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Board Of Directors

Foundation Board of Directors – President/CEO

Jotina Trussell
Albuquerque, NM

Foundation Board of Directors – Executive Committee

Coleman Travelstead
Innovation, America’s Journal of Technology Commercialization

Bob McCarty
Treasurer, Board of Directors
Director of Business Operations & CFO
Technology Ventures Corporation

Deborah Dixon, P.E.
First Vice Chair
Sr. Project Manager and Vice President
Water Systems
Bohannan Huston, Inc.

Julie Vargas, Esq.
Secretary, Board of Directors
Hunt & Davis, P.C.

Mike Mertz
Member at Large
Director – NERC Regulatory Compliance
PNM Resources

Linda Kier
Member at Large
District Manager, Central NM
US Bank

 David S. Smoak
 Second Vice Chair
 Chairman, Coldwell Banker
Commercial, Las Colinas

Foundation Board of Directors

Waleed Ashoo
LithExcel Communications Services Provider

Tom Knutila
Senior Vice President & Trust Officer
Bank of Albuquerque Private Bank

Jerry Langheim
Director, DoD Programs, Strategic Alliances
Defense Systems & Assessments Sandia National Laboratories

David Martinez DDS
Owner/Pediatric Dentist
David J. Martinez DDS PC

Brian Fantl
Senior VP/Chief Operating Officer
Albuquerque Publishing Company

Adam Gushard
Senior Vice President/Controller
Bank of the Rio Grande

Joe O’Neill
ESPN Radio 101.7 The TEAM

Dan Kemme

John Kennedy

Bette Bolton
BlueCross BlueShield of New Mexico

Stuart Schoenmann
Operating Partner
Norwest Equity Partners

Tom Tinnin
Tinnin Enterprises

Charles Walter
Executive Director
New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science

George Boerigter
Founder and Chairman
SoundOff Signal

Deron Knoner
Director and Shareholder
Keleher & McLeod, P.A.

Marron Lee Nelson
Private Practice
Laporta Engelbrecht

F11X Engineering Manager
Intel Corporation

Mike Mumford
Branch Manager
Bank of the West

Nadine Shea
Modrall Sperling

Krista Koss Parker
Vice President
Cafeteria Plan Company

John Cornish PhD
Dean, School of Math, Science & Engineering
Central New Mexico Community College

Mark Gundlach
General Manager
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque

Alexa Tysseling
Vice President

Arlene High
Community Leader/Volunteer
Gallup, NM
Please contact Jotina Trussell for information about the Foundation Board of Directors. (505) 841-2801. This list is the property of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History Foundation. It is published here for official business of the Foundation. To protect the privacy of the individuals listed herein, this directory may not be used, distributed, rented or sold for commercial purposes. Use of this list implies consent to these terms.

A Message from the New Mexico Museum of Natural History Foundation President/CEO


I want to thank you for your interest in the New Mexico Museum of Natural History Foundation. The Foundation is committed to raising funds for the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science. Your unrestricted gifts play a key role in providing the educational programs, transformative exhibitions, and enhanced guest experiences that have made the Museum a favorite destination. The Foundation also raises money from diverse sources including grants, special events, membership and annual giving.

The Foundation runs all of the entrepreneurial enterprises in the Museum including the NatureWorks Discovery Store, the Membership program, the Lockheed Martin DynaTheater (giant screen 3D theater), the Museum cafe, and astronomy and dinosaur camps. .

A visit to the Museum will allow you to explore natural history topics in a supportive and fun atmosphere. You will discover the exciting world of super scientists at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science and become a paleontologist when you search for fossils. Travel deep into a volcano, blast off into space, explore the vastness of the universe in the Planetarium, learn about the beginning of the personal computer, experience a cave with bats and stalagmite formations, and study the exciting New Mexico reptiles and amphibians of today and long ago.

Our community supporters continue the mission of improving the Museum visitor’s experience through their numerous donations of money, time, and expertise. The Foundation Board works to develop dynamic programs and services to fit the ever-changing needs of our community and audience.

As science education becomes increasingly important to our competitiveness as a world-class city and nation, the Foundation and the Museum are partnering to develop classrooms of the future. The classrooms will be hands-on, hi-tech learning environments led by the best science educators, which we believe will serve to inspire our next generation of scientists and engineers.

Please join our ever-expanding membership program and be part of the fascinating world of natural history and science at our Museum, today and tomorrow.

Jotina Trussell
NMMNHF President/CEO