa Fe since December 1994…
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Laura B. Bassett, M.A., LMHC
Laura B. Bassett, M.A., LMHC

Laura B. Bassett is a graduate of the Art Therapy Program at Southwestern College. Currently she works at a non-profit counseling center in Santa, Fe, New Mexico serving children, youth and families. Laura's positions include…
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Barbara Brown, M.A.
Barbara Brown, M.A.

Barbara is an SWC alum. She runs a real estate business with her sister in Bethesda, MD.…


Diane Chavez, B.F.A.
Diane Chavez, B.F.A.
STUDENT BOARD MEMBER

Diane grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and lived there for the first twenty years of her life. Her frequent trips to New Mexico as a child enabled her to become familiar with…
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James Cutropia, MBA, BS, AAS
James Cutropia, MBA, BS, AAS

James Cutropia is the Director of Finance and Administration for the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in service to the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. Jim is a graduate of Foundation for Shamanic Studies…
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Alec Carpenter, MA, LMHC
Alec Carpenter, MA, LMHC

Alec Carpente, is a graduate of the Counseling program at Southwestern College. Alec brings nearly three decades of experience in both academic and business environments to his position as a Member of the Southwestern College’s…
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Ann Filemyr, Ph.D.
Ann Filemyr, Ph.D.

Ann Filemyr is currently serving as Dean of the College of Contemporary Native Arts at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. Ann is also a poet, photographer, speaker and workshop leader. She…
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Khira Korpi
Khira Korpi

Khira Korpi has been a successful business woman for the past 22 years, creating and operating MAYA, a Santa Fe retail store offering home décor, gifts, clothes and jewelry. She now consults with her team…
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Krishna Madappa
Krishna Madappa

Krishna Madappa is a Holistic Consultant, educator, clinician, researcher, storyteller, shaman and Ayurvedic specialist residing in Taos, New Mexico. Born and raised in the Andaman Islands of India and educated both in India and USA…
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Craig McAdams, M.A., LMHC
Craig McAdams, M.A., LMHC

Craig McAdams is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Santa Fe, New Mexico, working with children and families at the Southwest Family Guidance Center. He has 7 years of experience in the mental health…
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Charles Neelley, J.D., M.A.
Charles Neelley, J.D., M.A.

Charles Neelley, J.D., M.A. After graduating from the University of Texas Law School in 1979, Chuck practiced law in Houston, TX for 13 years. He moved to Taos, NM in 1992 and has been the…
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Phillip Retzky, MA, LMHC
Phillip Retzky, MA, LMHC

Phillip, a graduate of Southwestern College, has a private practice in Santa Fe, and enjoys his continued relationship with his alma mater. As an undergraduate at UCLA and UCSB, he began working in Community Mental…
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Ted Wiard, M.A., LPCC, CGC
Ted Wiard, M.A., LPCC, CGC

Reverend Wiard is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Golden Willow Retreat, a sanctuary for grief and loss in Taos, New Mexico. He became an ordained minister at Terra Nova Ministerial School in Cedar Mountain, North…
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Michelle Daly, M.A., MSPH, ATR. LPCC
Michelle Daly, M.A., MSPH, ATR. LPCC
Faculty Board Member

is an SWC alumna and has a background in public health and human rights work. Her experience includes specialized training in art therapy; grief, loss, and trauma; interpersonal neurobiology, somatics and action methods, as well…
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James Michael Nolan, Ph.D.
James Michael Nolan, Ph.D.
President

Dr. Nolan has been in leadership since the late 1980’s; in the academy, in practice and in university counseling centers. His experiences with more than a dozen traditional and distance/blended universities allows him to recognize…
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Katherine Ninos, MA, LPCC
Katherine Ninos, MA, LPCC
Vice President/Board Secretary

Katherine is Vice President and Director of The New Earth Institute at Southwestern College. She received her BA in Psychology at Alfred University, New York, and her MA in Transformational Counseling and Education at SWC…
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Robert D. Waterman, Ed.D., LPCC
Robert D. Waterman, Ed.D., LPCC
President Emertius

Dr. Waterman has been a spiritual teacher, mentor and counselor for over thirty years, conducting classes throughout the United States and in Europe. …
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