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LANL Foundation Board of Directors

LANL Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors composed of some of the best community and business leadership in Northern New Mexico. The Board represents regional, educational, and community interests, as well as the interests of Foundation donors and contributors. This active, dedicated group of professionals oversees all functions of the organization including an investment portfolio, an annual giving budget of $5 million, and an operating budget of approximately $1.4 million. The full Board meets quarterly, working closely with Foundation staff to ensure that ongoing goals and programs are in alignment with the overall strategic plan.

Executive Committee

Nan Sauer  

Nan Sauer, President
Nancy “Nan” Sauer is the Associate Director for Chemistry, Life, and Earth Sciences (ADCLES) at LANL. In her 25-year career at LANL, she has held several positions of increasing responsibility. After working as a director’s postdoctoral fellow, she advanced to a principal investigator and team leader in the Chemistry Division to leader of several projects. Most recently she has been the director of the LANL Institutes Office from its inception, responsible for oversight and strategic engagement of six institutes and three innovation centers. Nan has a distinguished track record as a research scientist with more than 60 publications and technical reports in archival journals. She has delivered lectures at more than 25 meetings and holds 5 patents. Nan was Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund 2013 Campaign Chair and began serving on the LANL Foundation board in 2013.

Hervey Juris  

Hervey Juris, Vice President
Hervey has a personal commitment to improving the quality of primary and secondary education in Northern New Mexico A Professor Emeritus at the Kellogg School, Northwestern University and a labor economist by training, he served as chair of the Strategy and Management department and associate dean for academic affairs. Other service included Acting Director of the Center for Urban Affairs, and Associate Director of the Media Management Center. In addition, he served as president of the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago. In Santa Fe he has been a mentor and Big Brother, a trustee and finance committee member of Temple Beth Shalom, Board Chair and Chair Emeritus of the Santa Fe Community Foundation, vice chair of the St. Vincent Hospital Foundation, and board member of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Hervey joined the LANL Foundation Board in 2015.

Wayne Kennedy  

Wayne Kennedy, Treasurer
Wayne Kennedy is the former Senior Vice President of the University of California. He is a nationally recognized expert in issues relating to the financing of research universities and medical education, and served in university administration for 36 years. Wayne has served on numerous boards and committees dealing with technology transfer, governmental relations, grant and contract policies, private fundraising, and medical education administration. Wayne has served on the LANL Foundation Board since 2003.

Kathryn Harris Tijerina  

Kathryn Harris Tijerina, Secretray
Kathryn Harris Tijerina has a diverse background of leadership roles in community building, education, and Indian affairs throughout the public and private sectors of New Mexico. Some highlights of her career are serving as Executive Director of Railyard Stewards, Director of Cultural and Recreational Services in Albuquerque where she created the city botanic garden and aquarium, expanding the Institute of American Indian Arts as President, and teaching full time with University of Phoenix as one of the first core Faculty nationwide. Kathryn is an enrolled citizen of the Comanche Nation, and currently serves as the First Leader of the Comanche Nation College Council. She graduated from Harvard University and earned her Juris Doctorate from Stanford Law School. Kathryn has been married to her law school sweetheart, Manuel, for 36 years and loves reading and gardening. She has served on the LANL Foundation Board since 2012.

Bill Wadt  

Willard (Bill) Wadt, Immediate Past President
Bill Wadt is the Deputy Contractor Assurance Officer for Los Alamos National Laboratory. In his 30-plus year career, he has held a wide variety of scientific, project, and management positions. In 1984, Bill was named by Science Digest as one of America's 100 Brightest Scientists under 40. He is a member of the executive committee for the Governor's Business Executives for Education, serving as the Champion for the New Mexico Baldrige in Education Initiative. Bill also serves as Secretary/Treasurer for the Board of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation. Before his current term, Bill served on the LANL Foundation Board from 1998 to 2005, and was the 2002-2003, and 2003-2004, 2014-2015 Board President.

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Charlie McMillan  

Charles McMillan, Ex officio
Charlie McMillan is the current Director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory.


Ambrose Baros is the Executive Director of the Hoy Recovery Program, Inc., a nonprofit, residential/outpatient treatment program in Northern New Mexico working with individuals suffering from addiction and mental health. He has over 15 years of experience in the behavior health field and is licensed as both a mental health and addiction counselor. Ambrose is a lifelong resident of Northern New Mexico and is committed to creating positive change in his community. He began serving on the LANL Foudnarion Board in 2016.

BIllie Blair  

Billie Blair, a consultant in media and marketing, was Associate Publisher and Editor of the Santa Fe New Mexican, Publisher of The Taos News and President of the Santa Fe Community Foundation. She has called Northern New Mexico home since 1973. She has a Master’s Degree in Communications from the University of Alabama, is a 2000 graduate of Leadership New Mexico and was inducted into the New Mexico Press Association Hall of Fame for her 26 years of contributions to journalism. She is vice president of El Crepusculo, Inc. and secretary of the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government. Her prior board service is as president of the New Mexico Press Association, vice president of the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce, vice president of the New Mexico Association of Grantmakers and the Santa Fe Community Foundation. Since leaving SFCF, she has volunteered as a reading tutor in the Santa Fe Public Schools, and is trained as an instructor in English as a Second Language. Her stepson has taught in the Taos Municipal Schools for 17 years, and her husband, a retired attorney, is a daily substitute teacher and volunteer in the Santa Fe Public Schools.

Kimberly Budil  

Kim Budil is the Vice President for Laboratory Management at the University of California (UC), Office of the President, responsible for the University's management oversight of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Kim serves as an Executive Committee Governor on the Boards of Governors of the Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC and the Los Alamos National Security, LLC, the managing contractors for LLNL and LANL. In addition, she is a member of the LBNL Advisory Board and chairs the LBNL Contract Assurance Council. Kim was formerly the Program Manager in the Global Security Principal Directorate at LLNL where she was responsible for the nuclear counterterrorism. Kim has been a vocal advocate for women in science, serving on the American Physical Society’s Committee on the Status of Women in Physics. She participated in two International Conferences on Women in Physics, leading the U.S. delegation to the 2005 conference in Brazil. She was also active at LLNL in helping to organize a number of technical women’s conferences and participating in the LLNL Women’s Association. Kim joined the LANL Foundation Board in 2015.

Jan Goodwin  

Jan Goodwin is the Executive Director of the New Mexico Educational Retirement Board. Since moving to New Mexico in 1995, she has served in a variety of state and local finance positions including Cabinet Secretary for the Taxation and Revenue Department, Director of the State Board of Finance and Deputy Director of the State Investment Council. Jan has been active on several boards in Santa Fe, most recently serving on the SVHSupport and CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center boards. She graduated from Wesleyan University and earned a Master of Business administration from New York University and a Master of Hospital Administration from the University of New Mexico. Her two sons are enrolled at the University of New Mexico. Jan joind the board in 2016

Kimberly Budil  

John S. Gulas is CEO of Los Alamos National Bank (LANB) and President and CEO of Trinity Capital Corporation with over 26 years of banking and financial services experience. Prior to joining LANB and TCC, Mr. Gulas was President and Chief Executive Officer of Farmers National Banc Corporation. He was recognized by the American Bankers Association for leading Farmers to national acclaim as one of the top community banks in the country, and under Mr. Gulas’ management, Farmers was named by Bank Director Magazine as one of the best banks with $1–$5 Billion in assets. From July 2008 to 2010, Mr. Gulas served as Farmers’ Chief Operating Officer. From 2005 to 2007, Mr. Gulas was President and Chief Executive Officer of Sky Trust Co., N.A. Mr. Gulas has also held executive roles with Wachovia and Key Bank. Mr. Gulas served on the Board of Directors and executive committee of the Regional Chamber Foundation in Ohio, in addition to numerous other community and civic boards. John joined the LANL Foundation Board in 2015.

Juniper Lovato  

Juniper Lovato has been a northern New Mexico resident her entire life. She currently serves as the Director of Education for the Santa Fe Institute. In this role, she works across generations and geographical limits to make resources and knowledge on cutting-edge complexity science accessible to those with a hunger for learning. Lovato received her Master’s Degree in Western Classics from St. John’s and earned a B.A. from the College of Santa Fe in Business Administration and Political Science. Lovato is an active community member who holds board positions at the Santa Fe Railyard Community Corporation and the Mandela International Magnet School, and serves on the Santa Fe Public Education Department’s Digital Learning Advisory Committee. Juniper is a founding member of MAKE Santa Fe, a community makespace where people can access tools, resources, and workshops create anything they can dream. Juniper joined the LANL Foundation Board in 2015.

Jeannie Oakes  

Jeannie Oakes is Presidential Professor Emeritus in Educational Equity at UCLA, where she founded UCLA’s Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access; the University of California’s All Campus Consortium on Research for Diversity; and Center X, UCLA’s urban teacher preparation program. In 2014, Jeannie moved to Santa Fe with her husband, Martin Lipton, after completing a 6-year term at the Ford Foundation as Director of Educational Opportunity and Scholarship programs worldwide.   Currently, she is Senior Fellow in Residence at the Learning Policy Institute, a nonprofit organization that conducts and communicates independent, high-quality research to shape policies that improve learning for every child, pre-K through high school. Oakes’ research examines the effect of social policies on the education of low-income students of color, and it investigates equity-minded reform. Her books include Keeping Track: How Schools Structure Inequality (first edition published in 1985 and second edition in 2005), Becoming Good American Schools: The Struggle for Civic Virtue in Education Reform (with UCLA colleagues), and Learning Power (with UCLA colleagues).  She has received four major awards from the American Educational Research Association (Early Career, Outstanding Research Article, Outstanding Book, and Social Justice in Education Research), and holds the Lifetime Achievement Award from the California Educational Research Association; the Multicultural Research Award from the National Association for Multicultural Education, the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Educational Press Association of America, the World Cultural Council’s Jose Vasconcelos Award in Education, and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s Ralph David Abernathy Award for Public Service.  Jeannie also is immediate past President of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) an organization of 25,000 research professionals and a member of the National Academy of Education.  

James Owen  

James Owen is Division Leader of Weapons Systems Engineering at LANL with overarching responsibility for systems engineering and program management of the enduring and future nuclear weapon stockpile. In his 20 years at LANL, James has a demonstrated record of success in management and execution of large, technically complex projects/programs, including serving as Technical/Program Lead of two of LANL’s Life Extension. He has wide-ranging interface responsibilities with the NNSA Nuclear Weapons Enterprise and the Department of Defense, including the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force. He has received numerous DOE Weapons Performance Awards. James was born and raised in Penasco, New Mexico, enjoys sports activities and is an avid woodworker. James joined the LANL Foundation Board in 2015.

Denise Thronas is both Ohkay Owingeh (formerly San Juan Pueblo) and Taos Pueblo Native American. She currently resides on the Ohkay Owingeh reservation. After graduating from Espanola Valley High School, she attended New Mexico State University and raduated in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry. Denise has worked for 22 years at LANL in Organic Chemistry, Actinide Analytical Chemistry, and Actinide Manufacturing Group in the capacity of technician, project leader and first line manager. Most notably, Denise fabricated radioactive standards for WIPP certification and worked on heat sources for NASA in support of the Mars missions. Currently, she holds a First Line Manager position for the Actinide Engineering and Science Group. Denise is active with the Laboratory’s education programs and initiatives, having served as science fair judge, tutor, and informal mentor to student interns. She has made formal presentations about her work experience to numerous student groups visiting the Lab and actively participates in science education outreach, working with elementary age students to reinforce science and math concepts in the classroom. Additionally, Denise has served as the chairperson for the Indian Education Committee representing San Juan Pueblo Elementary School and was a Cub Scout Master for San Juan Parish. She began serving on the LANL Foundation Board in 2016.

Elmer Torres  

Elmer C. Torres is a member of San Ildefonso Pueblo whose strength in leadership is reflected in his experience and commitment to the 22 Tribes of New Mexico, his passion for improving education, and his work with various federal, tribal, state, county, and city government agencies. He held the positions of San Ildefonso Pueblo Governor and Tribal Council member, and during his 39 years at Los Alamos National Laborator, Elmer was Tribal Liaison Director in the Government Relations Office. After retirement, he started a second career as owner of Than Povi Fine Art Gallery. In addition to his service on the LANL Foundation Board in an advisory role from December 2015 until May 2016, he also serves on the Junior Achievement of New Mexico Board of Directors, USS Santa Fe Committee, and New Mexico Navy League.

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Honorary Board Members

Florence Jaramillo  

Florence Jaramillo
Florence Jaramillo is the owner of Rancho de Chimayo employing 85 people in rural northern New Mexico. Florence serves as an honorary national board member of the National Restaurant Association, is the Treasurer of the NNMCC Foundation, and serves on the boards of Southwest Bank, New Mexico State Restaurant Association, Española Chamber of Commerce and the Chimayo Crime Prevention Association. She was also the founding director of New Mexico First and Woman Leadership in the Food Industry. Florence has been on the LANL Foundation Board since 1999.

Diana MacArthur  
Diana MacArthur
Diana MacArthur is the former Chair and CEO of Dynamac Corporation, a science, engineering, and technology company specializing in the areas of environment, health, and safety. She was appointed by President Johnson to the Citizens Advisory Board to the President’s Council on Youth Opportunity, and by President Clinton to the President’s Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). Diana serves on the Board of Trustees of the Santa Fe Institute and the National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation, and on the Board of Directors of the University of New Mexico Science & Technology Corporation and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. She also served on the Board of Directors of The Santa Fe Opera for 15 years. She was a member of the Board (Executive Committee) of the Business-Higher Education Forum, the Board of Visitors of the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute, and the Chancellor’s Advisory Council, University System of Maryland. Diana has been on the LANL Foundation Board since 2003 and served as President.

Martin Strones  
Martin E. Strones
Martin E. Strones is the National Program Manager for Johnson Controls, Washington D.C. He is the former Senior Vice President of Government Business Development for Day and Zimmerman LLC. He also is the former Director of Protection Technologies Los Alamos. Marty served on the LANL Foundation Board from 1998 to 2003.

Alex Valdez  
J. Alex Valdez
J. Alex Valdez is the President and CEO of St. Vincent Hospital of Santa Fe. Former General Counsel for St. Vincent Hospital, he also served as Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Health as well as Secretary Designate of the New Mexico Human Services Department. Alex is a member of the Northern New Mexico Community College Foundation Board, and has chaired the State Government Employee Charity Campaign for the past two years. Past President of the First Judicial Bar Association, he is also the past Chairman of the Las Cumbres Learning Services Board. Alex has served on the LANL Foundation Board since 2003.

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New board member training (left), Bill Wadt received President’s Award from former President Jeffrey Howell (above)

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