Meet Our Staff

JoAnn Baca has been a Registered Nurse for 14 years with background in Pediatrics, Community and Mental Health.
Terry Barsano LPCC NCC is a fourth generation Northern New Mexican. She earned her degree from Southwestern College in Santa Fe, after studying at NMCC and UNM. Additionally, she has studied Depth Psychology extensively. Over the years she has served in her private practice in Taos; as a member of Grief Retreat Healing programs; as Clinical Supervisor in wrap around services for children and families with TeamBuilders Counseling Services; taught Grief and Loss as adjunct faculty for UNM and Multicultural Counseling for Yorkville University and worked as Professor’s Assistant for Multicultural Counseling and Masters Case Studies. Terry has recently returned from several years of working on US Military Bases with Commands of multiple branches of the US Forces, during which she supported Service Members, their families, and Commands with Psychoeducational trainings as well as counseling services. Her trainings and therapeutic strengths include Trauma-informed therapy, Internal Family Systems, MI, Solution-focused Therapy, Attachment Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, CBT, Mindfulness, Gestalt, Sensory-motor Psychotherapy, Dreamwork, and Narrative Therapy. Terry has returned to bring her passion, education, and professional training home, serving as the Clinical Director for the Northern Region.
Lester Brasher is from New Mexico and has spent most of his career in the state. He has three children, three step children, eleven grand children, three step grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He attended UNM and received a Bachelor’s degree with a major in psychology and a minor in sociology. He then completed a Master’s degree in Counseling at Webster University in Albuquerque. In 2010, at the age of 62, he completed a PhD in Counseling.
Lester started the field as a social worker at Child protective social worker and later worked at Charter hospital as a counselor. In 1992, he was the director of the justice program in Rio Rancho and from 1994 to 2006. He worked at a nonprofit behavioral health center. From there he opened a for profit Behavioral health outpatient treatment center, with 18 therapists and a number of contracts with the city of Albuquerque and the state Corrections Department.
Born in New York City, Tamar Bumpass was raised on Long Island, attended New York University, transferred to Colorado College in Colorado and completed her undergraduate degree in Art Education. She moved to Raton, NM in 1974 and has lived in New Mexico since that time. Moving to Raton she worked as a social worker, then in a family business for many years. During those years she also began a mediation practice addressing family mediation in the Northeastern NM region.
Going back to graduate school allowed her to complete a degree in Mental Health Counseling. Licensed in Colorado at that time, she began working in Trinidad, Colorado, and remained at Spanish Peaks for 9 years until being employed in Raton at TriCounty Community Services as a therapist and program director. The move to Valle del Sol occurred August, 2019 and she currently works as a therapist and clinical lead for Raton and Clayton. Her focus is working with trauma and finding strengths in each situation.
Phoebe Clark MA,LPCC.,ATR attended Southwestern College in Santa Fe, NM and achieved a Masters in Art Therapy in Counseling in 2015. Ms. Clark has been providing therapy for children, adolescents, adults and families in Northern New Mexico for the past 4 years. Ms. Clark has an eclectic approach to counseling. She utilizes art therapy, CBT, DBT, Mindfulness, Adventure Therapy, Play Therapy, and Trauma Informed Practices.
Rhonda Chavez is the Site Supervisor and Community Support Worker for the Santa Rosa office. She was raised in Santa Rosa, NM where she attended and graduated from school. Rhonda has 11 years of experience working with children in various capacities. She began working with children in the behavioral and mental health field in February of 2014 and started working with Valle del Sol in June of 2016. Rhonda is passionate about working with others to provide help and support that is needed to help them become successful. On her time off from work, she enjoys spending time with her family, caring for animals, and being outdoors.
Zach CordovaSite Lead, Taos NM. Born and Raised in Taos. In the MH and substance field for the past 10 yrs.
Luigi DeGregorio: BA Psychology, MA Counseling, NCC, NM LPCC. CO LPC, NY LMHC, VA LPC Trauma work, CBT, Structural/Strategic Family therapy
Nick Farreygrew up in Chicago, Illinois. He attended the University of Nevada Las Vegas with a degree in nutrition science. His medical training was done at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland. Nicholas is board certified as a family and psychiatric nurse practitioner. In addition, he has extensive training in substance abuse. He currently resides in Scottsdale, Arizona where he enjoys fishing and hiking with his golden retriever, Chewbacca.
Ruth Fierro is an Independently Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She received her MSW from New Mexico State University School of Social Work. She works with children and families, as well as adults. Ruth also provides group therapy sessions for parenting. Ruth offers clients the opportunity to participate in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy. She has been employed by Valle del Sol since July of 2016.
Rosemarie Gallegos is an independently licensed bilingual counselor in New Mexico. She has worked for Valle del Sol for about 8 years and provides individual, family, and couple therapy for adults and children. Rosemarie has extensive experience working with clients with mental illnesses or functioning problems who suffer from symptoms of depression, mood disorders, anxiety, PTSD, behavioral or functioning problems, schizophrenia and substance abuse.
Tina Garland has served in the health care field for over 20 years, working with a diverse population. Ms. Garland worked at Las Cumbres Learning Services, Rio Arriba Family Care Network (RAFCN) which served as Health Advisory Council for Rio Arriba County, as Health Care Coordinator and Project Manager.
Ms. Garland was appointed by AARP New Mexico as a State Representative where she advocated and collaborated statewide with different agencies in addressing health care issues and multigenerational concerns; she was appointed and served on the NM Child Abuse and Neglect Citizen Review Board within Santa Fe, Los Alamos and Rio Arriba County.
Ms. Garland worked as treatment coordinator at Casa de Corazon, Easter Seals/Casa de Corazon and is currently site lead at Espanola office of Valle del Sol, NM.
Catherine Harris, MSW, LCSW AKA Kit, is an independently licensed social worker. She got her MSW from NM Highlands in 2006. She is the ACT team lead for the Valencia County ACT team and is the Valencia County Juvenile Drug Court liaison. Kit enjoys working with teenagers, and adults. She has 13 years working in the community mental health field. Kit enjoys working to improve the lives of individuals who are struggling with substance abuse, and mental illness. Kit is a passionate bird and wildlife photographer.
Brandy Heaton is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She has 23 years experience as a nurse and nurse practitioner working in internal medicine, family practice and long term acute care/skilled rehabilitation. She is currently in school working on her Doctor of Public Health. She also holds degrees a master's degree in nursing, as well as undergraduate degrees in Psychology, Sociology, Health Sciences, and Liberal arts.
Loretta Krumback, Executive Assistant, was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM she graduated from Brookline College in 2011. She started with Valle del Sol of New Mexico in August, 2013 as Front Desk/Intake Specialist, and is now Executive Assistant. She has really enjoyed getting to know the clients and watching the progress they have made over the years. In her spare time she loves spending time with her 5 grandkids.
Annette Martinez, CSW/BMS
Brenda Medina is in her fourth year with Valle Del Sol, since joining the company in 2015. She enjoys working with primarily adults ranging in age who are suffering from various mood disorders and trauma related issues. She is trained in EMDR and Seeking Safety. In addition, she facilitates the Anger Management Group.
Monique Mondragon is a BMS Provider/ CSW. She has been an employee of Valle Del Sol for 4 years. She started off as a BMS Provider in January 16, 2006. She was hired by Casa de Corazon and provider services 6 years and was rehired by Santa Maria De Mirador for 3 years.
She was born and raised in Taos, NM, which she believes is an asset to serving the community. Taos is rich in its culture and traditions which makes those needing services shy away from mental and behavioral health. She is also the care taker for my Elderly Father whom has health issues. Her job title is to value Integrity & honesty, Diversity, commitment, team work and excellence.
Shelly Morgan, NP, has worked for 13 years as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. She graduated with her Masters in Nursing from the University of Southern Maine where she practiced for 6 years before deciding to move to sunny Arizona. She enjoys working with her colleagues to develop multi-dimensional healing for her clients; recognizing medication alone is not always the answer. Shelly's specialty is PTSD, although she welcomes any population to come see her for services.
Catalina Nunez has training in DBT, CBT, and Matrix. She also facilitates Relapse Prevention Groups and IOP. She is also the court liaison for both Drug court and DWI court here in Valencia.
Veronika Peacetree’s practice is Gestalt and CBT based. She has been a Licensed Professional Counselor since 1992. Over the past 27 years she has worked in a variety of settings that are crisis intervention oriented. She has lived in Northern NM for 2 years. She came here from Northern Michigan (Anishnabek territory) where she was counselor and program coordinator to a variety of educational access, disability services and community mental health services. She grew up on Akwesasne Mohawk Reservation (on the border of Quebec, Ontario and NY State). She looks forward to serving consumers in the Taos area.
Anjanaea Ratcliff is a (CSW) Community Social Worker employed with Valle del Sol out of the Grants NM location. She has been with the company since November 2017 and is actively involved in the community in which she works and resides. Although she has only been with the company a short time, assisting others and being proactive in the community is nothing new for her. She has resided in Grants for 9 years strategically working both in Behavioral Health and in the school system with adults and children alike. There have been many steps that she has taken that have brought her to the position in which she is today and that is helping others, young or old to achieve and accomplish any task or goal that like to be obtained. Her personal philosophy on life and being successful is "Anything is possible, as long as a person has breath in their body".
Jo Salazar is the Site Supervisor and Behavioral management/Community support worker for the Raton Office. She was born and raised in Raton, NM where she attended and graduated from Raton High school. She has worked in the behavioral health field for 7 years and joined the Valle del sol team as a BMS provider in August 2012. Jo has over 7 years of behavioral and mental health experience. In her free time she enjoys spending quality time with her family, and doing outdoor activities.
Kelly D. Smith-Yancey, LMSW, is a Child and Family Therapist in Raton, New Mexico. She is a veteran of the United States Army and spent many years overseas living in Germany. She has traveled throughout Europe and loves exploring new countries and learning about their cultures. She also lives and works with children in Colorado as well as New Mexico.
She loves working with children and families. In her practice, she works with children and families individually and in groups. She loves the warm weather and being creative with her groups to include fun activities outside. Her practice takes her out into the community to include working with clients in their homes and at school. Her personal mantra is “Progress Not Perfection!”
Margaret Starner RN, BSN is a Registered Nurse with extensive clinical experience caring for diverse populations. She focuses her practice on the promotion of health and well-being using evidence-based nursing practices and creative problem solving. Her dedication to providing fair and impartial health care to the underserved populations in her community is the cornerstone of her practice. She has experience in behavioral and mental health care, and in adult critical care nursing. Margaret maintains her certifications in Basic Life Support and Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation. She provides medication management, healthcare access assistance, and wellness education to her clients. Margaret holds a Bachelors of Nursing Degree and is currently completing her Master’s Degree in Nursing Education at Western Governors University.
Having lived in New Mexico most of his life, Donald Tyler is familiar with the culture of New Mexico and the needs of the New Mexico people. Working as a Site Leader of the Los Lunas Valle del Sol clinic, he desires to help all that come through the door everyday. Donald has a Business Management degree as well as a Masters in Psychology. Say Hello when you see him.
Judy Vargas has two Master's Degrees- MSW-LISW-Specialty is Clinical Social Work-Credentialed -LISW-LCSW and MSEd. Credentialed LPCC -Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor.


She has lived in Northern New Mexico since 1978 and in Taos since 1985. She has practiced in the mental health field and participated in many different programs including Taos High School Wellness Clinic and on call for Holy Cross Hospital ER. She worked for TRICOUNTY- FORMERLY TAOS COLFAX -since 2002 and worked on licensure etc. She has been credentialed with the VA and Medicare Services and qualified for all due to her proven Clinical Social Work background track, testing and in mental health.

This is home and this is family.
"May you have the peace of all understanding".


In practice she utilizes
--EMDR: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing -in practice she utilizes the eye movements and/or the patting or tapping as needed—
Seeking Safety: an Evidence-Based Model for Trauma and/or Addiction and Through the Trauma and Violence: Reclaiming the Beloved Family/Community of Care.
--CBT Cognitive Behavioral Therapy-utilizing What is the Stimulus? --What is the thought?--How to change the Behavior?
-- Narrative Therapy/ Reconstructing the story, and not least Psychodynamic Therapy utilizing the UCPR for the individual which is used with all the above techniques.

“My thoughts: It takes time to build RELATIONSHIP-TRUST-VISION to understand what "ails" the client. The Therapeutic Relationship is what is healing. It is the medicine that allows the client to see that things can be better if only for a while. But it does feel better and it has been proven in the reduction of trauma that it does work. Limiting a client to the Magic number of very limited visits or perhaps three months is a form of Primfacia Neglect. Therapy is the medicine that makes it ok to try another day, another week, if not another month or another year. There are addictions that are much worse that cause worlds to fall apart. Ahhh, but not the therapeutic relationship, it creates hope, endurance and a building of the client focusing on the physical, emotional, psychological and not least the spiritual. It creates trust to help those who have been harmed and do not understand that it will be ok, yes...even that unlovable horrible secret of self loathing and that talking and telling ones story helps relieve the grief that binds the self. It will be ok for another day. "I just need to talk and tell the story...again." Perhaps by Rewriting the Narrative in order to make it another day. When is it enough? When it is enough...Judy Vargas--- 11/10/2014---“
Eva Vital has been in this business a long time and has worked with so many different types of people! Much of her earlier work was with SDMI clients and maintenance of their symptoms. She ran a transitional living home for a few years as well. She moved on into working with children, which is where her heart is. She has gotten training in different areas, nurturing parenting program, SED and SDMI trauma informed, CBT, DBT, sexual assault training and services, motivational interviewing and solution focused therapy. Her foundational theory is by Carl Rogers which focuses on the therapeutic relationship and how you use it to produce change. She feels like she plants seeds everyday and may never see them grow but they come out eventually in someone's life.
Wayne Wilcken
"I was the fifth of eight children. My parents did not pay much attention to any of their children until the last two were born. My mother was unpleasant and consumed with church and my father's affairs. At thirteen, the Beatles hit the US. I hated them at first, because all the girls were crazy about them. In 1967, Sgt Pepper's came out and then Magical Mystery Tour. This music won me over. At sixteen, I learned to play the guitar.

I was a geek at school and was constantly picked on by the jocks. At 18, I graduated from High School and at nineteen, I started oil painting. A year later I began to attend Fresno City College to study first art then philosophy. I was a hippie for a while, but by my mid-twenties, I realized that this lifestyle was a dead-end. I tried religion to find myself, but the only thing I found was my noxious family conditioning.

I got married and returned to school at thirty and completed my bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies. The majority of my electives were in studio art. I vacillated for a semester before returning to school to begin a Master's Degree in Counseling. It was in this time that I began to find myself. Counseling Psychology helped me to unwind my family conditioning and experience new possibilities. I was not content with the mandated studies and began to widely read the whole field of psychology. I graduated at 36 years of age and was independently licensed at 39 years of age.

I had four children and while the youngest was a preschooler, we moved to the Southwest. The move was inspired by a series of dreams. I wrote a manuscript I called: "The Quadratic Self" and even got an agent to try to help publish it. My efforts realized a deep understanding of humanity, psychology and psychopathology, but I was never published. I loved counseling psychology and realized I could see deeper than the majority of my peers.

My wife and I divorced in 2000. A little later I moved Gallup. Most of my jobs in the beginning were in County Mental Health Clinics. I worked in an RTC for girls in Arizona and was a Clinical Supervisor in therapeutic foster for 2 years.

In Gallup I met the love of my life. We were together for 9 years. In those years, I studied under two meditation masters. This opened my eyes to the light of consciousness. Things have been difference since losing my beloved. Now my only love is my work that helps relieve others of their burdens, helps them recover and find a better life. I have outlined another book on human holistic psychology and I am, ready to begin writing.

I love the mountains, the sky and its clouds, the tress, the waters, the animals and the plants. All of this that is our world is full of wonder. My intuition indicates I will meet another partner soon.
Carlos Zamora was born and raised in Albuquerque NM, graduated from Brookline College in 2005 as a Medical Assistant. He Started with Valle Del Sol of New Mexico in June, 2016 as MA/Front Desk/Intake Specialist. And now is site leader for the Bernalillo site. He has enjoyed working with the clients and watching the progress they have made over the years. In his spare time he loves spending time with his Family and his dogs.