The Dedicated Founders of the Women’s International Study Center
Over a period of eighteen months a dedicated group of women and men, worked purposefully and methodically to transform an idea into the reality that is today the Women’s International Study Center. In the early months, three individuals, Sallie Bingham, Susan Berk and Bonnie Hardwick, assisted but their schedules did not permit their continued participation. Those recognized as the Founders of WISC are:
Paul is a graduate of UCLA and UC Hastings College of Law and an attorney who offices and lives in Solvang, California. His parents were friends with Consul Y. A. and Leonora Paloheimo since the 1940s. As a result, Paul knew the Paloheimos from the time he was a young boy, which became the basis for their subsequent trusted relationship. In the late 1970s, they began working together to finalize the Paloheimos’ estate planning and support for the cultural institutions they had established, including the Pasadena Museum of History and El Rancho de las Golondrinas. On the Paloheimos’ passing, Paul became the Trustee/Executor of their estate and ultimately the Chair of the Paloheimo Foundation. It is his commitment and leadership that has preserved Acequia Madre House™ and guided the development of WISC.  FULL PROFILE >
Marilyn is an author, speaker and management consultant. An organizational psychologist, Marilyn specializes in executive leadership development and change management. A Dean with the Family Office Exchange Learning Academy and former faculty member of the University of Minnesota where she received her PhD, Marilyn is a consultant to corporations, foundations and high net-worth families in addition to serving on many nonprofit boards. The author of four books, she has just completed Becoming a Genuine Leader: Succeed with Integrity by Understanding Your Past.  FULL PROFILE >
With a three decade career at George Washington University, Linda served in a variety of management positions culminating as Associate Vice President and Dean of Students. She has served on the Boards of Directors of numerous organizations including Association of Higher Education and Disability, the Council on the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education, the Sheridan School and the Santa Fe Botanical Garden. Linda holds a BS in English Education from Ohio State and a Masters in Counseling from Gallaudet University.  FULL PROFILE >
A graduate of Smith College, who obtained her J.D. from the University of New Mexico and has been practicing law for over thirty years. She is a partner in the respected law firm of Sommer, Udall, Sutin in Santa Fe. Over the years, Janet contributed her talents and time to more than a dozen non-profits, community organizations and foundations, benefitting Santa Fe greatly.  FULL PROFILE >
Helena Ribe is an international development economist. Having retired from the World Bank where she held a number of senior managerial positions, she is now a non-profit director and development consultant. She is in the Board of Pro-Mujer International, the Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship, the Council of International Relations and Northern New Mexico’s Public Radio. She also serves on the organizing committee of the Mentor to Market program of the Folk Art Market in Santa Fe.  She holds a Masters and a PhD in Economics from Yale University.  FULL PROFILE >
Gloria retired after 31 years at Sandia National Laboratories, where she was a manager in the Government Affairs Office. She is a member of the Special Libraries Association, an international information organization, in which she has held several offices, including President. Gloria has an undergraduate degree in history and political science and a Masters in Library Science from the University of Michigan. She is the Grants Administrator of the New Mexico Library Foundation where she is a board member and serves as chair of the Academic Advisory Committee (AAC). Gloria also volunteers in the archives of the Acequia Madre House™ and with Santa Fe's ARTSmart, a nonprofit that raises money for art programs in public schools.  FULL PROFILE >
Bunny grew up living abroad. She studied at the Sorbonne and graduated from Georgetown University in Languages and Linguistics. Her illustrations have been exhibited at the NM Museum of Art. For 16 years, her murals and design work were part of the changing exhibits at the living history museum, El Rancho de las Golondrinas. She has written cultural history books for children for the Museum of New Mexico Press, and created illustrations for Pomegranate and the Huntington Library Press. As Executive Director of Acequia Madre House™ she is responsible for its administration and has been working with the Paloheimo family’s personal papers and photographs since 2002.  FULL PROFILE >
After 31 years at Mystic Seaport: The Museum of America and the Sea, with seven years as Chief Curator and 23 of as Director and President, Revell, who has degrees from Rutgers and the University of Pennsylvania, retired in 2001. Since then he has written two books, has a third underway, and lectures at sea for Road Scholar and Holland America Lines. He has assisted several organizations with strategic planning. It was from a plan he developed for Acequia Madre House™ that the concept for WISC emerged.  FULL PROFILE >
When WISC became a non-profit incorporated entity, Marilyn Mason, Janet McKay, Linda Donnels, Helena Ribe, Gloria Zamora and Revell Carr became its first directors with Bunny Huffman as its Executive Director.