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Board of Directors Officers

Kathryn is President of the Jesse T. & Jodie E. King Foundation, a family foundation. The Colemans’ philanthropic involvement includes: Methodist Children’s Home, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Rice University, Scenic Houston, Rothko Chapel, Houston reVision, and KIPP schools. Kathryn is an active volunteer and fundraiser in Houston and her community involvement includes service on the boards of Shepherd School of Music – Rice University, Bering Omega Community Services, Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary, Friends of Fondren Library – Rice University, Laity Renewal Foundation, and Wesley Community Center. She owned an interior design firm for 20 years and also has an extensive background in law firm administration with Weil, Gotshal & Manges (Miami, Houston), and Vinson & Elkins (Houston, Dallas). Coleman graduated cum laude from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science degree, and she holds a Master of Arts degree from Texas A&M University. Kathryn and her husband, Hank, spend summers in Santa Fe and as much time as possible during the rest of the year. They are members of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church (Houston), where Kathryn sings in the Chancel Choir and Hank teaches an adult Sunday School class. They are associate members of the Church of the Holy Faith (Santa Fe), where Kathryn is also a choir member. Hank Coleman is a retired partner with Vinson & Elkins, LLP, Houston, and is now in private practice. The Colemans have four grown children and three grandchildren.

Edd currently serves on the Board of the International Folk Art Alliance (Chairman, 2006-2008; and Executive Committee 2006-2010 and 2012-16) and on the Advisory Board of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation. He previously served on the Boards of the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian (Vice President, 2005-2007 and 2010), the Southwest Museum in Los Angeles (Vice President and member of the Executive Committee), and the Los Angeles SPCA (President). Edd is a graduate of the University of Texas and the University of Houston Bates School of Law, and is currently an inactive member of the Texas and California Bars. Following a clerkship on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Edd joined the law firm of Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher in Los Angeles in 1970, where he specialized in antitrust law. He retired from the firm in 2001. Edd and his wife Carole enjoy international travel and divide their time between their homes in Santa Fe and Los Angeles.

Benita is a librarian/information management professional with 37 years of experience in academic and international organizations. Upon retirement in 2005 from her 15-year career at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, D.C., she moved to Santa Fe and began working as a volunteer with Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe, the Santa Fe Council on International Relations, and the International Folk Art Alliance. She quickly was “promoted” to become Co-Chair of the Artist Hospitality Committee for the International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe and has served in that capacity from 2006 – 2016. She has also served as an at-large Regional Coordinator for the Market, gaining in-depth knowledge of the artists, their art, and their aspirations. She has previously served as Board President of Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe and of the CAPCON Library Network in Washington, D.C. Benita holds a M.S. in Library Science from Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, and a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.

Richard has enjoyed a long and successful career with the law firm of McCall, Parkhurst & Horton L.L.P. in Dallas, Texas. He is currently Of Counsel to the firm and has previously served as Managing Partner and Senior Partner. For many years he represented major public institutions in Texas in connection with financing and security law issues and was been responsible for drafting many of the laws governing public finance in the State of Texas. He has previously served on various governing boards and is currently involved in several ministries at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Dallas and volunteers for Snowball Express, an organization devoted to the surviving children and spouses of our fallen military heroes. Rick is a graduate of Texas Christian University (B.B.A. 1967) and The University of Texas School of Law (J.D. 1972). Prior to attending law school, he served in the U.S. Navy, receiving an honorable discharge with the rank of Lieutenant (jg). Rick and his wife, Sandra, live in Dallas, but spend as much time as possible at their home in Santa Fe, which is overflowing with many purchases from the International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe and other folk art venues. The Porters have four children and six grandchildren.

Jeff Snell, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer

Jeff joined the International Folk Art Alliance team as Chief Executive Officer in March 2015, after more than 20 years in the charitable sector and extensive experience in social innovation and social entrepreneurship. He founded Midwest Social Innovation LLC and co-founded the Midwestern Consortium for Social Innovation, a regional platform to promote cross-sector, enterprise-based solutions to social problems. Jeff also served as Special Advisor to the President at Marquette University from 2007 to 2013. Under his leadership, the school became one of the country’s first ten Changemaker Campuses—a consortium of schools aimed at teaching students to create solutions to social problems through innovation. Jeff has lectured widely on social innovation and social entrepreneurship, with talks that include Fordham University’s inaugural lecture for the Loschert Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship, and another at TEDxUWMilwaukee. He received his Ph.D. from Marquette and a master’s in social ethics from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, in Massachusetts. Building on a key characteristic of social innovation—working alongside a community of people to be part of its own sustainable solution—Jeff defines social innovation as “a focus on solving social problems at their root cause, a pivot away from traditional charity’s model of managing problems.” He adds, “Folk art is a powerful means for celebrating culture and spurring economic development globally – the second most widespread means after agriculture. By carefully selecting, equipping, and deploying folk artists as catalytic agents for well-being in their home communities, IFAA can further distinguish itself as a leader in socially innovative work around the world.”


Board of Directors

Mark is the owner and CEO of Peyote Bird Designs, a 40 year-old jewelry design and manufacturing company headquartered in Santa Fe, with an office in Hong Kong, China. He is involved in all aspects of the business and frequently travels the world on research and development. Mark recently completed a six-year term on the Board of Trustees at Santa Fe Preparatory School, where his children attended private school. He is currently on the Board of Trustees for the United World College in Montezuma, NM. Married to Martha, their daughter Amanda is in college at the University of Denver, and their son Jackson is attending Colorado University in Boulder, CO. Mark is also an avid collector of American Indian, American folk art, and American kitsch artwork.

For more than 30 years, Catherine A. Allen has been an outstanding thought leader in business innovation, technology strategy, and financial services.

Today, Catherine is Chairman and CEO of The Santa Fe Group, a strategic advisory services company based in Santa Fe, NM. The Santa Fe Group specializes in briefings to C-level executives and boards of directors at financial institutions and other critical infrastructure companies in the areas of cybersecurity, emerging technologies, and risk management. The Santa Fe Group provides management for strategic industry and institutional projects, including the Shared Assessments Program, focused on third party risk management.

Catherine currently serves as a board member of Synovus Financial Corporation, El Paso Electric Company, and Analytics Pros, and is a member of the Risk, Energy and Natural Resources, External Affairs and Nominating and Governance Committees. She chairs the Security Committee for El Paso Electric. She formerly sat on the Advisory Board of Houlihan Lokey. She served as a former board member and Chair of the Technology Committee for Stewart Information Services. She is Co-Chair of the University of Missouri’s Capital Campaign and sits on the Research and Development Committee. She is also on the advisory board of Women Corporate Directors and the Executive Women’s Forum. Catherine is the former Chair of the Board of Trustees and member of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling and currently chairs   Appleseed New Mexico. She is also a member of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation, International Folk Art Alliance, Lensic Center for Performing Arts, Communities for Schools in New Mexico and the Mark Twain Research Foundation boards. She is formerly a trustee of the Valles Caldera.

In 2007, Catherine stepped down from her role as the founding CEO of the financial services industry consortium, BITS, after a decade of service, to continue her work with The Santa Fe Group and pursue her passion as a corporate board member. During her tenure, Catherine worked closely with CEOs, CIOs, and executives at the nation’s largest financial institutions on strategic issues, from payments strategies to risk management. BITS’ accomplishments under Catherine’s leadership include creating best practices in more than 30 areas of financial services management.

Earlier in her career, Catherine served in several senior executive positions at Citicorp in the retail, bankcards, and corporate technology divisions. She represented Citibank as founding Chair and President of the multi-industry Smart Card Forum. Prior to joining Citibank, Catherine was director of corporate planning for Dun and Bradstreet, where she created and chaired the Electronic Yellow Pages and Information Association. Catherine was also a consultant to CBS, Inc. on new technologies and international trade while she was a professor at American University’s Kogod College of Business Administration.

Catherine is active politically in national and local spheres, including being a former member of President Barack Obama’s Economic Development and Small Business Committees and the New Mexico State Investment Council.

Catherine was recently honored by US Banker Magazine with the Lifetime Achievement Award for her outstanding contributions to financial services and technology. In 2013, she was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to technology by the Executive Women’s Forum. She is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of Missouri, recognizing her professional achievements in financial services and technology.

Catherine is married to Paul Rooker and they live between Santa Fe, NM and Cape Cod, MA.

Nella Domenici joined Bridgewater in 2012 and now serves as the firm’s Chief Financial Officer and Advisor to the Management Committee. She is responsible for overseeing management of the Finance department and driving strategic enterprise-wide projects. Before joining Bridgewater, Nella was a member of the Management Committee, Chief-of-Staff, and Strategist for the Citadel Group. She played a similar role at Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB), serving as Chief-of-Staff and Strategist for global investment banking. While at CSFB, she also headed their top-ranked Middle-market Mergers and Acquisition Group. Nella graduated from Harvard Business School with High Distinction and as a George F. Baker Scholar. She holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University.

Sheila holds a B.A. in religious studies from California State University, Fullerton. She taught high school history and English for over a decade in East Los Angeles, eventually becoming chair of the history department at Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School. There she introduced a curriculum on the teaching of Holocaust history that has now become standard. For the past several years, Sheila has served as volunteer chair of the Best of the Best booth at the International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe. She is a past chair and serving member of MOIFA’s Folk Art Committee, as well as sitting on the collections committee for the National Hispanic Cultural Center. A full-time resident of Santa Fe since 1999, Sheila is the owner of Samarkand, an ethnographic store specializing in jewelry and textiles from Central Asia, North Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America.

Peggy received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California and continued her education in San Miguel de Allende, earning a Master of Fine Arts in ceramics from the University of Guanajuato. While living in Mexico, Peggy was exposed to the beauty, simplicity, and playfulness of Mexican folk art, features she incorporates into her own work. Peggy has been a working potter in Santa Fe for over 30 years and has shown both locally and nationally, including La Mesa of Santa Fe, Santa Fe Pottery, Simply Santa Fe, Mariposa Gallery in Albuquerque, Santa Fe Style in Washington, D.C., and Dean and DeLuca in New York City. Peggy rejoined the Board in November of 2011 having served two previous terms. Most recently she has led the effort to bring both Cuban art and music to the Market. In 2012, through the Passport to Folk Art program, Peggy began leading trips to Cuba. This very successful effort has brought travelers from throughout the U.S. to Cuba, exploring the rich culture and folk art of this little known island nation. While in Cuba, the groups are able to visit those artists who have participated in the Market, adding to the heartfelt personal connections that are so emblematic of IFAA. Peggy is honored to be a part of IFAA and the Board, both of which speak to the best in all of us.

Brenda is a native New Mexican with family roots in Taos and Santa Fe. She comes from a long line of small business owners who have operated various businesses across the state. Brenda and her husband, Brian, founded, own and operate FacilityBUILD, Keers Environmental, and Special Waste Disposal. Brenda is passionate about supporting the community and started “CommunityCARE,” which is an outreach program of FacilityBUILD that helps non-profit programs in-need, by donating critical facility construction improvements. She also owns her own interior design company specializing in staging and renovations. Brenda has worked closely with artists in booth design and training at the International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe and the International Folk Art Market | Collection at the Dallas Market Center the past three summers. Her passion involves not only the art itself, but also encouraging folk art artists to reach for what they want. Brenda is most enthusiastic about building confidence in IFAA artists and equipping them with the skills to succeed. Brenda and her husband reside in Corrales, New Mexico with their three dogs, 10 chickens, and small vineyard.

Recognized as a woman of influence by the New Mexico Business Weekly in 2011, Jennifer Kimball has worn many hats.  Kimball received her undergrad and law degrees from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.  She is licensed in both Texas and New Mexico, and moved to Santa Fe in 1989 after she was beckoned to the Land of Enchantment by family friends and owners of La Fonda on the Plaza, Sam and Ethel Ballen.  Kimball practiced real estate law in Texas and New Mexico until 2000, when she accepted the position of president of ECMC Foundation, a national nonprofit organization involved in educational issues throughout the United States.  In 2014, Kimball and her brother, Philip Wise, along with a few select investors, purchased La Fonda.  Jenny continues to serve as chairman of the board since 2007, and is responsible for all strategic decisions for La Fonda on the Plaza and is furthering La Fonda’s tradition of supporting local artists.  In addition to her responsibilities at La Fonda, she is involved with many Santa Fe nonprofits and is a 2012 graduate of Leadership New Mexico.  She currently is on the board of the Santa Fe Community Foundation, is on the Santa Fe Botanical Garden board, and serves as a commissioner for the New Mexico Tourism Commission.  Kimball previously served on the following boards or committees:  Santa Fe Habitat for Humanity, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Santa Fe Community College Foundation (vice president,) Buckaroo Ball (executive committee and auction chairman,) Cornerstones Community Partnerships, Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce, the Real Property, Probate and Trust Section of the State Bar of New Mexico (chairman,) and the United Way.  Jenny’s husband, Rob, is a practicing attorney in Phoenix and they commute between Santa Fe and Phoenix weekly.

Carol is currently serving as the Executive Director of the New Mexico Children’s Foundation. Carol was Mayor Pro Tempore and City Councilor of Santa Fe from 1998-2006. She was President of the New Mexico Municipal League and Chair of the International Council for the National League of Cities (NLC) and worked with Sister Cities International (SCI) to strengthen a strong alliance between SCI and NLC. Carol is on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of Sister Cities International. She was also appointed to Board Emeritus for New Mexico First, a public policy forum committed to solving New Mexico’s problems and served as both Chair and Vice Chair for the New Mexico Student Loan Guarantee Board. She serves on the Local Advisory Board of the Santa Fe University of Art and Design. Carol served a long career in various administrative positions in state government including: the New Mexico Department of Transportation, Attorney General’s Office, State Personnel Office, and State Planning Division. She received the 2004 Governor’s Award for Outstanding New Mexico Women and is the President of the International Women’s Forum – New Mexico. She holds a M.A. in Educational Management and Development from New Mexico State University (NMSU) and a B.S. in Secondary Education from Edinboro University. She has a Ph.D. in process in Higher Educational Management and Development from NMSU. Carol also chairs the Santa Fe-Bukhara Sister Cities Committee and is Chair of the City of Santa Fe’s Sister Cities Committee. Carol is President of American Women for International Understanding – whose signature event is the International Women of Courage Celebration with the U.S. State Department.

Karen has spent most of her career with financial institutions; Chase Manhattan, U.S. Trust and Bessemer Trust, primarily in the Wealth Management divisions. She took a 10 year digression to be part of the team at Christie’s, the international auction house, when it opened in America.

She has served on the boards of numerous not for profit institutions. In Santa Fe these include the Santa Fe Opera Foundation, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, the School of Advanced Research and Performance Santa Fe.

She is a graduate of Radcliffe College, with a degree in Fine Arts, and a degree from the Harvard Business School. Karen has had a home in Santa Fe for 25 years and 10 years ago moved here from New York City.

Linda, a native born Texan, earned Bachelor, Master, and Ph.D. degrees from Southern Methodist University. Her academic research has centered on the cultural and archaeological record of lowland Maya in Yucatan and Central America. Linda has previously served on the boards of the Dallas Symphony Association, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos, American Film Institute in Dallas, the Georgia O’Keefe Museum board, the Council for the Arts at MIT, and the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe.

Manuel (MJR) Montoya, Ph.D. was born and raised in Mora, New Mexico.  He received his undergraduate degree at UNM (BA) and received his graduate education at Oxford University (MLitt) and Emory University as a George Woodruff Fellow (PhD).  He returned to New Mexico and to UNM because he believes UNM and New Mexico are special places that can and will shape the 21st century world economy.  He is a professor of global structures at the Anderson School of Management where he teaches international management and is generally concerned with how we make the planet a meaningful part of our social and economic realities.  Born and raised in Mora, New Mexico, he is both a Rhodes Scholar and Truman Scholar.  As a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and as CEO of his own consulting firm, IN MEDIAS RES, he has a strong interest in global security, especially as it relates to fast economic growth and the production of parallel economies.  As a professor of Creative Enterprise he also focuses on how the global creative economy is evolving.  This is important to him in private life, where he has been an amateur watchmaker for 12 years, and is a published poet and short story writer.

Keith is President and co-founder of HAND/EYE Fund (2010 – present), which publishes handeyemagazine.com, offers assistance to artisans through a small grants program, and teams with ByHand Consulting in the creation of opportunities for artisans such as the Market incubator program at NY Now. HAND/EYE Fund’s 2010 “Million Hearts for Haiti” booth at the International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe raised many thousands of dollars to assist Haitian artisans. He was the Executive Director of Aid to Artisans (2000-02), where he supervised operations of the $4.5 million international nonprofit agency, which grew to $8 million. He also served on the Aid to Artisans Board of Directors for several years. He currently consults in trend and color forecasting for Pantone and London-based WGSN and has a highly specialized color consulting practice called Chromosapien. His background is in the design industry, where he has been the Director of Product Development at Granet and Associates, VP of Home Furnishings at Bloomingdale’s Direct, VP/General Merchandise Manager at Gump’s by Mail, and the Director of Folio Home at Saks Fifth Avenue, amongst other endeavors. Keith’s graduate study was in American literature at the University of Michigan, and he holds a B.S. cum laude from Carnegie-Mellon University. Keith is a collector of global textiles and contemporary art, has traveled extensively in many of the home countries of Market artists, and is conversant in Italian and French.

Liz Rees is a recent transplant to Santa Fe; although she has spent a lot of time here over the past 25 years. A native New Yorker, Liz most recently ran upscale holiday markets and gourmet food festivals in New York City parks and public spaces for 10 years, including the highly popular Union Square Holiday Market. A graduate of New York University, Liz serves on the U.S. Board of Amref Health Africa, the largest African-based nonprofit that delivers health services to over 30 countries there. Closer to home, Liz is a member of the Board of the Santa Fe Botanical Garden, as well as the Hestia Santa Fe women’s giving circle which supports programs that help and encourage middle-school kids to stay in school.

 

Jane is Senior Principal of TSD Communications (2001 – present), a Washington, D.C.-based strategic communications consultancy whose clients include Fortune 500 companies, businesses, individuals, non-profit organizations, foundations and campaigns.  Jane advises domestic and international clients on corporate social responsibility, strategic communications strategies, public relations and marketing strategies, crisis communications and reputation management. Jane has also served as Board Advisor and management consultant to a number of start-ups and venture-backed businesses in consumer products and retail sectors, advising on brand strategy, social responsibility, business development and product development. A native of Toronto, Canada, she earned a L.L.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School and practiced entertainment and corporate/commercial law until moving to England in 1989 to join The Body Shop International PLC, a global specialty retailer of personal care products and a pioneer of corporate social responsibility and fair trade, where she served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee and as General Counsel and Strategic Development Director. Prior to getting into law, Jane worked in the entertainment industry, managing and producing theatre and television productions in Canada and the U.S.A.  Jane is a former trustee of the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Company and currently serves on the Board of the New Mexico Children’s Foundation. Jane fell in love with Santa Fe on her first visit in 1995 to establish a fair trade initiative with the Santa Ana Pueblo, and has had a home in Santa Fe for the past 20 years.  She is an avid collector of folk art and outsider art.

Bob is currently a managing director at JP Morgan Chase in El Paso, Texas where he has worked for the past 32 years.  He grew up in El Paso and is responsible for the commercial clients in West Texas and New Mexico.  During his career, he was responsible for calling on the twin plant multinational business in Mexico for Chase which gave him a chance to travel extensively throughout Mexico.

Bob has served on numerous boards in the El Paso community over the years and is currently serving on the Development Board of the University of Texas El Paso, the El Paso Chamber of Commerce Board and is the incoming chairman of the El Paso Community College Foundation Board.   He is a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin (1975) and worked in the financial industry in San Antonio before moving back to El Paso.  He and his wife Jane have had a home in Santa Fe for the past fourteen years and spend as much time there as possible.  The Snows have three daughters spread across the country.

Peter Speliopoulos is an International Fashion and Costume Designer. He was most recently the Senior Vice President of Design and Creative Director of Donna Karan New York, and former Creative Director of Cerruti Arte, Paris, and has designed for leading international fashion houses in France, Italy, and New York, for over 30 years. Peter has also designed costumes for numerous internationally performed operas and ballets in collaboration with choreographer/director Karole Armitage. He is a native of Springfield, Massachusetts and received his B.F.A. from the Parsons School of Design in 1982. He is a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, and serves on the board of Armitage Gone! Dance! Peter noted from having attended the International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe over several years now, “Folk art and the artisan hand, indigenous arts— these have always inspired my work in fashion and costume. From indigo to weaving and embroidery, to ceramics and metal works, I have discovered so much of the world’s beauty and variety at the Market!”

Alexander has spent a career in retail, and is experienced in all aspects of small business, including importing, marketing strategies, advertising, and administration. He is the owner of Foreign Traders, Inc., a family business formerly known as “The Old Mexico Shop.” His collection includes works by noted folk artists Candelario Medrano, Heron Martinez, Gorky Gonzalez, Josefina Aguilar, and others from around the world. Alexander imports handicrafts and folk art from such countries as Peru, Guatemala, Morocco, India, Pakistan, and Mexico. He also has a small retail folk art venue at the Traveler’s Market in Santa Fe where he represents the work of Gorky Gonzalez and other recognizable folk artists. Alexander has served as a member of the Santa Fe Opera Business Council, the Crime Stoppers Board, and most recently on the Board of Directors of Dynamac International Corp. in Rockville, Maryland. In 2007 he accompanied his mother, Diana MacArthur, to the northern area of Pakistan and is now working to build the Al-Murtaza Academy in the Hunza Valley, in memory of his sister Elizabeth. Born in Santa Fe, Alexander grew up in the Washington D.C. area and graduated from Boston University in 1979 with a B.S. in print journalism from the B.U. School of Public Communication.

Michael has been an avid collector of folk art, along with his wife, Laurie, since their college days over fifty years ago.  One of the primary reasons they moved to Santa Fe was the International Folk Art Market.  He was an artist assistant for several years, but wanted to become more actively involved in the Market.  He and Laurie have been co-chairs of the Market Signs Committee for five years.  He was also volunteer co-coordinator for the International Folk Art Market | Collection at the Dallas Market Center from 2012-2014.  He was a member of the Planning Committee for the FUZE Conference with the Department of Cultural Affairs in 2014.  Michael’s love of classical music has led him to become a volunteer usher for the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.  When he is not volunteering for IFAA/Santa Fe, Michael is an avid artisan sourdough bread baker and cook.

Elizabeth “Libby” Rodke Washburn joined the U.S. Department of the Interior after President Barack Obama appointed her the Deputy Commissioner for External and Intergovernmental Affairs at the Bureau of Reclamation in 2013  She was appointed the Chief of Staff to the Deputy Secretary of the Interior in March 2014. Previously, she served as the state director for U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman, chairman of the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee.  Washburn also served as an attorney at the U.S. Department of the Interior, working on complex cases involving Indian lands, tribal jurisdictional issues, and environmental matters. While in private practice at a boutique Washington, D.C., law firm, she worked on Minnesota v. Mille Lacs Band of Chippewa Indians, decided in 1999 by the U.S. Supreme Court.  Washburn has served as a judge for the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Appellate Court, the president of the board of directors for the American Indian Graduate Center, and a board member on the Disciplinary Board of the New Mexico Supreme Court.  She co-authored an Indian law casebook published by LexisNexis, entitled, AMERICAN INDIAN LAW: NATIVE NATIONS AND THE FEDERAL SYSTEM, CASES AND MATERIALS.  Washburn holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma, a Master of Arts in Government from Texas Woman’s University, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of New Mexico School of Law.

Don currently serves on the advisory board of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation. He is a Life Trustee of the University of Minnesota Foundation where he formerly served as Board Chair. He has served as a volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America as Chairman of the Los Angeles Area Council, President of the Western Region, and on the National Executive Board. Other volunteer activities have included Boards of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and the Claremont Graduate School and University Center. Don’s professional career included positions at the Minneapolis Star and Tribune Company including Operations Director and Executive Editor of the Minneapolis Star, and at the Times Mirror Company, including President of Newsday, President of the Los Angeles Times, and Executive Vice President of the parent Times Mirror Company. He attended Macalester College in St. Paul and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor’s Degree in mechanical engineering and an M.B.A. He and his wife, Sharon, reside in Tesuque, New Mexico.


Ex-Officio Members

Jamie Clements became President/CEO of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation in July 2013 after a 26-year career as a national fundraising professional with NPO Direct Marketing, an award-winning agency he founded in 1987. Jamie has consulted for more than 250 nonprofit organizations around the country, including 100 museums. Prior to NPO, he was Vice President for a national arts and culture marketing agency in Texas and Membership Manager for the San Francisco Symphony. Jamie has been a lifelong visitor to New Mexico, was married in Santa Fe in 1983 and a resident from 2006 to 2009. He and his wife Diana have five daughters. Jamie is a graduate of Princeton University.

Veronica N. Gonzales was appointed Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs in January 2011 by Governor Susana Martinez and was unanimously confirmed by the New Mexico Senate. She was reconfirmed in February 2015 for another four years with generous accolades regarding her accomplishments. With eight museums, eight historic sites, arts, archaeology, historic preservation, and library programs, the Department of Cultural Affairs is one of the largest and most well respected state cultural agencies in the nation. Together, its facilities, programs, and services support a $5.6 billion cultural industry in New Mexico.

Gonzales holds a 30-year background in public administration, non-profit management, and American Indian higher education. She has served as professional staff in the United States Congress, federal departments and agencies, the White House, and as Executive Director of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium, a national non-profit representing 37 tribal colleges and universities. She was selected by President George W. Bush to serve as Senior Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Education and the White House Initiative on Tribal Colleges and Universities.

Returning to New Mexico in 2002, Ms. Gonzales worked as a Senior Officer at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, where she helped secure more than $30 million for the core operations of the college and museum and to launch the nation’s first Lifelong Learning Center for Indigenous peoples.
Ms. Gonzales has received many awards for her advocacy on behalf of the American Indian Tribal Colleges and Universities. She is a former Trustee of the Board of the American Indian College Fund and member of the W.K. Kellogg Native American Higher Education Initiative Advisory Committee. Secretary Gonzales was recently accepted into the International Women’s Forum of New Mexico.

She is married to New Mexico Senator John Ryan. Together, they have an adopted daughter, Theodora, a name that means God’s gift.

Khristaan D. Villela is the Director of the Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, NM. He has a PhD in art history from University of Texas at Austin. Before his appointment at the museum in August 2016, he was Professor of Art History and Scholar in Residence at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design. He specializes in the history of Pre-Columbian and Latin American art, and on the reception of ancient American culture in the modern world. He has curated exhibitions at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, the Miho Museum, Kyoto, Japan, and the New Mexico History Museum. Most recently he was consulting curator for Miguel Covarrubias: Drawing a Cosmopolitan Line, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum (2014). Prior to his appointment at SFUAD, Villela was the founding director of the Thaw Art History Center at the College of Santa Fe, a teaching a research until with faculty, library, and collections devoted to the arts of the Americas, ancient to contemporary. He writes frequently for publications including New Mexico Magazine, El Palacio, ARTNews, Adobe Airstream, and he has a column in the Santa Fe New Mexican Pasatiempo section. He is the author of Ancient Civilizations of the Americas: Man, Nature, and Spirit in Pre-Columbian Art (Miho Museum, 2011); The Aztec Calendar Stone (with Mary Miller, Getty Publications, 2010); and Contemporary Mexican Architecture and Design (with Ellen Bradbury Reid and Logan Wagner, Gibbs Smith Publications, 2002). He is working on a book on the contributions of the Mexican artist, collector and curator Miguel Covarrubias to Pre-Columbian studies in US and Mexico in the mid-twentieth century. Another book project is the first publication of an album of 1860s photographs, the Souvenir of New Mexico, assembled by a US Army officer in New Mexico Territory. The album includes what may be the first photos of the Navajo, as well as important images of the Navajo captivity at Fort Sumner, NM.


Advisory Board Members

Charmay serves on the New Mexico State Arts Commission, boards of the Lensic Performing Arts Center, and the Institute of American Indian Arts Foundation. She is an active volunteer with numerous community organizations including Cornerstones Community Partnerships, Spanish Colonial Arts Society, the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, Santa Fe Symphony, the National Dance Institute of New Mexico, and the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance among others. She is a co-founder of the International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe and serves as an advisory trustee of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation. She and Forrest Fenn created One Horse Land and Cattle Company Publishing to publish Fenn’s memories, archives, and archaeological work. Formerly, she was an English and journalism teacher as well as a medical editor and a commercial interior designer. She was recently honored for her years of voluntarism in the arts. Charmay conducted her undergraduate studies at La Sierra University and postgraduate work at the University of Redlands.

JoAnn Balzer, Santa Fe community leader and arts advocate, has more than twenty years of non-profit management, museum and fund-raising experience. She has long been a supporter of the contemporary expressions of Native American arts and cultures. In 2015, Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA conferred to JoAnn an honorary doctorate, doctor of science, honoris causa. Also in 2015, JoAnn was a recipient of the Santa Fe Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts and appointed by the Mayor as Chair of the Santa Fe Arts Commission Cultural Affairs Working Group. In June 2010, the United States Senate confirmed the nomination of President Barack Obama for JoAnn to serve on the Board of Trustees of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA).  She has served as founding Executive Director, Code of the West Foundation; founding Executive Director of the Center for Cowboy Ethics and Leadership; founding board member of Creative Santa Fe; Museum Campaign Director, Spanish Colonial Arts Society; Executive Director, Institute of American Indian Arts Foundation; Interim President, Santa Fe’s Indian Market; and Director of Development, Western States Arts Federation. In 2003, she was appointed by Governor Bill Richardson to serve as President of the New Mexico Film Museum and in 2009 as a Commissioner of New Mexico Arts. She currently sits on the Boards of the Lensic, the Institute of American Indian Arts, and the New Mexico Arts Commission. She is on the advisory board of the International Folk Art Alliance and the MNMF, and serves as a lead trustee for MIAC, where she co-founded Friends of Indian Art. Previous positions include a twenty-five-year career in technology marketing with IBM and positions teaching college-level mathematics at Pepperdine University and Pennsylvania State University. JoAnn is a magna cum laude graduate of Westminster College, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. She holds a Master of Science in Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University.

JoAnn, along with husband Bob, sponsors the Museum of International Folk Art’s annual Purchase Prize at IFAM/Santa Fe to enable the Museum to add to their collection with purchases made at Market. The Balzers are also the Founding Sponsors of the Innovation category for the 2017 and 2018 IFAM/Santa Fe Markets.

Leigh Ann and her husband, David, have lived in Santa Fe, NM since 1987. She has served on the boards of United World College, Santa Fe Pro Musica, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, St. Vincent Hospital Foundation, Buckaroo Ball Committee (Ball Chair, 1997), and the Board of Trustees for Santa Fe Preparatory School for six years (Board Chair, 2007-2010; capital campaign chair, 2003-2006). Formerly an executive with AT&T and Southwestern Bell, she is presently owner of Brown Thomason & Associates, LLC. Leigh Ann holds a B.A. from the University of Missouri, Columbia. She and her husband have two children.

Charlene is a co-founder of the International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe and served as its Executive Director from 2007-2012. As co-founder, she assisted in assembling the first governing board of 23 persons and helped the organization receive its 501(c) 3 status in 2007. She also participated on the Artist Selection Committee in 2006 and 2007. She was Executive Director when the organization was selected as 2009 winner of the Piñon Award for non-profit excellence by the Santa Fe Community Foundation and was invited in 2009 to become a member of the Clinton Global Initiative. Charlene served as Director of the Museum of International Folk Art for fifteen years until her retirement in 1999; she is currently its Interim and Emeritus Director. As the Museum’s Curator of Latin American Folk Art from 1973-1984, she organized exhibitions, conducted fieldwork, and oversaw the Museum’s Latin American collection. She was Director of Advancement at Santa Fe Preparatory School for eight years overseeing two major capital campaigns and all major fundraising and marketing efforts. Charlene is a recipient of the Mayor’s Recognition Award for Excellence in the Arts and the Museum of New Mexico Regents Award.

Carnell is from Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico. After four years as a planner for the New Mexico Office of Indian Affairs, Carnell assisted a friend with a business that created educational curriculum and programs for Native American Elders across the country. He co-founded and co-directs The Leadership Institute and the Summer Policy Academy at the Santa Fe Indian School, projects serving the 22 New Mexico tribal communities. Carnell was a First Nations LEAD Fellow at the Chamiza Foundation. He was a founding board member of the Walatowa Charter High School in Jemez Pueblo and currently serves on the Advisory Board on the Native American Advised Fund at the Santa Fe Community Foundation and Chamiza Foundation. Carnell received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and his Master’s degree from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. In 2015, he received a Ph.D. in Justice Studies and Social Inquiry at ASU’s School of Social Transformation. Carnell is a gardener and silversmith.

A native of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Cynthia is currently the Marketing Director of the Santa Fe Convention & Visitors Bureau, where she is responsible for public relations, social media, Santa Fe Travel Planner, Santafe.org, and advertising. Before her current position, she was the President of Pinnacle Consulting, a marketing consulting company. Pinnacle Consulting provides public relations, marketing strategies, community outreach, presentation development, and marketing research for nonprofit and for-profit companies. Cynthia worked with AT&T and PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP for over 20 years in the areas of business development, marketing, sales, and management. She received her B.A. from New Mexico State University, M.B.A. from the College of Santa Fe, and a Masters of Counseling at Southwestern College. She is a past Board member of Presbyterian Health Service and currently sits on the International Fork Art Alliance Advisory Board, National Dance Institute of New Mexico Board, Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce Tourism Committee, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum External Relations Committee, Lensic Communications Committee, and the SITE Santa Fe 20th Anniversary Committee. Cynthia enjoys skiing, scuba diving, cooking, traveling, life coaching, and gardening.

As co-founder, Judith has been instrumental in creating the International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe and has provided leadership since 2004. She has a BA in Clothing and Textiles and in Art History, as well as two years of graduate work in Philosophy of Design. Judith served in the Peace Corps in Peru. She was previously the fashion director of Gimbels East NYC, Fashion Director of Menswear for all Gimbels stores, Director of Fashion Information for Butterick Fashion, Editor in Chief of Vogue Patterns International, Director of Evan Picone Design Studio, and VIP Design Director of Murjani International. Judith formerly served on the board of Aid to Artisans, was Project Advisor-Ceramics for USAID sponsored research on “Marketing Viability of Hungarian Craft Industries,” and one of three Project Directors for the first two years of UNESCO-sponsored “Lead-Free Low Fire Pottery Project” in Mexico. Judith was previously the owner of The Clay Angel in Santa Fe, supporting her life-long interest and study of the world traditional ceramics.

Alexis is the President and CEO of Greer Enterprises, Inc., which is a closely held family corporation dealing primarily in real estate. Alexis and her husband received three historic preservation awards for the restoration of the Lensic Performing Arts Center. She serves as Chair of the Santa Fe Community Foundation, on the Board of Directors of First National Bank of Santa Fe, and is an Advisory Board Member of the Lensic Performing Arts Corporation. She has also served on the Santa Fe Preparatory School Board and was president of The Children’s School – a parent’s preschool cooperative. She is the Co-Chair of the New Mexico Historic Women’s Marker Initiative and has served as Treasurer for the New Mexico Women’s Forum. A graduate of Mills College with a Bachelor of Arts, Alexis has assisted in the assemblage of two shows for the Girard Foundation at the Governor’s Gallery at the Roundhouse for the State of New Mexico, and “Fantasy and Enchantment,” a show preceding the gifting of the Girard Collection to the Museum of International Folk Art.

For over 26 years, Hank has owned and operated San Angel Gallery in San Antonio, Texas, one of the nation’s most provocative and successful contemporary folk art galleries. Traveling throughout the Americas and Europe, Hank has studied and documented the work of established and emerging folk artists, outsiders, and visionaries alike. Artists and works featured at San Angel have been placed in collections or featured at contemporary art fairs, including the Venice Biennale, the Rome Prize, the Vatican, the San Antonio Museum of Art, and the Museum of International Folk Art. Formerly the Executive Director of the McKinney Avenue Contemporary visual and performance arts space in Dallas, Texas, Hank has studied extensively how artists benefit from interactions with for-profit and nonprofit organizations and developed innovative approaches to assert artist value in the global marketplace. As community activist in the early 1990s, Hank helped establish two key San Antonio arts programs that exist to this day, the monthly “First Friday” art walk and the Contemporary Art Month (C.A.M.) celebrations. In recent years, Hank has focused on establishing long-term, non-exclusive partnerships with artists across borders. San Angel’s “New Works for New Worlds” program supports and engages artists as they expand their capacity, imagine, and create new bodies of work that reflect their lives and work at the intersections of tradition/place/spirit and modernity. Working together on “New Works for New Worlds,” Hank and the artists at San Angel assert the value of contemporary folk art to living cultures. Raised in the U.S., Mexico, Great Britain, and Europe, Hank has been instrumental in helping the International Folk Art Alliance establish relationships with a broad spectrum of artists from Mexico and Hungary.

Nance was born in Kansas City. Since childhood, she has been curious about cultural diversity. In high school, she was an exchange student to Syria, and later on spent a year studying art in Granada, Spain. Following her B.S. degree in anthropology from Stanford University, she worked in India with the Peace Corps. In 1969, Nance settled in Santa Fe where she opened Good Hands, which continues today in partnership with her husband and best friend, Ramon José López and their four children, Leon, Lilly, Bo, and Miller. For the past 10 years, Nance has focused her enthusiastic attention on her garden, her NIA practice, hiking in the mountains, and getting together with family and friends. She is an avid supporter of the International Folk Art Alliance, Santa Fe Botanical Garden, Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, Institute of Spanish Arts, and Fine Art for Children and Teens. She has retired from her career as an artist, but still likes to create beautiful pieces.

Sarah has served on the Board of the International Folk Art Alliance since 2006 (Secretary 2006-2008, Board Chair 2009-2011, Advisory Board 2012). She has Co-Chaired IFAA’s Community Outreach Committee since 2010. She also currently serves on the Board of the New Mexico Lawyers’ for the Arts and Outside-In, and teaches English to non-native speakers at the Santa Fe Community College through Santa Fe Literacy Volunteers. Sarah’s previous community involvement has included service on the Boards of the Spanish Institute of the Arts, the New Mexico Community Foundation, Northern New Mexico Community and Indian Legal Services, and the Santa Fe American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO). Sarah served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of New Mexico from 1987-1996, and the General Counsel for the Department of Cultural Affairs in 2005 and 2006. In these positions she represented, among other institutions, the Museum of International Folk Art, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, the National Hispanic Cultural Center, the New Mexico History Museum, the New Mexico Arts Division, and the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division. Sarah holds a B.A. from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, a J.D. from Syracuse University, and an M.A. in Latin American Studies (with an emphasis on economic development) from Georgetown University. She has two daughters, Emily and Hayley.

Michael has served as President of St. John’s College since January 2005. Prior to coming to St. John’s, Michael was the Executive Vice President of the Council on Foreign Relations. He joined the Council in 1995 as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. During his tenure he was responsible for managing the Council’s daily operations, overseeing the development of its National Program, and for a time managing its research arm as Director of Studies. Michael had a distinguished career of over 27 years in the U.S. Army. He was a platoon leader in Vietnam, an assistant professor of economics at West Point, a Soviet military specialist, an executive assistant in the office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and a battalion commander in the Army Special Operations Command. He concluded his military career as the Chief of Staff at the United States Military Academy. Michael earned a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy and a Master of Arts in economics from the University of Washington.

Marisol has been on the Board of the International Folk Art Alliance since 2011. She has served as a Regional Coordinator for Latin America and Co-Chair of Artist Hospitality for IFAM/Santa Fe and participated in the IFAM/Collection at the Dallas Market Center.

Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Marisol earned a B.A. in Economics from the College of New Rochelle and an M.B.A. in Marketing and International Business from New York University. She lived in Panamá and Guatemala, eventually relocating with her family to Boston. During those years she worked as a buyer at Filene’s. She also led the fundraising efforts for a local private school to enhance their educational programs and provide financial assistance to their local minority students from the surrounding communities.

Marisol is a past board member of the Tourette Syndrome Association of New Mexico. She currently contributes her time as a Spanish translator for the Cancer Institute Foundation for New Mexico.

Sylvia and her husband Ira have lived in Santa Fe since 1979. From March 1974 to July 1978 Sylvia lived in Afghanistan, building cottage industries with local craftspeople to design clothing, quilts, and together with Ira, beaded tapestries and one-of-a-kind art rugs. She and Ira built a weaving factory in Balkh, near Mazar-i-Sharif, which employed up to 60 male weavers and assistants until the early 1980′s when the war forced its closure. After moving to Santa Fe, Sylvia continued to utilize her design talents at Seret and Sons which opened in 1981, a business that works closely with handicrafts people and cottage industries in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and countries in Central Asia. In the mid 1980′s she began painting and firing ceramic tiles. In 1996 Sylvia began designing elaborate mosaic bathrooms at the Inn of the Five Graces on East de Vargas Street, a boutique hotel that she and Ira created. In October 2012 and again in October 2013, Condé Nast named the Inn of the Five Graces the number one hotel in the Southwest. In Jan. 2013 TripAdvisor named the Five Graces the “#1 Small Hotel in the United States.” In 2001 the Serets and a few friends started Jindhag Foundation, a nonprofit organization that aims to support and preserve the cultural diversity of traditional and indigenous peoples around the world. The first project of the Jindhag Foundation focused on providing daily support for Tibetan monks living in exile. More recently, the Foundation undertook the task of rebuilding Istalif, a small village in Afghanistan that had been devastated by years of war. In 2007, the Foundation provided the funds to bring pottery from the revitalized village of Istalif to the International Folk Art Market| Santa Fe. This was the first time that Istalif pottery was sold internationally and was a great success. Sylvia has a B.A. and an M.A. from Florida State University, 1968/69; and Columbia University Graduate School – ABD (all but dissertation) in German Literature: Fall 1969-1973 (including a fellowship to study in Vienna for six months). Throughout these years Sylvia worked as a T.A. and as an executive assistant for coordination of research in Africa in the African Studies Association. World travel experiences include Ghana, Mali, and Mexico, most of Europe, South Asia, and Central Asia.

Owen is the President of the investment-banking firm, Dirks, Van Essen & Murray, specializing in merger and acquisition, divestitures, and strategic advisory services to U.S. newspaper publishing companies. He was the General Manager/Business Manager, as well as 25 percent owner of the Worthington (MN) Daily Globe prior to the sale of the paper in 1986. A Minnesota native, Owen received a B.A. in business administration from Dordt College and has done advanced work in business and journalism at the University of Minnesota. He serves as Trustee of Thornburg Mutual Funds. Owen also served on the Board at Santa Fe Preparatory School. He has served on the St. Michael’s High School Foundation Board, was President of the Worthington Area United Way, and President of the Worthington YMCA Board of Directors.


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Tom is the former Executive Director of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation (MNMF) and a co-founder of the International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe, for which he received a Mayor’s Arts Award. He led the development of New Mexico Creates, an award-winning economic development initiative that markets the work of New Mexico artists and artisans in the MNMF’s shops and on their Internet shops. Tom was recognized as one of New Mexico Business Weekly’s “Ten Power People in the Arts” in New Mexico for 2005 and “Top 100 Power People in New Mexico” in 2006 and 2007. In 2007, the United Way, Santa Fe selected him as “Humanitarian of the Year.” Tom advises the UNESCO Division of Cultural Expressions and Creative Industries, created the Santa Fe Cultural Leaders group, and led the economic development planning for Santa Fe’s arts and cultural industries in 2003-2004. He chaired the formation of Creative Santa Fe from 2004-2006, a non-profit organization that brings together diverse constituencies to strengthen Santa Fe’s creative economy. He was Director of Aid to Artisans where he helped to develop artisan enterprises internationally. Tom also created the successful Maritime Art Gallery at Mystic Seaport Museum and has been involved with marketing and merchandising for museum shops. Tom earned his M.B.A. from Columbia University, a B.F.T. from Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management, and an A.B. from Marquette University.

Charmay serves on the New Mexico State Arts Commission, boards of the Lensic Performing Arts Center, and the Institute of American Indian Arts Foundation. She is an active volunteer with numerous community organizations including Cornerstones Community Partnerships, Spanish Colonial Arts Society, the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, Santa Fe Symphony, the National Dance Institute of New Mexico, and the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance among others. She is a co-founder of the International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe and serves as an advisory trustee of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation. She and Forrest Fenn created One Horse Land and Cattle Company Publishing to publish Fenn’s memories, archives, and archaeological work. Formerly, she was an English and journalism teacher as well as a medical editor and a commercial interior designer. She was recently honored for her years of voluntarism in the arts. Charmay conducted her undergraduate studies at La Sierra University and postgraduate work at the University of Redlands.

Charlene is a co-founder of the International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe and served as its Executive Director from 2007-2012. As co-founder, she assisted in assembling the first governing board of 23 persons and helped the organization receive its 501(c) 3 status in 2007. She also participated on the Artist Selection Committee in 2006 and 2007. She was Executive Director when the organization was selected as 2009 winner of the Piñon Award for non-profit excellence by the Santa Fe Community Foundation and was invited in 2009 to become a member of the Clinton Global Initiative. Charlene served as Director of the Museum of International Folk Art for fifteen years until her retirement in 1999; she is currently its Interim and Emeritus Director. As the Museum’s Curator of Latin American Folk Art from 1973-1984, she organized exhibitions, conducted fieldwork, and oversaw the Museum’s Latin American collection. She was Director of Advancement at Santa Fe Preparatory School for eight years overseeing two major capital campaigns and all major fundraising and marketing efforts. Charlene is a recipient of the Mayor’s Recognition Award for Excellence in the Arts and the Museum of New Mexico Regents Award.

As co-founder, Judith has been instrumental in creating the International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe and has provided leadership since 2004. She has a BA in Clothing and Textiles and in Art History, as well as two years of graduate work in Philosophy of Design. Judith served in the Peace Corps in Peru. She was previously the fashion director of Gimbels East NYC, Fashion Director of Menswear for all Gimbels stores, Director of Fashion Information for Butterick Fashion, Editor in Chief of Vogue Patterns International, Director of Evan Picone Design Studio, and VIP Design Director of Murjani International. Judith formerly served on the board of Aid to Artisans, was Project Advisor-Ceramics for USAID sponsored research on “Marketing Viability of Hungarian Craft Industries,” and one of three Project Directors for the first two years of UNESCO-sponsored “Lead-Free Low Fire Pottery Project” in Mexico. Judith was previously the owner of The Clay Angel in Santa Fe, supporting her life-long interest and study of the world traditional ceramics.


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Jennifer Billig, Associate Director, Community Relations & Volunteers, has spent more than 20 years working in the public, private and non-profit sectors. She has expertise in policy and systems change, strategy, community outreach, program design and implementation, and events. Jennifer built and led a national campaign to engage health professionals in food system policy change; led the job creation efforts of a Denver-metro coalition to benefit low income communities; helped mayors, governors, and agency heads create more results-focused public agencies; and managed political campaigns. Her focus is on engaging organizations and individuals in the Northern New Mexico community in IFAA programs around shared values of social entrepreneurship and global citizenship.

 

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Gabe Gomez brings more than 15 years of experience in marketing and public relations to IFAA; much of that time has been spent with various arts organizations. He has recently served as an Arts Commissioner for the City of Santa Fe. As an educator, Gabe has taught English and creative writing at the University of New Orleans, Tulane University, the College of Santa Fe, and the Institute of American Indian Arts. Gabe holds a BA in creative writing from the College of Santa Fe and an MFA in creative writing from Saint Mary’s College of California. His articles and essays have been published widely and his first collection of poems The Outer Bands won the Andres Montoya Poetry Prize from the University of Notre Dame Press in 2006. His latest poetry collection, The Seed Bank, was published by Mouthfeel Press in 2012. He is a proud father and enjoys cooking, fishing, and live music.

Stephanie joined IFAA in the fall of 2015 to assist the Advancement team and to focus on the donor database. She has a strong background in database management and technology. Stephanie came to Santa Fe from New York City in 1994 and loves being here to enjoy such hobbies as painting and other crafting, hiking with her dog, attending local theatre, cooking and baking, taking film classes, and gardening. She has her BA in Psychology and is passionate about education and empowering communities.

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Hilary, a native Santa Fean, joined IFAA in 2013, bringing a wide array of experience with her – everything from working as an auditor for Deloitte & Touche, to running a gymnastics school, to serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala. She is a licensed CPA, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Economics with a minor in Accounting from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and a Master’s degree in International Relations from San Francisco State University. Hilary is dedicated to the art of empowerment and firmly believes in the organization’s mission. She created the IFAA program IFAM | Online, which is designed to provide veteran folk artists an educational and economic opportunity to grow their export business and consumers a place to shop for folk art year-round. She also imports all of the folk art from around the world for all IFAA programs.  She is currently building the Global Youth Ambassador program at IFAA to engage youth in the community with the organization’s mission.  She is also partnering with artists and outside organizations to amplify the social impact IFAA has on the world.

Chris Linn joined the IFAA team in May 2015. Chris’s first arts passion was for theatre and music performance. After a brief interlude as a hippy farmer, she earned a Masters from the flagship Arts Administration program in the Graduate School of Business at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Since then, she has spent nearly 25 years in both arts and social service non-profit management including nine years as Executive Director of the Girl Scouts – Sangre De Cristo Council which first lured her to Santa Fe in 1992. Before joining our staff, she spent several years providing financial and management support to individuals and businesses in the Santa Fe area. When she’s not counting beans, she is playing dog sports with two rescued terriers who are really the loves of her life! (Don’t tell her wife, Ginny!)

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With a background in public relations and media for visual arts, as well as retail marketing, Paul Niemi, Inventory Management Assistant, comes to IFAA from Smithsonian Enterprises at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York City.  He holds a BA in Latin American Studies from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.  As a member of the IFAA, Paul co-manages IFAM | Online, the online store for the organization, creating online content for the store, assisting with product selection, quality control as well as creating social media content.  He also works on various organizational pop-up boutiques helping with sales and marketing.

 

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After volunteering for IFAA for several years as a Spanish interpreter, Connie joined the team in April 2016.  She received an undergraduate degree in Spanish and International Relations from the University of Redlands and a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University | School of International and Public Affairs with an emphasis on economic and political development.  As part of the IFAA Advancement team, she will focus on event planning, direct mail, online fundraising, business sponsorships, grants, prospect research, and other initiatives.  Prior to IFAA, she worked at the Museum of New Mexico Foundation, Pro Mujer, the Immigration Center for Women and Children and the International Community Foundation.  She is thrilled to contribute to IFAA’s mission, and is excited to blend her passion of international development and the arts at IFAA.

 

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After volunteering with the IFAA for several years, Sandy joined the team in the fall of 2015. She received an undergraduate degree in the humanities from Harvard College, and a medical degree from the College of Physicians & Surgeons at Columbia University. With a passion for the effective delivery of primary care medicine, she taught in family medicine residency programs before choosing to be a full-time mother to her three children. Having a lifelong love of crafts, she fervently believes that giving folk artists a market to sell their products will help to preserve culture, improve the life of women and girls, and act as a stabilizing force in local communities around the world. At the age of 16, she went to Nicaragua to give vaccinations to children and remembers carrying a handmade piece of pottery on her lap all the way home. She is excited to dedicate her energy and passion to IFAA.

As Executive Assistant for IFAA, Kathy manages aspects of daily office operations. Kathy holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Over the course of her career, she has worked in a variety of high-level administrative roles in the higher education and non-profit sectors.

Pattie joined IFAA in October 2015 and brings 25+ years of experience in accounting, budgeting, strategic planning and business management in both the non-profit and private sectors. She is excited about being part of the collaborative IFAA team and being able to make meaningful contributions in creating economic opportunities for and with folk artists worldwide. Pattie is a proud mother of her son, who is currently training to be a professional ballet dancer. She enjoys cloud watching, explosive strength training and throwing the occasional caber and other heavy objects in her kilt (i.e. Highland Games).

Jeff Snell, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer

Jeff joined the International Folk Art Alliance team as Chief Executive Officer in March 2015, after more than 20 years in the charitable sector and extensive experience in social innovation and social entrepreneurship. He founded Midwest Social Innovation LLC and co-founded the Midwestern Consortium for Social Innovation, a regional platform to promote cross-sector, enterprise-based solutions to social problems. Jeff also served as Special Advisor to the President at Marquette University from 2007 to 2013. Under his leadership, the school became one of the country’s first ten Changemaker Campuses—a consortium of schools aimed at teaching students to create solutions to social problems through innovation. Jeff has lectured widely on social innovation and social entrepreneurship, with talks that include Fordham University’s inaugural lecture for the Loschert Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship, and another at TEDxUWMilwaukee. He received his Ph.D. from Marquette and a master’s in social ethics from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, in Massachusetts. Building on a key characteristic of social innovation—working alongside a community of people to be part of its own sustainable solution—Jeff defines social innovation as “a focus on solving social problems at their root cause, a pivot away from traditional charity’s model of managing problems.” He adds, “Folk art is a powerful means for celebrating culture and spurring economic development globally – the second most widespread means after agriculture. By carefully selecting, equipping, and deploying folk artists as catalytic agents for well-being in their home communities, IFAA can further distinguish itself as a leader in socially innovative work around the world.”

 

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Heather joined IFAA in 2010 to work with donors and sponsors and help them empower folk artists across the globe through their support. Prior to working with IFAA, her nonprofit experience included a variety of roles at Youth Shelters, a non-profit serving homeless youth in Northern New Mexico. She graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor’s degree in Art and the Global Community, an interdisciplinary degree focusing on the intersection between art and social change. Her studies culminated in an internship with a non-profit in rural Ghana where she was able to support and learn about innovative and sustainable models for community health programs.

Sachiko is the Director of Artist Relations, responsible for the artist application, selection, and placement processes, as well as communications, planning, and services directly related to artists participating in IFAM | Santa Fe. In her previous position as Market Office Administrator, she supported staff, board members, volunteers, and oversaw shipping and receiving. Sachiko has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of New Mexico, with an Art History minor. She has been Director of Special Projects and Graphic Design at New Mexico Junior College, as well as a graphic designer at the Hobbs Daily News-Sun. Most of her administrative experience comes from the Education sector where she has been Registrar at Santa Fe Preparatory School and Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Administration at Santa Fe Community College. A native New Mexican, Sachiko is a third generation Japanese American. Her art background includes graphic design, stone sculpture, drawing, and painting.

Ginger Williams, Director of IFAM | Santa Fe

Ginger joined IFAA in 2014 and works with our dedicated team of over 1,500 volunteers. She holds a degree from UMASS Amherst in Sport Management and has worked in event planning for environmental conferences, retreats, weddings, and the Sydney Olympics. Her passion for events comes from recognizing that bringing people together facilitates making real change. Past times include quilting, cycling, and rock climbing. A native of the east coast, she has made Santa Fe her forever home for the last 8 years.