Advisory Board

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.

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 was most recently a Senior Vice President with Bank of Albuquerque where he worked as Market Executive for The Private Bank and serves on the Board of Directors. He was 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.  

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.

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.

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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