Inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and boldGive Today
Kim Brown Chief Executive Officer
Kim joined Girls Inc. of Santa Fe in 2005, starting as a Program Manager and later being promoted to Director of Operations and then CEO. Kim has a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Women’s Studies from the University of Southern Illinois. Previously, Kim was a residential counselor for children with learning differences and a trainer in the National Guard. Kim has been a mentor for other Girls Inc. executives and has played a leadership role in the national Girls Inc. network. Kim was honored as Santa Fe Business Woman of the Year by SF Professional Business Women and received the Visionary Award from Resolve. She graduated from Leadership Santa Fe in 2015. In her free time, Kim enjoys spending time at her farm with her goats, pigs, chickens, bees, and wife and daughter.
Carolyn Chambers Chief Operating Officer
Carolyn moved from New York City to join the staff at Girls Inc. of Santa Fe in May 2017. Carolyn was previously the Associate Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, where she supervised the Administrative Department, overseeing the human resources, finances, IT, and facilities management needs of the organization. She is a graduate of New York University and has served on a number of boards for non-profit organizations focused on women’s/reproductive rights, cat rescue, and environmental activism. In addition to her love of animals, Carolyn is an avid reader, a fan of the arts, and never tires of exploring the beautiful environs of New Mexico.
Madonna Hernandez Director of Programs
Madonna began working with Girls Inc. of Santa Fe in 2000 at the age of 16! Madonna started as a facilitator in the Girls Inc. of Santa Fe Summer Camp program and has been an integral part of the program ever since. Over the last twenty years, Madonna has helped Girls Inc. National write their Healthy Sexualities Programming as well as develop their Latina Girl Initiative. Madonna is a graduate of the Leadership Santa Fe program and currently serves on their Birth-to-Career Collaborative, which focuses on data-driven decision-making in education. Madonna also serves on the Santa Fe Public Schools Diversity and Inclusion Panel, which informs Santa Fe Public Schools policy. With all of the experience she has gained throughout the years, Madonna brings a wealth of knowledge and information, as well as a deep passion for the program and all of our girls. When she is not inspiring girls to be strong, smart, and bold, Madonna loves being in the outdoors with her husband Shawn and her daughter Farrah.
Adrienne A. Murray Chief Storyteller
Adrienne Alexis Murray began working as Chief Storyteller for Girls Inc. of Santa Fe (*squeee her dream job*) in 2023. Born and raised by a village in Los Angeles, Adrienne moved to New Mexico in 2018 and has spent the past several years falling in love with its people, landscape, and traditions. Adrienne spearheads the important work of uplifting the stories and voices of the youth that Girls Inc. of Santa Fe serves. She is a proud alumna of the 2022 Cohort of Leadership Santa Fe and the 2020 cohort of the New Mexico Women of Color Nonprofit Leadership Initiative and her passions include providing mentorship and opportunity for young women of color through connection and the creation of beloved community. Adrienne has worked previously with the International Folk Art Market, Resilient New Mexico, and other institutions in Santa Fe. She enjoys baking, traveling, arts, crafting, reading, potting, and spending time exploring New Mexico with her partner Elias and their Corgi Watson, and two cats Luna and Zenon.
Araseli Varela Director of Operations
Araseli Varela first joined Girls Inc. in 2010 as a Summer Camp facilitator before going back to school to pursue her Masters in Special Education. After completing her degree at the University of New Mexico, she joined Girls Inc. once again in the summer of 2012. She brings not only her formal education with her, but her hands-on experience (both with Girls Inc. and with other programs) as well, and a profound commitment to the Girls Inc. mission and research-based programs.
Virginia “Ginger” Williams Chief Philanthropy Officer
Ginger joined Girls Inc. of Santa Fe in 2021. Though originally from the northeast she has called New Mexico her home since 2006. Her background has been a delightful career in bringing people together. Some events that she has helped produce include the Sydney Olympics, the International Folk Art Market, and the Bioneers Conference. Ginger quilts, cycles, reads, and explores being creative in her free time. A mom of two spirited boys, life is never quiet or boring.
Keeley Aspaas Data Coordinator and Facilitator
Keeley was born in Shiprock, NM and grew up in Santa Fe until she was 13 years old. Her family moved back to Shiprock to be closer to family in 2005. Keeley holds a BA in Psychology from Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. In 2015, Keeley started working with Girls Inc. in as a Summer Camp facilitator and decided to stay on after the summer was over. She later became the Data Coordinator. In her free time, Keeley likes to spend time with family and stay up-to-date on all the latest movies, and reading as many books as she can.
Rebecca Calhoun Program Manager
Rebecca joined Girls Inc. of Santa Fe in 2010, starting as a facilitator in the Summer Camp program. During her decade of work with Girls Inc., Rebecca has worked with many different age groups and is now serving girls ages 7-18 in the community as well as providing programs for teens. Rebecca brings many years of experience working with youth and a passion for learning and sharing her knowledge.
Melissa Costello Program Facilitator
Melissa is a recent east coast transplant who joined the Girls Inc. team in 2021. She has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Motor Development Therapy and Adapted Physical Education from Bridgewater State University and has been a yoga and meditation teacher since 2009. Her background has been informed and inspired by her studies and work in special education, adaptive movement, psychology, and nature. She is passionate about social justice, advocacy, and community building. When Melissa is not at Girls Inc., you can find her hiking with her 11-year-old dog, searching for swimming holes, and cycling around Santa Fe.
Jolene Duran Administrative Coordinator
Jolene joined the Girls Inc. team in 2021 as the Administrative Coordinator. A born and raised New Mexican, she split her time growing-up between Santa Fe and Espanola before attending the University of New Mexico and holds B.A.’s in International Relations and Russian. In 2016 Jolene studied abroad at Peter the Great Saint Petersburg Polytechnic University in Saint Petersburg, Russia which she considers the most challenging yet rewarding experience of her life. It was there she improved her Russian skills and gained a newfound appreciation for the challenges of being an outsider in a new, unfamiliar land. Previously, she worked for two other Santa Fe institutions — the International Folk Art Market where she worked closely with hundreds of folk artists from over 50 countries as the Artist Development Coordinator, and for Meow Wolf, one of Santa Fe’s best startup success stories, in numerous operational roles helping her team generate over $9 million of revenue in 2018. In her free time, Jolene enjoys cooking, traveling, playing board games, reading, and spending time with her husband and their two cats, Jonathan and Winnie. Jolene is a passionate advocate for the rights of girls and women everywhere and she hopes to inspire the girls in her life to stand up for what they believe in.
Maggie Feil Program Coordinator
Born and raised in Las Cruces, NM, Maggie has spent much of their life on and around the soccer and rugby pitch, as a player, fan, coach, administrator, and referee. In pursuit of a career in alternative and experiential education with a continued emphasis on teamwork, Maggie joined Girls Inc. of Santa Fe in 2010. They worked summers as a camp facilitator while completing their M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction at New Mexico State University. Maggie now works with pre-teens and teens as one of our Community-Based Program Coordinators. When not at Hillside or in the schools, you can find them in the mountains, on a river, or out on the pitch with the team.
Sara Gmitter Program Coordinator
Sara grew up in Chesapeake, VA, and has a BA in Theatre from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. She lived in Chicago for almost twenty years, working as a professional stage manager, playwright, and teaching artist for the Tony Award-winning Lookingglass Theatre Company, where she is a company member. She has also worked with the Lookingglass Young Ensemble as a mentor and director, helping them create original performance pieces addressing social justice issues. She has an MA in Peace Education from the UN-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica where she joined students from 55 different countries. She has been working at Girls Inc. of Santa Fe since she moved to Santa Fe in 2014. She began as a Program Facilitator for After School and then transitioned into the role of Program Assistant and now Program Coordinator. She is an avid reader and year-round cyclist.
Bethany Morse, Development Manager
Bethany Morse joined the Girls Inc. Santa Fe team as the Development Manager in 2023. She was born in Santa Fe and is delighted to be raising her two daughters in her hometown. Bethany brings a long history of hospitality experience ranging from pastry chef, restaurant manager and sommelier, to her work in event management for nonprofit organizations. She holds a B.A. in English-Philosophy from the University of New Mexico and a M.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College. Bethany loves crossword puzzles, the ocean and singing without being asked!
Katherine Killeen Program Facilitator
Katherine graduated from Naropa University with an Interdisciplinary Degree focused on Peace Studies and Ecopsychology. Coming from Colorado, she is an avid traveler and outdoor enthusiast. If you can find her, she is spending time rafting, hiking, rock climbing or reading a book next to a quiet forest tree. Starting in 2023, she enjoys the playfulness of our work and is deeply inspired by the young people we serve. Her lifelong goal is to herd sheep on the Cliffs of Moher.
Jericha Romero Program Facilitator
Jericha was born and raised in Santa Fe New Mexico. She has been with the program for thirteen years starting as a Girls Inc. participant and now as a facilitator. She is going to school for Early Childhood Education. What she found most impactful about attending Girls Inc. was having a supportive space to be able to be confident to believe in herself. Attending Girls Inc. made her feel more confident and to be able to do things she thought she couldn’t accomplish, For example going rock climbing or rappelling off a mountain. Her life goals are to become a kindergarten or first-grade teacher. Or even stay at Girls Inc. and have a career here.
Rhynda “Storm” StephensCorporate and Community Relations Manager
Rhynda (AKA Storm) lived on a farm outside of Boston. By age five, she was showing horses and competing in speech competitions through 4-H. She came to New Mexico in the ‘70s. After gaining her Master’s in Human Resources, she enjoyed a myriad of careers including Management at the Intel Corporation, Program Manager and Instructor for a non-profit film apprenticeship program, Corrections Officer, and Business Owner. She came to GISF in 2012, then left to pursue another avenue just prior to COVID-19, and quickly realized that she missed Girls Inc. profusely. So along with making and sharing her fine art and upcycled home décor through, instructing Concealed Carry and Self-Defense, running Karaoke for the American Legion, and teaching voice and art lessons, she returned, part-time, to Girls Inc. renewing her role as the Business Relations Manager. It’s great to be home!
Alex Hesbrook Ramier Donor Relations Manager
Alexandra Hesbrook Ramier (Lakota) earned her BA in Theatre and English from Colorado College in 2008 and received her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Oregon State University in 2013. After graduation, she received the Oregon State Bridge Position and taught writing and rhetoric courses as a full-time instructor. Before working for Girls Inc. of Santa Fe, as a Donor Relations Manager, Alex worked at the Santa Fe Opera as the Orchestra and Production Manager. She has a husband and a child. She is a third-generation philatelist and writes plays, podcasts, and other items in her free time. Her play Wounspe Wankata: A College Education premiered at New Native Theatre in 2019.
Paloma Sandoval Program Facilitator
Devlyn Iturralde Program Facilitator
Hello! My pronouns are she/hers/ella and I joined Girls Inc of Santa Fe on August 14th 2023. I was born in Georgia and moved to Santa Fe when I was 6 years old. My first language is Spanish and I’m greatly interested in becoming certified as a translator to better serve our Hispano-ablantes communities. Some of my passions include reproductive, environmental, and human rights. When I was in highschool, I mostly volunteered my time away from class to local organizations such as Planned Parenthood of The Rocky Mountains, Habitat for Humanity, The Santa Fe Animal Shelter, and The Mountains Center, amongst others. During my spare time, I’ll usually be playing video games, exploring/driving aimlessly to a National Forest, or spending time with my cats! Who’s names are May-Bird and Azula. As a former Girls Inc. girl, I believe in Girls Inc. of Santa Fe’s core values, as I have firsthand experienced the power that can come from youth having high-quality education and support. Grateful! 🙂 p.s. I love bunnies.
Ellen Walkley Grants Writer