Tarrie Burnett, LMSW
Tarrie brings more than 15 years of nonprofit policy and program experience with a background in community social work. She graduated from the University of Colorado-Boulder with an undergraduate degree in Women’s Studies and the University of Denver in 2008 with a Master’s in Social Work, focused on program implementation and design for international social work and a specialization in trauma. Tarrie brings experience in community development, financing, and teaching, as well as an interest in local, national, and international politics to her role as Executive Director of Tomorrow’s Women. Previously, she worked with Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains, where she developed nationally recognized mental health and wellness, micro-financing, and sustainable farming initiatives and programs for refugee families. She currently volunteers with the New Mexico Refugee Educational Bridge Project, supporting young women from Afghanistan as they pursue secondary and higher education in the United States and is a speaker on refugee issues for the Santa Fe Council on International Relations.
Lama has spent her life and career working with young people, both with her own five children and as a teacher for more than 20 years. Lama believed her role as a teacher went beyond the curriculum. She encouraged her students to always express themselves safely and freely and broached tough discussion topics like politics, culture, and social issues. She lives in Hebron, Palestine, and brings years of activism experience building bridges between Palestinian, Israeli, and American communities.
Ameera was born in Jenin, Palestine during the first Intifada and grew up in the shadow of the second Intifada. Having never known peace, she joined Tomorrow’s Women in 2005 and as a Senior Young Leader, was able to share her pain and life story while learning about neighbors she had never met. She continued to practice her communication and listening skills through alumnae workshops and became a facilitator-in-training in 2018. She is also a certified Compassionate Listening Facilitator. She is inspired to work for peace, freedom, and human rights, all of which she believes cannot be achieved with violence or hate. “As women, we can make the change. I will continue this work until peace is realized or until the day that I die.” Ameera is the mother of three children and is committed to raising them to accept and respect others no matter their religion or culture.
Itaf holds an M.A. in political science from Haifa University. She managed the office of Daburia’s mayor for 26 years and served as a consultant on women’s affairs. She is a licensed facilitator in Marshall Rosenberg’s nonviolent communication method and a member of the steering committee of the NGO Circles of Listening, where she is a facilitator. Itaf also facilitates women empowerment and body and soul workshops.
Cheryl Bell has over 20 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations in New Mexico as a development professional, grant writer, volunteer coordinator, and nonprofit manager. She has worked for Esperanza Shelter, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, The Santa Fe Community Foundation, and New Mexico Wildlife Center. She is a passionate advocate for environmental and social justice issues and her volunteer work includes serving as wildlife chair of the Pajarito Group of the local Sierra Club and as a member of the Zero Waste Los Alamos Team. Cheryl holds a BA from the University of California–Berkeley, and an M.B.A. from the University of California–Davis.
Communications Director and Camp Director
The common thread throughout Alana’s career is her passion for meeting interesting people and the honor of sharing their stories. She brings journalism, writing, and branding experience to her role as TW’s Communication’s Director and Camp Director. Alana first came to Santa Fe in 2010 as a news reporter for KOAT-TV. Previously, she worked as a news reporter, videographer, and anchor in South Bend, Indiana and Watertown, New York, where her work earned numerous local and national awards. Alana studied political science and dove into journalism at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Alana and her family volunteer with Kitchen Angels, delivering food to homebound community members. She and her husband strive to raise their two young daughters to have the same courage and confidence as the young leaders of TW, to use their voices for good and fight for justice, always.
Adi Inbar’s global travels gave her the formative opportunity to meet diverse people, learn their unique stories, and realize the commonalities shared by all humans. With a background in East-Asian studies, Adi has led women tour groups to Japan and tours for Japanese visitors to Israel. A mother of two, Adi lives in Mitzpe Hila, Israel in the Galilee, a region home to both Jews and Arabs.
Noa holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational sociology. For 10 years she has worked in the nonprofit sector, particularly with Jewish and Arab women, to promote societal change. She specializes in leading groups dealing with conflict, using personal narrative to find common ground. She is a project manager, training developer, and certified facilitator of listening councils. An Israeli Jew who lives in the western Galilee, she is the mother of four, a photographer and painter.
For the past 35 years, Yonit has specialized in women’s empowerment, community development and leadership, and mentoring young trainers. She has taught a course for women managers of social change organizations, helped women establish businesses, and facilitated reconciliation groups with Arab and Jewish youth at the Peace School in Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam, Israel.
As TW’s Development Director, Ghida brings nearly two decades of experience in fundraising, focusing on grassroots, community-based organizations across all sectors, including the arts and early childhood education. Born and raised in Lebanon during the height of the civil war, Ghida is also a dedicated peace-builder and is thrilled to be investing in the enormous promise young women bring to the movement. Currently residing in Taos, Ghida holds a B.A. in English Literature from UCLA and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Washington.
Tony is an educator who taught and administered in public and private schools in Portland, Oregon and Denver, Colorado. He founded two schools in Santa Fe, New Mexico and led two schools internationally, The International School Nido de Aguilas in Santiago, Chile and the American School of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland. He believes Nelson Mandela, when Mr. Mandela said: “Education is the most powerful weapon one can use to change the world,” and brings that ethos to his work. He was born in Argentina of Polish refugees, lives in Santa Fe with his wife Diane, and has two children and two grandchildren.
Acting Vice President
Rob owned and operated a whitewater rafting company on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon for 34 years, which he bought from his parents in 1974 and sold to his daughter and son-in-law in 2008. Rob’s company was the first Grand Canyon outfitter to recruit, train, and hire women rafting guides in the 1970s. Rob has been a community activist much of his life. He has three grown children, is now retired, and lives with his wife, Sharon Woods, in Santa Fe. Together, Rob and Sharon have been blessed with 11 grandchildren. Rob is an avid outdoorsman, photographer, and environmentalist. He joined the Board of Directors of Tomorrow’s Women in 2011 and served as its President from 2013 to 2016.
Shaza was born in the Middle East to a diplomatic family and has lived in nine countries. An avid supporter of peace making, social justice, and interfaith dialogue she has worked and volunteered with a variety of organizations. After earning a degree in English Literature, she studied journalism and parapsychology. She is also fluent in Arabic and French. She has two adult children and resides with her husband in Houston.
Sam M. Hocking
Sam is the owner of a computer firm that outsources accounting services. He formerly worked for International Paper Company and IBM. He served for five years on the Dallas United Way budget committee and was treasurer of the Dallas Shakespeare Festival.
Sue was a psychotherapist and psychodramatist in private practice for 35 years, specializing in adult care, group therapy, and helping people heal childhood trauma. She has been a major volunteer and passionate advocate for Tomorrow’s Women since 2007, providing emotional support to staff, Young Leaders and campers. She retired from her camp duties and became a Board member in 2018. Sue has two adult children and five nearly-adult grandchildren, one of whom participated in a Girls’ Circle with Tomorrow’s Women campers in 2016.
Andrew Berman is a well respected entertainment industry veteran with over thirty five years of experience in global sales, marketing, and acquisition of entertainment content to all media worldwide. Berman currently works independently as a Global Content Consultant. He currently serves as a Board member with Connecting to Cure and is Chairman of the main Board of Directors for Los Angeles Jewish Health which is one of the largest senior care facilities in North America. Berman also serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee at Stephen Wise Temple and is Co-Chair of the Mental Heroes annual fundraising gala event on behalf of Didi Hirsch Mental Services. He is also involved and serves as a cancer Mentor with the St. John’s Hospital Cancer Mentorship named on behalf of Berman’s parents and family. Berman is also a licensed California Real Estate agent. Berman resides in Tarzana, California and is married with two daughters.
Pamela Blackwell is the Policy and Communications Director for the New Mexico Hospital Association where she leads key communications and advocacy work collaborating with others to develop evidence-based policy solutions to improve healthcare access at state and federal levels. Previously, as Senior Policy Director for nonpartisan, nonprofit New Mexico First, she conducted independent research, facilitated bringing diverse groups to consensus, and lobbied on healthcare, education, journalism and ethics in government issues affecting New Mexico. Pamela also served as legislative staff in Washington, D.C. for U.S. Congressional Representatives. She earned her B.A. in journalism at Colorado State University and her J.D. at George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, VA. A seventh generation New Mexican, she resides in Albuquerque with her husband and three children and enjoys swimming, hiking, travel and cooking for family and friends.
Michael has an extensive career working with nonprofit organizations and served in executive leadership positions with local organizations. He spent 10 years each as co-director of the Plaza Resolana Study and Conference Center and then COO of the NM Community Foundation. He also spent ten years as CFOO of the Seven Hills School, an independent school in California. He holds undergraduate degrees in business and finance and earned his J.D. from the University of San Francisco in 1982. As a practicing attorney, he currently serves as principal of the Non Profit Mediation and Consulting LLC, and also serves as of counsel to a California law firm that focuses on non-profit organization clients. Michael lives in Santa Fe with his spouse of 40+ years, Kathleen Jiménez, and hiking/fishing dogs Charlie and Blu.
Nancy has more than 20 years of experience in global women’s empowerment, social justice and human rights. She has worked for the Global Fund for Women, Women’s Refugee Commission and Rise Up, operating in countries including Rwanda and Ethiopia, India and Pakistan, and Guatemala and Nicaragua. Most recently, Nancy was a Fellow at Stanford University’s Distinguished Careers Institute where she taught and mentored students on the development of social impact projects. Nancy and her husband Chris live in Santa Fe.
Shani helped create and now runs the New Mexico Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion team within the state Economic Development Department. She connects minority-owned small business owners and entrepreneurs to services, resources, and financing programs. The agency expands access to underserved community business leaders by helping them navigate the systems within the government. Shani graduated from the University of New Mexico Anderson School of Management. Music has always been a focal point of Shani’s life. She attended New Mexico School for the Arts as a saxophone player and now sings in the band, Just Velvet, performing pop, soul, and R&B covers. Shani lives in Albuquerque, where she was raised. As a Black and Jewish woman, Shani says her identity and minority experience offer her unique perspectives that align with the TW mission. “I believe that trauma-informed, heart-centered leadership is critical to making lasting systems change and allowing space for healing, even in our most rigid societal structures and narratives.” Shani enjoys creative writing and traveling, and recently got her scuba diving certification.
Ruth is a lawyer who spent 40 years as an academic specializing in U.S. constitutional law and federal courts. Her community activities have included serving on the boards of an interfaith homeless shelter, New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty, and a local public radio station. For 10 years, she has been a member of the Santa Fe Campaign Ethics Review Board. Her commitment to Tomorrow’s Women began when her husband, Paul, now an emeritus board member, first learned of the organization. She is honored to continue the tradition of a Kovnat on the board.
Tomorrow’s Women is a family affair for Beth. She’s proud to follow in her mother’s footsteps on the board and her three grown daughters were all Peace Ambassadors during high school. Beth is a pediatric physical therapist, having graduated from Boston University and practicing for 35 years. She’s been a Tomorrow’s Women volunteer for many years and believes it’s an honor to give back to a mission in which she strongly believes. Beth loves to share her homemade baked goods with friends, spend time outdoors with her family and three dogs, travel, and read.
Rafiq brings a rich background of experience serving on several boards of organizations dedicated to empowering and connecting people in the Israel/Palestine region. Rafiq is a technology entrepreneur, founder and CEO of Network Management, Inc. (NetMGM), an IT management company based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Originally from Nablus, West Bank, Rafiq resides in Northern Virginia. He holds a B.S. degree in engineering from the University of Michigan and has completed postgraduate studies at both Harvard and George Mason Universities. When not working, Rafiq enjoys time with his family, playing his guitar, and taking in the beautiful parks and scenery in the region while hiking, biking, and kayaking.
Nico Pousette is a filmmaker who began her career working at Ridley Scott’s production company RSA FILMS on ads for Apple, Nike, and Johnny Walker amongst others. She is now working as a freelance photographer and director of music videos, branded content, and short films. As a creative producer she has worked on campaigns for Rihanna Savage Fenty, Coach, L’Oreal, Hugo Boss, and more. On her free time she loves to write, make music, surf and pursue her passion for philanthropy.
Ann Richter has worked as a credit analyst for 16 years and counting. She earned an MBA in Finance from Hawaii Pacific University. Ann has served as a board member and volunteer with several organizations including Family Strengths Network, Bradbury Science Museum Association, and CASA Court-Appointed Special Advocates.
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Tamara Bates is a former financial advisor for UBS and Raymond James. She also spent much of her career in nonprofit fundraising and philanthropy, as VP of Strategy and Programs for Innovate+Educate, and as a Program Officer at the Schott Foundation for Public Education. Tamara founded the program, The Dots Between, at the start of COVID-19 to help artists diversify their revenue streams. This is a six-month fellowship on financial sustainability serving its first cohort of 19 artists across New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona. She holds a BA from the College of Santa Fe and an M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning and Child Development from Tufts University. She is an Arts Commissioner for the City of Santa Fe, and on the boards of Southwest Creations Collaborative and the National Advisory Council for Creative Capital.
Anna Knight was raised in Santa Fe and is currently a junior at Santa Fe Prep. Apart from loving the outdoors, camping, and playing sports, she is interested in politics and plans to study politics and law when she enrolls in college. A two-time Peace Ambassador, the program has changed her perception in many ways and she looks forward to learning more about herself and her community through continued participation in Tomorrow’s Women.
Natalie Longmire-Kulis is a current junior at Stanford University, majoring in International Relations and Human Rights. She was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and has been lucky enough to work as a summer and fall intern with Tomorrow’s Women. She is passionate about gender equity, dialogue-based conflict resolution, and collaborating with female leaders and change-makers across the world.
Sydney Pope is a rising senior at Williams College, majoring in Arabic Studies and Psychology. She has volunteered and interned with Tomorrow’s Women since 2018, and through her experiences working with the organization, is planning to pursue peace and mediation studies after graduating. On campus, she co-leads Students for Israeli-Palestinian Dialogue, is a member of the college’s step dance team, and loves video art and exploring outside.
Sandra Wechsler specializes in designing social impact strategies and working with campaigns and large organizations to advance meaningful change. Sandra received her B.A. in Social Thought and Political Economy from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and her Master’s in Public Health from the University of New Mexico. She lives in Santa Fe with her husband, toddler and dog Omar, named after her favorite character in The Wire.