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OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Ann Livingston, Board Chair
Ann lived in Hawaii for much of her life before moving to Dallas in 1999. After a 20-year career as a sales and marketing executive in cosmetics, she returned to UTDallas to earn a graduate degree in Southwest Literature as well as a ESOL teaching certificate. Ann then taught English and ESOL at Richland Community College in Texas before moving to São Paulo, Brazil for two years. There she taught ESOL in an orphanage and worked to learn Portuguese.
In 2011, Ann and her husband, Mark moved to Santa Fe. Ann became involved in a variety of nonprofits; sitting on the board of the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico, the Museum Foundation of New Mexico and as secretary on the Santa Fe Botanical Garden, contributing in fund-raising and event planning. Two boxers and a Boston Terrier puppy, hiking, artistic endeavors and a far-flung family keep her busy otherwise.
Dona Bolding, Vice Chair
Dona Bolding grew up playing outside in Texas, the third of four sisters. She practiced law in Houston before moving with her husband, Roger Hamilton, and three kids to Wellesley, MA in 1996. Every summer beginning in 1992, the family traveled to Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico, and from 2001 to 2019, Dona led summertime hiking and backpacking seminars for kids and adults there. Now that their children are grown and scattered across the country, Dona and Roger have settled permanently in New Mexico and are proud to support Girls Inc. of Santa Fe. Dona says, “Getting to serve an organization that values the talents and potential of girls, fosters their self-worth, leadership and community commitment, and advocates for their rights is a great privilege and a great joy. It gives me hope for the future.”
Connie Burke, Secretary
Connie’s career experience includes over 30 years in administration and management. She began her career as a technical writer for the U. S. Bureau of Reclamation and worked as a forestry technician for the U. S. Forest Service. Upon completing graduate school, she became a legal assistant in environmental law and rose through the ranks to the position of Director of Administration/CEO for Vinson & Elkins, an international law firm based in Houston, Texas. She then served as the Master of Lovett College, Rice University, Executive Director of Leadership Rice and Assistant to the Board of Trustees at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Connie went on to become Office Administrator for Bracewell L.L.P., managing the daily operations of their regional office in Washington, D.C. before retiring to Santa Fe with her husband in 2012. She came out of retirement and served as the Interim Executive Director for the International Folk Art Alliance (IFAA) August 2014 and served in that capacity until March of 2015. She then served as the Chief of Staff to the new CEO until August 2015, coordinating the 2015 International Folk Art Market|Santa Fe.
She holds a B. S. in Geology from California State University, Long Beach and an M. S. in Forestry/Natural Resource Management from Oregon State University.
She has served in a variety of chair positions for the International Folk Art Market and she is the chair of the docent council at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. In addition, she volunteers at the Sweetheart Auction, the Wine and Chile Festival, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and Girls, Inc.
Polly White, Treasurer
Polly White has lived in Santa Fe since 1984 and believes strongly in supporting girls and young women. She has currently owns Santa Fe Business Resources helping local small businesses, and co-owns greatamericaneclipse.com with her husband Michael Zeiler. Polly’s work history includes retail, advertising, management, non-profits, arts organizations, private schools, marketing, accounting, human resources, start-ups, and business leadership. She spends leisure time outdoors with family, friends and dogs.
Sascha Anderson, Board Member
Sascha was born and raised in Norman, Oklahoma and is a proud Chahta ohoyo. Sascha’s professional work has focused on training, development, and communications, now centered on advancing progressive causes across the state of New Mexico. Sascha’s community work has focused on equity in education, immigrant justice, and reproductive justice. Sascha moved to Santa Fe in 2015, where she now resides with her husband, Michael, and three spirited girls – all strong, smart, and bold.
Joan Affleck, Board Member
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.”
Elizabeth Allen, Board Member
Elizabeth (aka Buffy) was born and raised in Ohio, then set off for the big city at the first opportunity – Northwestern U near Chicago. She has lived and worked in Chicago, New York, Boston, Austin, TX and various Ohio cities. Her last job – advocating for healthcare access and funding for all Ohioans – brought her to Cleveland, whose cloudy/rainy/snowy days outnumber sunny ones by at least 10:1.
Within a week of her retirement last year, she moved to Santa Fe, and feels blessed by every sunny day, occasional rain, the mountains and the most welcoming, wonderful people on earth.
Elizabeth has a son and a daughter and two grandsons. Adorable as they are, she hopes for a granddaughter, who can grow up in the best tradition of Girls Inc – strong, smart and bold.
Jess Clark, Board Member
Jess Clark is a proud product of Santa Fe. He has been involved in social change and sexual violence prevention work for over a decade. His work focuses on increasing youth capacity for healthy relationship navigation as well as collaborating with faculty and administration on policy building and implementation to achieve school climate change. Jess is currently the Education and Prevention Manager for Solace Crisis Treatment Center, which has given him the gift of collaborating with GISF on various programming. Through that collaboration, Jess has become an enthusiastic fan of GISF, and is thrilled to share that enthusiasm with his communities.
Frania D’Alessio, Board Member
Frania D’Alessio was born and raised in Paterson, N.J. and now resides in Santa Fe with her partner Jason Saslow who believes Men of Quality respect Women’s Equality. Frania is a first-generation child of immigrants and believes immigrants make us stronger and better. As the first woman in her family to graduate from college and then go on to earn advanced degrees, she believes there is no limit to what girls can achieve. With the right amount of support and mentorship, their potential is limitless. Among her goals is to see more girls and women on Wall Street. She is a partner and owner with Thornburg Investment Management and is active in the arts community.
“I am grateful for the chance to be a part of Girls Inc and shift the paradigm to one where every girl is Strong, Smart and Bold,” said Frania.
Laura Hudman, Board Member
My education as a young girl in the Deep South, is an awakening one to look back upon to say the least. The lessons in “social graces” on how best to fit in with the cultural mores of the time was more along the lines of “socially disgraceful.” It was a time to not be too strong or too bold and certainly not appear to be smarter than the boys in those days. Sure it was nice to have straight A’s, but not to talk about it with anyone. Fast forward to today’s changing culture and women and girls being seen for all that they truly are and the importance of equality for all. A feminist is simply anyone who believes in equality regardless of gender. One of the most beautiful sights at the DC’s Women’s March were the fact that so many men were walking that day. It is a privilege to walk in support of GIRLS, Inc. The difference that all of the meaningful programs make in the lives of so many girls in Santa Fe is remarkable.
Demi Malnar-Frye, Board Member
deMarie “Demi” Malnar-Frye was born in Santa Fe’s original St. Vincent’s. The one downtown on Palace and Paseo de Peralta where the Drury Hotel now stands. She’s been in marketing since 1994 and currently focuses on SEO, social media, and digital marketing. She comes from a long line of ground breaking women; her grandmother Geraldine Collins graduated from college and was an active in Planned Parenthood. Her mother, Dede Collins, was the only female math major at UNM the year she graduated and went on to be a computer programmer for Los Alamos National Labs. After getting her liberal studies degree from Mills College in Oakland and building her career in Silicon Valley and Boston’s tech corridor, Demi returned to Santa Fe after the birth of her niece, Mary Rose.
“Being part of an organization that focuses on building up the confidence and ability for young girls in Santa Fe is a small way for me to give back to all the people that helped inspire me to pursue my goals and become a successful business woman.”
Tiia Kari-McLaughlin, Board Member
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.
Diane Ramsey, Board Member
The oldest of six siblings, Diane grew up in Gloucester, Massachusetts and Green Bay, Wisconsin. She was profoundly influenced by the few options then available to her mom – a young, divorced mother in the 1950’s and by her mother’s desire that her children pursue a college education.
Diane’s professional career in advertising and marketing began in Chicago. Relocating to Iowa eight years later, she began a 20-year stint working in consumer advertising, corporate communications, customer management, and economic/community development. Diane served for 10 years as co-founder and CEO of the Iowa based nonprofit Women Lead Change, an organization dedicated to developing, advancing and promoting women and organizations to impact the economy and future workforce. Diane found her true passion in helping develop women and girl leaders. In collaboration with Iowa’s Governor, she established the Epic Corporate Challenge – one of the nation’s first statewide public private partnerships to advance women leaders.
Upon retiring, Diane moved to Santa Fe with her husband, Bruce Johnson. She served on the board of the Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos. In addition to her work with Girls Inc., Diane also serves on the marketing committee for the Santa Fe Alliance for Science, as a mentor for American Corporate Partners supporting both US Military veterans and their spouses, and as co-chair of an International Folk Art Market committee.
Diane, her husband and their Weimaraner (Harper Lee) are enjoying all that Santa Fe and New Mexico have to offer.
Reba Serafin, Board Member
Reba received her BAs in Psychology and Sociology from the University of New Mexico. It was not long before she decided to return to UNM to pursue her MAs in Counseling and School Counseling. Reba is a Native New Mexican and an enrolled member of the Jicarilla Apache Nation. As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of New Mexico, she is passionate about mental and behavioral health issues. Currently, Reba is a Provider Relations Specialist with Falling Colors Corporation, where she works closely with Providers throughout New Mexico, as well as, contributes to the Falling Colors Foundation. When she is not working and traveling around our beautiful state, her hobbies include team roping, camping, hunting, and spending time with her family. Reba would like to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident, and help them to realize and value their own personal strengths. Reba said it’s an honor and tremendous opportunity to be a member of the board for Girls Inc. of Santa Fe. Since joining the board, she said she is humbled and amazed by the wonderful people who put their individual talents to use furthering the Girls Inc. of Santa Fe’s mission, vision, and values.