Southwestern College

Board of Trustees


Tina Ludutsky-Taylor, Ph.D.
Tina Ludutsky-Taylor, Ph.D.
Board Chair

Dr. Tina Ludutsky-Taylor recently retired from a forty-year career in higher education. Her last position was Director of Santa Fe Community College’s Higher Education Center. The HEC is a partnership of colleges and…
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Sherry Young, Ph.D.
Sherry Young, Ph.D.

Sherry Young, Ph.D., CSAT, is Senior Clinical Outreach Director for Elements Behavioral Health for the Central US. Her role as clinical educator is to provide educational learning opportunities for licensed therapists and psychologists who…
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Michael P. Johll, Ph.D.
Michael P. Johll, Ph.D.
Board Member

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.
Rev. Brendalyn Batchelor, M.A.

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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Kathryn Harris Tijerina, J.D.
Kathryn Harris Tijerina, J.D.

Kathryn is an enrolled citizen of the Comanche Nation. She was born and raised in Comanche country in southwestern Oklahoma. She earned her BA from Harvard and graduated Magna cum Laude. She…
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James Cutropia, M.B.A.
James Cutropia, M.B.A.
Board Vice Chair

James Cutropia has recently retired from his position as 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…
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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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Greer McSpadden, M.S.W.
Greer McSpadden, M.S.W.
Board Member

Greer McSpadden is a licensed clinical social worker trained in systems family therapy, addictions counseling and trauma therapy (EMDR). She has been the Counselor at the Institute of American Indian Arts for the past…
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Victor Nelson, M.Div.
Victor Nelson, M.Div.
Board Member

Victor Nelson, M.Div., S.T.M., LMFT, was a Lutheran pastor before focusing on pastoral counseling as a marriage and family therapist. He has trained and supervised marriage and family therapists and taught graduate courses as an…
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Brian Serna, M.A.
Brian Serna, M.A.
Board Member

Brian is a licensed professional clinical counselor and a nationally recognized trainer in the treatment of addictions. He trains and consults for programs that are implementing evidence-based interventions to treat addictions. He also facilitates workshops…
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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 allow him to recognize…
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Katherine Ninos, M,A., LPCC
Katherine Ninos, M,A., LPCC
Board Secretary

Katherine is Executive 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…
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Robert D. Waterman, Ed.D.
Robert D. Waterman, Ed.D.
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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Leon Lopez, M.B.A., LMSW
Leon Lopez, M.B.A., LMSW
Board Member

Leon Lopez brings a wealth of expertise and experience in both finance and behavioral health, making him the ideal person to manage Falling Colors’ financial operations. Leon has worked for Christus-St. Vincent (one of New…
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Mónica Ontiveros, J.D., LL.M.
Mónica Ontiveros, J.D., LL.M.

Mónica Ontiveros is an attorney in Santa Fe who has primarily practiced in the areas of tax and administrative law. She received a BA from Whittier College, a J.D. from UNM School of Law and…
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Heather Leigh , M.A., LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC
Heather Leigh , M.A., LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC
Faculty Board Member

Heather Leigh, M.A., ATR-BC, LPAT, LPCC joined Southwestern College as Core Faculty for Art Therapy/Counseling in June 2015. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the Professional Doctorate of Art Therapy program at Mount Mary…
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Gabriella Tafoya-Torrez, B.A.
Gabriella Tafoya-Torrez, B.A.

Gabriella is a native New Mexican with a love and passion for her culture. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Relations from UNM and plans to work with families after she…
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