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.”

Elizabeth Rice, Vice President



“Having lived in SF for over 35 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 enterprises.”

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.

Annette Kelley



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.”

 Julia Gay

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.”
Ellen Marshall
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!!”
Tiia Kari-McLaughlin