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Kim Brown, CEO
Kim joined Girls Inc. of Santa Fe thirteen years ago, 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, a trainer in the National Guard, and a mentor for the Girls Inc. National Latina Initiative. She graduated from Leadership Santa Fe, a Santa Fe Community Foundation initiative. In her free time, Kim enjoys spending time in her garden with her chickens, bees, and her daughter.
Carolyn Chambers, COO
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. Prior to CCR, Carolyn was the office manager/network administrator at the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and the administrative director at the Stella and Charles Guttman Foundation. She is a graduate of New York University and has a background in women’s/reproductive rights and environmental activism, previously serving on the boards of the NYC Chapter of the National Organization for Women and the NYC chapter of the Sierra Club. Carolyn’s fur kids (aka rescued cats and a seriously outnumbered Pibble dog) are in agreement that she may continue to reside with them in Santa Fe despite annoyance at the long cross country drive that was required for relocation. In addition to her love of animals, Carolyn is a huge fan of cooking, reading, the arts, hiking, and the wonderful New Mexican cuisine of Santa Fe.
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 and has been an integral part of program ever since. Over the last nineteen 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 Santa Fe Community Foundation’s leadership 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.
Melanie Corcoran, Director of Philanthropy
Melanie began with Girls Inc. of Santa Fe in May 2018, bringing over 25 years of experience in non-profit administration, including fundraising, communications, program development, project management and strategic planning. Melanie has a B.A. in Art History from Sewanee – The University of the South. Before joining Girls Inc., Melanie was an Assistant Vice President of Cook Children’s Health Foundation, overseeing communications and developed strategy for major gifts. Prior to her work at Cook Children’s, Melanie was Development Manager for the George W. Bush Presidential Center, and Director of Development at All Saints Health Foundation, Dallas Summer Musicals, Amon Carter Museum, and Albuquerque Children’s Museum. Moving to Santa Fe has fulfilled a longtime dream for Melanie and her husband, Brian. Together they have two cats, Mac and Tavish, and are enjoying the plethora of wildlife just outside their front door.
Rhynda Stephens, Partnerships & Event Manager
Rhynda was born in Massachusetts and moved to New Mexico as a child. She acquired her B.A. in Communication at New Mexico State University and her Masters in Human Resources from Webster’s University. She has a daughter who is living in Chicago after earning her Bachelors in Communications, Media and Theatre. She has been writing for bestonlineuniversities.com. Rhynda is married to Nick and they live in Rio Rancho with their Heinz 57 rescue dog, Holly and their German Shephard service dog, Stark (as in “Iron Man”). She was first introduced to Girls Inc. when she was awarded the contract to coordinate the Arts and Crafts Show and loved the organization so much that she applied for the position of Development Coordinator. Recently, her role has expanded and she loves her various “hats.” In her spare time, she loves music, the Patriots, painting, and traveling (Chicago being her favorite destination).
Rebecca Calhoun, Program Manager
Becky joined Girls Inc. of Santa Fe in 2010, starting as a Facilitator in the Girls Inc. of Santa Fe Summer Camp. During her almost 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 at our center. Becky brings many years of experience working with youth and a passion for learning and sharing her knowledge.
Glory Auldon, Program Manager
Glory was born in a schoolhouse in the mountains of Colorado. At five years old, Glory’s family moved to Santa Fe and she spent the majority of her childhood in this community. After living and working in Colorado, California, and Washington, Glory returned home to Santa Fe. As a young adult, Glory traveled to Guatemala and worked to bring health care access, medications, and health education to the people of the Finca plantations. She has presented internationally in support of Service Learning. Glory has a Bachelor’s Degree in Comparative History of Ideas, with a Minor in Disability Studies and has over 25 years of experience as a Childcare Provider and Manager, Program Director, and Educator. She is passionate about equity, diversity, teaching life skills to homeless youth, and parenting skills to teenage parents from a variety of different cultural backgrounds. Glory spends her free time hiking, gardening and with her family. She brings her skills and background in social, emotional and educational development to Girls Inc. of Santa Fe, empowering the girls as well as her coworkers to advocate for themselves and each other, creating a strong Girls Inc. community.
Sara Gmitter, Program Coordinator
Sara grew up in Chesapeake, VA and has a BA in Theatre from the College of William and Mary in Willamsburg, 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.
Natalie Benally, Indigenous Programs Coordinator
Natalie is a Dine woman born and raised on the Navajo Nation and has a tremendous love for theater and dance. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theater- Performing and Directing and a license in Secondary Drama Education from Fort Lewis College. She is a company member with Dancing Earth Indigenous Contemporary Dance Company, a professional inter-tribal dance company of Native artists and dancers based in Santa Fe, NM. She has toured both locally, nationally and internationally and has been mentored by her Artistic Director, Rulan Tangen for the last two years. Aside from performing with Dancing Earth, she also works as an educational outreach instructor and has worked with Navajo youth from the Four Corners area in performing arts. Her recent work was also lending her voice to the lead role of Dory in the Navajo dubbed version of Disney/Pixar’s Finding Nemo. She is also mother to her daughter, Luycia and continues to advocate for indigenous peoples’, women’s’ rights, sexual abuse/assault and domestic violence survivors thru the use of ritual based performance and spoken word poetry. She is extremely happy to be welcomed into the Santa Fe community and hopes to grow within the organization.
Sandra Chavez, Outreach Coordinator
Born and raised in Santa Fe, Sandra first joined Girls Inc. in 2009 and continued facilitating for five years at our Hillside Center. She worked with various ages but mostly with the littlest girls. She took a brief break and became a mom to the “best son anyone could ask for.” In that time, Sandra worked as a Home Visitor educating and supporting new mothers. In October of 2017, Sandra returned to Girls Inc. as an Off-Site Coordinator working with girls ages 9-13.
Keeley Aspaas, Data Coordinator & 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. After graduating high school, Keeley went on to attend Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ, where she graduated with a BA in Psychology. Keeley started working with Girls Inc. in 2015 as a summer camp facilitator and decided to stay on after the summer was over. This past year, Keeley has also become the Data Coordinator! In her free time, she likes to spend time with family and her senior pug, Riley, stay up to date on all the latest movies, and reading as many books as she can.
Araseli Varela, Executive Assistant to the CEO
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 us once again in the summer of 2012 and has been with us ever since. She brings with her not only her formal education, but her hands-on experience (both with Girls Inc. and with other programs), and a profound commitment to our mission and research-based programs.
Julia Gay, Volunteer Coordinator
Julia Gay was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and came to Santa Fe for college. She received her B.A. in Creative Writing from the College of Santa Fe. After graduation, she applied for a job as a Program Facilitator at Girls Inc. in 2006. She earned her MFA from the low-residency writing program Stonecoast during that time as well. After leaving as a Program Facilitator to give birth to her son, she rejoined Girls Inc. as a member of the board in 2014. She became Volunteer Coordinator in 2018. She loves writing, tattoos, having breakfast for dinner, and her family.
Tara Melton, Communications Associate
Tara spent the first 10 years of her life in Texas, later moving to Pecos, New Mexico in 2002 with her mom after the loss of her dad. Tara graduated from New Mexico State University (Go Aggies!) with a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications in 2014. Tara joined Girls Inc. of Santa Fe in June 2018, following five years as a journalist in Las Cruces and Alamogordo. In her free time, Tara enjoys spending time with her family, friends who’ve become family, her furbaby Lila (a tortoiseshell cat) and creating subversive cross-stitch.
Alexandra Hesbrook Ramier, Donor Relations Associate
Alexandra Shunka Wakan Wacipi Hesbrook Ramier, or Alex, earned her B.A. in Theatre and English from Colorado College in 2008, and she 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 the Museum of New Mexico Foundation as a writer for Member News, and as a Development Associate, Alex worked at the Santa Fe Opera for six seasons, interned at Goodman Theater in Chicago and worked with Piccolo Theater, located in Evanston. In her spare time, Alex writes plays and enjoys putting her cats in costumes.
Olivia Garcia, Bookkeeper/Accountant