Our Staff

Our Staff

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

Linda is the Executive Director and founder of Sandhill 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 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 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 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.

Martha Villa, L.M.S.W.

Martha is a Program Therapist at Sandhill 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.