Board of Trustees

Kristina Alley is a co-founder of Santa Fe Advisors, a Santa Fe based wealth management firm.  Previously, she was a Managing Director of First Santa Fe Advisors, a wealth management firm affiliated with First National Bank of Santa Fe.  Prior to returning to New Mexico, Kristina managed investment portfolios for high net-worth and institutional clients at U.S. Trust Company of New York.  Kristina received a BA in Spanish Literature from Bryn Mawr College and an MBA from Fordham University. She is a Certified Financial Planner®.  Kristina’s family has a long history with Santa Fe Prep. Her father, James B. Alley Jr., was a trustee and she, along with all three of her siblings, attended Santa Fe Prep.  Kristina and her husband Timothy Farrell have a son, Nicholas, Class of 2022 and a daughter, Linnea, Class of 2025.

Stephen Mills Badger II attended Duke University and Reed College, and graduated from Union Institute in Cincinnati, OH with a BA in Anthropology. Stephen has a deep interest in sustainable organic farming; he served as the President of Santa Fe based Seeds of Change from 1995-2004 and heavily invested in and initiated its acquisition by Mars, Inc. From 2004-2008 Stephen led Corporate Affairs for Mars, Inc. as the Global Director. In March of 2008, Stephen joined the Mars, Inc. Board and later held the position of Chairman from 2011-2014 and again from 2017-2020. In March 2017 he assumed the Chairman role again. Other Boards that Stephen serves on include The Economics of Mutuality Foundation, The Association for Traditional Arts, and the Muscle Shoals Music Foundation. Stephen also produced “Muscle Shoals”, a documentary film about music studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013 and sold around the world, including to PBS’ premiere network ITVS in the United States. Stephen has a child in the class of 2021 at Prep.

Elizabeth Bremner is the co-founder and President of WiserGiving®, a free online toolkit designed to “make smart philanthropy simple.” For three decades, Liz has provided leadership for new and emerging philanthropic organizations. She has served as president of The Foundation Incubator in Palo Alto, California, president and CEO of the Santa Fe Community Foundation (1993-2001), and was founding executive director of the Los Angeles Women’s Foundation. Liz has also served on the boards of directors of numerous nonprofits, including the Ms. Foundation for Women in New York. A native of the Bay Area, Liz earned a bachelor’s degree in English at the University of California, Davis, and a master’s degree in management at University of Redlands. She returned to Santa Fe with her partner Karen Crow in 2010 to raise their three sons: their oldest is a eighth-grader at Prep, and their two sixth-graders attend Rio Grande School. In addition to family activities, Liz enjoys hiking in the mountains with her big dog and tending her vegetable garden.

Alejandra Castillo Roth, a gastroenterologist in Santa Fe since 2010 and a partner at Northern New Mexico Gastroenterology Associates, is originally from Venezuela, where she graduated from the Central University’s Luis Razetti medical school. She then moved with her husband, Charlie Roth, to New York City, where she pursued her residency and fellowship at the State University of New York, Down State Campus. She completed further training in advanced GI procedures at Duke University. She is mother of three: Nico, Class of 2023; and Lucia and Elena, who are currently students at Rio Grande School.

Dr. Josiah Child is an Emergency Medicine physician in Los Alamos.  A  graduate of Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY, Dr. Child completed his emergency medicine residency and medicine/pediatric internship and residency at Yale–New Haven Hospital, CT. Dr. Child previously worked as an attending physician at Stamford Hospital, Midstate Medical Center and Yale-St. Raphael Hospital. He also served as director of pediatric emergency services and emergency medicine ultrasonography at Bristol Hospital. Dr. Child is a fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine.  He has two children at Santa Fe Prep.

Julia Boaz Cooper spent her childhood in Bernalillo, New Mexico. Julia headed East for college, graduating from Barnard College, Columbia University, and then from Yale Law School. She practiced law with Keker & Van Nest in San Francisco, specializing in white collar criminal defense and complex business litigation. After moving to Alabama, Julia joined Bradley Arant, where she continued to develop her national practice representing clients in complex business and class action litigation, especially in the areas of securities and antitrust litigation. She and her family returned to New Mexico five years ago. Julia is a member of the American Law Institute and is a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Attorney. She has served on many nonprofit organizations and boards throughout her career. Her two oldest children, Sophie and Celia, practice law and design in California, respectively, and her youngest, Sam in the Class of 2020 at Santa Fe Prep. When time permits, Julia, and her husband, Patrick Coughlin, also work their ranch in Coyote, New Mexico.

Edward Gale has been in Santa Fe since 2000 and is married with two teenage children, one attending Prep. He attended Mesa State College in Grand Junction, CO, where he received his BA in Selected Studies, then University of Northern Colorado for graduate studies in literature, and Southwestern College where he earned his MA in counseling. Ed spent nearly 20 years in Minnesota where he lived on and operated a family farm in the city of Minnetrista. While there, Ed served on the planning commission, was elected to two terms as a city councilor and one term as mayor. From 1993-99, he served as Chairman of the Metropolitan Parks and Open Space Commission which reviewed, developed and implemented park and trail master plans for the 50,000-acre regional park system in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area. From 2004-2012, Ed has been in private practice as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Santa Fe. Currently Mr. Gale serves as President of the Gale Family Foundation, Director of Superior Mineral Resources, LLC, and President of Gale Mineral Resources, LLC.

Adelma Aurora Hnasko ’92 chairs Prep’s Advancement Committee and serves on the school’s Alumni Board. She obtained her BA in social anthropology and her MA in education at Stanford University. Adelma co-directed and taught the Stanford linguistics and urban studies course, “Language and Youth Culture,” and subsequently served as a field scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. She has published and presented extensively on the role of the arts in youth development, including at the UNESCO Enterprise, Human Development, and Culture conference. Adelma returned to Santa Fe in 2000, and has since worked with Thaw Charitable Trust, The Pojoaque Valley Fund, the City of Santa Fe, and New Mexico School for the Arts. Adelma founded and directs Resolana Farms, a creative residency program located on her family’s ranches near Coyote, New Mexico. She consults on various local projects, serves as commissioner for the Santa Fe Arts Commission, and is a board member for the New Mexico Farmers’ Marketing Association. Adelma and her husband Tom have two sons at Prep: Xander, Class of 2021, and Cyrus, Class of 2025.

Jenny Kaufman ’94 serves as Vice Chair. Jenny was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico and is a proud graduate of Santa Fe Prep. Jenny obtained a BA in Spanish and International Relations from Claremont McKenna College and a law degree from New York University. Prior to returning to Santa Fe in 2007, Jenny practiced law in New York City at the law firm of Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP. Jenny is currently a shareholder at The Jones Firm, a law firm that was founded in Santa Fe in 1948. Jenny has served for a decade on Santa Fe Prep’s Alumni Board and is the current Alumni Board President. Jenny’s son Henry ’25 attends Santa Fe Prep.

David Kocon grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota and earned a double degree in industrial engineering and economics through a joint program with Claremont McKenna College and Northwestern University. After college David joined a private equity firm in Chicago and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Romania. After his return from Romania he earned a Masters of International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and then worked as an investment banker at Merrill Lynch where he specialized in leveraged finance. Since moving to Santa Fe in 2009, he has become an investor and entrepreneur. Amongst his current investments, he owns the dealership for the Twice the Ice brand of ice and water vending machines for the state of New Mexico. He serves on the Impact Investment Committee of the Santa Fe Community Foundation and has been a soccer coach with the Rio Rapids Northern Soccer Club for the past six years. David is married to Amanda Kocon and has two children, Charlotte (Prep Class of 2024) and Henry(a rising 6th grader).

Miquela Salazar Korte grew up and graduated from Española, NM. Miquela is a Norteña, and her family has been rooted in New Mexico for over 400 years. Her family is rooted in the communities of Nambe, Santa Fe, El Rancho, Las Vegas (the original) and Bernal, NM. After graduation, Miquela and her husband Kevin moved to Santa Fe so they could immerse themselves in their community. They both felt it was important to live in the community which helped build the values they hold dear. Miquela taught in Española and in Santa Fe Public Schools. Miquela currently works part-time at the Spanish Colonial Arts Society (SCAS) where she is the Director of the Statewide Education Programs. The SCAS education programs, she has been entrusted with, are living art forms that have been traditionally practiced for hundreds of years. Miquela also consults and works with students who have learning differences and is passionate about giving a voice to parents and children who are struggling in the status quo. Miquela and Kevin co-produce Nuestra Musica at the Lensic every spring. They are members of the Coloniales dance troupe. Miquela has two boys: Ezequiel ’24, and Zacarias, Class of ’30. Miquela also has five brothers and a LARGE extended family which she holds dear.

Christine Le Grand Lehman is Secretary. Christine was born in the United States, raised in Melbourne, Australia, and returned to the US to attend university. She graduated with an AB from Duke University and a JD from Harvard Law School. Christine practiced corporate and healthcare law in San Francisco prior to moving to Santa Fe with her husband Jon, a radiologist. Christine and John have three sons: Benton ’18, Oliver ’20, and Andrew ’22. Christine has also served on the boards of the CHRISTUS St. Vincent Hospital Foundation and the Santa Fe Ski Team.

Alex LoRusso is a radiologist and the medical director at X-Ray Associates at Santa Fe, specializing in Women’s Imaging and Thoracoabdominal Imaging. He and his wife Karen, an oncologist at New Mexico Cancer Care, have lived in Santa Fe since 2005. Alex received a BA in History from Princeton University and a MD from University of Rochester. He did his radiology residency at University of New Mexico and his fellowship at University of Virginia where he stayed on faculty for two years. He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. Alex is the Past President of the New Mexico Society of Radiologists, serving as an officer for the last 11 years. He serves as a medical consultant for The Cancer Foundation of New Mexico. Alex and Karen have two children: Ryan, Class of 2020 and Darcy, Class of 2023.

Elicia Montoya is Board Chair. Elicia is partner at the law firm of McGinn, Montoya, Love & Curry, PA. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Notre Dame and her Juris Doctorate from the University of New Mexico School of Law, where she earned the Margaret Keiper Dailey award for Social Justice. At the University of New Mexico School of Law, she also started the Children’s Advocacy Clinic. She has successfully tried cases throughout the State of New Mexico and has taught trial skills to attorneys across the country. She served as an adjunct law professor at the University of New Mexico from 2002-2004 and from 2008-2014. She served on the Ethics Review Board for the City of Santa Fe and as a Hearing Officer for the New Mexico Disciplinary Board. She earned an AV Martindale Hubbell rating by legal peers and has been designated a Super Lawyer, also by her peers. Elicia loves spending time with her family and enjoying the outdoors. She has a son in the class of 2023 and a daughter in the class of 2025.

Suzanne Moss is Prep’s first Trustee Emerita. She served on Prep’s Board of Trustees from 1997-2003 and was Board chair from 2000-2003. Suzanne is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Law. Suzanne practiced international corporate law for several years and was a member of the Minnesota State Legal Ethics Committee. She has served on the Rio Grande School Board, the Board of United World College, and the Board of Youth Shelters and Family Services. She and her husband, Philip, have a son, Michael, who graduated from Prep in 2002.

Phil Murray is Treasurer. Phil is a secondary math teacher with the Santa Fe Public Schools. Formerly, he was  a partner in Dirks, Van Essen, Murray & April, the nation’s leading merger and acquisition firm for the newspaper industry. A native of Virginia, Phil is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Washington & Lee University and has an M.B.A. from the University of Virginia. Prior to his work in finance, he was a journalist with newspapers in Virginia and Pennsylvania. Phil has served on a number of planning committees for the Santa Fe Public Schools, including the Strategic Planning Oversight Committee, Superintendent Search Committee and Competitive Wage Committee. Phil and his wife Julie have three children: Joseph ’17, Susannah ’20, and Fritz ’25.

Fred Nathan and his wife Arlyn have three children. Their oldest child graduated from Santa Fe Prep in 2019 and the other two are 10th graders at Santa Fe Prep. Fred is Executive Director of Think New Mexico, an independent, results-oriented, statewide public policy think tank, which he founded in 1999. Prior to that, Fred, a recovering attorney, served as Special Counsel to then-Attorney General Tom Udall for eight years. Fred is a former trustee of Williams College, where he is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate. Fred is chairman of the Strategic Priorities Committee and was chairman of the Head Search Committee last year which yielded Aaron Schubach.

Carol Romero-Wirth is a Trustee Emerita after serving nine years on the Board of Trustees finishing as Board Chair from 2010 to 2012. She chaired Prep’s 50th Anniversary Capital Campaign. She holds degrees from Colorado College, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas in Austin and the University of New Mexico School of Law. As a lawyer with a masters degree in public policy, Carol has worked over the last thirty years in public policy, politics, government and philanthropy. She has served on many Santa Fe nonprofit boards including the Santa Fe Community Foundation, Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe, the New Mexico Environmental Law Center, Wood Gormley Elementary School PTC, Breakthrough Santa Fe, Communities in Schools, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and the Atalaya Institute. She and her husband, Peter, have two children. Alex, Santa Fe Prep Class of ’11 and Harvard Class of ’15. Elena, Santa Fe Prep Class of ’15 and George Washington University Class of ’19.

Jenna Skinner Scanlan believes in the transformative powers of activism, philanthropy and education.  An active community member, Jenna has enjoyed the privilege of sitting on national and local philanthropic and nonprofit boards. She currently serves as Vice Chair of the Ms. Foundation for Women, Chair of Hestia Santa Fe, an Advisor to Breakthrough Santa Fe, and a Trustee of the Steele Family Foundation. Together with her husband Wilson, Jenna is happily rearing three children, two of whom are students at Santa Fe Prep. Jenna moved to New Mexico to teach in the bilingual program of the Santa Fe Public Schools in 2000, and she remains a licensed educator. Jenna holds bachelor’s degrees in American Studies and Women’s Studies/Gender Studies from Occidental College, a master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in Bilingual/Multicultural Education for At-Risk Youth from the College of Santa Fe, and she has completed additional graduate work in Spanish Language and Culture at the Universidad de Salamanca. Jenna grew up in Louisville, Kentucky. In addition to education, Jenna’s passions include spending time with her family, enjoying the beautiful New Mexico terrain, and getting lost in a really good book.

Phil Schiliro is a co-founder of Grow New Mexico (a non-profit based in Albuquerque) and Co-Equal (a non-profit based in Washington, D.C.).  Before moving to Santa Fe with his wife and daughter (Kate, class of ’18) he worked in Washington, D.C. in the executive and legislative branches of government.  He held several positions in the Obama Administration, including the President’s Director of Legislative Affairs, Special Advisor to the President, and the President’s Health Care Advisor on the Affordable Care Act.  He also worked in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate for over 25 years in multiple senior positions.

Leah Swanson is originally from Old Saybrook, Connecticut. She graduated with a BA in Psychology from Cornell University and moved to Santa Fe in 1997. Leah is currently a Strategic Relationships Manager at Thornburg Investment Management. Previously, she was Director of Operations at Palace Capital Management and Vice President of Marketing at Thornburg Mortgage. Leah currently serves on the board of the New Mexico Suicide Intervention Project (SKY Center) and is a former Board Chair and Trustee of Rio Grande School. Leah and her husband, Sloan, have two daughters attending Santa Fe Prep: Anna, Class of ’21 and Greta, Class of ’24.

Warren Thompson is our second Trustee Emeritus and is a member of Prep’s class of ’72. He originally served on the Board of Trustees from 1997 through 2005, finishing as Board chair. Warren graduated from Fort Lewis College and the Anderson School of Business at the University of New Mexico, where he earned an MBA in finance.  Currently, he is president of Los Atrevidos, Inc. His father, Leland Thompson, was a founder of the School. Warren and his wife, Mickey, have two sons, both graduates of Prep. Leland graduated with the class of ‘07 and Cass graduated with the class of ’08.

Christian Weichsel is originally from Dallas, Texas and moved to Santa Fe in 2017 after spending five years in Crested Butte, Colorado. Christian graduated from the University of Alabama with an undergraduate degree in Real Estate and then went on to obtain a Masters in Finance from Louisiana State University. He has spent the past 25 years of his work career in real estate and real estate finance working as a real estate broker, developer, and residential mortgage lender. Currently, Christian is a real estate broker with Sotheby’s International Realty of Santa Fe and is always looking for personal opportunities in the real estate field. Christian and his wife Christie have two daughters at Santa Fe Prep: Hanna in the class of 2023 and Hallie in the class of 2020. Christian has been certified as a Level 1 Ski Instructor & Wilderness First Responder, which points to his love of the Santa Fe lifestyle: skiing, hiking, mountain biking and spending time in the outdoors.