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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
“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.”