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Sandra Turner


Regent Turner is a licensed clinical social worker with more than 20 years of experience in social and human services, program management, and administration. She earned her Master of Social Work degree from Highlands and her B.S. in psychology and sociology from Eastern New Mexico University.

Turner is a behavioral health unit manager in Albuquerque for Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico Centennial Care, which administers the state’s Medicaid program. She oversees care coordination and case management for the state’s central region, supervising a staff of 10 social workers and counselors.

Previously, Turner was a co-owner and clinical therapist for Life Changes Counseling & Consulting, Inc. in Clovis. She also worked as a social worker for the Clovis Municipal School District and as a clinical social worker for Presbyterian Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis.

When Turner completed her MSW at Highlands, she took classes at the distance education site in Clovis. She also completed her clinical practicums in Clovis.

Turner said she attributes much of her growth and professional success to the rich educational experience she gained at Highlands.

Turner serves on the board of directors for the New Mexico Board of Social Work Examiners and the New Mexico Brain Injury Advisory Council.

She is a member of the Clovis chapter of Altrusa Women – an international professional service organization – where she volunteers to provide literacy outreach to children and adults.