Board

Members of the Board of Directors of the Santa Fe Community College Foundation Board are local residents dedicated to advancing the interests of students at Santa Fe Community College through scholarships, assistance in purchasing textbooks, matching grants and special programs. Click any name below for a short bio and photo.

serves as President, Santa Fe Community College Foundation (SFCCF) Board of Directors. He also serves on the Executive, Finance, Philanthropy, and Leadership and Board Development Committees. Mr. Abeles achieved his BA in physics from Amherst College and achieved his Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School. An active member of the community, Mr. Abeles was the co-founder of the Santa Fe Children’s Museum and has served on many local boards, including the Metropolitan Water Board.

is a member of the SFCC Foundation Board and serves on the Philanthropy Committee and Leadership and Board Development Committee. She earned her BA from Hunter College in New York and her MPA from American University, Washington D.C. She also studied at Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico; Universite de Paris, Sorbonne; Instituto Cultural de Guadalajara; and Universidad Ibero-Americana, Mexico. Ms. Arena has vast experience in Diplomatic Foreign Service as a government professional and has worked in Asia, Latin America, Europe, and North Africa. She has served on numerous boards including Glen Echo Park Partnership of Arts and Culture in Maryland; as founding member at Art Perspectives International; as Lead Coordinator for National China Garden Foundation; and on the US Arboretum in Washington, D.C.

is the Executive Director of the SFCC Foundation and serves as a Board Member, Ex Officio. She also serves on the Executive, Finance, Philanthropy, and Leadership and Board Development Committees. She has a 25-year history of national and international fundraising and program development, and has worked extensively in Brazil, Argentina, and India. Ms. Boldt previously worked as a program officer for the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation in Española and also as a program officer for the Con Alma Health Foundation. She holds a Masters of Planning and Administration degree from Antioch University. She also studied studio art at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland (her home town); at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico City, and at the Instituto Allende, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

The co-owner of Gateway Marketing, LLC, he earned his Juris Doctorate at Western Reserve Law School, in Cleveland, Ohio and was a Captain in the United States Army. Kenneth is an active member of the Santa Fe Area Home Builder's Association, the Santa Fe Rotary Club, Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce and Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the American Legion and Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 996.

serves as Vice President, Santa Fe Community College Foundation Board, member of the Executive Committee and Chair, Leadership and Board Development Committee. Although recently retired from her position as Vice President and of Student Success at SFCC, Dr. Gonzales currently serves as the Principal Investigator for the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCT) Program at SFCC. She serves on the Board of Directors of the McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation which gives grants and scholarships to teachers and teacher students. Dr. Gonzales was formerly Vice President for Student Success and a faculty member at New Mexico State University in the College of Education and was employed by the College of Extended Learning at NMSU. She is a native Santa Fean.

serves as the President of Santa Fe Community College, SFCC Foundation Board member, and member, Executive Committee. He joined the college in 1983 when it was founded and worked as a faculty member. President Grissom established SFCC’s first biofuels program, solar technology curriculum, green building, and algae production courses. Prior to becoming the President of the college, he served as SFCC’s Vice President for Academic Affairs. President Grissom also established the New Mexico Small Business Development Center. He holds a BA and MA in Business from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. He has also worked for other colleges and in a private industry.

is a member of the SFCC Foundation Board and serves on the Leadership and Board Development and Philanthropy Committees. She is the owner of Open Kitchen, a culinary events venue launched in 2009 in the Washington, DC metro area and now in Santa Fe. She holds a 20-year successful track record in solution-focused organizational and management consulting including visioning and strategic alignment; corporate culture assessment; workforce needs assessment and planning; and team building. Ms. Karels is also an expert in FDA regulatory compliance and quality management programs for the Pharmaceutical, Biologics, and Medical Device Industries. Ms. Karels holds a Master of Science in Organization Development from American University in Washington, DC and is also a certified MBTI practitioner.

serves as a Presidential Appointed Student Representative to the SFCC Foundation Board. He is also a member of the Philanthropy Committee. Mr. Moody earned certificates in Emergency Medicine and Fire Fighter One from SFCC and is a Certified Nursing Assistant. As an EMTB, Mr. Moody has worked at the Cochiti Lake Fire Department since 2000. He is the Manager of the Taft Foundation, Casa de Tres Lunas Inn in Santa Fe, and is a Santa Fe Properties Qualifying Real Estate Broker. Mr. Moody is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Science Nursing program through New Mexico State University and SFCC, which he entered in 2015.

serves as Secretary, SFCC Foundation Board and member of the Executive, Leadership and Board Development and Philanthropy Committees. Prior to joining SFCC, Ms. McNeill was the Vice President for Development at Sonoma State University. She has a 25-year career in fundraising beginning in New York City as a consultant to nonprofit organizations on grant writing and capital campaigns. Ms. McNeill has served on many nonprofit boards and worked at three universities in the California State University system. Ms. McNeill holds a BA in Art History from Mills College in California; an MA in Art and Education from Columbia University Teacher’s College in New York City; and a MAT in Music Education from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

serves as Treasurer, SFCC Foundation Board and Chair, Finance Committee. She also serves as a member of the Executive Committee. Ms. Mulcahy works as a CPA for small businesses, tax and estate planning. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from the University of Colorado.

is a member of the SFCC Foundation Board and serves as Chair, Philanthropy Committee. He also serves on the Executive Committee. His financial expertise includes managing a departmental budget in excess of $26 million. Mr. Nugent also has comprehensive domestic, international legal, and business experience. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame, and he earned his Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall University in 1971.
is a member of the SFCC Foundation Board and serves as a member of the Leadership and Board Development Committee. He has served multiple terms as Lieutenant Governor and Governor of the Cochiti Pueblo, as well as having served on the traditional Tribal Council for 30 years. Other areas in which Mr. Pecos has served include New Mexico Office of Indian Affairs as the Chief Executive; the Office of Speaker Ben Lujan, New Mexico House of Representatives as Chief of Staff; and House of Representatives as the Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs. He has been the co-director of the New Mexico Leadership Institute and Indigenous Think Tank. Mr. Pecos has also served as Head Faculty of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Most notably, Mr. Pecos has written numerous publications on subjects such as education; environment; health; indigenous customary laws and governance; Pueblo language and culture; land tenure; water rights; and Indian policy and laws. Mr. Pecos holds his BA from Princeton University, his MA from UC Berkeley, and studied Senior Executive Education at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

is an elected member of the SFCC Governing Board and serves as a Governing Board Representative to the Foundation. She also serves as a member of the Leadership and Board Development Committee. Although retired, Dr. Romero still teaches online and continues to work with community colleges as a leadership coach. Dr. Romero also served as a president of a community college in California. While in California, she established several leadership development institutes. One was a community leadership program much like Leadership Santa Fe; the other was to train community college leaders through Claremont Graduate University. Dr. Romero is also the Founding Director of the Community College Leadership Development Initiatives (CCLDI) at Claremont Graduate University. She has taught graduate seminars in Organizational Development at the University of Colorado, University of New Mexico, and Claremont Graduate University. Dr. Romero has served as the Vice President of Instruction at Pikes Peak Community College and President/Superintendent of Siskiyous Joint Community College District. She also serves on the Board of Everest College in Phoenix, a private for-profit college and has served on the SIAS University, an American University in rural China.

is a member of the SFCC Governing Board and serves as a Governing Board Representative to the Foundation. He also serves as a member of the Leadership and Board Development Committee. Mr. Sedillo is deeply involved in the Santa Fe community including his work as Government Relations Liaison at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center. Mr. Sedillo was a Field Representative for the former U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman. He holds a BA from New Mexico Highlands University and serves on the NMHU Foundation Board of Directors.

is a member of the SFCC Foundation Board and serves on the Finance Committee. She is the District Manager for Wells Fargo Bank’s Santa Fe locations and surrounding areas including Los Alamos, Espanola, and Pojoaque. and as chair for the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement New Mexico. Ms. Vega is dedicated to financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and workforce readiness in our youth. Her 40 year career in banking began in 1974 in El Paso, Texas and she transferred to Albuquerque in 1999. Ms. Vega graduated from the University of El Paso and received an advanced certificate from the American Institute of Banking. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, School of Banking.

is the owner, with her husband, Ned Bennett, of form & concept and Zane Bennett Contemporary Art. Ms. Zane is also an accomplished artist and has exhibited her prints and paintings in many solo shows as well as in more than 25 solo, juried, group, and invitational exhibitions primarily in New York and New Mexico.

Ms. Zane has served on the board of the NMSU Foundation and currently serves on the boards of Creative Santa Fe and Creative Startups. Ms. Zane and Mr. Bennett are philanthropists, contributing major gifts to Alzheimer’s research, the Safety Foundation of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and to Santa Fe area educational and arts organizations including the New Mexico Museum Foundation and New Mexico School for the Arts.

In 2012 Ms. Zane was the Remarkable Woman Honoree of the New Mexico Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Ms. Zane earned a B.A. in Arts Administration from Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. She is a private pilot and owns aircraft for recreation.

 

is a member of the SFCC Foundation Board and serves on the Philanthropy Committee. She is the Founder and President of American Indian Art Appraisals, a division of Educational Planning for Individuals and Communities (EPIC, Inc.) which is a personal property appraisal service. She is a member of the Appraisers Association of America. Previously, Dr. Zastrow served as a Board member of National Art Education Association, for the Kennedy Center for Arts Education, on the Indian Arts and Crafts Board, and for the Rotary Del Sur Foundation. She was employed as President, Secondary and Higher Education at St. Catherine Indian School in Santa Fe. A resident of Santa Fe for over 50 years, Dr. Zastrow is an active member of our community and specializes in Southwest Indian Art. In the past, she has been a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of New Mexico and Director of Native American Studies and Director of Development at the College of Santa Fe.

EMERITUS MEMBERS

served as SFCCF’s Board Vice President and Chair, Philanthropy Committee. She currently devotes her time to the Mountain Cloud Zen Center, serving on their board as Chair. She is also a tutor for Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe. She formerly served on the Board of United World College USA. She tenured at Vassar College and was head of an independent girls’ schools in Connecticut and Toronto. She served as Manager of the Search Group and VP of the Trust Division at Bank of America. She completed her undergraduate work at Oxford University and her Ph.D. in Latin American Studies from the University of Kentucky.

served as a member of SFCCF’s Board and Chair, Leadership and Board Development. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Santa Fe Community Foundation. She is the founder and president of LEAD (Leadership, Education, Assessment and Development) for Excellence. Ms. Brito has 30 years of experience as a K-Graduate level educator and is retired from Highlands University. A native Santa Fean, Ms. Brito earned her BS from the University of New Mexico and her MA in Educational Administration from New Mexico Highlands University.

served as a member of SFCCF’s Board and on the Leadership and Board Development Committee. He is the former Executive Director of St. Vincent Hospital Foundation and served on many nonprofit boards. Dr. Glick earned his doctorate in Comparative Literature from Indiana University. He taught at the Universities of Cincinnati and Maryland as a professor of English and Comparative Literature; he also was a tutor at St. John’s College and has been a Visiting Fellow at Yale University.

served as served as a member of SFCCF’s Board and on the Philanthropy Committee. She is a retired Clinical Psychologist and has served on numerous professional and nonprofit boards in Santa Fe. She received the Phi Beta Kappa Scholarship and earned her BS from the University of Iowa and a MS from Purdue University.

 

STAFF

Kelly Smith is the Foundation Database/Fund Development Manager

Linda Cassel is the Executive Assistant, and the Art on Campus Coordinator

 

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