Our Board of Directors is made up of dedicated community members:

Kris Michaelis, President  

Kris has lived in Santa Fe for over 12 years, having “semi-retired” to our great year-round playground.  She worked for several Fortune 500 companies on both coasts after graduating from Columbia University’s graduate schools of business and social work in 1985-’86.

 “Santa Fe is a wondrous place to work, play and to contribute – where the needs of girls and young women are great.  Having been reared in a generation and culture where ‘children were seen, not heard,’ it’s important we help our girls feel encouraged to find their particular voice and place in society.  Girls Inc. of Santa Fe does that, and I’m pleased to serve on the board.”

Annette Kelley, Vice President

Annette has been advising nonprofits about fundraising for over 30 years, working across the US and internationally.  She spent 20 years living in London England, working for one of the leading direct marketing groups as Client Services Director and Managing Director of a List and Data Services company. She also worked at nonprofits in the UK as Director of Development and CEO. Since moving to Santa Fe in 2008 she has consulted with and volunteered for a number of cultural and human services organizations.

“As an avowed feminist for decades, I am passionate about the programs delivered by Girls Inc that encourage girls to find their own voices and their own vision for who they want to be.”

Ivy Stern, Treasurer

Ivy earned her MBA in Finance when few women pursued that degree.  She put that degree to use for both Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, and even ran her family’s sheet metal business for five years.  Originally from New York, Ivy and her husband lived in London and Chicago, and raised two daughters.  Ivy is passionate about creating opportunities for girls to grow and thrive and become self-sufficient, productive, members of society.

 Julia Gay, Secretary

Julia Gay originally is from Louisiana, but came to New Mexico for college, where she received a BA in Creative Writing. Wanting to be more involved in her community, she was hired as program facilitator in 2006 and has been involved with Girls Inc in some capacity ever since. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the low residency program Stonecoast in 2011. Julia has helped implement various programs at Girls Inc, but her favorites are She Votes!, Stick and Stones, and Economic Literacy.

“Girls Inc is a great space for girls to learn how to be themselves. Growing up, I was an awkward, nerdy kid who had hard time with bullying. In helping the girls learn how to express themselves with confidence, I also learned how to make my own voice stronger. Girls Inc is a safe space, and that is a precious resource.”
Joan Affleck
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Joan has been working in healthcare for over 25 years, in patient care settings and for Fortune 500 companies where she has been recognized as a leader in innovation.  She is a Registered Nurse and holds an MBA from Columbia University, has been a member of two American record setting track relay teams (4×400, 4×800), and lived in Paris, France for 9 nine years.  Joan knows that being strong, smart and bold are great foundations for a healthy, satisfying life, and that is just what she wants to foster in the girls of Santa Fe.

“Serving on the Board of GISF is an honor.  This is an organization that delivers real results in the lives of Santa Fe’s girls.  It provides a way to make sound and satisfying investments in the community’s future.”

Linda Arkin

Linda has been working in education and non-profits for more than 30 years. She holds graduate degrees from Columbia University and began her career as a high school teacher and retired as the Director of Instruction for NYC high schools. A passionate traveler and advocate of cultural awareness, Linda has designed and developed numerous global education programs for young people to make them “strong, smart and bold”. Linda has lived in Santa Fe for almost 10 years.

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Tiia Kari-McLaughlin
As retailing was one of the few careers other than teaching and nursing open to women at the time, Tiia majored in that field
at Washington University and subsequently enjoyed a career in fashion merchandising.  When corporate America was just beginning
to welcome women, Tiia went  back to school at Columbia University Business School and got an MBA in marketing. That led to
a five year stint as assistant to the president of the Furnishings Division of the Sperry and Hutchinson Corp.  When the division moved its
headquarters away from New York, Tiia went to the American Woman’s Economic Development Corp. as Director of Training and Membership
Services and then on to her own business as a consultant to women owned businesses.  Since becoming a Certified Financial Planner she has
concentrated on helping mostly women clients to achieve their financial goals.
Tiia and husband George McLaughlin moved to Santa Fe in 1998 and continue to enjoy the many cultural, civic and outdoor
activities that the city offers.
Ellen Marshall

Ellen was an insurance executive for 31 years until her retirement in 2013.  A native of  Philadelphia, she has lived in Denver and Los Angeles. She and her husband have been full time Santa Fe residents since 2013. Upon retirement Ellen made a commitment to focus on giving back to her community and to become involved in volunteering and working with non-profit organizations.

Ellen has always been an advocate for women’s and children’s  rights. She believes that every girl has a right to be safe, to have a voice, to go to school in a non-judgmental environment, and have the tools to develop skills that serve as a foundation for their life.

Mark Mullholland
Mark’s two daughters, Roan and Sophia, have attended Girls Inc. of Santa Fe since 2006. They have enjoyed summer programs every year an in 2014 Sophia attended a NOLS program in New York with the help of a Girls Inc. scholarship.
Mark currently works for a local art gallery and when he’s not driving his daughters to and fro, you can find him on his mountain bike or trying new recipes in the kitchen.
” I’m glad to be a part of such a special organization as GISF and really look forward to helping keep Girls Inc. growing and strengthening its commitment to Santa Fe – 60th year!!”

Elizabeth Rice

“Having lived and worked in the business community in Santa Fe  for over 37 years, I have enjoyed and continue to enjoy all that SF has to offer in terms of business, the outdoors, myriad cultural opportunities, and community.  This is my home for life and I enjoy supporting various efforts within the community that strengthen our community.  I consider GISF to be one of those successful enterprises.

Girls Inc. allows young girls the opportunity to become self confident, intelligent, articulate and amazing young women who, in turn, can give back to the community.”