“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead
William A. Miller
Chairman and Treasurer of the Creative Santa Fe Board of Directors
William A. Miller is President of Miller Strategic Consulting, LLC (MSC). MSC invests in and actively participates in the management and development of entrepreneurial enterprises. Miller is a board member of Avisa Pharma. He serves on the Advisory Board of Avalon Trust Company, and he is a member of the Presbyterian Santa Fe Advisory Council. Miller is also a member of the boards of directors of SITE Santa Fe and the New Mexico School for the Arts – Art Institute.
Joel F. Barber
Joel F. Barber is the principal of Eurasia Advisors, offering finance, strategy and business development advisory services to firms in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States, with a focus on technology, aviation and aerospace industries. Barber grew up in Los Alamos, New Mexico and now splits his time between Moscow and London. He received his MBA from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Business Administration and an MS in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT.
Mark Johnson is currently co-founder and CEO of Descartes Labs, a company applying machine learning to satellite imagery and building a living, breathing atlas of the world. Prior to Descartes, Mark served as CEO of Zite where he helped the company grow from a search startup without a product to a successful personalized iPad magazine. Mark sold Zite to CNN five months after the company launched and eventually sold Zite out of CNN to Flipboard in March 2014. Before Zite, Mark was a product manager at SAP and then plunged into three successful search startups: SideStep (acquired by Kayak for $180M in December 2007), Kosmix (acquired by Walmart in April 2011), and Powerset (acquired by Microsoft in July 2008). Mark studied philosophy at Stanford University.
Angela Martin is a rancher, writer, investor, philanthropist and world traveler. A native South Texan and third generation ranching family, Martin maintains a residence in Texas and is active in the ranching business. She attended Stephens College, Columbia, Missouri and at age twenty-one launched a retail home furnishings business in Houston that she built into multiple stores and sold in 1994. In 1998, Martin founded an Internet startup for secondary market blue chip art. Martin is currently a partner and angel investor in Digitz’s and is President and member of the board of the Campana Foundation. Her connection with Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico began at age twelve when her family purchased a remote homestead in Taos. She now has a permanent residence and spends a large portion of time in Santa Fe.
Victoria J. Mora
Dr. Victoria Mora is the fifth president of UWC-USA. A New Mexico native, Victoria began her tenure on August 1, 2016. She earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy at Yale University and has worked since 1992 as a faculty member, dean, and senior vice-president for development and alumni relations at St. John’s College in Santa Fe, NM. A first generation college graduate, Victoria has made promoting transformational education a cornerstone of her work and career. Victoria is the parent of a UWC-USA alumna and has been keenly invested in the mission of the school for many years. She brings strong connections to donors and like-minded organizations in New Mexico and is looking forward to a new set of challenges at an international residential school.
James D. Patterson
James D. Patterson retired to Santa Fe in 2000 after spending thirty-five years in the advertising community in Chicago. Patterson spent most of his career running major national accounts for various Chicago advertising agencies. He was at Leo Burnett for eighteen years, a stint that included becoming a Vice President, running McDonald’s international campaign for seven years, and managing Burnett’s eighty-person Singapore office. Patterson created and published the smARTbook, a guidebook to the arts in Chicago. He spent five years as Vice President of Client Service and as Chief Financial Officer of D&H, an advertising division of HA•LO in Chicago. During this time, he spent eight years (five as President) of the Board of City Lit theater company. Patterson is the co-founder of The Idea Group of Santa Fe, a unique strategic solutions company. He is a graduate of Brown University. He resides in Santa Fe.
Kimberly Sheffield grew up in Shallowater, Texas and attended Texas Tech in 1976. Upon graduation she moved to Midland, TX where she lived for almost 20 years. While in Midland, Kimberly worked in the oil industry, volunteered at non-profits throughout the city, and served on the Board of Directors for the Midland Community Theater. While on the board she also chaired the search committee for the new Executive Director in 1997. Kimberly moved to Dallas in 1997 to work for Pioneer Natural Resources. During that time she also served on the Board of Directors for the USA Film Festival. In 2009 she joined the Board of Trustees for the Dallas Theater Center, an organization that won a Tony Award for Regional Theater in 2017. Since moving permanently to Santa Fe in October 2016, she served on the board of the Santa Fe Children’s Museum.
Sandy Zane is the owner of the Zane Bennett Contemporary Art Gallery (now operating online only) and a new sister gallery called form and concept in a 10,000 sq ft physical space in Santa Fe, NM. Ms. Zane has worked in the non-profit sector for many years as a director and as a grants writer. She is an accomplished artist and has exhibited her prints and paintings in many solo shows and group exhibitions, primarily in New York, Texas and New Mexico. She has served on the Board of the New Mexico State University Foundation as well as on the boards of other non-profit arts and entrepreneurial organizations in New Mexico.
In her varied career, Ms. Zane, a private pilot, has operated an airport community in the Chicago area, replacing taxiways and runways, and updating fueling systems during her tenure in office. She spent fifteen years in the brokerage industry, working for both commodities and securities companies with expertise in risk and compliance. She was employed for four years in the NYC and Boston areas as a “head hunter” in the computer industry, specializing in the recruitment of candidates for artificial intelligence and robotics projects.
She earned a BA in Arts Administration from Bard College in the Hudson Valley of New York. She and her husband have six children and eleven grandchildren ranging in age from 8 – 18. She has lived in Santa Fe full time for ten years.