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President: Carolyn Thomas has been a teacher for 30 years and a student for even longer. She currently teaches in the philosophy department at University of New Mexico. Carolyn has degrees from Duke, Stanford, St. John’s College, and University of New Mexico. She loves books, ideas, conversation, and learning. She’s also a member of the Studebaker Drivers Club and enjoys tinkering with old cars and trucks.

Vice President and Treasurer: Bruce Miller received a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.  He has worked in the field of corporate finance for over 30 years and currently is working as a finance executive with three technology companies in Santa Fe and also serves on the board of directors of the Santa Fe Business Incubator.  Bruce’s two daughters are graduates of the Santa Fe Girls’ School.

Vice President: Sheila Jael Vaughn  is a psychologist who spent 30 years in private practice in southern California where she specialized in working with adolescents. She was an adjunct professor at the University of California, Irvine where she taught developmental psychology classes. Sheila’s activities since moving to Santa Fe include board membership at Girls Inc., developing her consulting business, and hiking with her retriever.

Secretary: Melissa Benedict is a graduate of St. John’s College in Santa Fe, earned a master’s degree in psychology from the Goddard Graduate Program and studied accounting at the Anderson School at UNM.  She has many years of experience in accounting and management for not for profit organizations, including seven years as finance director for a private school.  She has volunteered for political action groups, music organizations and several Santa Fe schools.

Trustee: Joan Brooks Baker is a photographer and a native New Yorker who has lived in Santa Fe for close to 30 years.  She is a devoted member of the community of Santa Fe, not only for its beauty and energy, but for its enthusiastic blend of three cultures.  Joan’s fascination over the past several years with the history and presence of the Black Madonna has resulted in a slide presentation of Black Madonnas and portraits of women.

Trustee: Lee Lewin Please see bio information under “Administration”.

Trustee: Elaine Sullivan received her Master’s Degree in Education at Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio, and her Master’s Degree in Applied Behavioral Science at the Leadership Institute of Seattle.  She has retired from 25 years in corporate consulting and training and now does part-time marketing and human resources work in a local medical acupuncture practice.  She was a co-founder of the Santa Fe Chapter of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) and of the Santa Fe Alliance, which works to support locally-owned businesses and to educate Santa Feans about the value of keeping our dollars circulating in our own community.