Advisory Board

Jennifer Riordan is Director for Community Relations and Media Relations at Wells Fargo New Mexico. In addition to being responsible for public relations, internal communications, community involvement and Wells Fargo’s corporate giving program, Jennifer manages employee volunteer service. Prior to joining Wells Fargo in 2008, Jennifer was Vice President of Public Relations for Citi Cards and State Director for Community Relations for Citi New Mexico. She has also been the Media Relations Manager for the Executive Vice President at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center and Account Executive for Cooney, Watson & Assoc., Inc. Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communications from the University of New Mexico and associate’s degrees from Champlain College.

Brian Colón is a partner at Robles, Rael & Anaya, P.C. and former Democratic Party of New Mexico Chairman. Brian is very involved in the community, an engaged philanthropist active with both the Albuquerque Community Foundation and the United Way of Central New Mexico. He chairs Popejoy Hall's Board of Directors. In 2004, Brian was named Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year by the New Mexico State Bar Association and one of New Mexico's Under 40 Power Brokers by the New Mexico Business Weekly. Brian is a graduate of NMSU and UNM.

Race Cowgill is a Principal with Zenith Management Consulting, LLC. After founding and running a highly successful media company in New York City for ten years, Race Cowgill began a career in consulting in 1985 and was invited to become a Principal at the national firm of Zenith Management Consulting ten years later. For the last twenty-two years, he has consulted to over three hundred medium and large companies in every industry.

Ellen J. King is the Managing Member of Red Fox Properties LLC. She and her husband James King own Bradbury Stamm Construction, Inc.  Ellen is responsible for the philanthropic activities of Bradbury Stamm and has been involved with several Boards for Non-Profits in the community.  Ellen has a bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University and is a graduate of West Mesa High School in Albuquerque.

Ed Larranaga is a Senior Vice President with Bank of Albuquerque where he works as Market Executive for The Private Bank and serves on the Board of Directors. He has been with the bank for over 16 years.  An Albuquerque native, Ed is committed to making his community a better place to work and live by staying involved. He is currently serving on the Board for the Golden Apple Foundation of NM, The Catholic Foundation, and St. Pius X H.S. Alumni Association.  He is a graduate of Leadership New Mexico and Leadership Albuquerque, former President of Crimson Central chapter of New Mexico State University Alumni Association, & has served as Past President of Leadership Albuquerque Alumni Association and former Curriculum Committee Chair for Leadership Albuquerque. Ed is an avid golfer and basketball fan, and enjoys spending time with his wife, Cynthia, and their son, daughter, and large extended family.

Agnes Noonan has served as the President of the Women’s Economic Self-Sufficiency Team (WESST), a statewide economic development organization in New Mexico, since 1991.  Previously, she served as the Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt, where she worked with local, regional, and international agencies on issues relating to economic development. She has also had her own consulting practice which focused on U.S. companies exploring overseas investment opportunities. In Costa Rica, she served as a small business consultant for the United States Peace Corps, working with a variety of small, locally based businesses. Agnes holds a B.A. in Political Science from Berea College and an M.A. in International Affairs with a concentration in Business and Economics from The George Washington University. In 1995, she was selected as the SBA’s Women’s Business Advocate of the Year for New Mexico; in 2005, she was one of five inaugural inductees into the New Mexico Business Hall of Fame sponsored by Junior Achievement. In 2006, she was appointed to the Community Advisory Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. In 2009, she was selected as a “Top-Performing CEO” by New Mexico Business Weekly.  

Kristin Rortvedt is the Executive Director of Ronald McDonald House Charities of New Mexico, a nonprofit organization that provides comfort, care and a home away from home for families of children with medical needs. She previously served as the Community Liaison for PNM Resources, an energy holding company based in Albuquerque, NM. In this role, she led the company’s employee volunteer efforts through company-sponsored activities and develops community engagement opportunities for employees in a two-state service area. In addition, she administered grants to nonprofits and educators through the nonprofit PNM Resources Foundation. Prior to joining PNM Resources, Kristin served as the Volunteer Development Director with the Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails, Inc. Before moving to New Mexico in 2001, she worked as a university admissions counselor in Minnesota. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Minnesota State University Moorhead. Currently, Kristin is president of the Corporate Volunteer Council.

Gil Sanchez is of Laguna/Jemez Pueblo Indian decent, and is a tribal member with the Pueblo of Laguna. Currently, Gil serves as a Program Officer with New Mexico Community Foundation. His emphasis is on grant funded programs that promote leadership, education, and youth development in vulnerable populations across New Mexico. Gil’s work brings his 30+ years of award-winning educational leadership and experience to the philanthropic world.  Gil obtained a BA in K-12 Education, Western New Mexico University and an MA in Education Administration, New Mexico State University.  From 1992 to 2007, he served as Superintendent of a tribal education system he successfully restructured at the Pueblo of Laguna. His work incorporated a model of community based education where lifelong learning and integration of culture/language became the focus of the fledging tribal education system. He also established the Laguna Education Foundation. In his new role with the New Mexico Community Foundation, Gil is working with a number of Native American nonprofits and tribal governments to strategically plan, implement and evaluate sustainable programs. Among his many passions is raising awareness of philanthropy within New Mexico Native American communities. 

Peter Sanchez holds the position of Chief Executive Officer of The Atrisco Companies which include Atrisco Oil and Gas, LLC, El Campo Santo, Inc., Rio Grande Educational Collaborative, Mariachi Spectacular and the Atrisco Heritage Foundation.  In his capacity as CEO, Mr. Sanchez is responsible for all aspects of the Company business including business development, commercial negotiations and transactions, operations and general management.  Prior to this role Mr. Sanchez was Chief Financial Officer of Bradmark Technologies, Inc. a utility software company.  In his role as CFO, Mr. Sanchez was responsible for Finance, Accounting, Legal, Human Resources and Business Development.  Prior to joining Bradmark, Mr. Sanchez held senior financial and executive positions in three separate technology ventures where he helped launch and build these companies.   Peter holds a BBA in Accounting from the University of New Mexico, a Doctorate in Jurisprudence from the University of Houston Law Center and is a certified public accountant with the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy. As a community member in Albuquerque, Mr. Sanchez maintains board positions in several Boards of Directors including Chairman, Foundation Board of the National Hispanic Cultural Center; Board Member, Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce; Board Member of Golden Apple Foundation; and Board Member of RealTime Sites Inc., a technology product and service company. 

John H. Stichman, PhD, PE (Ret.) recently retired from Sandia National Laboratories, where he served as Executive Vice President, Deputy Laboratory Director and Chief Operating Officer. At Sandia since 1972, John was responsible for Laboratory operations, staff, and facilities and for developing policy and assuring implementation. He was responsible for the overall stewardship of the technical capabilities of the Laboratory and for setting, promulgating, and maintaining standards for technical activities. He had responsibilities for transformational activities in technology and in operations. He was responsible for the independent assessment of weapons’ safety, security, and reliability for Sandia. Dr. Stichman received a B.S., a Master’s, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.  He is married to Kristine, and they have three grown children. John has served on several Boards including New Life Symphony Orchestra Southwest; Industrial Advisory Board, University of Wisconsin College of Engineering; STC.UNM Board of Directors; Quintessence Choral Artists of the Southwest; National Museum of Nuclear Science & History; ARCA; Co-chair and member of United Way of Central New Mexico Stewardship Committee; and Chairman – United Way of Central NM Strategic Plan Implementation Committee.

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