Back row: Casey Clendenin, Nancy Dahl, Richard McCord, Shirley Minett, Judy Boles-Pe√Īa. Front row: Margaret Wood, Sara Kennedy, Mary Lou Cook, Ginny Tape, Melinda Miles. Not present: Genevieve Russell. (Photograph by Susan Boe)
Ceremony Committee Chairman
Nancy has a small business Talking With. As a personal historian, she records interviews with elder's capturing their lifetime of memories for their families. Nancy interviews our new Living Treasures preserving their history and stories for the community.
Board of Directors; Treasurer; Archivist; Business and Book sub-committees
Sara, a resident of Santa Fe since 1990 and Living Treasures committee member since 2001, has worn many hats. Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, there she spent many years as an office manager for two interior design firms, had her own catering business and then a restaurant, Caf√© Ole, and as a volunteer, she also coordinated and ran the tea room at the annual Designer Showcase House, a Tulsa Philharmonic fundraising event. Keeping her connection to the food industry upon moving to Santa Fe she worked at El Nido in Tesuque for 11 enjoyable years. Life-long passions include genealogy, gardening, reading, writing, photography, baking and in general, simply enjoying the gifts living in the land of enchantment bring to her days.
Shirley was born in Chicago Il. in 1932 to and inventor father and an interior decorator mother, so art was always a path for her. After high school Shirley attended Boston University and ultimately Ringling School¬†of Art in Sarasota Fl. where she met her husband, also an artist. Together, they eventually moved to Santa Fe, where Shirley worked as a fabric artist for Origins. She has since expanded her medium to tin and has found that the only limit to creativity is your own imagination.
There are many ways to create and in the early eighties Shirley became involved¬†at the inception of the Santa Fe Living Treasures, where wonderful people who "made a difference" were honored. She‚Äôs always felt that the Living Treasures¬†organization was yet another form designed to¬†examine¬†one more¬†facet of the essence of our existence.
JB, Judy Boles Pena
Born and raised in New Mexico JB feels blessed to have grown up with the rich cultures that make our towns what they are.¬†One of her favorite memories was frequenting Mr. Lujans store on Galiesto St. He left a wonderful impression on her through the years.
Attending Loretto Academy as a child, JB¬†is back making¬†her living as a weaver and designer in a shop located in the Inn at Loretto: Handwoven Originals¬†which was started in 1980.¬†Many travels over the years make her appreciate home, family and belonging.
JB started with the Living Treasure committee in 1996 as the publication of the first book was beginning. Mary Lou Cook asked if she could help out and¬†the rest is "history."
JB deeply appreciates her rich friendships, touching encounters through ceremonies, tea gatherings¬†and partnerships with community.
Photography and Web Design
Genevieve Russell is a photographer, personal historian, and producer who has been involved with photography and storytelling for nearly ten years. She founded StoryPortrait Media in 2007 to help individuals, families, and communities preserve important cultural stories by creating video, Web, multimedia, and print productions.
She has taught photography and digital imaging at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops for the past seven years. She joined the Living Treasures Committee in 2008 and will photograph all of the new Living Treasure honorees.
Nominating Committee Co-ordinator
Ginny has lived in Northern New Mexico for 34 years.¬† She is an artist and helps run the Independent Artists Gallery co-op art gallery in Santa Fe. Ginny is also an animal shelter volunteer with Espanola Valley Humane Society (EVHS).¬† Other interests include traveling, gardening and reading. She lives with¬†her husband, three cats and a dog.
Correspondence and Ceremony
Margaret Wood has been a member of the Santa Fe Living Treasures Committee for three years. She currently writes the introduction for each Treasure for the Living Treasure ceremonies and assists with leading the ceremonies. She carries out specific correspondence needs. She is a speech pathologist in Santa Fe, working with elderly clients.