Spotlight: 9/24/16 Gallup, NM panel discusses area child abuse by Priests and other adults

September 25, 2016

Church sexual abuse, protection of all children focus of Gallup panel

GALLUP – “Spotlight: A Public Discussion about Faith, Journalism and Protecting Children from Sex Abuse” was held Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, at Gallup’s El Morro Theatre. The event was held in conjunction with free screenings of “Spotlight,” the 2015 Academy Award winner Best Picture of the Year.

Audience members made comments about the issue and  asked questions of the panel. Rachel Kaub, station manager at KGLP Gallup Public Radio, was the event’s moderator. Panelists included:

• Terry McKiernan, of Boston, the founder of BishopAccountability.com and a consultant to “Spotlight”
• Ralph Lind, of Albuquerque, a licensed professional clinical counselor and former minister
• Phoenix attorney Robert E. Pastor, who represented 18 clergy sex abuse claimants in the Diocese of Gallup’s bankruptcy case
• Gallup attorney Billy Keeler, who has represented Navajo plaintiffs in Catholic sex abuse lawsuits and currently represents Navajo plaintiffs in abuse complaints against the Mormon Church
• Elizabeth Hardin-Burrola, a freelance journalist who has covered the Gallup Diocese for 14 years.

Bishop James S. Wall of the Diocese of Gallup was invited to participate in the panel discussion and provide the diocese’s perspective. However, he declined to participate or send another diocesan representative.

Discussion topics included the protection of children in society, particularly in churches, schools and families; the legacy of sexual abuse in the Four Corners Region; challenges adult abuse survivors face; and journalism’s role in covering these issues.

“Spotlight” is a modern day suspense drama that tells the true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that uncovered a decades-long sexual abuse cover-up at the highest levels of Boston’s religious, legal and government establishment. The film was released in November 2015, but because the film was never previously shown in Gallup, this was the first opportunity for local audiences to see “Spotlight” on the big screen.

Participant information:

-Terence McKiernan, from Boston, is the founder and president of BishopAccountability.org, an archive and research institute of the worldwide clergy abuse crisis (www.bishop-accountability.org). He compiled the lists of cities shown at the end of the movie Spotlight. McKiernan was born in the Bronx and attended Catholic elementary school and Jesuit high school. He studied Latin and Greek and Ancient Art History at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, the University of Bristol in England, and Stanford University. McKiernan worked as an academic editor and consulting firm manager before founding BishopAccountability.org in 2003. He is married, with two children now in college. Contact: mckiernan1@comcast.net Cell: 508-479-9304

-Ralph Lind, M.Div., M.A., LPCC, CSAT is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor who has been in private practice in Albuquerque since 2007. Working with couples, the frequent themes of sexual boundary violations, sexual compulsivity, and problems with pornography were extensive, and often associated with childhood trauma. This led to the training required to become a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT). Ralph also has training and experience in the Internal Family Systems model of psychotherapy, the Relational Life Therapy of Terry Real, and in the trauma modality of EMDR. Ralph graduated from Southwestern College in Santa Fe in 2003, and worked at the Samaritan Counseling Center in Albuquerque until beginning private practice. Ralph and 2 colleagues, also CSATs are forming a collaborative practice called Center for Relationship and Sexual Recovery (www.crsr.us). He also has a seminary degree and was a minister, pastoring churches in Oregon and New Mexico for 15 years.

-Phoenix attorney Robert E. Pastor is a personal injury attorney representing individuals and their families who suffered life-changing injuries including sexual abuse and death due to the wrongful acts of others. Born and raised in the Catholic faith, Pastor graduated from Boston College and then spent a year serving in the Jesuit Volunteer Corp, working for a non-profit legal center. He graduated from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University in 2002. Pastor served as a deputy county attorney for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office from 2002 through 2005 where he prosecuted violent crimes, including crimes against children. In 2010, Pastor filed the first of 14 lawsuits alleging sexual abuse by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Gallup, contributing to Bishop James S. Wall’s decision to file for bankruptcy protection. Pastor and his wife, Tiffani Lucero, have three sons. Contact: pastor@mjlpattorneys.com Office: 602-279-8969
-Gallup attorney Billy Keeler is a founding partner of Keeler & Keeler, LLP, and has established a successful record of securing large settlements and verdicts for his clients in civil litigation throughout the Southwest. Keeler earned his undergraduate degree from the University of New Mexico, where he was a member of the Lobo football team. Later, he received a Masters in Public Administration from Baylor University and a law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Keeler worked with Patrick Noaker on abuse cases on the Navajo Nation involving the Diocese of Gallup and the Franciscans. He is currently pursuing claims on the Navajo Nation against the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for alleged abuse in its Indian Student Placement Program with co-counsel Craig Vernon, Lee James and Patrick Noaker. Keeler is admitted to practice law before the State and Federal Courts of New Mexico, the Navajo Nation Tribal Court and the Hopi Tribal Court. He stays busy coaching all three of his kids and being involved in community activities. Contact: billkeeler@keelerandkeeler.com Office: 505-722-5608

-Freelance journalist Elizabeth Hardin-Burrola is coordinating this panel discussion and public Q&A at El Morro Theatre on Sept. 24. A resident of the Four Corners region since 1970, Hardin-Burrola has worked as a correspondent for the Gallup Independent since 2000 and has covered the Diocese of Gallup for the past 14 years. She has reported on the Gallup Diocese’s bankruptcy case for the Independent and the National Catholic Reporter. Hardin-Burrola earned two undergraduate degrees from the University of Arizona, in English and General Studies with an emphasis on American Indian Studies. She and her husband are former parishioners of Gallup’s Sacred Heart Cathedral, where they raised their two daughters in the Catholic faith and she served as a volunteer. Contact: ehardinburrola@yahoo.com Cell: 505-870-0745

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Writing about Faith: Author Anna Redsand to hold workshop Sept. 24th

September 23, 2016

KGLP Station Manager Rachel Kaub speaks with Author Anna Redsand, whose book, "To Drink From the Silver Cup: From Faith Through Exile and Beyond", discusses themes that will apply during a Faith-oriented writing workshop at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Gallup, NM on Saturday, September 24, 2016.  Anna will also read from her book at the church by approximately 11:30am, Sunday, September 25, 2016.

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James Redford films screening in Crownpoint & Gallup 9/9-9/11/16

September 8, 2016

KGLP Station Manager Rachel Kaub speaks with James Redford, director of the documentary films, Paper Tigers and Resilience, both dealing with aspects of Toxic Stress and its effects on students and many other people.  The films will be screened in Crownpoint, NM on September 9, 2016, and in Gallup, NM on September 11, 2016, with admission consisting of either canned goods for the hungry or monetary donations benefitting Navajo Staff Development and Training.

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New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Judith Nakamura

September 7, 2016

KGLP Station Manager Rachel Kaub speaks with New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Judith "Judy" Nakamura, who is also an avid hot-air ballonist, and is on the ballot for the Republican ticket in the general election scheduled for November 8, 2016.

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9/2/16 = Texas Vet Dr. Bo Brock talks animals and cowboys

September 4, 2016

KGLP Station Manager Rachel Kaub speaks with Veterinarian, Dr. Bo Brock, of Lamesa, Texas, whose humorous columns have been used as a basis for his book, "Crowded in the Middle of Nowhere: Tales of Humor and Healing from Rural America".

https://www.amazon.com/crowded-middle-nowhere-dr-brock/dp/0615971075

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Opo Gallery debuts during Gallup’s 9/10/16 Arts Crawl

August 30, 2016

KGLP Station Manager Rachel Kaub speaks with Linda Bowlby, along with Be Sargent and her brother, Fitz Sargent, about the Opo Gallery, 307 South Second Street in Downtown Gallup, NM, which will launch during the September 10, 2016 Arts Crawl, then open Mondays through Fridays, excluding holidays, from 10am until 3:30pm.

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Charity Invitational 2016 plans - RMCHCS’ Ina Burmeister & Dr. Chris Gonzaga

August 23, 2016

KGLP Station Manager Rachel Kaub speaks with Ina Burmeister, CEO of the Western Health Foundation and RMCHCS Development Director, along with Dr. Christopher Gonzaga of RMCHCS, this year's Charity Invitational honoree, about plans for the Charity Invitational, as follows:

Charity Invitational 2016 Schedule of events

Friday, August 26

Filipino Cultural Extravaganza (Songs, Dances, and Food)
6pm, at JFK Middle School Auditorium
In support of RMCHS 20th Charity Invitational
Tickets $10, available at RMCHCS College and Red Rock Clinics,
 and from Filipino teachers of GMCS.
Info at 505-863-7282

Friday, September 9

Golf Tournament at Coyote Del Malpais Golf Course, 2001 George Hanosh Blvd., Grants, NM

Call 505-863-7282 for registration and times.

Saturday, September 10

1.5 mile Run/Walk 9:00 am 3 mile Run/Race 9:00 am 3 mile Adventure Run/Race 11:00 am

Gift bag to all participants, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards

Pre-registration is $25 per event or $30 day of event. Kids under 10 FREE! Download registration forms for all age categories (click here) Gallup OHV/MX Park, 139 Hassler Valley Road, Gallup, NM

Call 505-863-7136

Saturday, September 10

Trap Shoot Competition 9:00 am Gallup Shooting Range, Located six mile west and three miles north of downtown Gallup, NM

Registration begins at 7:00 am Purchase tickets for Shotgun Raffle only $10 each

Call 505-863-7020

Saturday, September 17

Charity Gala Dinner and Dance 6:00 pm Red Rock Park, Church Rock, NM

Musical entertainment, silent auction, raffle tickets Tickets are $150, sign up early as seating is limited.

Call 505-863-7287

Committees
The Western Health Foundation Board has several standing committees. The committees meet six times per year or, in the case of some committees, on an as need basis. They are: Ambassador/Hospitality Committee Executive Committee Finance Committee Governance Committee Nominations Committee Major Gifts Committee Every year a new Charity Invitational Committee is formed and both Western Health Foundation Board members as well as community members are welcome to serve on the committee. For more information on serving on the Charity Invitational Committee, call 505-863-7287.

Events
Click here to see Foundation Events.

Mission
The Western Health Foundation's mission is to serve as goodwill ambassadors to the community and to support the work of Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services Services in providing quality healthcare close to home.

Newsletter
The Western Health Foundation publishes a newsletter called Foundation Focus. Please click here to view pdf files for each issue.

Western Health Foundation

The Western Health Foundation is a 501C3 organization with its own Board of Directors and is a subsidiary of Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services (RMCHCS). Its purpose is to serve as goodwill ambassadors to the community and to support RMCHCS in its mission to serve God by making a profound and lasting difference in the health and quality of life for all people in the community.

During its first decade, the Foundation raised funds to develop the region's only comprehensive Behavioral Health Unit. Today, RMCHCS Behavioral Health Services includes outpatient mental health services, a 90-day residential alcohol and substance abuse treatment program, a work rehabilitation program, and a transitional housing program.

In 1995, the Foundation raised over $2.3 million to build a new emergency room, Intensive Care Unit, and modern laboratory for RMCHCS. Since 1996, the Foundation holds an annual fundraiser each fall, known as the Charity Invitational, which has raised over $5.5 million for new medical equipment, services, and programs. In addition, the Foundation raises funds for RMCHCS Reach Out and Read program, Home Health and Hospice Services, and the Healthy Parents, Healthy Kids program.

The Foundation has four standing committees that are to meet quarterly. They are the Executive, Finance, Nominating, and Ambassador/Hospitality Committees. Two additional committees, the Major Gift Committee and the Charity Invitational Committee are formed and meet as needed.

Western Health Foundation Board Members:

Dr. Thomas Carmany, Chair

John Dowling, Vice Chair

Cynthia Dyer, Secretary

Jay Mason, Treasurer

Mark Gartner

Arlene High

Rex Lee Jim

Paul McCollum

Ex Officio:

Ina M. Burmeister, Western Health Foundation Executive Director

David Conejo, RMCHCS CEO

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Workforce Development Summit - 8/4/16 at UNMG - Morning: Vicky Mora, Michael Sage

August 17, 2016

“Forming Partnerships to Identify and Resolve Workforce and Economic Issues in the Region” To explore how Workforce Development can be more responsive to the needs of the community.  A mutually beneficial partnership between community representatives and the University of New Mexico Gallup Branch.

On Thursday, August 4, 2016, following opening remarks by Dr. Christopher Dyer, Executive Director of UNMG, and Vicki Mora, CEO, New Mexico Building Education Foundation, discussing “Connected Instruction for the Gallup McKinley Region”, the topic of  “The Challenges of Developing a Skilled Workforce in the Region” featured Al Henderson, UNMG
faculty member & Navajo Nation Council of Economic Advisor; Michael Sage, Deputy Director Greater Gallup Economic Development Corp., Richard Kontz, Executive Director Gallup Housing Authority

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Workforce Development Summit - 8/4/16 at UNMG - Panel: Dev. Skilled Workforce

August 17, 2016

“Forming Partnerships to Identify and Resolve Workforce and Economic Issues in the Region” To explore how Workforce Development can be more responsive to the needs of the community.  A mutually beneficial partnership between community representatives and the University of New Mexico Gallup Branch.

On Thursday, August 4, 2016, the first Panel Discussed Action and Solutions
on the “Challenges of Developing a Skilled Workforce in the Region”

Participants included:

Honorable Jackie McKinney, City of Gallup Mayor; LaVonne Tsosie, Division Director, Navajo Nation Division of Human Resources; Priscilla Manuelito, GMCS School Board President; Richard Kontz, Executive Director Gallup Housing Authority; Dr. Christopher Dyer, UNMG Chief Executive Officer; Michael Sage, Deputy Director Greater Gallup Economic Development Corp.; Dave Hinkle, Program Manager Northwest New Mexico Council of Governments

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Workforce Development Summit - 8/4/16 at UNMG - GOAL pgm, Challenges w/ Virginia Chavez & Leonard Tsosie

August 17, 2016

“Forming Partnerships to Identify and Resolve Workforce and Economic Issues in the Region” To explore how Workforce Development can be more responsive to the needs of the community.  A mutually beneficial partnership between community representatives and the University of New Mexico Gallup Branch.

The afternoon sessions began with a discussion of  “The GOAL Program” - Great Opportunities for Adult Learners, with Patricia J. Walsh, Director of Institutional Effectiveness, Mid America Nazarene University

Followed by “The Challenges of Workforce Development and Economic Development in Native Communities”, with Virginia Chavez, Councilwoman, Pueblo of Zuni, and Leonard Tsosie, Navajo Nation Council Delegate

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