Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

Bosque School’s Board of Trustees is the guardian of the school’s mission. It is the board’s responsibility to ensure that the mission is appropriate, relevant, and vital to the community. The board of trustees is currently comprised of 13 individuals, elected for two consecutive four-year terms, all of whom monitor the success of the school in fulfilling its mission. Each trustee participates in and supports the mission of the school and serves on at least one of the board’s committees: Philanthropy, Executive, Facilities, Finance, Investment, and Trustee.

Dear Bosque School Community, 

Over this past school year, the Bosque School Board of Trustees has engaged in a strategic planning process intended to chart the school’s future in partnership with school leadership. Using our mission statement as a guidepost, we have reflected upon our strategic priorities–financial strength and stability; manifestation of our equity, community, and culture values; and philanthropic engagement and partnerships–and have established policies that will allow Bosque School to be agile in times of change, while also remaining focused on its long term success.
The financial strength and stability of Bosque School is a critical organizational objective. After an exhaustive process that considered multiple financial models, we have settled upon an approach that continues to support personalized instruction, ensures access for mission-aligned students in need of financial aid, and prioritizes the ability to recruit and retain the highest quality of educators. 
As a manifestation of our equity, community, and culture values, the board has formally endorsed the school’s Equity, Community, and Culture (ECC) Principles and Best Practices (formerly known as our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Principles & Best Practices). The board of trustees is committed to participating in annual professional development experiences related to supporting and advancing equity, community, and culture (ECC) best practices, and we will actively seek prospective committee and board members who also support these principles. We also pledge to ongoing engagement with Bosque School community members who lead ECC work to ensure a shared understanding of such values.
In alignment with our newly adopted financial model and affirmation of ECC best practices, the strategic priority of philanthropic engagement and partnerships will first focus on building the Bosque Fund. The newly reinvigorated Bosque Fund will emphasize the support of financial aid, academic and mission-aligned programming and opportunities. We will also look to further enrich our campus—using our updated Campus Master Plan as a guide—by raising funds earmarked specifically for capital improvements. Finally, we will endeavor to build Bosque School’s permanent endowment to ensure that the school will be capable of supporting the community that it serves in perpetuity.  
Strategic planning is an iterative process and the board of trustees is committed to regularly updating the tactics and strategies necessary to ensure our school’s continued success. Thank you for being a part of our vision for Challenging Education by creating transformative learning experiences that empower a diverse community of students to lead lives of intellectual curiosity, personal integrity, and compassionate contribution to a more just world for our community.
Santana Macias Fontana, MD
Chair, Board of Trustees

Santana Macías Fontana

Board Chair
Executive Committee Chair

Santana was born and raised in New Mexico. She is a physician with Presbyterian Medical Group in Rio Rancho, specializing in family and primary care sports medicine. Santana received her BA in Kinesiology at Occidental College in Los Angeles, California, prior to returning to New Mexico to receive her medical degree at the University of New Mexico’s School of Medicine. She completed her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio and then her Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at the University of Washington in Seattle. She is currently a board member with the University of New Mexico’s School of Medicine Alumni Association and has served as grade representative and past president for the Bosque Parents’ Association. Santana and her husband, Matt, live in Corrales and are the parents of a Bosque student in the Class of 2022.

Marisa Barrera

Finance Committee

Marisa serves as executive vice president and chief strategy officer of DreamSpring, an award-winning, nonprofit organization that increases access to credit, makes loans and provides a community of support to help entrepreneurs realize their dreams. In her role at DreamSpring, Marisa is responsible for a portfolio of priorities that includes people, culture, marketing, communications, philanthropy, and stewardship. Marisa is a recipient of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s New Mexico Financial Services Advocate of the Year Award and is a former board member of the Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO), a national association of more than 1,000 microenterprise development programs and partners in the United States. She holds a master of public affairs degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and is an undergraduate alumna of the University of New Mexico. Marisa, and her husband, are the parents of two Bosque students, Class of 2026 and 2027.

Shawn L. Berman

Bosque School Trustee Designate to Board of Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program (BEMP)

Shawn is the Associate Dean for Accreditation and Research at the University of New Mexico's Anderson School of Management. During 2017, he served as the Acting and then Interim Dean; he is also a professor of Business and Society at Anderson. He received his PhD in Strategic Management from the University of Washington. Shawn has been at the Anderson School of Management since 2007. His three main research interests are Stakeholder Theory, especially measurement issues; the evolution of the employee-employer relationship; and issues of corporate governance. Shawn is on the editorial board of Business & Society and Business Ethics Quarterly and in 2012, he served as Division Chair for the Social Issues in Management Division of the Academy of Management, as well as serving previously as program chair and professional development workshop chair. He has also served as the co-chair for the SIM Doctoral Consortium and currently serves on the board of the Rio Grande Community Development Corporation.

Amy K. Coburn

Facilities Committee Chair
Executive Committee

Amy serves at the University of New Mexico as University Architect and Director of Planning, Design & Construction. She provides broad leadership for the institution's planning, architectural, and development activities and leads project delivery for several hundred million dollars of facility investment. Amy holds a bachelor’s in Architecture from Syracuse University and a master’s of Architecture from Harvard University. Over the course of a 30-year career, she remains active in many organizations, such as the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Lambda Alpha International, Society of College and University Planning (SCUP), and the Urban Land Institute where she serves as the New Mexico Chapter chairwoman. Amy is also mother to Bosque alumnus Julian '20.

Mark J. Fidel, MBA, JD

Philanthropy Committee Chair

Mark is currently a co-founder and manages all State, Local and Educational Markets in the United States for RiskSense, Inc.  RiskSense was formed in May 2015. Mark has been with RiskSense and its predecessor, CAaNES, LLC, since 2006, when CAaNES, LLC was formed.  He has served as its finance director, in-house counsel and head of corporate development. Prior to RiskSense/CAaNES, Mark owned and operated a litigation support and document management consulting firm, Applied Records Management.  His clients included law firms and a number of independent insurance agencies. Mark worked as a commercial defense litigator for the Modrall Sperling Law Firm in Albuquerque, NM from 2002 to 2004.  He maintains his licensure in New Mexico.  Prior to earning his law degree in 2002 from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Mark worked as a financial and senior financial analyst for Intel Corporation from 1994 to 1998. In 1994, he earned his Executive MBA from the University of New Mexico and in 1989, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Finance from New Mexico State University. Mark currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for HopeWorks, a non-profit focused on ending homelessness in Albuquerque.  He is also on the Board of the New Mexico Technology Council.

Cara Chavez

Philanthropy Committee

Cara Chavez has been an educator for over 20 years. The majority of her career has been teaching in the primary grades. The past 7 years she has been an elementary school physical education teacher and currently serves as an APS Wellness Ambassador, promoting wellness at her school through engaging fitness and health activities. She herself did not enjoy PE as a student, so she strives to engage her students in a variety of physical activities to help them find an activity for life.  Prior to becoming a teacher, Cara worked in state and local government in an administrative capacity.  Cara has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from New Mexico State University.  Once she decided to pursue a career in education, she and her husband relocated to Denver, Colorado, where she attended the University of Denver and received a teaching certificate in Elementary Education.  Cara served for 6 years on the Bosque Parents’ Association to include being the coordinator for the Bosque Bakers, providing home-baked goods for school events. She also has had the joy of delivering meals for Meals on Wheels over several summers.The parent of two Bosque School alumni, Phillip ‘16 and Noah ‘19, Cara is honored to serve on the Bosque School Board of Trustees to continue her commitment to the school and the community it serves.
    • Rachel Gupton; Trustees; Board; Bosque Alumni

Rachel Gupton

Philanthropy Committee

Rachel is an electrical and computer engineer at Sandia National Laboratories. She has been at Sandia since 2011, starting off as an intern and then she was accepted into the Critical Skills Master Program in 2013 which funded her master’s degree. She received her bachelors and masters degrees in ECE from the University of Arizona. She currently works in the satellites division. She is also a local philanthropist serving on the board of Saranam and Explora and she is active in United Way giving societies. Rachel and her husband, Billy, who is a financial advisor and philanthropic guru, were married in 2017 and live in Albuquerque with their two dogs. Rachel is a Bosque School alumna, Class of 2009, and served on the 2019-20 Head of School Search Committee.

Eric M. Herrera

Treasurer & Finance Committee Chair
Executive Committee

Eric is the founder and President of Blueprint Consulting Group, a boutique accounting firm in Albuquerque built to design, organize and strengthen his clients’ accounting and financial posture. Eric has a broad background in both private industry and public accounting. Practicing since 1994, his experience covers real estate and construction taxation and business planning, mergers and acquisitions, tax planning for closely-held businesses and owners, and business entity selection. His passion for client service has helped many businesses and business owners achieve their financial goals. Eric holds a bachelor’s of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from the University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Management. He and his wife, Kim, have two children, Bosque alumni Diego ’16 and Mia ’19.

Nancy Klion

Board Secretary
Executive Committee
Governance Committee

Nancy is the owner of Sarabande Bed & Breakfast and Sarabande Home in Los Ranchos. Nancy has served as the board chair of Manzano Day School; she currently serves on the Board of Directors for Horizons Albuquerque, an affiliate of Horizons National, a tuition-free academic enrichment program that addresses the achievement gap and summer learning loss for public school students from low-income families. Nancy is the proud mother of Bosque alumni—Myles '11, Madeline '14, and Bella '19.
    • Lee Patchell; Trustee; Board; Board of Trustees

Lee Patchell

Governance Committee Chair
Executive Committee


Lee has over 20 years of experience in Human Resources and is currently working at Presbyterian Healthcare Services. She is Vice President for Human Resources Partnerships and Employee Relations. Before joining Presbyterian, she served as Senior Vice President for Human Resources at Charter Bank Mortgage and Insurance, and prior to that held Human Resources positions with Intel Corporation. Lee holds both a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s degree from the University of New Mexico in Business Administration, with a concentration in Human Resources and Organizational Behavior. She served on the Board of Trustees for nine years for Manzano Day School including three years as Board President. Lee’s children attend Bosque School.
    • Kristin Salazar-Coffman; Bosque Alumni; Trustee; Board

Kristin Salazar-Coffman

Philanthropy Committee

Kristin has a strong history in Communications and Marketing developing high-quality, results-driven strategies in the agency, corporate and non-profit environments. She is an Albuquerque native and Bosque School 2007 alumna. Her career began in Public Relations at the Dallas Market Center. Kristin’s skills, passion for the Bosque School community and education led her back to campus in 2015 as the Marketing Coordinator. She is currently the owner of Rocky Mountain Dental Laboratory and a recent Breast Cancer Survivor. Kristin earned a Bachelor of Arts in Convergence Journalism with a minor in Elementary Education from Southern Methodist University.  

Peter A. Sanchez

Board Vice Chair
Executive Committee

Peter is the Chief Executive Officer for The Atrisco Companies. He earned an MBA in Accounting from the University of New Mexico, a doctorate in Jurisprudence from the University of Houston Law Center and holds a license as a Certified Public Accountant. Within the community, Peter serves on several boards, including the Hispano Philanthropic Society of the United Way, Golden Apple Foundation, Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce, and United Way of Central New Mexico. He and his wife have three children—Bosque alumnus Max '17, and students in the Class of 2021 and 2023.

Patrick Wilkins, CPA

Finance Committee

A dare from Pat’s father put him on the path to accounting. Pat’s father, a high school guidance counselor, challenged his then-aimless son to earn an accounting degree as a way to prove he could accomplish a goal. Pat accepted the challenge and earned a BBA from UNM. With that degree, he found his true calling as an accountant and storyteller. Pat is the partner in charge of the audit department at Ricci & Company, LLC. Pat applies his extensive experience with not-for-profit organizations to help passionate leaders of not-for-profits transition to long-term sustainable businesses. Pat enjoys working with family businesses to develop successful enterprises that endure across generations. He delights in explaining financial issues with metaphors and stories. He currently also serves on the board for Nonprofit Back Office Resources and was former Board Treasurer for United Way of Central New Mexico and Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, as well as former president of the board for Alta Mira Specialized Family Services. Outside of accounting, his greatest pleasure is being a husband and a father to his two daughters, Bosque alumna Claire '16 and a student in the Class of 2021.

Peggie Ann Findlay

Founder of Bosque School
Trustee Emeritus

Peggie is a physician and cancer researcher. She also serves on the Symphony Board, is a member of the Order of St. John, and a founder of Bosque School. Peggie’s children, Alexandra '03 and Brendan '06, are Bosque alumni.