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.

WISC Executive Committee

Gloria Zamora, President
Natalie Fitz-Gerald, Executive Vice-President
J. Revell Carr, Vice-President
Elizabeth Manak, Secretary
Helena Ribe, Treasurer

 

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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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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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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Elizabeth Manak is a South Asia and nonproliferation specialist. In her thirty plus years with the Central Intelligence Agency, Elizabeth worked in a variety of positions both in the US and abroad. Most recently, she was an adviser to a US Embassy working on topics of interest in South Asia. For two years prior to that, Elizabeth was the Deputy National Intelligence Officer for the Near East and South Asia in the National Intelligence Council.
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Helena Ribe is an international development expert. She is retired from the World Bank where she worked with policy-makers, development practitioners, academics and civil society organizations all over the world. Her book (coauthored): “From Right to Reality: Incentives, Labor Markets and the Challenge of Universal Social Protection in Latin America and the Caribbean” has been widely quoted including in The Economist and in the World Development Reports published by the World Bank and has now been translated to Spanish. She holds a Masters and a PhD in Economics from Yale University.
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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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Pamela Phillips, who heads the firm’s Attorney Liability Practice Group, is an expert in the field of legal ethics, having taught the subject at Boalt Hall School of Law and counseled hundreds of clients over the past two decades on a daily basis about conflicts-of-interest and other ethics issues. Ms. Phillips also is an experienced trial lawyer, handles corporate internal investigations, and testifies as an expert witness on issues related to her areas of expertise. She also represents lawyers in State Bar matters.
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Meryl Marshall-Daniels is a facilitator, mediator and executive coach specializing in leadership and organizational development. She has extensive experience as a senior executive in for profit and not for profit organizations and ten years as an independent television producer. She served two terms as Chairman/ CEO and three terms as Treasurer of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
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Sarah Brown has a BA in history and Spanish from the University of Southern California and spent semesters studying at the Universidad de Madrid and the Universidad Nacional, D.F. in Mexico City. Her interest in education and the Spanish language led her to employment as a teacher in the Los Angeles School District to newly-arrived Spanish speaking children. Sarah's interest in education has continued with her ten-year service as a trustee of her alma mater, Mt. Vernon College in Washington, D.C. and her service as a trustee of the CNM Foundation Board in Albuquerque. She is perhaps best known locally as the founder and proprietor of the Gold Street Caffe, an award-winning hangout for downtown Albuquerque business leaders. After eleven years of 75-hour weeks, she retired to resume the community service work that enriches her life.
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A Native New Mexican, Paula received an MAE with Distinction Honors from the College of Santa Fe and is finishing up her MFA in 3D studio at the University of New Mexico. Paula is Santa Fe Prep's Art Department Chair and has over 15 years experience teaching at the college level, at secondary and middle school in the US and in Europe, and is a New Mexico State certified Master Teacher. Paula has shown in numerous galleries and museums, and has also been awarded significant public art commissions including the artwork for the New Mexico History Museum in downtown Santa Fe. She and her husband Terry Mulert live in the small village of Córdova with their son Francis.
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Beverly Guy-Sheftall, PhD is founding director of the Women’s Research and Resource Center (since 1981) and Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women’s Studies at Spelman College. She was for many years an adjunct professor at Emory University’s Institute for Women’s Studies where she taught graduate courses in their doctoral program. Beverly is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, among them a National Kellogg Fellowship; a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship for dissertations in Women’s Studies; and Spelman’s Presidential Faculty Award for outstanding scholarship. She has been involved with the national women’s studies movement since its inception and provided leadership for the establishment of the first women’s studies major at a historically Black college. She is also past president of the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA).
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Elizabeth Harcombe is Executive Director of Music from Angel Fire and Santa Fe Pro Musica, both nonprofit performing arts organizations based in Santa Fe, NM. She has been involved in nonprofit management and arts administration for nine years, most recently as Interim Executive Director and Program and Operations Director at Chamber Music Northwest in Portland, OR. While there, she collaborated with Artistic Director David Shifrin in the creation of the highly successful Protégé Project, a young artist program designed to provide professional festival experience to young “rising star” chamber musicians. This program included the launch of a club concert series in which the musicians presented casual and interactive performances in informal and alternative venues around the city.
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