Susan Nelson Blakely
Food Marketing Consultant Susan’s career focus has been on working with food manufacturers to market their products to the foodservice industry. With a master’s degree in nutrition, her early work life was in the areas of nutrition education and communications. Although Susan is currently retired, she continues to follow her passions of food, cooking, wine and travel. Susan served on the Cooking with Kids Board of Directors from 2012-2018.
Long time resident of Santa Fe, Kate has spent her career in the New Mexico hospitality industry primarily in the selling and promoting of fine wine and spirits. She is a founder and continuing board member of the Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta, and a board member of local non-profit ARTsmart. She continues consulting and coordinating special events, helping turn on people’s food and wine lights.
Veronica C. García, Ed.D.
Dr. Garcia currently serves as Superintendent of Santa Fe Public Schools. Prior to this appointment, she was the Executive Director for New Mexico Voices for Children and served as New Mexico’s first Cabinet Secretary of Education. She has received numerous awards and recognitions including: the National Governor’s Association Award for Excellence in State Government, New Mexico Superintendent of the Year, and the Life Time Achievement Award in Education from Hispanic Magazine.
Diana Gonzales-Pacheco, DCN, RD
Bionutritionist Diana Gonzales-Pacheco is the Research Nutrition Manager for the CTSC Exercise Lab and the Metabolic Kitchen at the University of New Mexico Clinical and Translational Science Center. Diana became involved with Cooking with Kids as a parent volunteer when her children were at Nava Elementary school. Diana served on the Cooking with Kids Board of Directors from 2010-2013.
Cheryl Alters Jamison
Author and Culinary Consultant Four-time James Beard award-winning author Cheryl Alters Jamison has written more than a dozen books on food and travel. She also consults on culinary tourism and outdoor kitchen design. Cheryl served on the Cooking with Kids Board of Directors from 2010-2016. www.excitedaboutfood.com
Community activist and organizer in the fields of law, environment, Native American and Chicano-specific issues, schools, and health, Carla Lopez also served on the Santa Fe Public Schools Board of Education. Carla served on the Cooking with Kids Board of Directors from 2006-2012.
Carl Luff, CPA
Carl Luff is co-founder and co-owner of White & Luff Financial Inc./Raymond James Financial. He currently serves on several non-profit boards in Santa Fe and has been an advocate for education for many years.
Deborah Madison is the founding chef of Greens restaurant in San Francisco, the author of some 12 cookbooks, and the recipient of James Beard and other awards. She moved to Santa Fe in l988, helped open Cafe Escalera and served on the SF Farmers Market Board. Deborah now lives in Galisteo where she gardens and writes and teaches cooking. www.deborahmadison.com
Jan Poppendieck is a Professor Emerita of Sociology at Hunter College, City University of New York., and Policy Director at the New York City food Policy Center at the Hunter College School of Public Health. She is the author of a number of books, including Free For All: Fixing School Food in America, (University of California Press, 2010), which received the 2010 Book of the Year award from the Association for the Study of Food and Society. Jan is a recipient of a 2011 James Beard Foundation leadership award. www.janetpoppendieck.com
Entrepreneur Founder and former president of CleanAIR Systems, Michael Roach received the City of Santa Fe’s 2011 Innovative Entrepreneur Award. Mr. Roach currently advises and volunteers in the areas of green technologies and economic development.