Making Friends

Meet Our Presenters

Dara AmbrizDara Ambriz is a partner and co-owner of a local clothing boutique, Runway Apparel. She is a 2015 Woman of Influence honoree by Albuquerque Business First. Was noted as a woman with the “Most Exciting Jobs” by Albuquerque the magazine. Runway Apparel has been voted best Women ’s Clothing Boutique by Albuquerque the Magazine and LocalIQ. She has a BA in Psychology and sees fashion through that lens—how it empowers the individual. With a passion for the greater Albuquerque community and working for the underserved, she serves on several boards and com’mittees and loves empowering social profits to build capacity and entrepreneurs to build their dream. Established in 2009, Runway Apparel ia a locally, women-owned clothing boutique that offers the discerning woman a great selection of international lines, locally made jewelry and accessory offerings and personal service. Recently, the boutique has added men’s lines to its offerings. Embedded in this boutique with a heart’s core values is the desire to give back to the greater Albuquerque community through events and fundraisers. If you are looking for comfortable, classic, contemporary and distinctive clothing for anaffordable, shop at Runway Apparel. Exclusive. Not Expensive.

Jean BlockJean Block is a nationally recognized consultant and trainer on nonprofit management, board development, fundraising and social enterprise. She is the author of several books on boards and fundraising, including The Invisible Yellow Line: Clarifying Board and Staff Roles($39.95), and FUNdraising! 180+ Great Ideas to Raise More Money! ($39.95), and The Nonprofit Guide to Social Enterprise: Show Me The (Unrestricted) Money ($24.95). Jean’s books will be available for purchase at the conference, cash or checks only. Visit her website to learn more, download free forms and resources and sign up for her free e-newsletter.

Felicity Broennan Felicity Broennan had the great privilege of growing up in Santa Fe at a time when it was a haven for artistic, alternative, and counter-culture lifestyle exploration. After earning her B.A. from the University of Colorado in English and her M.S. in environmental science and communication from Antioch University, she has spent the majority of her working life in the social-profit arena. Her repertoire of positions includes associate editor, PIO, facilitator, executive coach, organizational consultant, marketing director, program director, development director, and executive director. Company clients have included O Magazine, UBS, Bermann & Associates, while NGOs include Girls, Inc., the Navajo Housing Authority, the American Indian Higher Education Consortium, the Institute of American Indian Arts, The San Juan Mountains Association, and the Santa Fe Watershed Association. She has served on the boards of Onward, a community foundation in Cortez, Colorado; the Mancos Valley Chamber of Commerce; the Mancos Water Conservancy District; Alliance for the Earth; and most recently Santa Fe Living Treasures. Her most interesting funding endeavor was as founder and president of Bad Girls Productions, a music promotion company that earned money to support a variety of non-profit endeavors in the Four Corners area. She is a recent convert to ‘Guvment’ where she is the Director of Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships for the Department of Cultural Affairs. Her mother, Mary Mackintosh, was a stalwart volunteer for the Santa Fe Friends of the Library for more than 30 years.

Pam BuethePam Buethe has been involved with the Placitas Community Library since the fall of 2005. She has served on the board of directors, worked the help desk, co-chaired four Books on the Bosque which was the signature fundraising event for the library. She also has worked on several smaller fundraisers, helped with special events and started their monthly newsletter sent via email in 2009.

Ryanne Cooper Ryanne Cooper is the Bureau Chief of Library Development Services. Prior to joining the State Library in 2013, as youth services consultant, Ryanne worked both in public and school libraries in Florida and with Santa Fe Public Schools.

Michael Delello Michael Delello is the Deputy Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs and the Acting State Librarian. Delello is a former presidential appointee who held positions of Congressional Liaison, Special Assistant and Advisor under George H.W. Bush (Sr.). He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Louisiana State University and has a diverse professional background in congressional and governmental affairs, constituent services, policy, international relations, and non-profit and business management. Under President Bush Sr., Delello served at the Department of Energy as Congressional Liaison on Clean Air Act Amendments, Global Climate Legislation, Advanced Research and Development, and the National Laboratories. He was then promoted to the position of Special Assistant to the Secretary of Energy for international conferences and was Energy Advisor for U.S. delegations to the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development and the International Panel on Climate Change. In that capacity, he successfully represented the Administration’s position in both domestic and international arenas. Delello was then selected, and served six years, as Director of the Washington, DC, Office of the Electric Power Research Institute, a large nonprofit with international membership. More recently, he lived in California to pursue an interest in screenwriting, while developing his own real estate company.

Jan Duggan Jan Duggan has been a member of the Advisory Board of the Santa Fe Public Library since 2009. Prior to this appointment, Jan was a board member of the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library for six years, which includes two-year term as President of the Board. Jan is also the proprietor of Two Star Trading in Santa Fe and specializes in Indian artifacts and jewelry.

Moira GehringMoira Gehring, originally hailing from New York City and Vermont, has served as Chair of the Outreach Task Force and Treasurer of the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library since 2012. In her spare time, she provides appraisals, estate disposition and downsizing services through her business, Moving Through, LLC. Moira has an extensive background in media and communications, and worked in that capacity for Linda Ellerbee’s television production company, Lucky Duck Productions, Time Inc. Ventures, and Morgan Stanley & Co., Inc. Over the years, Moira has also volunteered for and served on the Boards of a wide range of non-profits, including the Naked Table project and Friends of the West River Trail in Vermont, and the Women ’s Prison Association and Home, Inc. in New York City. A graduate of Brown University, Moira also holds a Certificate of Broadcasting from New York University.

Pat HodappPatricia Hodapp is the Director of Libraries for the City of Santa Fe. Pat works closely with the City, Legislature and building partnerships with community groups. Prior coming to Santa Fe ten years ago, Pat was the Director of Marketing for the Denver Public Library. In that capacity Pat coordinated the grand opening of the Central Library and 22 branches. During her nine years as director of the Colorado Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Pat’s duties included fundraising and membership development and marketing and public relations. Pat’s other library experience includes the Head of the Children’s Department at the St. Louis Public Library and work at the Weld County (CO) Library. She had her own PR/Marketing firm in Denver for a number of years. She works with libraries presenting workshops nationally on marketing, public relations and fundraising. She was granted a Masters in Library Science from Western Michigan University and has graduate classwork in Administration and Bicultural education.

Edelma HuntleyEdelma Huntley serves on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Santa Fe Library. Prior to moving to Santa Fe in August 2014, she was the Chief Research Officer and Dean of the Graduate School at Appalachian State University in North Carolina. As part of her portfolio, she chaired a Graduate School Advancement Board as well as an Industry Relations Advisory Board, and served on the boards of the North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research and the Pisgah Astronomical Research and Science Education Center. She is currently on the Services Committee of the GRE at Educational Testing Service, and is Past President of the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools. For fun, she goes to Italy every year to attend culinary school.

Kelli Murphy has been an Area Manager with the Albuquerque Bernalillo County library system since May 2014. Prior to that, she was the Reference Department Head for the Columbus Public Library in Columbus, Georgia for five years.

Kate NelsonKate Nelson is the Marketing and Public Relations Manager for the New Mexico History Museum, as well as an award-winning free-lance writer. With roots in newspapering and a stint in the world of political messaging, Kate brings a broad grasp of issues, a strong array of contacts, and successful toeholds on social-media platforms. Specialties: Almost anything that contains words. Press releases, ad copy, exhibition text, speeches, features, hard news, biography. She knows how to craft engaging pitches to reporters and write ads with a sassy edge. Kate can distill complex concepts to make them easier to grasp, stretch nonprofit marketing dollars through negotiation and downright cleverness, oversees damage control, serve as a spokesperson, and work arm-in-arm with graphics designers to meld words and images. She also volunteers on the Placitas Community Library’s gardening committee, which tends native-plants plots, a certified wildlife habitat and a popular labyrinth.

Anne Nokes has lived in Albuquerque for 54 years and has been a community volunteer for 46. She has served in many capacities on a number of Boards of Directors. Anne has been a volunteer at All Faiths for 43 years and has been on the Board for a total of 28 years. Some of the other Boards she has served on are: Barrett Foundation, Alta Mira, United Way of Central New Mexico, New Futures, Cuidando Los Niños, PB&J and The Children’s Trust Fund. Anne is currently volunteering on a Citizen Review Board, Newsline for the Blind and the Center for Non-Profit Excellence. Anne has been honored with the New Mexico Outstanding Volunteer in Philanthropy by the NM Chapter of the National Society of Fund Raising Executives (1995), Arthur H. Spiegel Lifetime Achievement Award from United Way (2003), Governor’s Award for Outstanding Women (1990) and Women on the Move (1992). Anne has been volunteering with the Center for Non-Profit Excellence for approximately nine years. She has conducted many trainings on Roles and Responsibilities of board membership, bylaw revisions and other topics of interest to board members. Anne has a Master’s Degree is Special Education from Michigan State University and taught high school special education for eight years. At that point she retired to raise three children and take part in their activities: Boy Scouts, Camp Fire, little league, PTA, etc. Now there are five grandchildren and one great grandchild scattered around the country waiting for a visit.

Diane OgawaDiane Harrison Ogawa, Executive Director, PNM Resources Foundation, leads PNM’s community relation’s efforts and serves as executive director of the PNM Resources Foundation. The combined corporate philanthropy program distributes more than $3.5 million annually in New Mexico and Texas. Diane is a corporate attorney who has practiced in Wisconsin, New York and New Mexico. She has served on numerous community boards including the Albuquerque Community Foundation, New Mexico Association of Grantmakers, Manzano Day School, CNM Foundation, Golden Apple Foundation, Governor’s Business Executives for Education, YWCA, and the Junior League of Albuquerque. Diane participated in both Leadership Albuquerque and Leadership New Mexico. She is a past chair of the United Way’s Women in Leadership initiative, helped establish a consortium of funders to introduce non-profits to social entrepreneurship principles and other capacity building enterprises and was one of the cofounders of the Center for Nonprofit Excellence.

Gary RomeroGary P. Romero is the Interim Executive Director of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. Gary was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality and Tourism Services from New Mexico State University. After graduation, he started a career in the hotel industry as a Manager Trainee with Maloof Hotels. Within a year, he was promoted to General Manager of the Best Western Inn in Gallup, New Mexico. In 1994, Gary began working in State government with the New Mexico Department of Tourism in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He held several positions at the department, including Domestic Tour Trade Manager, Media Relations Manager Visitor Information Center Manager, and Off Highway Vehicle Program Manager. To be closer to his family, Gary accepted a position with the Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC).  He worked as the Deputy Director at the NHCC. In addition responsibilities as Deputy Director, Gary was asked to serve as Interim Executive Director of the National Hispanic Cultural Center. He served in that capacity for nearly three years. In November 2014, Gary was asked to serve as the Interim Executive Director at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. Gary serves on the advisory board for the School of Hotel Restaurant and Tourism Management at New Mexico State University and was on the advisory council for St. Mary’s Catholic School in Albuquerque. Gary lives in Rio Rancho with his wife, Melissa, daughter, Jenna and son, Justin. When he is not working, Gary enjoys watching Jenna gracefully perform for the St. Pius Dance Team.  He also tries to keep up with Justin as he masters the art of throwing, kicking, hitting baseballs, and everything else associated with being a young boy.

Dean SmithDean Smith is the Director of the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Library System. Dean joined ABC in 2008 as an assistant director, in charge of the staffing and operation of the System’s 17 libraries. Before coming to Albquerque, he was a senior development librarian for the Southwark Libraries in London, England. From 1987 to 2003, he held various supervisory positions with the New York Public Library system. At various times, he was responsible for managing staff at several branches, training library managers, overseeing budgets in excess of $2 million and increasing the circulation of materials for adults and children. Smith holds a masters in library and information sciences from Indiana University and a bachelor of education in school media services from Ball State University. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professions, the American Library Association and the New Mexico Library Association.

Jeanine SteffyJeanine R. Steffy is an attorney at Steffy Law Firm, P.C., practicing primarily in the areas of estate planning, business planning, tax planning, elder law and benefits, nonprofit law, and probate. She received her Masters in Accounting, as well as her J.D., from the University of New Mexico. She is a Certified Public Accountant and an Adjunct Professor at UNM Anderson School of Management where she has been teaching managerial, financial and tax accounting at the undergraduate and graduate levels over the past eight years. She has written and presented to professional audiences on topics which include estate planning basics, advanced estate taxation, elder benefits, and nonprofits. She is a member of the Elder Law Section of the New Mexico State Bar, the New Mexico Society of CPAs, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New Mexico Estate Planning Council, the Santa Fe Estate Planning Council, the American Association of Attorney-CPAs and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. She serves on the boards of the Santa Fe Estate Planning Council (President), the Elder Law Section of the NM State Bar (Young Lawyer’s Division Liaison) and the Albuquerque Speech Language and Hearing Center (Treasurer).

Kim Straus is the Foundation Manager of Brindle Foundation, a family foundation in Santa Fe focused on early childhood development. Prior to Brindle, he raised funds for Audubon New Mexico, New Mexico Community Foundation, and AID and Comfort of New Mexico. He holds the A.B. degree from Kenyon College and the Ed.M from Harvard University. He and his husband are now raising a ten year old son.

Lucinda SurberLucinda Surber is the Co-President of the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library. She runs the Friends website, chairs the Book Sale and Communications committees, and helps out with Friends Events. A former elementary school teacher, Lucinda created Bookworm for Kids—a resource for teachers, parents, grandparents, and all others interested in encouraging children to love reading. Together Lucinda and her husband Stan Ulrich are Stop, You’re Killing Me!, an Anthony award-winning web resource for lovers of mystery, crime, thriller, spy, and suspense books. Lucinda serves on the Board for Left Coast Crime, and helps out with the annual convention: LCC 2015 Crimelandia. In her spare time Lucinda works for Math Solutions, teaching math workshops for teachers across the country.

Brooke VigilBrooke Vigil, Account Executive for Esparza Advertising, is a graduate of the University of New Mexico Anderson School of Business. She currently manages a wide variety of accounts for Esparza Advertising and is responsible for developing social media strategies tailored to the needs of Esparza’s clients. She has experience working in the areas of higher education, healthcare, social cause, retail and gaming.
Jenae WallinJenae Wallin, Copywriter for Esparza Advertising, is a graduate of the Southwest University of Visual Arts. She has experience developing social media campaigns and copy across all forms of media for accounts within higher education, financial, tourism, gaming, healthcare, social causes and retail industries. Her work has been recognized locally and regionally for its creative and strategic excellence.

Clint WellsClint Wells has served as Director of Development for the New Mexico Museum of Natural History Foundation since 2013. Clint was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. He has a degree in Art History from the University of Texas at Arlington. In 1995 Clint moved to Albuquerque to manage events and community relations for a national retailer. “Originally I moved to Albuquerque thinking I would have fun for a year and move on to a bigger city, instead I realized that I had found my home and now have no intentions of leaving.” Clint joined United Way of Central New Mexico in 2001 as a development officer and served as Director of Resource Development and Director of Strategic Relationship Development.

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