Our Team

We are transdisciplinary creatives and educators dedicated to empowering individuals and organizations to strive for the most beneficial outcome for all invested parties. We work across sectors—nonprofits, government agencies, educational institutions, and businesses. We aim to become a repository of best practices and a resource to convene and assist changemakers in solving collective challenges and driving positive change.

Staff

Creative Santa Fe Executive Director Sorakamol Prapasiri

Sorakamol Annette Prapasiri (she, her, hers)

Executive Director

Sorakamol believes we can simultaneously design for better outcomes, higher ROI, stronger communities, and happier humans. Fascinated by neuroscience and behavioral economics, you’ll find her always out on the frontier, prospecting for the incentives that shape human actions.

Sorakamol is a graduate of The Seattle Art Institute’s Graphic Design Department and the St. John’s College Great Books Program. She attributes her ability to instill beauty in every project she leads to her ability to distill complex ideas into their core essences. Prior to her stepping into leadership at Creative Santa Fe (CrSF), she has applied her craft and critical thinking skills to her own brand design practice, Six Blooms, and to multiple community projects she organized—all geared toward  strengthening the social fabric, exciting financial investments, and aligning diverse needs. Under her leadership, CrSF has expanded its capabilities to include strategic design support to other organizations and governmental agencies who are committed to building vibrant, inclusive, and resilient communities in Santa Fe and throughout New Mexico.

Creative Santa Fe Multimedia Specialist and Web Developer Anthony Colombo

Anthony Colombo (he, him, his)

Multimedia Specialist + Web Development

Anthony Colombo brings over 30 years’ experience in developing data-driven websites and award-winning software. As a University of Arizona professor, he taught interactive multimedia production, design and ethics courses. His unwavering commitment to the ethical application of technology, has set him on a path to work primarily for organizations focused on environmental and social causes.

Anthony stands out from other developers by virtue of his proficiency in a myriad of areas — from software coding with PHP, JavaScript and Python, to multimedia production with high-end visual effects and 2D/3D animation applications. Drawing upon his diverse skill set, he employs whole systems thinking to design and deliver creative solutions that address multiple client needs simultaneously.

Gray Garmon is a Design Strategist for Creative Santa Fe

Gray Garmon (he, him, his)

Design Strategist

Gray Garmon is Director of the Center for Integrated Design in the School of Design and Creative Technologies at The University of Texas at Austin. Garmon holds a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, where he received the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Henry Adams Medal and was a University of Pennsylvania Social Impact Fellow. Before arriving at UT in 2018, Garmon served in Peace Corps Ghana and was a faculty member and co-founder of the Master of Arts in Design and Innovation program at Southern Methodist University.

Garmon practices human-centered design (HCD): a problem-solving approach widely used in industry, governments, schools and NGOs. HCD puts people first, using qualitative research methods to understand the human contexts, behaviors, emotions and motivations that can lead to better design solutions. His recent design work includes advising the Aga Khan Foundation on a global HCD toolkit that was honored with a Fast Company Innovation by Design Award, being a Designer-in-Residence with the Design Science Studio at the Buckminster Fuller Institute, and a National Endowment for the Arts-funded interactive art project called the WonderPhone. At UT, he teaches human-centered design courses to B.A., B.F.A., M.A., and M.F.A. students in Design, as well as design courses from across campus through the Design Strategies “Bridging Disciplines” certificate program.

Creative Santa Fe Designer Ticho Japp

Ticoh Japp (she, her, they, them)

Designer

Ticoh Japp is a passionate visual storyteller with a deep commitment to helping others. Through her experience working for various nonprofits and education at Vancouver Community College in Vancouver, Canada, Ticoh loves to create powerful designs that can make a real, meaningful impact in the world.

For the past few years, Ticoh has worked at nonprofits with a specialty in brand identity and social media and loves telling visual stories with an eye for detail. As someone who is First Nations, Ticoh has found herself working with Indigenous organizations such as the Santa Fe Indigenous Center, Honor The Earth, and Anishinaabe Agriculture.

With experiences from living in the Midwest to the Southwest and a passion for travelling the world, Ticoh brings a unique perspective and strives to create powerful designs that can make a meaningful impact in the world.

After moving from rural Minnesota in late 2022, Ticoh now lives in Santa Fe with her family and her dog, Kiki.

Creative Santa Fe Finance and Operations Director Mayo Miller King

Mayo Miller King (she, her, hers)

Finance + Operations Director

Mayo Miller King is co-owner of Miller Strategic Consulting, LLC. She began her career in San Francisco, where she received a BA in art history at Mills College and an MA in museum studies administration from John F. Kennedy University. She worked in public relations and marketing for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, as well as for Brown & Collins, a public relations and advertising firm. After graduate school, Mayo was co-founder of the Blue Room Gallery in San Francisco – an artist-run nonprofit art space.  

She has been actively involved with several nonprofits in Santa Fe, including ARTsmart, Santa Fe Railyard Park, SITE Santa Fe and The Trust for Public Land. She currently is a member of the Board of Directors of NDI New Mexico.  In addition to her seat on the board, she co-chair’s NDI New Mexico’s Santa Fe Gala Committee and sits on the organization’s Santa Fe Development Committee. Mayo also serves as an Advisor for the Santa Fe Business Incubator. Mayo served as Creative Santa Fe’s Interim Executive Director from 2020-2021.

Felicia Ponca

Felicia Ponca (she, her, hers)

Advancement and Engagement Director

Felicia is a Santa Fe native with over twenty years of event management and production experience. Through her company, Santa Fe Art of Celebration, she has planned and produced countless fundraisers, networking events, meetings, and private celebrations. Drawing from her Osage cultural heritage, she designed all gatherings as vehicles to deepen human connections and social ties. 

Felicia received her bachelor’s degree in art history with a concentration in contemporary and Native American arts from the College of Santa Fe. She joined CrSF in 2023 to deliver memorable experiences to strengthen CrSF community building work.

Creative Santa Fe Brand Strategist John Ravitch

John Ravitch (he, him, his)

Brand Strategist and Program Designer

John has a deep belief in designing relationships that set the right path for creative work to succeed within complex organizations. He recently returned to the United States after two years leading an innovation team under the Chief Design Officer of a leading Australian bank. There he experienced not only the importance of designing for senior level buy-in, but also the momentum required to land new creative ideas.

Prior to client-side, John was a founding partner at IDEO for 17 years. There, guided by the belief that compelling design supports positive behavioral change within business, he focused on helping leaders build their creative confidence and define their innovation agenda. He recently keynoted on the importance of creative competitiveness and designing for momentum.

John cut his teeth at CKS Partners, the top digital brand agency in Silicon Valley which was retained by Steve Jobs to rethink Apple’s marketing effort in the 90’s. John learned a great deal about the ‘reality distortion field’ in the first person while working on the core marketing teams on Apple MacWorld.

Creative Fellows

Max Neutra, Creative Santa Fe Creative Fellow

Max Neutra

PechaKucha Night Santa Fe / Color Us True

Max Neutra has spent his life in creative endeavors.

After a ten year stint in the LA music business, Max began to turn heads when he started painting live on stage with local bands. It was not long before he made a name for himself painting at events in the streets, music venues, and galleries throughout Los Angeles. Eventually his unique painting style won him the opportunity to paint in live shows across India and Europe. Throughout his career, he has painted in a myriad of locations, from the bright heights of a 747 flying over Mumbai, to the dark depths of the catacombs beneath Paris.

Today, Max lives in his hometown of Santa Fe, and applies all that he’s learned to his Experience Design work at art-collective-turned-themed-immersive-entertainment-company, Meow Wolf. He has contributed to all four Meow Wolf exhibitions, and continues to develop the ever expanding Meow Wolf story universe.

Patrick Schaefer headshot in black and white

Patrick Schaefer (he, him, his)

Democracy Seminar Series

Patrick Schaefer practices law in Santa Fe, focusing on regional structures of governance. In particular, his practice works to bridge jurisdictional divisions between state, tribal, federal, and Mexican entities. He currently serves as Chief General Council for the New Mexico Department of Finance Administration (NM DFA).

Prior to his current role with NM DFA, he was the founding Executive Director of the Hunt Institute for Global Competitiveness, a pioneering and innovative research platform located at the University of Texas at El Paso that produces detailed economic and legal analysis of the various market, regulatory, and law enforcement mechanisms that converge in New Mexico, Chihuahua, and Texas. Patrick began his legal career in international development finance at the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, D.C.

Board of Directors

Creative Santa Fe Board Member Jim Patterson

James D. Patterson (he, him, his)

Co-Chair

James D. Patterson retired to Santa Fe in 2000 after spending thirty-five years in the advertising industry 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 campaigns for seven years, and managing Burnett’s eighty-person Singapore office. He closed out his advertising career as a VP of Client Service and CFO of the advertising division of HA•LO Industries. During this time, he spent eight years (five as President) on the Board of City Lit theater company, and created the smARTbook, a guidebook to the arts in Chicago.

Shortly after arriving in Santa Fe, Jim co-founded The Idea Group, a unique strategic solutions company. His love of live theatre spurred him to start Theatre Santa Fe, a nonprofit that unifies and markets Santa Fe theatre companies. Because of his passion for the creative arts and commitment to foster collaborations, Jim became a member of Creative Santa Fe Board of Directors in 2005. A few years later he helped found Creative New Mexico, a nonprofit dedicated to advocating for Arts & Culture statewide and funding to support the creative industries.

He is a graduate of Brown University, class of 1966. He and his wife Jan are avid performing arts goers. When Jim is occupied with the arts and culture activities, he is keeping active playing tennis, squash, golf, and skiing.

Creative Santa Fe Board Member Sandy Zane

Sandy Zane (she, her, hers)

Co-Chair

Sandy Zane is the owner of Zane Bennett Contemporary Art and its sister gallery form & concept in the Railyard Arts District of Santa Fe, NM. Sandy has worked in the non-profit sector as an ED and grant writer. She has served as a trustee on the Foundation Boards of the New Mexico State University, Santa Fe Community College and New Mexico Museum Foundation, as well as serving on or chairing the boards of other nonprofits and entrepreneurial organizations in New Mexico.

In her varied career, Sandy, a private pilot, had operated a fly-in airport community in the Chicago area, and spent fifteen years in the brokerage industry developing expertise in risk and compliance. She was employed as a “head hunter” in the computer industry in both Boston and New York City, specializing in the recruitment of candidates for artificial intelligence and robotics projects.

Sandy 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. She has lived in Santa Fe full time since 2005.

Creative Santa Fe Board Member Angela Martin

Angela Martin (she, her, hers)

Board Member

Angela Martin is a rancher, writer, investor, philanthropist and world traveler. A native South Texan and third generation ranching family, Angela 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, Angela founded an Internet startup for secondary market blue chip art. She 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. Angela now has a permanent residence and spends a large portion of time in Santa Fe.

William Miller is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Creative Santa Fe

William A. Miller (he, him, his)

Emeritus Board Chair

Mr. Miller received a BA degree in Philosophy from Ohio Wesleyan University and an MBA in Finance from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. Bill operates a private consulting practice, which invests in and actively participates in the management and development of entrepreneurial start-up companies. As an entrepreneur, he has founded and/or co-founded some twenty companies with a concentration in medical technology.

Bill serves on the Advisory Board of Avalon Trust Company in Santa Fe, and he is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Creative Santa Fe. He is a member of the Board of Directors of SITE Santa Fe and serves as Treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors of the New Mexico School for the Arts. In 2009, he received the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.

Creative Santa Fe Treasurer Matt Smith

Matt Smith (he, him, his)

Treasurer

Matt is a non-profit leader and board member based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is an advisor, coach, and consultant for organizations working at the intersection of the built environment, community development, and social impact.

Prior to his current work, Matt served as Managing Director of MASS Design Group where he co-led the Santa Fe studio and global operations for over eight years. Leveraging organizational design, Matt supported MASS’s growth ten-fold in staff size and revenue while ensuring the organization remained mission focused. MASS was recognized as the 2022 AIA Firm of the Year, the Wall Street Journal’s 2020 Innovator of the Year, and one of Fast Company Magazine’s Most Innovative Companies in 2021, 2019, and 2018.

Raised in Montana, Matt is committed to rural community development and is interested in ways design can strengthen community capital, enable civics, and convene dialogue around critical issues of economic disinvestment, climate change, and community identity in the American West.

Matt holds a Masters in Development Practice from Columbia University where he was the recipient of the U.S. Department of Education’s Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship. Matt was also the recipient of a David L. Boren Fellowship, studying Kiswahili and entrepreneurial development programs in East Africa after graduating from Montana State University where he studied Business Management and Ethics.

Advisory Council Members

Kimi Green (she, her, hers)

Chairman

Kimi Green is dedicated to supporting organizations, communities, and government agencies in identifying and implementing long-term solutions for  sustainable change. Over the past thirty years in philanthropy and eleven years in business management, Kimi has created synergistic teams and strategic approaches to key issues including environmental stewardship, sustainable economic development, and building equity and human rights in Asia, New Mexico and the Southwest region. Currently, she serves as the Executive Director of New Cycle Foundation, and program consultant for Jonathan and Kathleen Altman Foundation. Kimi is also a  founding member of the Santa Fe International Film Festival Advisory Board.

Kimi has studied at California Polytechnic University in Biomedical Sciences, and at NM Academy of Advanced Healing Arts in Integrative Medicine.

Valeria Alarcón (she, her, hers)

ADVISORY COUNCIL

Founder and CEO of VIA Consulting, Valeria Alarcón, is a 30-year career executive and social entrepreneur with combined experience in both the private and public sector. She has a strong track-record in managing multi-million dollar companies, leading transformational and systemic change, high-level and tactical organizational management, and advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). She is currently the Executive Director of New Mexico Alliance of Health Councils.

Valeria accomplished her B.S. in Organizational Psychology from the College of Santa Fe, and is certified in Diversity and Inclusion training by Cornell University. She is also AADP certified in Integrative Nutrition and Wellness Coaching.

Anne Coghlan (she, her, hers)

Advisory Council

Passionate in ensuring program learning and effectiveness, Anne Coghlan has served communities around the globe in program design and evaluation. Her areas of expertise include livelihoods and rural development, food security, resilience, capacity development, maternal and child health, and HIV/AIDS care and prevention. She is a program evaluator with Aspen Solutions and as an assistant professor at Michigan State University.

Anne has received her Masters of City and City and Regional Planning and Program Evaluation and Planning, both from Cornell University.

Gay Dillingham (she, her, hers)

Advisory Council

Gay Dillingham has consistently juggled her parallel passions for the environment, public policy and communication through film, business and public service all in an effort to deepen our human experience and success while on this marvelous planet. Over three decades, Gay’s award-winning films gave voice to critical issues, including The WIPP Trail, My Body Belongs to Me, Dying to Know: Ram Dass & Timothy Leary, and Crossings.

Gay also co-founded and managed two environmental companies, Earthstone International, LLC.  She chaired the New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board in charge of environmental management and consumer protection for the state. She was Executive Director for the Livingry Foundation. Gay is currently Chair of the Santa Fe Film & Digital Media Council and Vice President of Wild Earth Guardians Board of Directors.

She earned her BA in Social and Environmental Sciences and Communications from Evergreen State College.

Thomas Fortin (he, him, his)

Advisory Council

After a lengthy career as an executive at global investment and financial services enterprises, Tom Fortin returned to New Mexico to continue making his difference. Applying his lived experiences and gained wisdom from his role as COO of Steadfast Financial LP and CEO and Director of Regional Management Corp. (NYSE: RM), he is mentoring local entrepreneurs through the UNM Anderson School of Management. He has joined CrSF’s Advisory Council to advise our initiatives pertaining to economic development.

Tom received a BS in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and a MBA from Harvard University.

David Karshmer (he, him, his)

Advisory Council

David Karshmer is a creative leader with a track record in design and business innovation. Working with small startups to Fortune 500 companies, David has established his ability to mentor creative teams in the practical steps that define achievable and measurable innovation. Companies David has helped includes: Grundfos; NovoNordisk; J&J; PepsiCo; The Stanford Foundation; Innovation Center Denmark; the London Science Museum; 1747 Inc; Medtronic; Heartstream; Nellcor; Glaxo-Wellcome.

David founded a leading practice at IDEO. There he developed the tools and practices that helped teams work on projects that had foundations in design thinking and grew to include multidisciplinary innovation programs. As a trained engineer and artist, he has found visual modes of discovery and communication to be key elements in his work. Video ethnography, visual prototyping, and storyboarding are tools that he has relied on to understand the present, and communicate the future.

David holds an MFA degree from the Slade School at University College London.

Headshot of Todd Lustgarten

Todd Lustgarten (he, him, his)

ADVISORY COUNCIL

Todd Lustgarten is a 30+ year veteran of the brand licensing and consumer products business. He has created and marketed hundreds of new consumer products including toys, apparel, sporting goods, digital apps and games, food, candy and more. Todd‘s expertise is in branding and new business development, marketing and product development including; sourcing, manufacturing, distribution, advertising, promotion and sales. Todd is a Partner and Co-Managing Director of Perpetual Licensing, a leading brand agency dedicated to leveraging its client’s brand assets through strategic business expansion initiatives.

Todd has held key management positions in a number of the largest toy companies, including Hasbro, Upper Deck, Tyco Toys and Imagination Entertainment. From 2003–2007 Todd was the President and COO of Playstorm Toys. Todd holds a B.S. in Economics from Union College and a certificate in East Asian Business Management from Hong Kong University.

Todd and his wife Laura are the co-owner of StretchLab Santa Fe.