Alumni Updates – 1999 Graduates
Sandra Brown has moved to Grand Junction, Colorado.
Lorrie Bonds Lopez is an ombudsperson and mediator and the Chief of Staff for Environmental Stewardship at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Linda Lauver is graduating this summer after three years at Pacifica Graduate Institute with a Ph.D. (all but dissertation) in Depth Psychology. Her dissertation topic is The Mayan Tradition – A Living History, Re-Membering What Wants to be Remembered: A Phenomenological Study.
Deanna Schlagenhaft is self-employed as an empowerment coach and is currently based in Fountain Hills and Phoenix, AZ. She uses her counseling degree and her certification as an Angel Therapy Practitioner (TM) to offer therapeutic readings and guidance on a variety of life issues. She also facilitates self-esteem groups for girls in the community mental health system.
Ali Smith has a private counseling practice and works part-time as an administrator for Taos Ski Valley.
Alex Sullivan and his wife Betty are award-winning weavers in Taos. Alex recently won Best Weaving at the Taos Open Art Show and Betty won Best Weaving at the Taos Invites Fall Art Festival. They recently hosted the Taos Alumni lunch at their home.
Jeffrey Sumber has relocated to Chicago where he has been very busy! Jeff created a not for profit organization called “The Indigo Institute” which is designed to provide spiritual leadership training for young adults and post college age folks. He also enjoys a thriving private practice in the city and serves as an adjunct professor of Psychology at a local university. What is more, he recently got engaged to a great woman (who flies planes) and they are doing very well.
Katherine Thrift is a therapist at the Pastoral Counseling Center.
Jan Unna recently moved his office to the Galisteo Center. His specialty is addictions (internet porn, chemical and gambling) and continues to work with individuals and couples.
James Lengerich: I graduated from SWC in the last few months of the last year of the last millennium ie:1999. I owe a lot of gratitude to SWC, for my experience there set the foundation for what was to come in these last 12 years, and the thread that was set onto the loom of my life then has continued to evolve into a weaving I could never have imagined. For this a thousand and one thank you’s go to Katherine Ninos and her two Ontology classes. Little did I know then how big an influence both my light figure James, the brother of Jesus, with the class blessing he did through me and the presentation of my tribe to conduct a shamanic journey for the class would be. I still do some counseling and healing by cleansing the aura of lingering imprints from previous wounds and traumas. I also facilitate experiential workshops and seminars that teach Indigenous Healing Arts. However, it is ceremony and spirit work which occupies most of my time these days. For 8 years now I have been pouring water and giving water blessings (James) to those who attend the frequent sweat lodges that I offer to the community twice monthly. The sweat lodge ceremonies have the blessing of an Apache and an Ojibwa medicine man, Taos Pueblo elders and various Spirits including James, the brother of Jesus, Mary Magdelene, Tonantzin (Lady of Guadalupe) Michael the Archangel and others. I offer what I call Spirit Drumming sessions weekly. I facilitate yearly vision quests in a traditional manner, and conduct monthly Munay-Ki Fire Ceremonies from the Quechua lineage of the high Andes. This ceremonial and teaching work has taken me to various parts of this country, to Germany, Mexico, Colombia and Peru. I lead groups and tours to ancient sacred sites to do ceremony with various indigenous elders in South America, Mexico and the Southwest. I also provide the spiritual component in the healing of grief for clients at the Golden Willow Retreat Center directed by Ted and Marcella Wiard. I have attended meetings of the World Council of Elders, Priests and Shamans. I also have been called upon to lead initiations and rites of passage ceremonies as well as weddings and funerals. I can be reached at 575-776-1150 or firstname.lastname@example.org”