Foundation Board of Directors

Board Members

Mr. Richard Abeles, J.D. serves as President, Santa Fe Community College Foundation (SFCCF) Board of Directors. He also serves on the Executive, Finance & Investment, and Leadership, Philanthropy, and Board Development Committee. 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.
Ms. Elise Arena is a member of the SFCC Foundation Board and serves on the Leadership, Philanthropy, 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.
Ms. Deborah Boldt is the Executive Director of the SFCC Foundation and serves as a Board Member, Ex Officio. She also serves on the Executive, Finance, Leadership, Philanthropy, and Board Development Committee. 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.
 Mr. Kenneth Dettelbach, J.D. is a member of the SFCC Foundation Board and serves on the Leadership, Philanthropy, and Board Development Committee. He earned his Juris Doctorate from Western Reserve Law School in Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Dettelbach also served as Captain for the United States Army in Viet Nam. Currently, he is the co-owner of Gateway Marketing, LLC. Mr. Dettelbach is also a 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. He is an active member of the American Legion and Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 996.
Gov Board George Gamble

George Gamble, is an elected member of the SFCC Governing Board and serves as a Governing Board Representative to the Foundation. He is a cultural anthropologist retired from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he worked mainly in public health and medical research.  He completed his BA at Long Island University in New York and his PhD at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In the midst of his education George served in the Peace Corps in Gabon, Africa where he was a member of a team that built schools and teacher housing in the rural areas of the county.  A Santa Fe resident since 2005, George served on the Santa Fe County Health Policy and Planning Board, has tutored in the public schools and has been active in supporting public education. George is also a woodworker who has learned much from  SFCC Fine Woodworking classes.
Dr. Carmen Gonzales serves as Vice President, Santa Fe Community College Foundation Board, member of the Executive Committee and Chair, Leadership, Philanthropy, 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.
Mr. Randy Grissom 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.
Ms. Hue-Chan Karels is a member of the SFCC Foundation Board. 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.
Ms. Patricia McNeill serves as Secretary, SFCC Foundation Board and member of the Executive, Leadership, Philanthropy, and Board Development Committee. 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.
Ms. Rosemary Mulcahy serves as Treasurer, SFCC Foundation Board and Chair, Finance & Investment 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.
Mr. Fred Nugent is a member of the SFCC Foundation Board. 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.
Mr. Regis Pecos 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.
Dr. Martha Romero 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, Philanthropy, 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.
Ms. Linda Vega is a member of the SFCC Foundation Board and serves on the Finance & Investment 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.
Dr. Leona Zastrow is a member of the SFCC Foundation Board and serves on the Leadership, Philanthropy, and Board Development 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

Dr. Rachel Belash 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.
Ms. Carole Brito 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.
Dr. Robert Glick 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.

 

Ms. Nancy Witter 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.