Board of Directors
Founder and President
Shelbra Thorla-Ginn, LCSW
Shelbra Thorla-Ginn, LCSW is the Founder and President of The Cennea Thorla Guidry Scholarship Foundation (TCTGSF). She has more than 30 years’ experience of clinical and technical expertise spanning the direct care and financial aspects of behavioral healthcare delivery. With more than 30 years’ experience working with trauma and addiction of all types across the spectrums of age, race, gender, and socioeconomic status, Shelbra has worked in almost all levels of care in the behavioral health system. She began her career in the nonprofit sector and has been responsible for managing a multi-million dollar federal portfolio providing Employee Assistance Programs to various agencies including the Food and Drug Administration, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Indian Health Service, and many other federal agencies.
In addition, Shelbra is Cennea Thorla Guidry’s older sister, aunt to her children and great-aunt to her grandchildren. Shelbra’s first-hand experience of bearing witness to the intergenerational effects of domestic abuse and murder directly inform the mission and philosophy of TCTGSF.
She is also married with one son, a committed hockey mom, and an avid collector of stories.
Ashley McKenna, LPCC
Ashley McKenna is a licensed professional clinical counselor with fifteen years of clinical
experience and is certified through the National Board of Certified Counselors. During her career, she has held many positions, including mental health therapist, clinical supervisor, and clinical director of client services. She is the owner of Wild Magnolia Wellness, LLC, a wellness-based-therapy practice, and the author of Suicidal Thoughts and You. Her practice focuses on addiction and recovery, depression, grief and loss, trauma-informed care, and mindfulness.
She graduated from Southwestern Western College in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 2006 with
a master’s in counseling. Ashley currently lives and works in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Working with clients from a strength-based and client-centered approach is a core clinical focus in helpingher clients work through the symptoms of their diagnoses. Throughout her years as a therapist, she has helped clients achieve sobriety, integrate prior trauma, and build increased hope for the overall wellness of their lives. She is committed to helping clients find truth and meaning in their lives while creating an environment that they love.
Providing supervision and ethical guidance to clinicians entering the field of mental health
has been an important part of her career. She supports therapists in maintaining a healthy and
successful career and reducing burnout in the field.
Ashley loves the outdoors and connecting with the earth. She spends her downtime hiking,
rafting, and skiing with her family. She is an advocate for climate justice and is working to stop
the harmful effects of climate change and reduce plastic use within her local community.
Ashley believes empowering woman though the foundation is a key element in ending abusive relationships.
Hello! My name is Kelly McDonald. I am a 51-year-old proud single mother of a 15-year-old son. I was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and eventually moved permanently to Albuquerque, NM when I was 7 years old. I hold a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in clinical psychology. I was a mental health counselor in Albuquerque for over 20 years. I am deeply honored to be the Vice President of The Cennea Thorla Guidry Scholarship Foundation. I am also a Domestic Violence survivor. I am very committed to our mission of granting educational opportunities to survivors of DV. This will allow a better peace of mind for people who are trying to remove themselves from an abusive relationship. My hopes are that these scholarships will help provide economic autonomy for them and their children. Thank you in advance for supporting our mission.