The ARTsmart Team




Sharon Peterson, Operations Director
Peterson worked for ARTsmart in 2009 and rejoined the organization in 2012. She holds a BA in mathematics from the University of Colorado and went on to get her teaching certificate, working as an educator for five years. In 2001, she moved to Washington DC, where she worked in a fast-paced environment, gaining experience in organization, customer focus, and time management. Since moving to Santa Fe, she has contributed to several nonprofit organizations, including three years at the McCune Charitable Foundation. (Updated 8/2014)

Amanda Neiter, Program Director and Instructor
Neiter has worked for ARTsmart since 2013. She received her BFA and minor in small business and entrepreneurship from Montana State University in 2008. In 2011, she returned to receive her teaching certification in art for students kindergarten through grade twelve. She has taught kindergarten, special education in English for grades six to eight, and fine arts for kindergarten to grade twelve in Montana and New Mexico schools. She also works as a professional oil painter and metalsmith. (Updated 9/2014)

Kira Randolph, PhD, Communications Coordinator
Randolph has worked for ARTsmart since November 2014 when she started as Communications Coordinator. She has a PhD and BA in Art History from the University of Melbourne, and a MA in Museology from the University of Washington. She started her career in galleries and art museums before teaching art history courses in Australia at the Center for Adult Education and the University of Melbourne. She is a published author and social media manager, and has developed online presence for businesses non-profit organizations, including Currents New Media Arts Festival.

Melinda Baker, Senior Instructor
Baker has been an instructor at ARTsmart/FACT since 2001. After receiving her BFA from UCSC with an emphasis in printmaking, she pursued further studies in art history, illustration, textile design, and education.  She was an artist-in-residence in California where she co-founded After-School Artists in Santa Cruz, a thematically–based art program for children ages six to twelve years. She teaches adult classes in Fearless Creativity and is working on a children’s book, while exhibiting her own watercolors in New Mexico and California.  When not creating art or teaching, she can be found bird-watching and hiking. (Updated 9/2014)

Mariel Rose Garcia, Instructor
Garcia joined ARTsmart as an instructor in 2014. With a background in ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, beadwork, silverwork, and additional crafts, she is an artist and student of the arts.  Her experience and training include both classroom instruction and individual tutoring. Among her goals are providing children with the confidence to explore art and to use their “artist’s eyes” in seeing themselves as artists within their communities. (Updated 9/2014)





Connie Axton, President
Axton has been the owner/director of Ventana Fine Art on Canyon Road since 1983. She is as passionate about community involvement as she is about her gallery, actively participating on the Canyon Road Merchants Association, Santa Fe Gallery Association, Santa Maria de la Paz Catholic Community, Better Business Bureau, and Chamber of Commerce. She has been on the ARTsmart Board since in 1996, serving as treasurer (2002-2008) and president (2010-2012, and 2014). In 2008, she received the Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, and her contributions were acknowledged in the Santa Fe New Mexican’s “Ten Who Made a Difference.” She also received the 2011 Award of Excellence from the Santa Fe Gallery Association. (Updated 9/2014)

Deborah J. Trouw, Vice President
Trouw is a certified financial planner. She grew up in the United Kingdom, spent twelve years in Chicago, and has lived in Santa Fe with her family since 1999. She joined the ARTsmart/FACT board in 2012. Since 2004, she has been serving clients at Waddell & Reed, Inc. Investing,  initially as a tax professional where she gained specialized knowledge that she now uses to help her clients in her role as financial adviser.

Mary Robison, Treasurer
Robison lived and worked in the Washington, DC, area for 26 years prior to moving to Santa Fe in 1993. She spent 18 years in the corporate world in government relations, educational services, and financial management positions. She founded an administrative and bookkeeping services business in 1998 with her late-husband Ken. Her volunteer work also includes support of Girls Inc., Open Hands, and the Alzheimer’s Association. She joined the Board in 2014. (Updated 10/2014)

Mayo Miller, Secretary
Miller is vice president of Miller Strategic Consulting, LLC, and oversees operations and special events at Creative Santa Fe. She received her BA in art history at Mills College and MA in museum studies administration from John F. Kennedy University and worked in public relations and marketing for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and at Brown & Collins. She is involved with several nonprofits, including SITE Santa Fe, The Trust for Public Land, and National Dance Institute of New Mexico, where she is a board member. She joined the ARTsmart board in 2010. (Updated 8/2014)


Steven R. Bone, JD, CLU
Bone is the founder of Wealth Development Resources, LLC, of Santa Fe, NM. For more than four years, he has practiced intangible wealth planning techniques for clients, learned while studying at the Heritage Institute, Portland, OR. He also practices estate planning law at Life Leaf Legal Group of Santa Fe and Albuquerque. His former positions include executive vice president and trust officer at Santa Fe Trust and senior counsel at Renaissance Inc., where he managed charitable remainder trust documents for clients’ attorneys. He is a nationally recognized author and speaker on the technical and legal aspects of charitable gift planning. (Updated 9/2014)

James Bottorff
Bottorff is the principal in Bottorff Construction, which specializes in remodeling and restoration. He has a BS in business administration and was an art director and general manger of galleries in Dallas, TX, and Scottsdale, AZ, before moving to Santa Fe where he has been an active supporter of the arts since the early 1990s, including work with the Santa Fe Gallery Association. He joined the ARTfeast Committee in 2002, has been a board member since 2006, and chaired the annual ARTfeast Golf Tournament in 2011-2013. (Updated 9/2014)

Kate Collins
A Santa Fe resident for more than four decades, Collins has spent her business career in New Mexico’s hospitality industry, including managing hotels and expanding the state’s tourism. She is currently the owner of Grapeful, Inc., a wholesale distribution company dedicated to fine wine and spirits of the world. In 2001, she began assisting ARTsmart in organizing and improving its ARTfeast fundraisers. In 2011, she became a board member, focused on ensuring that all ARTsmart events have the finest restaurants, chefs, hosts, and spirits. She is proud to affirm that her grandchildren have been enthusiastic participants in ARTsmart art projects. (Updated 9/2014)

Bonnie French
With a BA from the University of Alaska, French brings 40 years of corporate and small business experience to the board. A resident of Santa Fe since 1994, she has been director of Waxlander Gallery and Sculpture Garden on Canyon Road since 2003, the same year she became an ARTsmart board member. She has co-chaired the ARTfeast Edible Art Tour since 2006 and served as ARTsmart treasurer from 2010-2013. Her volunteer work also includes the American Association of University Women, Soroptimist International, Susan Komen Foundation, Memory Walk, Women in Sports Day,  Open Hands, and Canyon Road Merchants Association.  (Updated 9/2014)

Deborah Fritz
Fritz, who grew up in Los Alamos, NM, is the co-owner/director of the Canyon Road gallery Giacobbe-Fritz Fine Art, which she opened in 2001 with her sister and business partner, Kimberly Giacobbe. Eight years later, she opened her second gallery, GF Contemporary, also on Canyon Road. Giacobbe-Fritz Fine Art represents traditional fine art; GF Contemporary represents more experimental artists. Through both galleries she has cultivated an international clientele. Fritz joined the ARTsmart board in 2010 and has also collaborated on projects with SITE Santa Fe, New Mexico Museum Foundation, and Santa Fe Gallery Association. (Updated 9/2014)

Mark Greenberg
Born in New York City, Greenberg has lived and worked in Los Angeles, CA, and Denver, CO. He spent thirty years in the corporate world in management and executive positions, primarily in the executive search industry. He moved to Santa Fe in 2003, where he directed, then owned a Canyon Road art gallery that was sold in 2014. He was one of the founding executive board members of the Canyon Road Merchants Association and joined the board in 2014. (Updated 10/14)

Joel Grimstad
Grimstad is a licensed CPA and is currently the principal accounting officer for Rosemont Realty, a national commercial real-estate investment firm. He received his BS degree in accounting and finance from Indiana University. He joined the ARTsmart/FACT board in 2011, serving as treasurer through mid-2014, and continuing as an active member of the finance committee. Prior to moving to Santa Fe he was a board member of the Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley, South Bend, IN. (Updated 9/2014)

Mary Harbour
Harbour is an Australian Aboriginal art dealer and collector. Before moving to Santa Fe, she lived in Australia, the UK, and in several US states. She received her BA from Florida State University and ME from University of South Carolina. Following a career as an educator, during which she co-authored the grant, organized, and operated the first federal-matching comprehensive daycare program in South Carolina, she was as a realtor in Delaware and Pennsylvania. She served three years as ARTsmart president and has developed and overseen ARTsmart’s children and youth programs since 2008. (Updated 9/2014)

Susan Hallsten McGarry
A native Minnesotan, McGarry moved to Santa Fe from Houston, TX, in 1998. She is director of the national group Plein-Air Painters of America and the principal in McGarry Media Group. She received her MA in art history from the University of Minnesota and was editor-in-chief of Southwest Art magazine from 1979 to 1997. She has authored more than 30 monographs, survey books, and catalogs on American artists and contributed to many more. Since 2005, she has been an ARTfeast volunteer and contributor to media projects, and in 2014 she joined the ARTsmart board. (Updated 8/2014)

Rebecca Tobey
Tobey was the ARTsmart 2010 Honorary Artist and has been on the board since 2012. A professional artist with a MA from Adelphi University in New York, she has spent 30 years in the studio where she creates ceramic and bronze sculptures, jewelry, and paintings.  Her award-winning work has been exhibited in museums across the country, and her public art is on view at the University of New Mexico Cancer Center, Albuquerque; The Lincoln Center for Performing Arts, Ft. Collins, CO; The Ringling Brothers Art Museum, Sarasota, FL, and the Mitsubishi Corporation, Tokyo, Japan. (Updated 9/2014)

Gloria Zamora
A former government affairs manager, Zamora has a BA in history and an MLS in library science from the University of Michigan. She devotes her time to Santa Fe nonprofit organizations, including serving on the founding committee and as a board member of the Women’s International Study Center. She also serves on the boards of Cooking with Kids and the New Mexico Library Foundation. Since 1977 she has been active in the Special Libraries Association, an international nonprofit specializing in information organization, where she has served in several capacities, including treasurer and president. (Updated 9/2014)