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Counselor Education Faculty

Program Coordinator

Matthew Lemberger-Truelove
Associate Professor and Regents' Lecturer
Editor, Journal of Humanistic Counseling

Office Location: Simpson Hall, Room 128
Phone: (505) 277-4575
Education: Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of South Carolina

Matthew Lemberger-Truelove, Associate Professor and Regents’ Lecturer has been at the University of New Mexico since 2010. Dr. Lemberger-Trulove research interests in include counseling in schools, counseling theory (particularly humanistic), children in poverty (including social justice philosophy), and social emotional learning. Currently, he is the principle investigator on multiple externally funded research projects providing direct services to children, educators, and family members. Dr. Lemberger- Truelove is Editor of the Journal of Humanistic Counseling and serves on as either an associate editor or review board member on multiple other professional publications.

Research Interests:

  • Counseling in schools
  • Counseling theory (particularly humanistic)
  • Children in poverty (including social justice philosophy)

Courses Taught:

  • Coun 517: Theories of Counseling and Human Behavior
  • Coun 522: Communication Skills in Counseling
  • Coun 525: Experiential Counseling
  • Coun 545: School Counseling
  • Coun 615: Leadership, Advocacy, and Professional Issues
  • Coun 620: Advanced Multicultural Seminar
  • Coun 621: Advanced Theories of Counseling & Psychotherapy

Curriculum Vitae

Thomas A. Chavez
Assistant Professor
Office Location: Simpson Hall, Room 129
Phone: (505) 277-7222
Education: Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Thomas A. Chavez, Assistant Professor, came to the University of New Mexico in 2015. Dr. Chavez has research interests in adolescent populations including identity factors, juvenile justice, school counseling, and growth fostering relationships. In addition, he has particular interest in Multiculturalism/Diversity/Social justice frameworks. Current work includes defining ways in which traditional healing practices can compliment mainstream counseling for marginalized populations. He is a member of several professional counseling and psychological organizations.

Curriculum Vitae

Jeanmarie Keim
Associate Professor
Office Location: Simpson Hall, Room 114
Phone: (505) 277-1353
Education: Ph.D., ABPP in Counseling Psychology from Arizona State University

Jean Keim, Associate Professor, has been at UNM since 2006 and in higher education since 1991 . Dr. Keim has research interests in academic and job-related factors, stress, burnout and trauma. She has produced multiple publications, and presentations at national and international conferences. Dr. Keim specializes in group counseling and psychotherapy, diagnosis, ethics, and clinical supervision. She has consistently provided clinical services over the past three decades including the following populations: disaster survivors (flood, tornado, plane crash, fire, etc), inmates, child abuse survivors, domestic violence survivors, and torture survivors). Dr. Keim has served as President of the Society for Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy. During her presidency, she created and obtained funding for a foundation to explore group-related issues into perpetuity. Her passions are clinical work and impacting the lives of people in her community.

Research Interests:

  • Academic and Job-Related Factors
  • Stress, Burnout and Trauma


  • COUN 518 Group Counseling
  • COUN 519 Practicum in Group Counseling
  • COUN 622 Professional Issues and Ethics
  • COUN 622 Advanced Group Counseling and Psychotherapy
  • COUN 576 Medical Aspects of Counseling

Curriculum Vitae

Kristopher Goodrich
Associate Professor

Office Location: Simpson Hall, Room 129
Phone: (505) 277-7222
Education: Counselor Education and Supervision, Syracuse University

Kristopher M. Goodrich, Associate Professor, has been at the University of New Mexico since 2010. Dr. Goodrich has specific research interests in LGBTQQIA Issues in Professional Counseling and Counselor Education, Counselor Education Pedagogy, and Group Work in Counseling. He has an active research agenda, is Associate Editor of the Journal for Specialists in Group Work, and serves on the several editorial boards. He is currently serving as president of the Rocky Mountain ACES and is Immediate Past President for the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling.

Research Interests:

  • LGBTQQIA Issues in Professional Counseling and Counselor Education
  • Counselor Education Pedagogy
  • Group Work in Counseling


  • COUN 510: Professional Orientation and Ethics
  • COUN 514: Supervision of Counseling Services
  • COUN 518: Group Counseling
  • COUN 521: Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • COUN 522: Communication Skills
  • COUN 581: Sexuality in Counseling and Psychotherapy
  • COUN 584: Multicultural Issues in the Helping Professions

Curriculum Vitae

Rhonda Neswald-Potter
Visiting Lecturer III

Office Location: Manzanita Hall, Room 104
Phone: (505) 277-4525
Education: Ph.D. Counselor Education, University of New Mexico

Rhonda Neswald-Potter, Lecturer III/Clinical Director of Manzanita Counseling Center recently returned to the University of New Mexico (UNM) after pursuing clinical interests in the areas of supervision, trauma and expressive arts counseling. Her role at UNM involves clinical supervision and supervision-of-supervision for masters and doctoral level students. Dr. Neswald-Potter’s research interests, professional writing and presentations include primarily qualitative studies in expressive arts counseling and supervision, vicarious trauma, and counselor wellness.

Deborah Rifenbary
Associate Professor
College of Education
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Faculty Development

Phone: (505) 277-8933
Education: EdD from University of Virginia
Research Interests:

  • International education
  • School counselor role and responsibilities
  • Workforce development
  • Career-technical education


  • COUN 514 Supervision of Counseling Services
  • COUN 519 Practicum in Group Counseling
  • COUN 520 Foundation of Counseling
  • COUN 545 School Counseling
  • COUN 584 Multicultural Issues in the Helping Professions
  • COUN 595 Field Practicum

Curriculum Vitae

Kevin B. Stoltz
Assistant Professor

Office Location: Simpson Hall 103
Phone: (505)277-1774

Kevin B. Stoltz, Assistant Professor, came to the University of New Mexico from two previous teaching positions in 2016. His research interests include, career development and counseling, career assessment with early recollections, career transition, and the integration of career and mental health counseling. Kevin has published in national and international journals regarding, career techniques used in counselor supervision, career transition, applications of motivational interviewing in career counseling, and Adlerian constructs used in career counseling. He is a member of several counseling organizations and serves on several editorial boards for journals related to career counseling and mental health.

Education: Counselor Education & Practice, Georgia State University

Research Interests:

  • Career Development and Counseling
  • Career Assessment with Early Recollections
  • Career Transition
  • The Integration of Career and Mental Health Counseling


  • Coun 513: Career Counseling
  • Coun 515: Test and Assessment in Counseling
  • Coun 620: Seminar in Consultation

Curriculum Vitae