Arts Commissioners and Staff
The Mayor and City Council appoint nine volunteer Commissioners that make up the Arts Commission. Commissioners represent a broad range of talents, skills and experience.
Bryan “Chip” Chippeaux, Chair is a native New Mexican born in Roswell and educated at New Mexico State University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Accounting. Chippeaux is a Certified Public Accountant and his initial work experience was with KPMG, where he met his wife Kay. Chippeaux has worked at Century Bank for over 30 years. He serves as Chairman and is on the Board of the Bank and its holding company.
Chippeaux has served as an officer and/or board member of various organizations within the community including the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission, Wheelwright Museum and Foundation, St. Vincent Hospital Foundation, Western States School of Banking, Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce, The Santa Fe Opera Business Council, Museum of New Mexico Foundation Business Council, Independent Community Bankers of New Mexico, Dollars 4 Schools, Tierra Contenta Corporation, New Mexico Amigos, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico and The New Mexico Centennial Foundation among others. Kay and Chip have one daughter, Laura, who is working in Washington, DC with Georgetown University.
Kathlene Ritch, Vice Chair, moved to New York City, after earning a Bachelor’s of Music Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, where she sang with such noted ensembles as the New York Philharmonic, London Sinfonietta, and the Vienna Philharmonic. In 2001, she made her solo debut at Lincoln Center with the American Symphony Orchestra in Listz’s Dante’s Inferno. With that same ensemble, she recorded a live concert version of Die aegyptische Helena as Hermione opposite Deborah Voigt’s Helen. Two of her career highlights were performing Sweeney Todd at Lincoln Center with George Hearn, Patti Lupone and Neil Patrick Harris, as well as the concert version of Carousel at Carnegie Hall with Audra McDonald and Hugh Jackman. In 2011, Ritch moved to Santa Fe to be the accompanist for the Santa Fe High School Choral Department and the Director of the Royal School of Church Music at the Church of the Holy Faith. She also enjoys being an on-air announcer weekdays for Classical 95.5 KHFM Albuquerque/Santa Fe, but still finds time to sing with such groups as the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and the Grammy-winning ensemble Conspirare, with whom she is a featured soloist in their PBS special “Conspirare, a Company of Voices.”
Alex Hanna is a designer, and a marketing and branding consultant. His company, Invisible City Designs (ICD), specializes in high quality print work and creative direction. Clients include The Essential Guides, The Museum of New Mexico Foundation, Fly Santa Fe, La Fonda Hotel, Save Water Santa Fe, and ARTsmart NM. Hanna founded ICD in 2007. He graduated from Yale University with a degree in Art History. After teaching in Asia and on the East Coast for 5 years he moved to Santa Fe to work as Nedra Matteucci's head of marketing and design. In the community, Hanna has served as Chairman of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation Business Council, as co-chair of the Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner fundraising event for the Community Leadership Fund of the Santa Fe Community Foundation, and on the Community Foundation’s Envision Fund executive committee. Hanna recently stepped down as President of the Yale Association of New Mexico.
Adelma Aurora Hnasko has a background in arts education, having worked with organizations through the US studying the creative activities of youth, both in school as well as in youth-based arts programs. She has published research and co-produced a documentary film focusing on young people in the arts. At the local level, Hnasko has participated in policy and grant-making initiatives, as well as in administrative, teaching and creative start-up work. She has conducted ethnographic fieldwork, developed and implemented assessment tools for arts learning, and help architect and launch creative organizations. More recently, Hnasko has been documenting, cataloguing and exhibiting the visual art of her late father, Don Roach. She consults and mentors on local projects and publishes the occasional article or essay.
Bernadette Ortiz Peña holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the Santa Fe University of Art & Design and New Mexico Teaching Credentials in Fine Arts, Gifted, TESOL, Physical Education and Language Arts. She studied dance pedagogy and instruction at University of California-Irvine and University of New Mexico. An educator with Santa Fe Public Schools since the mid-1980's, she developed integrated art based curriculum for elementary students and wrote the first teacher’s guide for the National Dance Institute of new Mexico. She has developed her own standards-based dance program for Capital High School (CHS) students teaching various dance genres. Over the years, the program has succeeded in winning dance team awards, developing professional performers, choreographers and teachers. Together with Santa Fe High School and the New Mexico School for the Arts, the Capitol City Dance Conference was created, annually hosting over 100 teen dancers. She was honored to direct theatre for five years, leading her hard-working students to produce several plays, musicals and two NMAA State One Act Championships. Ortiz Peña helped begin a student film program landing feature films on the CHS school site, providing dual credit classes, creating mentorships and collaborations.An active participant in NMFILM, she has built a resume in acting, properties, costuming, casting, and studio teaching. Her credits include a dance scene in Tiger Eyes, a movie based on the book by Judy Blume. She received an internship for women in film casting, and was a selected participant in the first Robert Redford MILAGRO Workshop Project. Keeping her passion alive in performance, Ortiz Peña most recently choreographed Rudolfo Anaya's Bless Me Ultima in which she also played La Muerte. She also appeared in Irma Mayorga's Cascarones, Julia Alvarez's In The Time of Butterflies and Eve Ensler's The Good Body. She is grateful for her two children, a career in arts and for those local artists and venues such as Teatro Paraguas, Wise Fool, Santa Fe Community College, The Lensic and Pomegranate SEEDS Program who have developed collaborations and mentorships for her students past and present.
Ashlyn Perry has a passion for the arts and has been working in design for the last 5 years. After 20 years of working in sales for a Fortune 500 corporation, she now concentrates her efforts in branding and marketing her Trout Stalker Ranch in Chama, NM, as well as taking on individual design and creative projects. Perry also has a passion for philanthropy and has been involved fund raising efforts for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern NM, The Santa Fe Opera, Institute of American Indian Arts and other local charitable and arts organizations.
Exilda Trujillo de Martinez, a native of Espanola, NM, with a heritage that spans 400 years of ancestry in the area, graduated from Loretto Academy in Santa Fe. Trujillo de Martinez began teaching at the middle school level with the Santa Fe Public Schools, and eventually served as principal of Alameda Middle School for the last six years of her 25-year educational career. She then served as a bill analyst for the House Education committee, New Mexico State Legislature from 1999 through 2006. Trujillo de Martinez has been active in political, social and civic activities her entire adult life. She serviced on the City of Santa Fe Children & Youth Commission for 12 years. She has been an active member of La Sociedad Folklorica, an organization dedicated to the preservation of Spanish culture, for 40 years. Presently, she is serving on the Risk Advisory Committee for the New Mexico Public Schools Insurance Authority.
Brian Vallo currently serves as Director of the Indian Arts Research Center at the School for Advanced Research. A member of the Pueblo of Acoma tribe and a resident of Santa Fe, Vallo has over 25 years of experience working with tribal groups throughout the Southwest in the areas of historic preservation, museum and tourism development, governance, marketing, and the arts. A former Lt. Governor at Acoma, his work experience extends into the fields of architecture and planning. A self-taught artist (painter and potter), he enjoys experimentation with natural materials he discovers on the New Mexico landscape to create mixed media works that celebrate aspects of Native American culture.
Vallo attended New Mexico State University where he studied Business Administration and Marketing, and later studied Anthropology at the University of New Mexico. He serves on various non-profit Boards in New Mexico, including Santa Fe-based Chamiza Foundation, and the Native American Advised Endowment Fund at the Santa Fe Community Foundation.
Arts Commission Staff
Debra Garcia y Griego, Director, is responsible for implementing the City’s support of arts and cultural affairs, including leading the City’s first cultural planning process, “Culture Connects Santa Fe,” with consultant Dr. Estevan Rael-Galvez. Her 20 years of experience as an arts administrator include service at Museum Campus Chicago, Chicago a cappella, Southwest Theater & Dance Festival, and University of New Mexico Department of Theater & Dance. She serves on the Board of Directors for Americans for the Arts and as an at-larger member of the United States Urban Arts Federation, an alliance of the chief executives of local arts agencies in the nation's 60 largest cities. Garcia y Griego holds a Master of Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of New Mexico.
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Jackie Camborde, Arts Services Coordinator, spent the majority of her career in the arts, mostly in development and marketing. Before joining the Arts Commission team, she worked for the Lensic Performing Arts Center, Randall Davey Audubon Center, Museum of New Mexico Foundation and the Santa Fe Opera. In between nonprofit assignments she took a ten year break to open and teach at Santé Fitness Studio in Eldorado. Jackie lives outside Santa Fe with her husband, two daughters and two cats.
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Lee Ann Cory, Administrative Assistant
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Originally from Arkansas, Rod Lambert, Community Gallery Manager, visited New Mexico for the first time in 1983 to attend Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico. In 1992 after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas Rod spent a year working abroad in London England before returning to New Mexico to earn his Master of Community and Regional Planning from the University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning in Albuquerque, New Mexico. After spending almost a decade in Chicago, Illinois as both an Operations and Project Manager for several graphic design firms Rod returned to New Mexico in 2006 as the Gallery and Warehouse Manager at Santa Fe Clay. Rod has been the Community Gallery Manager since its inception in 2008.
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