Board of Directors

 

WISC’s Board of Directors guides the organization with an unparalleled range of skill, acumen, vision, and commitment.  Five of the seven current Board members served as Founders, part of the dedicated group of women and men who worked purposefully and diligently for 18 months to develop WISC from an idea into a flourishing reality.  With such a distinguished and talented Board, WISC is fully prepared for an abundant future advancing the status and accomplishments of women worldwide.

 

Sandra (Sandy) Blakeslee

Sandra Blakeslee is a veteran science writer for the New York Times and co-author of nine books on popular scientific themes. In her 45 years with the Times (on staff and later as a regular contributor), she has covered everything from the early Apollo program through the latest findings in zoology. Sandy’s specialty for the past 25 years has been on the neurosciences, unraveling mysteries of the brain.
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  1. Revell Carr

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.
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Linda Donnels

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.
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Natalie Fitz-Gerald

A graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg with additional programs at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and the London Business School, Natalie Fitz-Gerald became one of the first two female stockbrokers in her native South Africa, a position in which she thrived for several decades. Now a resident of Santa Fe, Natalie owns and operates Casa Nova, a unique home decor and gift gallery offering a cultural fusion of art, craft, and design pieces primarily from Southern Africa. Through Casa Nova, Natalie is committed to making a difference in the world by creating sustainable employment for fair trade cooperatives, women’s groups, and individual artisans. Natalie has also benefited the Santa Fe community by contributing her time and talents to numerous non-profits, community organizations, and foundations.
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Maria (Bunny) Huffman

Maria (Bunny) Pierce Huffman is a member of the Board of Directors (Ex Officio) and the Director of Acequia Madre House™, the former home of the Fenyes-Curtin-Paloheimo family. An illustrator and cultural historian whose work has been featured in New Mexico Magazine and been exhibited at St. John’s College and the NM Museum of Art, Bunny is a graduate of Georgetown University in Languages and Linguistics and attended the Sorbonne.
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Janet McKay

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.
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Helena Ribe

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.
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Gloria Zamora

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.
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