G. Sterling Zinsmeyer (Chair) is a heralded veteran in the fields of film and theatrical production. He locally produced independent film The Deception, which premiered at the 2014 Santa Fe Film Festival. That same year marked the tenth anniversary of his most well-known film, "Latter Days," which was later chosen for archiving by the Library of Congress. His current focus is Fellow Travelers, a new opera based on the novel of the same name by Thomas Mallon. The work, a touching gay love story set in the “lavender scare” of the McCarthy Era, was conceived, developed and co-produced by Zinsmeyer. The Cincinnati Opera world premiered Fellow Travelers in June 2016 to rave reviews in the worldwide press, including the New York Times, who lauded it in a piece titled The Best Classical Music of 2016. Fellow Travelers will return to the stage in New York, Chicago and Washington, DC in 2018. Zinsmeyer is thrilled and excited to be part of the CCA Board.
Maria Gale was born in the Cleveland area, but has been in New Mexico for over 20 years and considers it her "forever home." Her undergraduate degree in was from Princeton University and she completed her graduate work at Case Western Reserve University. After a decade plus of working as a medical social worker, Maria focused her energies on her children and family. She has re-emerged as the kids have become teens to once again focus on serving the community. In addition to her seat on the Board of Trustees at CCA, Maria is a member of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation Board of Trustees and serves on Advisory Board of the Santa Fe Mountain Center.
Christopher Noyes is an assurance manager at Moss Adams, LLP. He has over 15 years of public accounting experience and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Vanderbilt University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant who specializes in non-profit organizations.
Margo Thoma is an Illinois native, arrived in Santa Fe in 2006 after receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Stanford. She co-founded the contemporary art gallery Eight Modern in 2007. In 2014, she acquired TAI Gallery, a well-established Santa Fe gallery known for exhibiting Japanese bamboo art. The two businesses merged to become TAI Modern.
Edward Borins has been involved with the arts communities in Toronto, where he resided until 1997, and Santa Fe, where he moved in 1997, for a total of more than forty years. He was the co-owner of Edwards Books & Art, one of Canada's largest independent books store chains, and Garcia Street Books in Santa Fe, which he sold in 2011. Since 2011 he has devoted his time to his family in Canada, to travel, and to community work. He now serves as Vice President of Programs and Membership at Temple Beth Shalom. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Modern History and Modern Languages (French and German), and his Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto, as well as his Masters of Arts in History from McGill University.
Joan Z. Cohen is an attorney whose practice focuses on appellate law, employment law and litigation. She has graduate degrees from Washington University and St. Louis University; she has taught at both institutions. For many years, Joan has been a strong supporter of the visual arts. In addition to CCA, Joan has served on the board of arts organizations in St. Louis and as the Chair of a public art commission.
Karen Durkovich is a ten year member of the Board of Directors of the Lensic Performing Arts Center and Chair of the Nominating/Governance Committee. She served as President of the Board of Regents of the Museum of New Mexico for 10 years until resigning in 2015. She was President Bill Clinton’s appointee to the first Board of Trustees for the Valles Caldera Trust when it was founded in 2000. For ten years she served as a member of the Board of Trustees of The Nature Conservancy of New Mexico and was its president from 2000 to 2002. In 2002 she also chaired the Inaugural for the newly elected Governor Bill Richardson. Karen and her husband are the owners of the Little Wahoo Ranch at the tip of the Black Range in southwestern New Mexico where they are involved in environmental restoration projects.
Kirk Ellis has won two Emmys, a WGA Award, a Peabody, and the Humanitas Prize for his work as writer and co-executive producer on the HBO miniseries John Adams. Kirk has a graduate degree from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema and Television. In 1992, he formed Shadow Catcher Productions. A former co-governor of the writers' branch of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Kirk served for four years as chairman of the Santa Fe, New Mexico Arts Commission.
Doris Francis holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology and Social Gerontology and has taught at The New School, the Cleveland Institute of Art, and the University of North London where she was a Visiting Professor. She has published 5 books and many scholarly articles on topics ranging from London cemeteries as sites of memory and memorialization for different ethnic groups; the Alexander Girard Collection of amulets and milagros; the occupational folk art of retires; and older women, dress and identity. Her book, Will You Still Need Me, Will You Still Feed Me, When I’m 84?, was selected by Choice as an ‘outstanding academic book.’ While living in London, Francis did additional advanced degrees in horticulture and botany at The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and in the conservation of historic parks, gardens and cemeteries at the Architectural Association. Today she raises highly endangered plants in her Santa Fe Greenhouse, tends her Persian gardens, and is a member of the IUCN Cycad Specialty Group. She has served on the Boards of the Farmers’ Market Institute, the SF Botanical Gardens, and the Santa Fe Art Institute. She is presently the Chair of the Cemetery Committee of the Jewish Community Council of Northern New Mexico and is also a Research Associate at the Museum of International Folk Art.
Eric Garduño is a Santa Fe native with nearly 20 years experience working in the arts. He holds an MFA from Yale University and has exhibited in numerous national and international galleries and museums. Eric is also a seasoned gallery director and has managed several of the top galleries in Santa Fe.
Paul Hultin was a founding partner of a Denver-based law firm that is now the largest civil trial and appellate law firm in the Southwest. Since moving to Santa Fe in 2012, he has focused his practice on public interest litigation involving climate change and water law as well as the representation of artists. He served as CCA Board Chair from 2015-17. Paul is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the University of Michigan Law School.
Jackson Libowitz has over 25 years experience coaching senior executives and developing leaders with vast experience in organizational dynamics and gap analysis, strategy development, and execution and culture. Until 2013, she served Girl Scouts of the USA as Chief of Staff and Chief Administrative Officer. She is a certified mediator for the Center for Understanding in Conflict and a Leadership Ambassador for Take The Lead for Women.
Chantell Murphy is pursuing a PhD in nuclear engineering from the University of New Mexico. She is a research assistant at Los Alamos National Laboratory focusing on international safeguards for new and advanced nuclear fuel cycle facilities, providing technical support to the International Atomic Energy Agency. Chantell has an Master of Science in health physics from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Science in physics from Florida State University. Chantell also volunteers with the Santa Fe National Forest as a backcountry wilderness ranger.
Marisol A. Navas Sacasa a lifelong advocate for the arts, has served for the past ten years on the Board of the International Folk Art Alliance, a Santa Fe non-profit dedicated to the celebration and preservation of worldwide folk art and the expansion of economic opportunities for the artists involved in these traditions. As a member of this Board, Marisol had positions as a Board Director, Executive Committee member at large, Board Secretary and Advisory Board member. A Puerto Rico native, she moved to Santa Fe from Boston in 2005. She received a Bachelor of Arts in economics from The College of New Rochelle and a Masters in Business Administration from New York University.
Dyanna Taylor is a two-time Emmy award winning Cinematographer and Director of Photography. Her prominent career in documentaries and features has earned her a Peabody Award and the honored Muse Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Vision and Achievement in Cinematography from New York Women in Film and Television. Her extensive credits include work for all of the major network and cable media organizations including HBO, PBS, ABC, NBC, CBS and Nat Geo.