About the TCA
Board / Staff
Executive Director - Deborah McLean
Deborah was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and has lived in Taos, New Mexico for the past 17 years. Her arts management experience include positions as Interim President at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD), Interim Director of the UNM Harwood Museum of Art, and Interim Director for the Couse Foundation. She has over 20 years experience as a planning consultant focusing primarily on organizational and municipal long range plans. She is a jewelry and metal collage artist in Taos and has shown her jewelry in many local galleries and has had her metal collages accepted in a number of juried shows. Deborah has studied fine arts, has a degree in planning and an MBA. She enjoys the performing arts, music, and film.
Office Manager - Susan Nuss
Susan Nuss moved to Taos in 2002 from the southeastern US, where she was a Learning Facilitator for Delta Air Lines until the constant post-September 11th layoffs in the airline industry became unbearable to watch. Vowing never to work for another corporation, Susan arrived in Taos and was immediately hired as the Executive Assistant to the President of a software company, where she remained until 2012. Since that time, Susan has devoted her professional life primarily to nonprofit organizations, and is very pleased to be the Office Manager for Taos Center for the Arts.
Theater Manager - Todd Ritchie
Staff House Manager and Volunteer Coordinator - Carlene Christie (Luttati)
On-Call House Manager - Monique Gomez
Monique grew up in Santa Fe, NM and recently moved to Taos. She discovered her passion for art at a young age and has been drawing, painting, photographing and experimenting ever since. Along with her background in art, she has been a part of the preventative healthcare community as an educator, massage therapist, and an entrepreneur. Joining the TCA has been a fantastic way to get involved in the rich art community here in Taos.
Projectionist and Film Programmer - Peter Halter
On-Call Projectionist/Technician - Francis Santistevan
As his family before him, Francis is a native Taoseño. Although he enjoys going to other places across the county and sometimes overseas, for some music event or another, he feels strongly grounded to his roots in Taos and has no intention of either moving or living anywhere other than here. Always willing to learn new things, Francis took the position of an On-Call Projectionist/Technician at the TCA as a learning opportunity and has not been disappointed in the least.
On-Call Projectionist/Technician - Chelsea Reidy
Graphic Design Consultant - Lesley Cox
Sponsorship Coordinator- Lesley Morgan
Board of Directors
ALFORD JOHNSON, President
"Andy" was based in Chicago for many years where he was Vice President of Marketing for the American Institute of Steel Construction. Before that he worked in sales and marketing for the construction division of a major steel company both domestically and in Europe where he spent six and a half years. While there he took advantage of his position to become fluent in French. Andy retired in 2004 and shortly after that moved to Arroyo Hondo where he is a full time resident. He enjoys skiing, hiking, fishing and the rich cultural scene that is Taos. He has a BA in English Literature from the University of Colorado and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
JOHN HAMILTON, Vice President
John has been involved in a variety of computer and commercial real estate ventures over his career. John is mostly retired and still does a little commercial real estate development in the Albuquerque area. John and his wife Peggy moved to Taos in 2009 and have become deeply involved in service to the Taos community they have come to love.
JAMES DAY, Treasurer
Jim is a retired Dentist who practiced in California for over 30 years before retiring to Taos in 2004. He and his wife Patti share a strong interest in both the visual and performing arts. Their artistic focus is on the moving image as an art form. They have produced a number of experimental and documentary works.
KANDACE NACHTRAB, Secretary
Ms. Nachtrab spent most of her career in the non-profit world as a management, marketing and fundraising executive in Los Angeles, New York City and most recently in Washington, DC. She is Chair Emeritus of the Washington D.C. International Film Festival and a Founding Member of the Washington DC Film Society. She has an M.B.A from Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. from the New York State University at Oswego. Ms. Nachtrab moved to Taos in 2010 and is Chair of the Taos Opera Institute and co-founder of the TCA Film Society. Ms. Nachtrab chairs the TCA Fundraising Committee.
Holly is a retired legislative aide to a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and also a retired political campaign coordinator.
Trisha is founder and owner of Fong Norden Design, a graphic design firm that focuses on branding and marketing for small businesses. Her work experience includes the healthcare architecture industry where she continues to work as a consultant. Trisha has recently moved with her husband David Norden, from Stowe, VT. With a lifelong interest in the arts, Trisha has served on the boards of the Vermont Women’s Fund, Stowe Free Library, and Stowe Dance Academy.
Wayne first visited Taos in 1993 and made frequent visits until moving here full time in the fall of 2014. He joined the TCA board in May 2016. His education included a bachelor of fine arts and master of city planning from the University of Memphis; and a law firm management certificate from George Washington University. Wayne has a diverse professional career including downtown planning & development, financial services and marketing & business development with major global professional service firms.
David relocated to Taos as a recovering corporate executive where he now pursues his dual passions for visual art and music. He brings to the board a background of forty years of music performance and recording, as well as art handling and curating, gallery ownership and a twenty-plus career as a nationally recognized painter. He has previously served the community as a Taos Fall Arts board member, an advisory board member for the PASEO, and a New Mexico Arts Commissioner.
Judith Kendall has raised a family and worked in Taos since 1976. Keenly interested in visual arts and contemporary artists, she owned and operated a fine art gallery in Taos for over twenty years. This gallery still functions as an on-line presence. A certified art appraiser, Kendall currently enjoys working with projects involving appraising, art consulting, curating, education and the performing arts.
Dawn Mirabal is a member of the Taos Pueblo Tribe. She owns her own business; Taos Mountain Gallery, located inside the beautiful El Monte Sagrado Resort and Spa. She has three amazing daughters. All of them continue to perform at the TCA. Her first daughter was only five days old when she hit the stage. Dawn enjoys travelling, dancing, being with her girls, animals and gardening. Dawn has followed her fathers seat as a board member as well.