Board & Advisory
Janet Harrington (known to her Abiquiu friends as “Jen") moved to New Mexico from California in 2009 and joined the Luciente Board in 2020. Her longtime dedication to the education and welfare of children makes her a good fit for Luciente. Jen graduated from Duke University––many moons ago but remains a fanatical Duke basketball fan–– and spent twenty years as an educator (K-6) in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her nonprofit experience includes serving as board member and president of Kannon Do Zen Meditation Center, Mountain View, CA. Since retiring to Abiquiu, Jen has concentrated on photography, exploring local history and art, pruning Russian Olive trees, trapping gophers and hiking with her rescue dog Jack. About her home in northern New Mexico, she says, “I love this place. It has welcomed me and delighted me. I am eager to give back.”
Tina Kleckner fell in love with New Mexico in 1968, when as a young girl, she attended a mission trip at Ghost Ranch. From that time on, New Mexico left a forever imprint in her heart and soul. She returned often over the years and dreamed of someday living here. In 2010, after Tina retired from a career in broadcasting, she and her husband, Mike, purchased property in Youngsville and made it their full-time home in 2013. Volunteering has always been a huge part of Tina’s life. She led the Random Acts of Kindness Growing Together Campaign in Iowa which gained national attention and served as President of the Eastern Iowa Chapter of Make-A-Wish Foundation, where she was awarded the Tommy Austin Award. She was a member of Rotary Club International and served on the Board of United States Navy League, St Louis Council. She also holds her Stephen Minister Certificate of Training. Most recently, Tina was honored to serve on the Board for the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Fe and found so much joy working with our local children in Abiquiu. Tina and her husband keep busy with their 17rescues: six horses, three miniature donkeys, four dogs and four cats. When not working with their four-legged family, they love to camp, hike and fish.
Born and raised in New Mexico, Randy Sanches grew up in the communities of Dixon and Tierra Amarilla. He began a career in public safety in his teens, starting out as an EMT working for Rio Arriba County Ambulance. Having moved to Denver, Colorado, to obtain his paramedic license, Randy returned home and attended the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy which set him up for a position with the Rio Arriba Sheriff’s Office. As Major Sanches, Randy ran the administrative side of the Sheriff’s office and was also the Public information Officer among a list of other duties before retirement. Randy calls Chili home where he spends summer evenings along the Chama River. When not working the COVID pandemic as a paramedic, Randy can be found fly fishing in and around northern New Mexico or driving his classic C-4 Corvette. Additionally, on occasion Randy can be seen on Discovery Channel’s Naked and Afraid providing medical care to cast members on the show.
Robert Dolci and his wife, Wendy, moved to New Mexico from California in 2012. Bob retired from NASA Ames Research Center after a thirty-three-year career. At the time of his retirement, he was the acting director of center operations. Previously, he was the chief of protective services, which included law enforcement, security, fire protection and prevention and emergency services. Bob was a member of California Task Force 3 (one of FEMA’s 28 Urban Search and Rescue Teams) for 20 years. He was on the Board of Directors of the South Bay Historical Railroad Society for 25 years of which he was chairman for 20 years. In addition to Luciente, Bob has served on two other nonprofit boards since moving to New Mexico. He is an artist who paints in acrylic and oil and is building a large-scale model railway.
Matti Gallegos has lived her entire life in northern New Mexico. Always having the biggest heart for children, Matti knew once she graduated high school, she wanted to help youth in our community. She currently works for the Special Education department at Abiquiu Elementary School. As a unit director for Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Fe/Del Norte, she served until the program decided to part ways in Abiquiu. During her free time, Matti loves to be outdoors––fishing, hiking, and spending time with family and pets. She is very excited to join the board and make a difference in the community.
Trained as a classical archaeologist in her native country, Denmark, Birgitte did post-doctoral research in Rome, Italy, and at Cambridge University, UK, before landing on US shores to take up another post-doc fellowship at Princeton University. During the next decade, Birgitte published and lectured extensively on Etruscan Studies and taught at Rutgers University, Dickinson College, Franklin and Marshall College and Gettysburg College, where she ended her affiliation as the assistant provost. At an international summer program for women in academic leadership positions through Bryn Mawr College, Birgitte met Madeline and the following year moved to join her in Phoenix, AZ. After Madeline’s early retirement in 2004, they moved to Abiquiu to build a house (designed for music animals and people) on land they purchased in 2000. For 12 years, they successfully ran the Abiquiu Chamber Music Festival, a prior sponsored program of Luciente, with Madeline as the artistic director, Birgitte as the financial officer and jack of all trades. Since 2004, Birgitte has been a manager with the Santa Fe Opera. Birgitte and Madeline live with their family of rescued animals in architectural and natural beauty on the Rio Chama. In addition to being a music lover, Birgitte also practices avid bird watching from her perch on the river.
Having grown up in Albuquerque, Carol returned to New Mexico four years ago and settled in Abiquiu, a truly beautiful place in many ways. She believes the culture, people and landscape blend into a wondrous community to live in and embrace. Carol currently works for Ghost Ranch as their operations director. Honored to be a part of Luciente, she believes in the support offered our community.
Thanh was born in Vietnam and came to the United States as a teenager. He and his wife, Carol Ho, moved to Abiquiu in 2017 when he accepted a job with Los Alamos Laboratory. Thanh had reservations about the arid landscape and remoteness of Abiquiu, but has since fallen in love with northern New Mexico cultures, peoples and landscapes. Carol and Thanh recently purchased motorcycles and are excited to explore more of the area. As a new board member in 2021, he is thrilled to be part of Luciente and supports its commitment to the children of our community.
Bio on its way.
“A rocky vineyard does not need a prayer, but a pickax.”
Dr. Richard Bailey, Jr.
President, Northern New Mexico College
Dr. Bailey and his wife Diana joined the Northern family in October 2016, after a twenty-four-year career in the United States Air Force. Dr. Bailey received a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Sciences from the U.S. Air Force Academy, a master’s degree in International Affairs from Washington University in St. Louis, and a doctorate in Government from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Dr. Bailey served in the U.S. Air Force and retired from the Air Force as a command pilot with over 3,500 flying hours. Before assuming the presidency at Northern, Dr. Bailey served as associate professor of strategy and security studies at the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies at Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. He also served as the school’s first-ever Dean of Students.
During President Bailey’s tenure at Northern New Mexico College, enrollment has increased by over 10%, and bachelor’s degree graduation rate nearly doubled. The institution maintains the most affordable tuition and fees of any four-year college in the southwest United States, the third lowest average student debt upon graduation of any four-year college in the country, and the top performing High School Equivalency program in the nation for the second year in a row.
Dr. Julie Shimer
Technology board member, technology leader
Dr. Julie Shimer retired in 2013 as Chief Executive Officer of Welch Allyn, a global manufacturer of frontline medical equipment and solutions. Previously she served as CEO of Vocera Communications. Prior to being a CEO, she held executive positions at 3Com Corporation, Motorola and AT&T Bell Laboratories. She currently serves on the boards of Avanos, Apollo Endosurgery, Windstream and Masimo, as well as three nonprofit boards. Dr. Shimer has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University and a B.S. in Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She lives in Ojo Caliente, New Mexico with her husband, Jary.
Dr. Tamara Singleton
Physician, El Rito and Amarilla
Dr. Singleton is board-certified in family medicine. She has a practice in El Rito, NM and is on staff at La Clinica Del Pueblo de Rio Arriba in Tierra Amarilla, NM.