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Board of Directors

Like all non-profits, we are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Cooking with Kids Advisory Board is comprised of former board directors and other community members and experts. We are grateful to these volunteers in our community for championing the mission of Cooking with Kids!


Michael Knight

Michael has 30+ years of experience working for global professional services firms. Michael was the Managing Director of Client Management Services at Wellington Management Company, LLP, a Boston based asset management firm. Prior to that, he was a member of the international operations group for Deloitte Touché Tohmatsu International in New York and the Director of Professional Networks. Michael worked in Luxembourg, London, and Johannesburg prior to moving to the US.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Accounting from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa and was qualified as a Chartered Accountant and CPA.

He enjoys spending time cooking for his family, playing tennis, fly-fishing, walking his dog. He and his family moved to Santa Fe in 2018. Michael is focusing the next stage of his life on offering his expertise to local non-profit organizations.


Bobbie Gutierrez

Bobbie is the former Superintendent of Santa Fe Public Schools, one of the largest and most diverse school districts in the state of New Mexico, and most recently Española Public Schools, another truly diverse district with its own set of challenges related to economic growth and development, poverty, and substance abuse.

Prior to becoming Superintendent of Santa Fe Public Schools, Bobbie served as an elementary and middle school teacher, elementary principal, director of curriculum and instruction, as well as associate superintendent for instruction, and deputy superintendent for operations. Since retiring for a second time from Española Public Schools, Bobbie has returned to work for the Coalition of Educational Leaders (NMCEL) and Cooperative Educational Services (CES) as the facilitator for the Aspiring Superintendents Academy and conducts professional services and training in several areas related to public education. She coaches five first-year principals and serves on the board of a small non-profit organization, in addition to service on the Cooking with Kids Board of Directors. She also served on the Santa Fe Children's Museum Board of Trustees and is the President for the New Mexico Retired Superintendents' Association (NMRSA).

Bobbie is a native of Lubbock, Texas and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education with certifications in secondary reading and language arts. She has a master’s degree in Educational Administration from the University of New Mexico and has participated in school district leadership training through the Panasonic Foundation and Stanford University. Bobbie comes from a family of educators, has five grandchildren that inspire her daily to continue her work in public education, and loves a great debate on just about any topic related to education.

Bobbie has a long history with Cooking with Kids and is honored to serve on the Board of Directors.


Alison Brushaber

Active in the food industry with over 40 years’ experience as a Chef, Restaurant executive, and founding partner of a healthy snack food company, Hail Merry, Chef Ali—as she is known by her industry friends—now works as an independent contractor. Graduating from the University of Minnesota with a BS in Food Science and completing further studies at the Culinary Institute of America where she serves as a Fellow, she semi-retired and moved to Santa Fe in 2016. Her culinary focus in the past few years has been to bring simple, healthy foods to everyone. Cooking is not just a passion, it is a way of life. As a mom of three kids (not really kids anymore), she also has a passion for teaching children many things including how to prepare great foods.

Lawrence Becerra

Lawrence Becerra is the owner and CEO of Spinning Plates Group, Inc. that manages his interests in the service industry with majority ownership in two successful Santa Fe restaurants, Sazón and Sassella.

Lawrence’s career in finance spans 45 years. He spent 26 years in London managing trading accounts for Continental Bank and was the bank’s youngest board member at the age of 32. He later founded and successfully sold trading and asset management groups and recently retired as the executive director of Arbiter Capital Management.

Lawrence received a BA from Middlebury College and an MBA from Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University. Lawrence and his wife Suzanna are active members in Santa Fe’s culinary and philanthropic communities, making his service on the Cooking with Kids board a natural fit!


Kyle Burns

Kyle Burns is the President of The Rikoon Group and oversees The Rikoon Group team. He serves as the chair of the firm's investment committee which sets the objectives for clients’ portfolios.

Kyle received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of New Mexico and a Master of Business Administration from Hult International Business School. Kyle is also a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Kyle was named a 2021 Albuquerque Business First 40 Under Forty honoree where he was selected as a top business person in New Mexico for his professional achievements, contributions to the community and leadership skills.

A Santa Fe native, Kyle moved back to Santa Fe in 2014 after living and working in San Francisco. During his time away from the office, Kyle spends his time with his wife, Tabitha, and his twin sons, James and Johnnie.

Kyle serves on the Board of Directors for the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce (Economic Development Committee Chair, Executive Committee Member) and the Board of Directors for the Santa Fe Farmers Market Institute (Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair, Executive Committee Member). Kyle is also a student mentor through Monte Del Sol Charter School's mentorship program.


Charles Dale

Born in France of American parents, and a graduate of Princeton University with a combined degree in Romance Languages and Art History, Charles Dale has worked with many of the best chefs in the United States and beyond, including Daniel Boulud, Barry Wine, Jean-Paul Lacombe and Georges Mazraff. Charles is an acclaimed chef and author, and a 35-year veteran of the food and restaurant industry. His restaurants have received critical acclaim and international press coverage, with recognition from Food and Wine Magazine, the James Beard Foundation, and Wine Spectator.

In February 2013, Charles opened Bouche Bistro in Santa Fe, which has garnered substantial acclaim and press, including Travel and Leisure Magazine’s “Top Ten French Restaurants in the U.S.” In August of 2017, Charles sold Bouche to NM Fine Dining, a restaurant development group based in Santa Fe. Charles has stayed on with NMFD as Consultant, spearheading the development of two new projects, the Modern Southwestern Maize Restaurant and Trattoria A Mano, which features freshly-made pasta nightly. NM Fine Dining has several new projects in the works, including the revival of the iconic Bobcat Bite, on the outskirts of Santa Fe.

When not developing new dining opportunities for Santa Fe locals, Charles cooks with his wife and children, enjoys an active lifestyle of hiking and yoga, and travels the world seeking new flavors and ideas.


Alexis Shannez Dudelczyk

Shannez Dudelczyk was raised in Santa Fe and is honored to be Cooking with Kids’ first alumna board member. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of New Mexico and a Juris Doctor from the University of New Mexico School of Law. Shannez practices family law in both New Mexico and Colorado at her firm Dudelczyk Family Law, LLC. She serves as a National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) faculty member, a volunteer on the First Judicial District Access to Justice Committee, and serves at the pleasure of the Governor on the New Mexico Children’s Trust Fund.

When she is not eating or lawyering, Shannez can be found with her Miniature Bernedoodle, Millie, and husband Keith. She is also an avid enthusiast of miniature golf and bowling.


Mary Anne Larsen

Mary Anne is the retired owner of a woman’s clothing stores in Houston. Prior to that, she developed an interest in the non-profit world working for the National Girl Scout Organization in Boston, Chicago and St. Louis. In 1995, Mary Anne and her husband, Bruce, moved to Santa Fe and became actively involved in the non profit world. She is currently on the Santa Fe Community Foundation Board and was previously on the Board of Futures for Children and the Santa Fe Festival Ballet, where she helped negotiate the merger with Aspen ballet, now the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet.

Mary Anne enjoys gardening, photography and cooking together with her husband.


Patrick Mares

Patrick Mares is Santa Fe’s shining example of a local success story. Born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico and a graduate of the Santa Fe Community College culinary program, he brings to the table depths of knowledge about local flavors, culinary history and New Mexico culture. Patrick has worked in many of the local fine dining establishments in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, including but not limited to, Sandiago’s at the Tram, The Old House, Bishops Lodge, The Inn of the Anasazi and The Red Sage. Patrick’s culinary passion is the fusion of formal culinary techniques with local and seasonal ingredients and flavors.

In addition to being a Co-Lead Chef Instructor at his Alma Mater, the Santa Fe Community College, he also teaches at The Santa Fe School of Cooking. He loves working with the students and getting the opportunity to help shape and impart his knowledge and experience into the culinary potential of these bright individuals.


Roger Montoya

Former State Representative Roger E. Montoya, a renowned artist and humanitarian, gained recognition as a 2019 CNN Hero due to his unwavering dedication to the youth of New Mexico and the community. Montoya perceives the world as an artist does, viewing it as a blank canvas full of possibilities to be enriched with color, vitality, and purpose.

Around three decades ago, Montoya returned to New Mexico, facing a heartbreaking situation as three of his partners fell victim to HIV/AIDS. While back in his home state, he turned his focus towards addressing pressing social and community issues. His initiatives led to the establishment of various impactful organizations, including Espanola HELPS (HIV Education Longevity Prevention and Support), La Tierra Montessori School of the Arts and Sciences, Espanola Pathways Homeless Shelter - the first homeless shelter in northern NM, and Moving Arts Espanola, which received the 2019 CNN Hero award.

In 2020, Montoya achieved another significant milestone by being elected to the New Mexico House of Representatives, representing district 40 in rural northern NM. His election marked a historic moment as he became the first openly gay and HIV+ positive member of the body.

Since then, Montoya has emerged as a prominent rural advocate in New Mexico, spearheading landmark legislation to bridge the gap between rural and urban communities, striving to bring positive change and equity throughout the state.


Linda Myers

Linda Myers earned her degree in Home Economics Education from New Mexico State University and taught culinary arts for 26 years, bringing the National Restaurant Association’s curriculum, ProStart, to the schools she served. Linda’s culinary students competed on the state and national levels, and she was selected ProStart teacher of the year by the New Mexico Restaurant Association. Recently retired from Santa Fe Public Schools, she is very excited to serve on the Cooking with Kids Board of Directors, especially because her children (now adults) participated in Cooking with Kids as elementary students!

Dolores Overton

Dolores Overton is the Market President of First National Bank for Santa Fe and Los Alamos and is responsible for business development, market management, and representing the Bank in the community. Dolores works collaboratively across all lines of business (commercial banking, business banking, treasury management, wealth management, and mortgage lending), manages a commercial loan and deposit portfolio, and manages the Private Bank department.

Dolores has been in financial services for over 27 years with specializations in commercial banking, private banking and wealth management. Dolores earned a BBA in Finance from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. She also successfully completed the banking program offered by Western States School of Banking in Albuquerque, NM.

Dolores and her family moved to Santa Fe in 2012 and enjoy the community, tradition, culture and scenic beauty that Northern New Mexico is known for. She is a current board member of the Santa Fe Community Foundation and is the Stewardship Committee Chair. She is also a past board member of Girls, Inc. and St. Vincent Hospital Foundation.

Advisory Board

Veronica C. García, Ed.D.

  • Former Superintendent of Santa Fe Public Schools
  • Former Executive Director for New Mexico Voices for Children
  • New Mexico’s first Cabinet Secretary of Education

Cheryl Alters Jamison

  • Four-time James Beard award-winning author
  • Culinary Consultant (culinary tourism & outdoor kitchen design)

Carl Luff, CPA

  • White & Luff Financial Inc./Raymond James Financial, co-founder & co-owner

Deborah Madison

  • Founding chef, Greens restaurant in San Francisco
  • James Beard award-winning cookbook author
  • Former board member, Santa Fe Farmers’ Market

Susan Nelson-Blakely

  • Food Marketing Consultant, retired
  • Expertise in nutrition education and communications

Lynn Walters, PhD

  • Licensed Nutritionist
  • Founder, Cooking with Kids, Inc.

Former Directors of the Board

Steven Lustig

2021 – 2023, Director

Alan Jones

2017 – 2023, Director

Kristina Martinez

2016 – 2022, Director
2020 – 2022, Chair

Tim Foster

2016 – 2022, Director
2017 – 2020, Secretary/Treasurer

Matt Bunkowski

2015 – 2021, Director
2019 – 2020, Chair

Gloria Zamora

2013 – 2019, Director
2016 – 2018, Chair

Tony Gerlicz

2012 – 2018, Director

Jodi Vevoda

2012 – 2018, Director
2013 – 2017, Secretary/Treasurer

Susan Nelson Blakely

2012 – 2018, Director
2013 – 2016, Chair

Jennifer Fresquez

2011 – 2013, Secretary/Treasurer
2013 – 2017, Vice Chair

Cheryl Alters Jamison

2010 – 2016, Director
2011 – 2013, Chair

Diana Gonzales-Pacheco

2010 – 2013, Director
2011 – 2013, Vice-chair

Carla Lopez

2006 – 2012, Director
2010 – 2011, Chair

Marion Kalb

2006 – 2010, Chair

Blanche Harrison

2006 – 2010, Secretary/Treasurer

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