Mr. Paul Cassidy recently retired as Managing Director, U.S. Municipal Finance, New Mexico Region with RBC Capital Markets after 24 years. He has 42 years of experience in the public finance field focusing exclusively on municipal debt issuance and public finance. He...
Kate Moss grew up in St. Louis, Missouri prior to heading East to attend Vassar College. She graduated from Vassar with a BA in psychology and moved to Washington, DC to begin her career on Capitol Hill. She worked in the US House of Representatives and US Senate...
John and his wife Jean have been part-time residents of Santa Fe since 2001, and currently divide their time between their Santa Fe and Scottsdale, Arizona homes. He is a retired telecommunications executive, having spent most of his career with AT&T and shorter...
Julie and her husband live in Albuquerque, where she grew up. She manages 3 family investment and real estate companies. She started her working life with what was then Albuquerque National Bank and left to work with her father at Rust Tractor Co. until the dealership...
Catherine Oppenheimer co-founded the National Dance Institute of New Mexico in 1994 (NDI-NM) and the New Mexico School for the Arts (NMSA) in 2010. NDI-NM is a statewide arts education organization in New Mexico that has introduced thousands of New Mexico’s children...
A resident of New York City, Mrs. Diker is a dancer, mother, philanthropist, author and a graduate of Smith College. She and her husband are founding co-chairs of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in New York City. She is also a member of the...
Del Archuleta is a native New Mexican and has devoted his life to giving back to the community and improving the lives of New Mexicans. He is considered one of New Mexico’s most committed and humble public servants. For over 45 years, his impact has been profound...
Jamai is Founder and CEO Emeritus of Innovate+Educate, a non-profit she started in 2008 with a vision for an industry-led board focused on education and workforce strategies to address the significant gaps between supply/demand in both education and workforce. The...
Hilma Chynoweth has worked primarily in commercial real estate and economic development. She presently leverages that experience on behalf of the Garcia Automotive Group as Director of Business Development. Her areas of interest are diverse and include workforce...
Experience: With 37 years of accounting and consulting experience (30 in the employee benefits field), Carol has significant expertise in compensation planning, leadership development and succession planning, employee benefits, and retirement plans. She has been with...
Ms. DiPaolo Love moved to Santa Fe with her husband, Steve and their daughter, Olivia in 1994 from New York City where she had a successful career as an actress and spokeswoman in TV commercials and voice-overs. As the mother of a six year old, she was able to segue...
Diane currently serves as the chair of NDI New Mexico’s Santa Fe Development Committee and member of the Executive Committee. She served as Chair, Trustee and Governor of The Children’s Miracle Hospitals Board (Salt Lake City, Utah) which is a Foundation that raises...
Diane Fisher served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Presbyterian Healthcare Services. Ms. Fisher provided a broad spectrum of legal services for Presbyterian’s statewide healthcare delivery system, Presbyterian Health Plan, and the organization’s...
David Foster is a retired policy analyst, publishing industry veteran, and entrepreneur. Today he invests his time and resources where he thinks he can make a difference. His career began as an education policy analyst. As a consultant to the US Office of Education he...
Aleem Hasham was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya. He has been in the USA for over 20 years, 10 of those being in Albuquerque. He is an experienced entrepreneur with a demonstrated history of working in the oil and energy industry and service industry, with emphasis...
Peggy Hubbard, a retired fundraising professional, is actively serving on the Santa Fe Development Committee at NDI New Mexico and has served as the Chair over the past year. During her development career, she worked at the University of Rochester and the United Way...
Leean Kravitz joined Fidelity Investments in August of 2008 and currently serves as Vice President of Public Affairs & Government Relations, overseeing teams in New Mexico, Utah and Colorado. Her direct responsibilities include serving as the primary external...
Jesse Martinez was born and raised in Santa Fe, NM and joined the NDI New Mexico family in 1999 through the in-school program. From there, he joined the SWAT and Celebration teams where he had opportunities to perform for countless audiences. Jesse began training in...
Brian McGrath recently retired as Senior Vice President – Human Resources at American Greetings, a $2 billion business based in Cleveland, with over 20,000 employees in the US and six other countries. Brian had been with American Greetings for over 25 years, the last...
Ocean Munds-Dry is Managing Counsel for ConocoPhillips where she advises the company on New Mexico legal and regulatory matters. Previously, she was Associate General Counsel with Concho Resources and before that, in private practice where she represented clients...
King is the co-owner of MillerStrategic Consulting, LLC (MSC), a consulting practice that has specialized in entrepreneurial activities through investing and actively participating in the management and development of start-up companies and nonprofit organizations....
Joelle Mevi is a retired government finance officer with over 20 years of experience in accounting, finance, and public funds investing. Joelle has lived in Santa Fe, NM since 1994, except for a five-year detour to Fort Worth Texas where she was the Executive Director...
Leslie Nathanson is President of Nathanson/Juris Consulting in Santa Fe, NM. Her consulting emphasizes the implementation of strategy and the development of practices and cultures which help organizations manage complex change. She assists people from the chief...
Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Michael is the firstborn child of immigrants from Jamaica, West Indies. Moving first to Los Angeles and then to Carmel, California, Michael relocated to Santa Fe with husband, Bill Robnett and their Norwich Terrier, Andrew, in...
Sandy has lived in Albuquerque since 1968 when she came (on a whim) to attend UNM. She has a BA in special education an a BS and MS in nursing and has worked in both professions over a span of 40 years. She has served on many community boards and chaired several of...
David is an economic development activist & professional photographer currently involved in a variety of projects that focus on community empowerment. In this capacity he frequently facilitates conversations within a broad spectrum of grass roots and other community...
Dianne Chalmers Wiley
William Cowles †
Jacques d’Amboise, Co-Founder †
Patricia Friedman †
Jean Knapp †
Beth Moise †
Ambassador Frank Ortiz †
Joseph L. Ponce †
Charles W.N. Thompson Jr.
† In Memoriam
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Matthew is an accomplished musician who has been in the New Mexico music scene for the past 6...
Coryn Richey is passionate about the arts and providing art education for all children. She has...
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Ariana grew up in Santa Fe and danced with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Charisma, Cathy Roe, and...
Allegra Lillard began dancing in her home state of Texas and...
Antionette, a native of Albuquerque, began her dance training at age three in ballet, jazz, tap,...
Bianca Lily Starr, MA & MSc is an alignment and safe dance specialist with an expertise in...
Cyann grew up dancing in Carlsbad, New Mexico starting at the age of 5. She danced competitively...
Emma began dancing in her formative years in Santa Fe, New Mexico at Dance for Joy and The Dance...
Feli Blea started their dance career at the age of 8 as part of New Child Players Production...
Gabriel graduated from the University of New Mexico with a B.A. in Psychology and an...
Born and raised in Havana, Cuba, in 1996 she was accepted into the Cuban National Ballet School,...
Jocelyn Montoya is a long time advocate of NDI New Mexico’s mission and knowledge that the arts...
Julie Anne Shapiro is a New York native who grew up immersed in the performing arts with a...
Kimberly White was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She began her early dance training...
After her professional career with the San Francisco Ballet, Lori taught for many years in Los...
Melissa is a graduate of New York University/Tisch School of the Arts (MFA in dance) and Smith...
Melody Gallagher is a professional musician, stage director, and opera singer from Denver,...
Rachel Zervakos earned her B.F.A. in Dance Summa Cum Laude at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee,...
Savanna teaches dance fitness classes all around Santa Fe, participated in NDI programs in her...
Born in Campinas, Brazil, Simone di Pietro began dancing at age of 10. She studied in Brazil, the...
Tina Anderson is a Native New Mexican, born and raised in Santa Fe. She is trained in ballet,...
Tracy trained at La Mesa Dance Academy with Cecelia Jaramillo before studying under New Mexico...
Veronica Estrada is a Hispanic student, dancer, choreographer, and teacher attending college at...
Elliot joined NDI New Mexico in 2015 as a Musician in the In-School Program. His eclectic musical...
Holly Mead is a composer, pianist, recording artist, educator, and recent transplant to Santa Fe,...
Kimura is a pianist internationally active in both classical and popular styles. She received her...
Sid has been in Albuquerque for over 30 years working as a keyboardist, vocalist, audio engineer,...
Born into a musical family, Albuquerque native Steve Figueroa began playing the drums at age 9. He...
Morse is thrilled to be part of the wonderful NDI New Mexico program! Morse is a lifelong...
David Kotler graduated with a degree in Music from the University of New Mexico in 2000. He has...
Brian began performing guitar and drums at a young age. Playing jazz and folk music as a child,...
The Corporate Council is a group of Albuquerque business leaders who help NDI New Mexico fulfill its mission and change lives!
They invest in New Mexico's future by:
Joining our Corporate Council
Sponsoring Our Gala
Promoting Giving in Their Business
Strengthening New Mexico’s Workforce
NDI New Mexico programs positively impact children’s academic achievement, health, quality of life, and self-efficacy through consistent messaging, skill-building, and providing positive role models. Learn more about the impact of NDI New Mexico.
Impacting Tomorrow’s Workforce
NDI New Mexico provides children with the tools and skills they need to succeed. Affecting their life outcomes will change the picture of New Mexico’s future and is the key to a thriving economy. In public schools throughout the state, our expert instructors lead programs that are character-building and use dance to teach an important life lesson: that working hard, doing your best, never giving up, and living a healthy life equals success.
NDI New Mexico’s programs help children develop executive function skills that are critical to succeed in school and the workforce:
Planning and prioritizing
Stewardship of Excellence
- Albuquerque Business First Non-Profit of the Year Award, 2015, 2020
- Best of Santa Fe Reporter, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
- Four-star rating four years in a row! “NDI New Mexico outperforms most other charities in America.” - Charity Navigator, 2019
- Family Friendly Business of New Mexico, 2018, 2019
- Samaritan Counseling Ethics in Business Award, 2016
- Albuquerque Business First Top CEO Award, 2015
Wallace Foundation National Recognition of “highly effective” and “exemplary” after-school program
To learn more or to join the Corporate Council, please contact Myers Godwin, Albuquerque Development Director at (505) 340-0213 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Corporate Council Members
Paul Cassidy, Chair
Kate Moss, Vice Chair
Leslie Nathanson Juris
EXECUTIVE EVALUATION COMMITTEE
Leslie Nathanson-Juris, Chair
John Berndt, Chair
Leslie Nathanson Juris
Carol Cochran, Chair
Joelle Mevi, Chair
Ocean Munds-Dry, Chair
STRATEGIC PLANNING COMMITTEE
Kate Moss, Chair
SANTA FE DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
Peggy Hubbard, Chair
ALBUQUERQUE DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
Sandy Seligman, Chair
SANTA FE GALA COMMITTEE
Linda DiPaolo Love, Co-Chair
Mayo King, Co-Chair
ALBUQUERQUE GALA COMMITTEE
Laura Brunik, Chair*
Aleem Hasham, Co-Chair
Jess Sanchez, Co-Chair*
* Non-board Member