Meet Our Staff


Kathryn Weil, PhD

Kathryn Weil has been the Executive Director of Susan’s Legacy since 2012.  She is a retired educator having served as the Head of School for a private school for eleven years; as Assistant Superintendent for Accountability and Information Services with the New Mexico State Department of Education; and as an administrator for the Albuquerque Public Schools and the Rio Rancho Public Schools.  She also held a part-time faculty position at the UNM College of Education for 10 years.  In addition, Dr. Weil has 10 years of experience as an elementary school counselor at various schools within the APS system. She has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations and enjoys quilting, spending time with her grandchildren, and gardening. 

Jerome Rooney, LADAC

Jerry Rooney has provided individual counseling and group counseling for addiction disorders at Susan's Legacy since 2018.  He has been a substance abuse counselor through a number of agencies in New Mexico for over 20 years. He received his education for Substance Abuse and Drug Counseling from Western Michigan University and the University of New Mexico.  He is the author of a book used in the treatment of drug and alcohol addiction, "Integrity: Taking Responsibility and Living with Honor."


Dennis Bumgarner, ACSW, LCSW

Dennis Bumgarner has been the Clinical Director and mental health counselor at Susan's Legacy since March 2014.  He received his M.S.W. from Indiana University in 1977.  Prior to moving to New Mexico he maintained a solution-oriented psychotherapy and training practice for thirty years in Indianapolis, Indiana. In addition to his clinical work, he has taught social work and psychotherapy at Ball State University and Christian Theological Seminary. Along with his work at Susan's Legacy, he is a clinical supervisor at the Sky Center in Santa Fe and operates his private therapy practice in Placitas.  He is the past president of Habitat for Humanity and Freewheelin' Community Bikes in Indianapolis.

Jaineen Sims, Case Manager

 Jaineen Sims has been a Case Manager at Susan’s Legacy since 2019. She was employed as a Case Manager for six years with ResCare Workforce. Jaineen has a strong commitment to serving the needs of disadvantaged youth and adults including adults with learning disabilities, mental health & substance abuse disorders, ex-offenders and displaced individuals. She is also skilled in building community support which will allow her to contribute her skills and experiences. Jaineen’s extensive background in the Human Service field  has allowed her to enhance her Customer and Interpersonal skills. Her experiences have fueled her passion to make a difference in the lives of others. Jaineen is currently completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and while doing so, continues to advocate for organizations and individuals in need of her assistance.


Board Members


Anne Rose, PhD - Board Chair

Rita Gonzalez - Treasurer

Megan Christensen - Secretary

Gail Boyd
Tammy Gonzales

Kelly Morantes

Karen Navarro

Laura Salamy

Kathryn Weil, PhD - Executive Director