Our Staff

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Linda Zimmerman, M.A., L.P.C.C.

Linda is the Executive Director and founder of Sandhill Child Development Center.  With over 30 years of experience in working with children and families, Ms. Zimmerman has been responsible for creating therapeutic environments to address attachment and trauma. Linda is regarded by some as a pioneer within the state of New Mexico not only for her current work in the clinical application of key principles of neurodevelopment, but also in the early 1990’s for introducing a treatment model focused on problematic childhood attachments and the formation of basic trust.  In 1996, Linda was named the City of Albuquerque’s “Woman on the Move” for her groundbreaking work in the field of children’s mental health treatment.

Kurt A. Wulfekuhler, Ph.D., L.P.C.C.

Kurt is the Clinical Director at Sandhill Child Development Center.  Dr. Wulfekuhler has over thirty-five years of experience working in residential treatment, treatment foster care, inpatient psychiatric hospital programs, outpatient, and partial hospital programs.  He has a long-term interest in the clinical implications of attachment theory and recently completed the five year process of becoming a Certified Sensorimotor Psychotherapist (developed by Pat Ogden).  Dr. Wulfekuhler has been particularly instrumental in integrating Sensorimotor Psychotherapy along with the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics to provide a developmentally and trauma informed treatment approach throughout the therapeutic milieu at Sandhill.

Elizabeth McGhee, L.C.S.W.

Elizabeth is the Director of Admissions for Sandhill Child Development Center.  Elizabeth has worked extensively in the field of residential treatment for over 28 years.  Additionally, she worked with an Educational Consulting firm in Marin County California, and has spent a great deal of time visiting over 100 therapeutic programs nationwide.  She has had the benefit of knowing and subsequently working with Sandhill from its inception in 2004 and is an actively involved in ATTACh (Association for Treatment and Training in the Attachment of Children).

Matthew MacQueen, M.Ed.

Matthew is the Program Director at Sandhill Child Development Center. A lifelong New Mexican, Matthew grew up in Taos, New Mexico which directly contributed to his love of skiing and chili. He graduated with a BA in Media Arts from the University of New Mexico in 2001 and spent several years working in the film industry on various movie projects. In 2002, Matthew began working in residential treatment and quickly took to sharing his passions for sports, art, cooking and the outdoors with incredible individuals as a means for growth and skill building. In 2004 he joined the Sandhill Child Development Center team as a youth mentor. In 2008 Matthew completed a Master’s degree in Multicultural Special Education from The College of Santa Fe, and has since worn many different hats with the Sandhill and Del Rio Academy as Milieu Team Leader, Teacher, Program Director, Principal, and pool boy.  He loves working at Del Rio Academy and Sandhill, and being surrounded by brave people who are committed to learning and helping children. In his free time, Matthew can be found skiing, hiking, running, biking, walking his dogs all over the high desert, and exploring the globe with his wife, family and friends.

Kathryn Fehr , L.C.S.W.

Kathryn “Katy” Fehr is a Program Therarpist at Sandhill Child Development Center. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Certified Therapeutic Recreation Therapist (CTRS) and a certified Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning. Katy grew up in New England and graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation. She relocated to New Mexico in 1999 to take a position as Therapeutic Recreation Specialist at the Children’s Psychiatric Hospital in Albuquerque, NM, where she worked for 13 years. Katy earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of New Mexico. Her professional experience prior to Sandhill includes working with children, adolescents and families in outpatient settings, acute care and residential treatment. She’s also worked extensively with children and adolescents utilizing experiential therapy, animal assisted therapies, and equine assisted psychotherapy. Katy completed her certification as an Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning through “Path International” in March, 2015 and is the President on the board of directors for Cloud Dancers Therapeutic Horsemanship Program in Albuquerque NM. Katy is rarely seen on campus without Penny, an oh-so-remarkable border collie rescued by Sandhill in 2014. The two are true partners in helping kids reach their full potential. Katy lives in Albuquerque with her husband, their two young sons, and—of course — Miss Penny.

Dylan Ottemiller, M.A., L.M.H.C.

Dylan is a Program Therapist at Sandhill Child Development Center. She graduated from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA with her M.A. in Art Therapy & Counseling, and moved to New Mexico in August to join the Sandhill team. She has experience working in outpatient, inpatient, and therapeutic school settings. After reading several books on neurodevelopment in school and independently, she became very interested in how art therapy fits into the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT).  Dylan is passionate about art and believes in the healing qualities of art making, as well as its ability to alter the structure of the brain. Dylan has a pet rabbit named Pete, who loves carrots and bananas. In her free time, she enjoys running, rock climbing, doing yoga, going on outdoor hiking adventures, and painting.

Martha Villa, L.M.S.W.

Martha is a Program Therapist at Sandhill Child Development Center. Martha is bilingual (Spanish/English) and her biculturalism has roused a passion for working with underserved populations, as well as with trauma survivors.   She has more than 16 years of experience working directly with children and adolescents coping with severe mental illnesses in residential treatment settings. Martha’s clinical training and experience extends to helping children and adults in outpatient settings. Prior to joining Sandhill, she spent the previous 14 years with UNMH Children’s Psychiatric Center. She has a strong background in clinical case management and extensive experience in facilitating the child and family transition between the treatment environment and the home and school setting. The sum of Martha’s experience has made her acutely aware of the impact mental health issues have on individuals and their family and she aims to efficiently and effectively reduce these stressors for her clients.

Tom Holley, M.D.

Dr. Holley is the consulting board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist at Sandhill Child Development Center. Tom has always had a passion for working with children. After attending UNM School of Medicine for his M.D. Tom took a Pediatrics Internship before becoming the sole General Medical Officer of the Indian Health Service in Dulce, NM on the Jicarilla Apache Reservation.  After a year on the reservation he moved to San Diego to complete a psychiatry residency at UCSD.   He subsequently returned to Albuquerque to complete a Child and Adolescent Fellowship at Children’s Psychiatric Hospital at UNM. After finishing in 1982 he spent 24 years in private practice before “retiring” to go live on a sailboat in the Caribbean for 3 years.  With the arrival of grandsons Tom and his wife, Linda, returned to New Mexico and came out of retirement to work with Sandhill. Not content to sit in an office, he can regularly be found participating in activities with the kids, fixing bikes, going for walks, or teaching Thai Chi.