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Laurie Mitchell Dunn

Board Member

Laurie Mitchell Dunn is a community volunteer and former corporate finance professional. She became a full time resident of Taos two years ago, marrying longtime Taos resident Craig Dunn, and was a part time resident for the prior three years. Laurie spent the final years of her business career as VP and Treasurer of Dallas, TX based Atmos Energy Corporation (a Fortune 500 natural gas and utility company). She has been active with community work and is familiar with nonprofit operations. In Dallas, she served as Treasurer and on the board of Dallas Afterschool Network and was an inaugural member of the Women of Tocqueville, a United Way-affiliated group that focuses on education, children’s health and other social welfare issues. In Taos, she also serves on the board of the Millicent Rogers Museum. She has been a strong supporter of TCF and has a good understanding of community foundations. Laurie has a BBA in Finance and Management from Texas A&M and both an MBA and a Certificate in Financial Planning from SMU.

John Hamilton

Board Member

John Hamilton and his wife, Peggy, moved to Taos in 2009 and have fallen in love with Taos and its many cultures. The Hamiltons have thrown themselves into the Taos community and have become involved in a number of civic organizations.

John is the Co-Founder and retired Chairman of the board of a large commercial real estate and property management firm in Albuquerque that started operations as Lewinger Hamilton and evolved to be Colliers International – New Mexico. John is currently active in commercial real estate development with his daughter, Jane Hamilton Pilger, at their Albuquerque based development company, Provident Realty, LLC.

John has an Economics and Business Administration degree from Vanderbilt University and a Masters in Systems Management from University of Southern California. In addition to the Taos Community Foundation, he serves on the boards of the Taos Center for the Arts and the Taos Lilac Festival. John is an avid golfer, cross country skier and a fledging amateur photographer and videographer. 

George R. Jaramillo

Board Member

George Jaramillo has lived eight years in Taos and is married to Dr. Lucille Gallegos-Jaramillo, retired educator. He recently retired from his position as Director of Taos Public Library where he worked for five years. Prior to this position he worked six years as Associate Dean at Colorado State University and 20 years as Associate Dean at the University of Northern Colorado. He has experience as a budget officer, human resources director, public service coordinator, and building services administrator. During his career he has served on several civic organizations including the Taos Boys and Girls Club, and currently serves on the Adult Learning Center Board, Taos Milagro Rotary Board, Rotary Chile Challenge Committee, and Garcia Scholarship Committee. He has a BA from the University of New Mexico in anthropology, and two MA degrees from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in information science and higher education administration. George has a strong commitment to improve the education of our youth, increase the literacy level among adults and youth, and give back to the community through volunteer work.

William J. Knight

Board Member

Born and raised in Taos, Billy is an active community member serving on numerous boards. Past director positions include the TCA, SOMOS, and the New Mexico Small Business Investment Corporation. A community/political activist who enjoys a little skiing and fly-fishing when time allows. Married to high school sweetheart, Lynn. They have two adult sons, Jason and Jaime and a lovely granddaughter, Rydell.

Dave Lambert

Board Member

Dynamic Sales and Marketing Executive with thirty plus years of varied experience in marketing, direct sales, indirect sales and P&L responsibility selling data, telephony equipment, service organizations and professional services to service provider and enterprise accounts. Defined business objectives, wrote marketing plans and built sales teams to execute and significantly grow revenues and profits. Products and services include data networking, systems integration, data services and voice. Dave and his wife Marguerite currently reside in Arroyo Seco, NM.

Wanda Lucero

Board Member

Wanda has been servicing State Farm policyholders since 1982.  She is a member of  the Taos County and Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce and a Board Member of the Association of Commerce and Industry and is a past President of the Taos Municipal Schools Board of Education. 

Vernon Lujan

Board Member

Vernon Lujan is an enrolled member of Taos Pueblo, speaks Tiwa fluently and feels strongly about being a voice for current and historical Pueblo viewpoints. Vernon is an active participant in both religious and community involvement in my home community of Taos Pueblo. He received his Master of Public Administration and Bachelor of University Studies degree in Southwest Studies from the University of New Mexico and also attended Arizona State University and University of Texas at Austin.

Vernon currently serves in mostly leadership capacities with the following local, state and national Boards of Directors including: Chairman of the Taos Pueblo Board of Education, President of the Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area, Vice President of the Indian Advisory Council for the New Mexico Public Education Department’s Indian Education Department, and member of the Chamiza Foundation and member and former Chairman of the Indian Advisory Council of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture.

By far, his most important roles are as father, grandfather, husband and mentor. Vernon has been married for 25 years to his wife, Carmen and they have two lovely, independent children: Audrey and Julian. They were also blessed with a loving grandson, Jacob. Vernon tries to lead by example and if judged just on the independence and love that his children exhibit, then he has truly been successful.

Ben Maddox

Board Member

Ben Maddox is a International Society of Arboriculture, Certified Arborist and has been practicing arboriculture since 1996 after he graduated from the College of Charleston with a Bachelors of Science degree. Ben then worked for Historic Tree Preservation preserving Live Oaks and old growth on historic plantations in Charleston. Ben has preformed preservation work on the historic Middleton Plantation Live Oaks and one of the largest Live Oaks in the Southeast, called the "Angel Oak". Ben moved to Taos in 2001 to become the Executive Director of The Bridges Project for Education, a position he retained until 2007. Ben continues to be involved in various community initiatives to help better our community.

Robert "Bob" Shaw

Board Member

Bob has resided in Taos for 8 years. He was in the publishing business for over 30 years, mostly in the Chicago suburbs. He and his wife Lillian started a consulting business specializing in strategic planning and organizational development. In the Chicago area, he was involved in founding a United Way and a community foundation, as well as serving on numerous not-for-profit boards. In Taos, he is a member of the Taos Milagro Rotary Club. He earned a degree from Highlands University in Business and Political Science. He and his wife Lillian enjoy skiing, hiking, and horseback riding.

Andrea Szekeres

Board Member

While still living in Connecticut Andrea was active in community service and pursued the arts of Jewelry and Metal Sculpture. After moving to Taos she has continued both and has fostered her interest in self sustainability through hobby farming and beekeeping.

Emeritus Board Members

Thank you for your service to TCF


Edy Anderson
Betty Doshier Backer
Barney Berkowitz
BT Coleman

Wes Patterson
Maggie Evans Rael
Angel Reyes
Eleanor Romero
John Speirs

Fred Winter