ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM

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Mark is an independently licensed counselor. He has extensive training in Jungian Sand Tray and Experiential Play Therapy.  He does training and workshops in Experiential Play Therapy.  Mark was published in the International Journal of Play Therapy Vol.20, No.3, July 2011. He and his wife Charlotte Knauber are the founders of The Community Lighthouse.

Mark Ferriegel, LPCC
Education Supervisor, Founder

Charlotte Knauber,
LPCC Founder

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Pierce Ferriegel
CEO

As a young boy, Pierce dreamed of changing the world. In 2013 he was given the opportunity to take over the family business combining both his passion for business and aspirations of creating a better world. As a servant leader, Pierce view's his job as enriching the lives of his people though personal growth, professional development and meaningful employment. Pierce believes that by first taking care of his people they will then take care of their patients. As CEO at The Community Lighthouse it his responsibility to maintain both the quality of our services and the profitability of our organization. By effectively balancing both profit and quality he can help grow the organization and expand access to mental health services to our community.

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Jennifer Walsh
Administration and Financial Supervisor

Jennifer has been a resident of Albuquerque for 3 years now, having relocated from Las Vegas, NV. She has been married for 27 years and has three children ages 17-26.  Upon completing her degree in 2017, she was hired by The Community Lighthouse as an Administrative Assistant and quickly moved up to Community Liaison and then SpecialA Projects Manager and Recruiter. Working in Behavioral Health has given her the platform necessary to fulfill her passion for helping others and helping to reduce the stigma related to mental health issues. Ultimately, she would relish a chance to serve the community on a wider scale to help make legislative changes regarding healthcare and mental health. Jennifer enjoys being a homebody on the weekend; cooking and spending time with her family and her furbabies, Honey (Sharpei/Chow) and Sugar (Lab/Pitbull). When she needs time to relax and tune out the world, she loves to crochet and also has been known to binge Netflix on the weekends!

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Sofia Taconi
Marketer and Recruiter

Sofia works in Marketing and Recruitment at The Community Lighthouse. Sofia is with this organization because she wants to help improve the overall quality of mental health in the state. She moved here from Diamondhead, Mississippi after receiving a Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science from Mississippi State University. Sofia loves her cat, Samson and enjoys traveling.

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Alexandria Apodaca
Intake Specialist

Alex chose the Mental Health industry because mental health is such a struggle for people nowadays and it is important to let them know they are not alone in the journey to recovery. She has studied at CNM and will be pursuing her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Highlands University in Spring of 2020. Alex feels that working with The Community Lighthouse is the perfect place to grow and prepare for her career in the Mental Health field. Alex was born and raised in New Mexico! She loves to be creative and crochet as well as play will her fur babies!

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Our Billing Specialist believes that what you put out to the Universe comes back into your life three-fold and that you can change the world one person/one interaction at a time.  Not everyone enjoys working with numbers, but our Billing Specialist definitely excels when it comes to navigating insurances, billing codes, and monitoring collections!  Working at TCL allows our Specialist to do what they’re good at in service to the greater good and at the end of the day, what more could you ask for?

Billing Specialist

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Maria Mendez
Office Manager

Maria Mendez is a proud member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society; having graduated with an Associate’s degree in Office Administration with a Medical Concentration. Maria has been with the Community Lighthouse since 2012 and began as an Intake Coordinator. She then moved on to an Admin Lead position and now currently is the Office Manager. Maria contributes with her extensive knowledge of credentialing, bilingual abilities, and genuine sensitivity when helping clients. Maria strives to help grow the company in order to expand access to Mental Health services in our community. In her spare time, Maria enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.

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Sydney Clark
Administrative Assistant 

Sydney joined TCL because she thinks that what the company does is Incredible. She likes to help people! Sydney attended Full Sail University and has always lived in NM. She is an artist! She mostly does cartoon art and 3D modeling.

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Brandon Rodriguez
Administrative Assistant

Brandon is with TCL primarily because he enjoys being able to help others as they learn and grow to be better people than they already were. It is a struggle to reach out for help but it is incredibly rewarding to watch those who do blossom and flourish. He is also here because he connected with the strong sense of community the company and those who are employed here demonstrate. Brandon chose this industry because he enjoys being able to help others as they transition into their better selves. He would eventually like to see himself in a higher position to be able to help these individuals directly. Alternatively, the medical field is a very intriguing one, and being able to work directly with the various computer systems that are set in place to ensure operations flow smoothly via document management, processing claims, etc, is something he also finds enjoyable. Brandon is a transplant from Rhode Island. It has been a wonderful experience being here between this company and the natural beauty of the state. He does miss the beaches and greenery from back home sometimes though. Brandon enjoys being able to view various film media and indulge in action/adventure/fantasy video games. He enjoys being able to curl up with a good horror novel and watch the hours pass by.

THERAPISTS

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Amanda Gonzales
Clinician

Amanda chose to work in social work because she wanted to promote change and enhance the wellbeing of individuals. She went into her master program not really knowing how she could help and how she could use my set of skills to help empower those who truly needed support. She soon realized that caring about vulnerable populations is a good start to promote change. For Amanda, children are a population that she want to serve and help empower. She now found a position where she feels she can empower and promote change with the population that drives me to work hard, challenge myself and play. Amanda chose to work at The Community Lighthouse because during her last year of her social work program she was fortunate enough to find an internship that encompassed all the interests she had been searching for in a company. As an intern she had been challenged and learned how important healing can be for children who have been exposed to traumas. Meeting the client where they are at and utilizing interventions that support the child stages in development is essential to healing and EPT does just that. TCLH not only supports their clients but also their employees and she wants to be apart of a company who does jut that. Amanda received her Bachelors of Sociology and Psychology from The University of New Mexico, then decided to further her education and received a Master of Social work from New Mexico State University. Amanda was born in LA California and then moved to New Zealand for six years. Her family then moved to Edgewood, New Mexico where she grew up for most of my life. Amanda has a long haired corgi dog who keeps her active and also loves to take walks, runs and hikes. She recently joined a volleyball team and has learned how to shoot a bow. She loves to travel with friends, even if that means getting out of ABQ for the day.

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Erin Nolan
Clinical Director

Erin Nolan is a licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and the Behavior Management Specialist (BMS) Program Director at The Community Lighthouse. Erin’s approach to BMS services is founded on the belief that challenging behaviors can be transformed through increasing positive social, emotional, and relational experiences. Erin is trained in the Nurtured Heart Approach and utilizes these principles to support the BMS team in achieving success with their clients. Erin is very proud and grateful for the opportunity to work with and learn from such a strong, insightful and dedicated team of clinicians and BMS providers.  Prior to The Community Lighthouse Erin worked with the Psychiatric Services Unit (PSU) at the metropolitan detention center (MDC) in Albuquerque. One of her roles was as the psychiatric acute care coordinator for the women’s unit where she provided individual counseling, psycho-educational groups, and developed a therapeutic milieu for inmates with acute psychiatric diagnosis. Erin is trained in Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) and utilizes a CBT and mindfulness-based orientation within her therapeutic practice with adults and adolescents. Erin holds a master’s in social work from New Mexico State University.

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Jessica Muñoz
Clinical Supervisor

Jessica graduated from the University of New Mexico with a BA in Psychology and an MA in Counseling. Jessica’s concentrations during her counseling education were clinical mental health counseling and school counseling. Jessica works with a variety of ages from children to adults. Jessica is currently in The Community Lighthouses Experimental Play Therapy development program where she is being trained as a specialist in treating children.

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Rosanna Cordova
LCSW Clinical Supervisor

Rosanna Cordova double majored in English and Psychology at the University of New Mexico and studied Social Work at New Mexico State. She is both a Lobo and an Aggie, and happily so! She has worked with children in the local school system experiencing homelessness, and also trained in play therapy working with this population. Utilizing a strengths-based, solution-focused perspective, Rosanna encourages clients and their families to be deeply curious about their feelings, thoughts and behaviors and the relationship between these as they improve their well-being.

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Vanessa Rodriguez
Clinical Lead

Vanessa graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Spanish and a Master’s in Public Administration. Vanessa then graduated from New Mexico Highlands University with a Master’s in Social Work with a concentration in Bilingual/Bicultural Clinical Practice. Prior to The Community Lighthouse, Vanessa completed her practicums at Programs for Children & Adolescent as well as at Youth Diagnostic & Development Center. Vanessa took interest in The Community Lighthouse because the agency allows her to continue empowering families while working with populations, she is passionate in encouraging such as children and adolescents. Vanessa currently works with varied age groups from children to adults.  Vanessa was born in Calexico, CA and moved to Albuquerque, NM as a child. Some of Vanessa’s hobbies include off-roading, dancing, reading, photography, exercising, and being outdoors.

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Camille Carpenter
Clinical Lead

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Lauren Hughes
Clinical Lead

Lauren graduated from Coe College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and graduated from Wayland Baptist University with a Master of Arts degree in Counseling. Her willingness to learn new therapeutic techniques shows her devotion to her chosen field. As a therapist, Lauren is a client-oriented therapist that communicates easily with children. She prides herself on providing a safe space where even the youngest of patients can achieve therapeutic goals. Working alongside parents and guardians is especially important and Lauren supports and encourages consistent attendance.

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Marina Pannell
Clinical Lead

Marina started her career as a counselor at The Community Lighthouse because she has always had a passion to serve her community, specifically a passion to empower families to heal and foster connection, which is the valued mission of TCL. This is her chosen field because of her own familial experiences growing up and her strong belief that when there are strong attachments in the family, resiliency for children is fostered.  Marina was born and raised in Las Cruces, NM and received her B.A. in Psychology and Spanish at New Mexico State University and then received her M.A. in Counseling at the University of Colorado Denver.

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Ana Bisono
Clinician

Ana previously worked for Child Protective Services and witnessed firsthand the effects of abuse and neglect on the children in our community. She wanted to work for a company that seeks to heal those wounds. Ana grew up in an impoverished neighborhood that was further devastated by substance abuse and violence. Her family was a protective factor for her; however, many of her peers were not as lucky. She wanted to work in a field where she could help children and families thrive. Ana studied Clinical Psychology at the University of New Mexico, prior to this she completed her Bachelor’s in Psychology in New York City at Hunter College. She is originally from the Dominican Republic and moved to Brooklyn, NY with her family in the 80s. From there on Ana would spend the school year in NYC and the summers in the Dominican Republic.  She comes from a huge family and loves to spend as much time with them as possible. Ana and her partner have 2 dogs and love to go hiking with them. She loves to paint and write. She also loves architecture and home design shows!

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Marla Summers
Clinician 

Seeing trauma as an opportunity for resiliency, Marla believes in empowering individuals and families to find their unique path to healing. Originally from Indiana, they hold a B.S. in Psychology and a Bachelor’s in Social Work with honors from Ball State University. There, Marla also finished their Master’s of Social Work while working at a suicide and domestic violence crisis center and completing a field placement at an intensive outpatient addiction treatment program. They recently relocated to Albuquerque and enjoy making art, horseback riding, PC gaming, hiking, thrift shopping, and indoor gardening. Marla shares life with two rescued blue heeler mixes and six pufferfish

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Angelica Sanchez
Clinician

Angelica is with The Community Lighthouse because of her passion for connecting with others. She enjoys providing a place for people to express themselves in a nonjudgemental and encouraging environment. She chose to get into this industry because life comes with challenges and sometimes all we need is a listening ear. She absolutely loves getting to know people and the unique stories that made them who they are today. She graduated from Wayland Baptist University with a Bachelor's Degree in Business and a Master's Degree in Counseling. She is originally from a small town in the East Mountains called Tajique NM. Angelica and her husband love to travel and spend time with friends and family. They have a Bichon Frise named Benjamin that brings them so much joy! Angelica loves to read and collect books of all kinds! She can get lost in a bookstore with a coffee in hand and imagination and joy in her heart! She enjoys working with people from all walks of life- from children to adults.

Cassandra Brown
Clinician

The ability to do meaningful work with individuals and families within the community is why Cassandra was drawn to The Community Lighthouse. Cassandra received her Master’s of Social Work degree from New Mexico Highlands University and chose the field because of its emphasis on social justice and dignity of the person, which aligns with the principle that all people deserve equitable access to a fulfilling life. While in graduate school, she interned at Casa Esperanza providing support to individuals and families traveling to Albuquerque for major medical treatment, as well as the Office of the Medical Investigator’s Grief Services Program providing counseling to those experiencing traumatic grief. In addition to utilizing experiential play therapy with children, Cassandra enjoys using narrative and strengths-based approaches in her work. She also holds a BFA from the University of New Mexico. Cassandra was born and raised in Albuquerque and in her free time enjoys photography, painting, printmaking, baking, and watching movies.

Stephanie Kitts
Clinician

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Stephanie is with TCL because she is all about the community and working with children and families. This is her specialty. She has always connected with people easily. A "people's person" is what she has been called. Stephanie knew she wanted to work with others within healing environments since high school. In particular using art as a medium for expression to aid in healing. She attended Southwestern College, receiving her dual masters degree in art therapy and counseling. She is originally from Indiana and lived in Chicago for 6 years before moving to NM in 2015. She has an adorable and fluffy cat named Zsazu. She is an artist and performer. She is a movement artist and use trapeze, rings, and other aerial equipments. Stephanie has ten years of experience working with children and family through exploration of art and play. She loves group facilitation and values self care and has lead multiple self care workshops and trainings.

Bobbie LaRocque
Clinician

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Bobbie is with TCL because she believe in providing quality therapy to the kiddos and their families of her home state of New Mexico. Some of TCL's core values of being positive, working hard, and creating solutions are things that resonate within her and her own personal values. Bobbie feels she can learn an extraordinary amount from the clients and staff here and is excited to begin her journey of becoming an independently licensed social worker and work with some seriously skilled people! Bobbie chose the mental health industry because she has always had a fascination with the human mind and condition. Further than this, she has found an inspiration in herself to help others struggling with certain experiences. Bobbie loves working with children and their families and feels truly fulfilled when she can make even a small difference in their lives. Bobbie completed her undergraduate degree at New Mexico State University (NMSU) in Las Cruces, she graduated with her Psychology degree in 2015. Then she got her graduate Masters in Social Work degree in 2019 at Western New Mexico University (WNMU). Bobbie grew up in the little town of Alamogordo, New Mexico which is right next to White Sands National Monument and Holloman Air Force Base where her mom was stationed at while growing up. She has also lived in Las Cruces, New Mexico for college and now Albuquerque, New Mexico. Bobbie recently hiked a glacier in Alaska which was super incredible! She also loves the ocean; she lived in San Clemente, California for 2.5 years before moving back to New Mexico and her obsession only increased! Some of her top hobbies would include traveling, hiking, going to beaches, trying new foods, exercising, and spending time with her loved ones. She has no pets but her parents have a mini double dapple dachshund named Babo who she treat as her own. No children either, but her and her husband have a few succulent plants they enjoy taking care of for now!

BMS TEAM

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Whitnie O’Neal
BMS Lead

Whitnie is originally from Northern California where she attended California State University, Sacramento and graduated with Honors with a BA in Child Development. Whitnie loves working with kids and teens. Helping to support her patient’s growth and learning is important to Whitnie. She believes in the difficult work of mental health, and knows she’s doing something that matters, “You can’t make a difference for all of them but for the ones that you can, it makes all the difference.” Whitnie appreciates how The Community Lighthouse helps her grow professionally and personally, and promotes a healthy work/life balance. Whitnie tracks her travels using a state pin board and also by collecting mini Starbucks “Places You’ve Been” mugs! When Whitnie isn’t traveling, you can find her shopping, knitting, rock climbing, listening to podcasts or playing with her dog Lily!

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Brigid O'Brien
BMS

Brigid chose to work at TCL because she is passionate about making a difference in the community and wanted to positively impact families and children. She also loves to work with children -- they remind her to be playful in life and laugh more. Brigid chose this industry because she is interested in pursuing therapy or social work and would like to help people in the New Mexico community. She is currently studying at the University of New Mexico where she is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Chinese. Brigid is from a small town in Colorado. She loves rollerskating, drawing, and working out. Brigid also likes to spend time hanging out with my pit puppy, Momo.

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Elizabeth (Liz) McGinn
BMS

Liz is joining TCL to advance her learning in the social work industry in the micro setting. She is excited to learn skills to help promote healthy behaviors in children. Liz has always wanted to help people to be their best self and her biggest strength is empathy, which she believe helps her to help people through therapeutic processes. She received her Bachelors and am currently pursuing her Masters at New Mexico State University. She is from Los Alamos, NM. She has two dogs, Ghost and Sadie, and a cat, Lucy. She also loves to go hiking, camping, backpacking, and swimming.

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Danielle (Danny) Gonzales
BMS

Danny chose TCL for its great community and atmosphere. When he was younger he received services from TCL which helped a lot with his own mental health, and he wants to help contribute and help other kids have a great experience like he did. Danny enjoys helping kids learn how to identify and mange their feelings so that they can become the best humans that they can be. It is so rewarding to be able to see the progress that the kids make from when he first meets them. Danny is currently at CNM working towards his associate's degree in Elementary Education with a specialization in Special Education, and will soon be working towards his Bachelor's degree. Danny is originally from Albuquerque and is married and has 5 fur babies. He has 2 cats, Nox and Cj, and 3 dogs, Biscuit, Gravy and Mosa.

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Sara Baecher
BMS

Sara chose TCL because while looking for mental health and child care jobs, she came across TCL and liked that they are teaching children self-regulation and the skills necessary for daily life. She recently came from a similar program where she helped troubled kids. Sara enjoyed her time with her last job, but unfortunately they went out of business. She want to continue working in this field, and TCL felt like the right fit because they share the same values. She got her Bachelors of Fine Arts from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. Sara has lived in New Mexico my entire life. She grew up in the South Valley and went to Rio Grande High School. In her free time, she does a lot of painting (acrylics, watercolors, inks, etc), macrame, and embroidery. Sara has collected quite a few plants and has a cat named Oscar that has six toes on each foot.

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Megan Gray
BMS

Megan is a BMS with TCL because she has always wanted to work with people. TCL's values in their work, people, and community attracted her to the position and pushed her to apply as a BMS. She is from the Four Corners area of New Mexico, a small community on the Navajo Nation called Sanostee. She is currently a student studying Psychological Sciences and Sociology at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ. Megan chose this field because she initially wanted a career where she can be social and work with people. The love Megan has for people and the recognition for the need for more mental health care resources pushed her into the industry.