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William (Bill) Smith - President and CEO
wsmith@santafecf.org

505-988-9715 ext 7001

Bill Smith, President and CEO of the Santa Fe Community Foundation, feels like he’s finally come home. Enchanted with Santa Fe since his first visit over two decades ago, Bill knew then that his personal and professional path would lead him here. Prior to joining SFCF, Bill served as the Executive Director of the National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD) in Washington, D.C., a post he had held since 2010. Previously, Bill was the Vice President for Public Policy at the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS), where he spearheaded national efforts to end abstinence-only-until-marriage programming and was involved in the creation of new federal programs to support evidence—based interventions aimed at preventing teen pregnancy and STDs, including HIV. Bill has worked in nearly every state in the country in some capacity, as well as having been engaged in significant sexual health promotion efforts abroad.

Bill is currently completing his doctoral degree in Political Philosophy with a focus on American Federalism from the Catholic University of America, where he received his Master’s Degree. He is also Senior Faculty Fellow at the Robert Wood Johnson Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico.

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Christa Coggins - Vice President for Community Philanthropy
ccoggins@santafecf.org

505-988-9715 ext 7002

Christa Coggins, Vice President for Community Philanthropy at the Santa Fe Community Foundation, is the principal liaison for fundholders and the Giving Together program. Christa oversees the Foundation’s competitive grants program, grants committees, grants cycles; Foundation programming at the Hub; and is the primary contact for relationships with the nonprofit community. Prior to working at SFCF, Christa spent the previous decade working as a contractor on evaluation and outcomes measurement with health nonprofits in northern New Mexico.

Before coming to New Mexico Christa worked in international AIDS research out of New York City, and International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region. Fluent in Spanish, French and Hassaniya, Christa and her husband raised their children in Santa Fe, she has a graduate degree is in Public Health from University of Michigan and an undergraduate degree from Yale University. Christa is a backyard beekeeper, a yak rancher, a wannabe knitter, and spends her free time with her dogs hiking and skiing. Christa has worked for Santa Fe Community Foundation since 2009.

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Sarah A. Sawtell, CPA - Vice President for Finance and Operations
ssawtell@santafecf.org

505-988-9715 ext 7003

Sarah Sawtell, CPA, Vice President for Finance and Operations at the Santa Fe Community Foundation, is in charge of the financial information recording and reporting, the monitoring of investment performance, and the building, personnel, and technology operations at the Foundation. Prior to working at the Foundation, Sarah was in a public accounting firm, Daymon & Associates, where she was the audit manager specializing in non-profit audits and the respective tax preparation.

Sarah graduated with distinction from the University of Nebraska. Living in New Mexico since 1973, she was involved with many non-profit organizations prior to obtaining her CPA license. She has been with the Foundation since 2001.

Sarah and her husband raised their children in Santa Fe. In her spare time, she is a backyard farmer, a semi-horticulturist, and an amateur quilter.

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Joohee Rand - Vice President for Community Investment and Strategy
jrand@santafecf.org

505-988-9715 ext 7023

Joohee manages strategic initiatives for the Foundation focused on community leadership. Her current portfolio of initiatives includes Impact Investing, Santa Fe Birth to Career Collaboration (SF B2C), LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion) and MoGro (Mobile Grocery). Contact Joohee if you have questions or suggestions regarding these strategic initiatives or are interested in exploring collaboration.

Joohee joined SFCF in April of 2013. In her previous career, Joohee was a management consultant at McKinsey & Co advising cross-sector clients ranging from global corporations to national foundations in various areas including strategy, mergers and acquisitions, organization, and performance management. She was a member of the Corporate Finance & Strategy Practice and the Nonprofit Practice at McKinsey. She also worked as an independent consultant for philanthropic and educational organizations in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, was an Executive Director at Glow Foundation (a San Francisco-based nonprofit focused on college access and financial literacy education for low-income youth), and worked at Echoing Green Foundation in New York during her business school years. Joohee holds a MBA from Harvard Business School, a MPP focused on International Economic Policy from KDI School of Public Policy and Management in Korea, and a BA in General Management from Assumption University in Thailand.

Joohee and her husband moved to Santa Fe from San Francisco in 2009 and have two young boys. Joohee enjoys traveling and, in her spare time, attempts to be an amateur artist, cook more, start an edible garden, and get fit so that she can catch up to her very active husband and two boys.

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Rebecca Baran-Rees - Project Director, MoGro
mogro@santafecf.org

505.670.8741

Rebecca currently works as the Project Director for MoGro, a mobile grocery initiative that partners with the John’s Hopkins Center for American Indian Health, La Montanita Co-op and Native American and Tribal communities to support sustainable local food systems, and eliminate barriers to affordable healthy food. Before moving to Santa Fe, she worked with low income and underserved communities in California and New York. Prior to graduate school, she worked to reform and monitor mental and medical health care in California State Prisons, and as a legal advocate for low-income families experiencing homelessness and the loss of their public benefits. She received her graduate degree from Cornell University in City and Regional planning with an emphasis on community development, alternative service delivery models and participatory planning. Born and raised in San Francisco, Rebecca moved to Santa Fe with her husband in 2012. They now have a son and a daughter, and spend whatever free time they have dreaming about getting back to rock climbing, cooking, crafting and sleeping.

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Ryan Marie Bone - Project Director, New Mexico Impact
Investing Collaborative
rmbone@santafecf.org

505-988-9715 ext 7009

Bio coming soon.

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Katherine O. Courtney - Director of Collective Impact Initiatives
kcourtney@santafecf.org

505-988-9715 ext 7024

We are excited to welcome and introduce a talented new staff member joining the SF B2C team, Katherine Courtney, Director of Collective Impact Initiatives. Katherine will continue SF B2C's momentum and make new strides in supporting the collaboration with stronger backbone capacity.

Katherine has a PhD in Experimental Psychology from Texas Christian University (TCU) where she studied at the Institute of Behavioral Research. Katherine worked in Institutional Research at TCU and the Alamo Community Colleges.

Returning home to her native New Mexico, Katherine spent 8 years working at the Children Youth and Families Department, first as the Juvenile Justice Epidemiologist, then as the Bureau Chief for Protective Services Research Assessment and Data Bureau. An advocate for data-informed decision-making, she helped to lead the effort to develop Continuous Quality Improvement throughout the department. Katherine grew up in New Mexico and loves to spend time enjoying the blue sky and sunshine with her daughter and husband. In her spare time, she is an aspiring author, foodie, and traveler.
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Katie Dry - Director, Santa Fe Baby Fund
kdry@santafecf.org

505-988-9715 ext 7016

 

Katie is the Director of the Santa Fe Baby Fund, the Foundation’s early childhood initiative. The Baby Fund seeks to raise awareness about the critical importance of the prenatal through age four period of life through advocacy, public awareness campaigns, public forums, investment in the nonprofit sector and promotion of philanthropy. Additionally, Katie manages root2fruit Santa Fe – a three-year capacity building grant for local nonprofits. A project of the Santa Fe Community Foundation in partnership with the Mammel Foundation, root2fruit provides funding, mentoring and peer learning opportunities for up to three grantee organizations each year. Contact Katie if you would like to learn more about the Baby Fund or root2fruit. Katie’s graduate work was in international economics and food policy from the Fletcher School at Tufts. She has worked as a management consultant, communications director and, briefly, as a cheesemonger. Katie and her husband moved to Santa Fe in 2008 from the East Coast. Both of their two young sons were born here.

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Chad Gasper – Finance and HUB Operations Associate
cgasper@santafecf.org

505-988-9715 ext 7020

Chad assists the Director for Development and Commmunications by processing all gifts to the various funds of the Foundation as well as working with various fund-holding organizations on their special events.

Contact Chad if you have questions about contributions made to the Santa Fe community Foundation.

Chad is an enrolled member of the Zuni Pueblo of New Mexico. Prior to joining SFCF, Chad worked at the Institute of American Indian Arts in the Institutional Advancement Department maintaining the school’s donor database. He is passionate about movies, music and travel. Chad has worked at SFCF since 2011.

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David Gaussoin - NMHEP Communications and Marketing Associate
dgaussoin@nmhep.org

505-660-3087 

David Gaussoin provides communications, web site, newsletter, and social media support for the NM Health Equity Partnership. In addition, he serves as support for network engagement and external communications, as well as, the HIP funded SF Chainbreaker HIA. He has a back ground in applied fine arts and arts education.

David holds a BBA in Business Marketing from the Anderson School of Business, at the University of New Mexico. David’s previous experience includes teaching at the Institute of American Indian Arts and the Santa Fe Community College, as well as, producing and selling his own jewelry and fashion internationally. David is a Native of Santa Fe, as well as, a proud member of the Navajo Nation and Picuris Pueblo. David is a strong advocate for the arts. He has worked with the Pueblo Opera Program, Avant Guard, the New Mexico Museum Foundation, and the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts. He enjoys traveling, learning about new cultures, and sharing with others his own cultural background.

David also believes in equity and advocacy for grass roots community action- "I believe community members hold the knowledge and answers. Sometimes, they just need to be asked. I do this work because we all have a responsibility to honor our past, present, and future generations, because this is our home."

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Alberto Granados - Controller
agranados@santafecf.org

505-988-9715 ext 7021

Albert Granados, Director of Finance at the Santa Fe Community Foundation, assists the Vice President of Finance and Operations with financial reporting, the annual audit and building operations.

A graduate of the University of Phoenix and the University of Texas, El Paso, Albert has lived for over twenty years in Santa Fe. Prior to joining the Santa Fe Community Foundation, Albert worked for twelve years managing the business operations of a four time Oscar-nominated entertainer and entrepreneur and for seven years at a nonprofit with a social justice mission. He is active in immigrant rights activities and is fluent in Spanish.

Albert is passionate about health and physical fitness (you can find him at the gym early every morning); and, he is an avid cycler, having cycled across Portugal, the Adriatic coast and the foothills of the Apennines of Italy and from Pittsburgh to Washington D.C.

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Diane Hamamoto - Program Officer
dhamamoto@santafecf.org

505-988-9715 ext 7008

Diane processes seasonal grant proposals, the emergency funds of the Foundation, and administers the Currier Scholarship Program. She provides administrative support for the President and the Vice President for Community Philanthropy as well as providing support for the Santa Fe Hub for Social Innovation conference rooms.

Contact Diane if you need to schedule meetings with Christa Coggins, if you need to check your fund balance, schedule a conference room, or have questions regarding the Currier Scholarship Program.

Prior to joining SFCF, Diane worked in the legal field for over 25 years in Boston and in Santa Fe. An avid gardener and passionate cook, she loves keeping the staff at SFCF well fed and happy. She began working at SFCF in 2010.

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Annaliza Herrera - Administrative Services Associate
aherrera@santafecf.org

505-988-9715 ext 7010

Annaliza provides administrative support to the President & CEO, as well as several Foundation Initiatives, including the Envision Fund, the Native American Advised Endowment Fund and Birth to Career. She also performs duties related to front office reception.

Annaliza earned her BA in Theatre from the University of New Mexico after returning home from Los Angeles where she did conservatory training at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts - West. Before joining the Foundation’s staff, Annaliza worked as an administrative assistant at Los Alamos National Laboratory and spent a brief stint as a pastry chef after earning a Certificate in Patissier from Santa Fe Community College.

Born and raised in Northern New Mexico, Annaliza has a great love for the culture and beauty that she grew up with in this part of the state. In her free time, she pursues her passion for creative writing, spends time bonding with her cat, and enjoys all things pop culture.

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Jessica Espinoza Jensen - NMHEP Grants & Capacity Building Officer
jjensen@nmhep.org

505-490-1202

Jessi wants to live in a world where families hold active roles in developing solutions and informing decisions that affect their communities. Raised in New Mexico, Jessi sees the strengths, creativity, and beauty in her community and easily identifies opportunities and connections to move towards a healthier world.

Jessi has been with HEP since its inception in 2012. As the Grants & Capacity Building Strategist, she has coached groups to utilize health impact assessment; engaged new members in the network and created critical linkages across organizations; and been instrumental in planning community-focused gatherings. Through all of this, Jessi has remained committed to authentic community engagement and leadership. Her past endeavors studying sociology, exploring feminist works, teaching English abroad, providing assistance to non-profits, and working in research prepared her for this role.

When Jessi’s not at HEP, you can find her running in the surrounding beautiful mountains. For Jessi, her work at HEP and trail running are interrelated. She experiences trail running as an exercise in learning, understanding and connection. Trail running feeds Jessi’s soul as it has taught her to persevere, recognize her power and strength, and believe in things she didn’t think possible.

Jessi’s other passions include yoga, skiing, and hanging out with her husband, Brian, extended family, and rambunctious beagles, Bogus Basin and BurčáK Bilo.

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Ona Johnson - Dollars4Schools Project Director
ojohnson@santafecf.org

505-690-3572

I am honored to join the Santa Fe Community Foundation team as the Director of Dollars4Schools. As a native Santa Fean and graduate of Santa Fe Public Schools myself, I bring a personal and local perspective to Dollars4Schools, a program that is genuinely dear to my heart. My background in public relations and the arts, and my experience as the Statewide Director of New Mexico’s Centennial, has provided me with unique opportunities to work closely on many projects with New Mexico educators and students. I look forward to continuing my work with the dedicated teachers right here in Santa Fe. As a parent of two children who attend Santa Fe public schools, I am especially aware of the obstacles teachers and students encounter, and I look forward to this opportunity to provide a funding resource to Santa Fe’s educators. Dollars4Schools is an amazing program, and I enthusiastically take the lead in its path forward – making a difference in Santa Fe.

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Judith K. Lavender, M.Ed. - Interim Director, Santa Fe Baby Fund
jlavender@santafecf.org

505-988-9715 ext 7016

Judith Lavender has deep understanding of early childhood development. Upon completing a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Development from Erikson Institute in Chicago, Illinois, she worked passionately to create high quality experiences for young children and promoted quality of life for families and communities. She led organizations, chaired outreach projects, and planned fundraising events while serving on over thirty non-profit boards in the metropolitan Chicago area. Nationally, she participated on educational boards in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New Mexico. In, addition to civic leadership, Judith started and facilitated educational financial groups for women and founded two businesses.

After living in the Midwest for more than thirty years, she returned to her native state of New Mexico in 2010. She conceptualized the framework, developed the strategy, and mentored teachers and staff for the new UNM-Gallup Early Childhood and Family Center that opened in 2015. She designs Tic Tac Grow PlayWear with a twist on learning and provides knowledge about early childhood development to grownups at tictacgrow.com.

She and her husband, Harold Lavender, have two adult children who produce and write movies and television in Los Angeles. A life-long collector of Southwestern Native American art, Judith entertains audiences with a multi-media presentation of Heart of Collecting—Sustaining Art, Culture, and Families—heartofcollecting.com. She plays guitar and piano for pleasure.

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Annmarie McLaughlin - Director of Community Programs
amclaughlin@santafecf.org

505-988-9715 ext 7005

Annmarie McLaughlin designs and develops all community programming for the Foundation’s Philanthropy HUB. The HUB supports nonprofit capacity building through an annual series of technical assistance workshops addressing fundraising and planned giving, board development, marketing/communications, and organizational management. In 2016, the HUB produced over 47 nonprofit professional development programs for 1,200 attendees. Community programs are designed to foster engagement for a wide variety of stakeholders.

Annmarie serves as liaison to the Professional Advisor community and produces a series for this constituency focused on effective philanthropy, from tax changes and complex gifts to working with families, legacy issues, and philanthropic vehicles. She is a 2017 board member for the Santa Fe Estate Planning Council and the New Mexico Association of Grantmakers.

Annmarie holds a BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and worked in commercial and public film and television production in Manhattan before moving to New Mexico in 1993. Annmarie has been with SFCF since 2005.

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Charles Rountree - Finance Associate
crountree@santafecf.org

505-988-9715 ext 7011

Charles Rountree, Finance Associate, serves as the assistant to the Vice President for Finance and Operations and the Controller. His focus is vendor payables, expense reimbursements and reconciliations.

After graduating from Georgia State University with a degree in Accounting, he began his career in Atlanta working with the Peasant Restaurants. Charles returned to his hometown of Birmingham to assist his family in opening and operating a restaurant. He then worked for several years with Cobbs Allen Insurance.

Charles and his husband moved to Santa Fe in 2014. Charles is active in the community as a volunteer, primarily with the Santa Fe Opera and the Church of the Holy Faith. He is an enthusiastic bicyclist, an avid reader and a lousy gardener.

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Jinelle Scully - NMHEP Creative Logistics Operations Associate
jscully@nmhep.org

505-490-1201

Jinelle believes that health is all we have in life and does her best to make her own health her priority. Personally, she is drawn to grief and loss, recovery from addiction, and resilience and community. Jinelle was born and raised in Michigan in a small community greatly impacted by environmental injustice. After some young wanderlust in New Mexico and Oklahoma she spent a decade living, loving, learning and losing in Alaska. She returned to the everlasting sunshine of New Mexico in 2012 and is happy to call it home.

Jinelle brings strengths from all of these places and her reputation for taking large leaps of Faith to the New Mexico Health Equity Partnership where she is the Operations Associate. She provides general support and logistics for the Partnership. Jinelle also serves as the point person for the Bernalillo County PLACE MATTERS Health Impact Assessment (HIA) team and provides support to the SW Food Policy Council HIA. Her work experience includes Early Childhood, Rural/Tribal Health, Social Service, and Adolescent Mental Health. Her newest adventure is pursuing her lifelong dream of becoming a Nurse.

In the office you may find Jinelle planning a gathering over the phone while the folks on the other end unexpectedly share their life stories with her. Away from the office, Jinelle is often found spending time outside taking photos with her junkyard dog, Frida. Jinelle believes that someday soon, she will be put out of a job when communities return to their health. Her future interests are undetermined but she looks forward to learning how to fix cars, gardening and making art.