NATIONAL ADVISORY BOARD

OUR BIGGEST TAMARIND FANS


LANCE ARMER
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Lance Armer has owned and operated Santa Fe Mortgage since 1993. From 1980 to 1993 he was in radio broadcasting, first as the owner and manager of KLFQ-FM, Hutchinson, Kansas (19821986), and then as manager and part owner of KBOM-FM, Santa Fe, New Mexico (1987–1993).

He has served on numerous boards including the Kansas Association of Broadcasters; the Santa Fe Food Depot, a regional food bank, (President, 2001); the Santa Fe Pro Music Chamber Orchestra; and the Santa Fe Advertising Club Board (President, 1990).

SARAH BROWN
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Sarah Brown brings a wide-ranging variety of interests and talents to Tamarind’s Board. She has a long history of advocacy for children’s rights in Northern California and in New Mexico, and serves on the Foundation Board of the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque. She and her husband, Doug, who has been associated with UNM as a member of the Board of Regents and, most recently, Dean of the Anderson School of Business, have lived in New Mexico for several decades. Sarah’s restaurant, Gold Street Caffè, was for many years a popular destination, and her talents as a pastry chef have added many a delicious calorie to our plates over the years.

DEB CHANEY
Brooklyn, New York

Deb Chaney Editions, LLC, located in Brooklyn, NY specializes in fine art lithographic printmaking using traditional stone, plate, and photo processes. Deborah Chaney is a Tamarind Master Printer with over 10 years experience collaborating and printing with numerous artists from all over the globe. With experience gathered from working in other printing studios and alongside other professional printers, she has established her own independent print studio where she collaborates with artists and print publishers

Deborah Chaney received her BFA in printmaking from University of Tennessee, Knoxville and her Master Printer Certificate from the Tamarind Institute for Lithography in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  She has extensive training and experience working in numerous printmaking workshops, including the Tamarind Institute, the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in NY, NY, and La Ceiba Gráfica in Coatepec, Veracruz, Mexico. In addition to collaborative printing, she teaches lithography at Pratt Institute as well as Parsons, The New School for Design, and has taught workshops at The Center for Contemporary Printmaking, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Universidad Autónoma Benito Juárez de Oaxaca, Mexico. 

DEBI DODGE
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Debi Dodge lives in Albuquerque with her husband, Clint Dodge. They are avid art collectors, and enjoy supporting New Mexico artists and the local art community. Debi has worked for Molzen Corbin, an architecture/engineering firm for twenty years. She is also an artist, working in print and encaustic mediums. Debi has served on several boards in Albuquerque including; New Mexico Arts & Crafts Fair, New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, UNM Art Museum, Albuquerque Arts Alliance, City of Albuquerque Arts Board (President), and 516 Arts. She was an integral member of Tamarind’s Capital Campaign Committee, helping to raise funds for Tamarind’s new building.


MICHAEL EMERSON
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Michael is a graduate of the UNM College of Engineering (BS Mechanical Engineering) and co-owns the engineering consulting firm, Valencia Solutions, with his wife Kathryn Naassan. Michael also has an MS in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Washington. Michael has a long history of philanthropy and fundraising at UNM. He was the founding chair of the Friends of the Presidential Scholarship Program and he and Kathryn endowed a UNM Presidential Scholarship.  He was the Chairman of the UNM Mechanical Engineering Advisory Council and the President of the Professional Aerospace Contractors Association of NM.     


BUD JOHNS
San Francisco, California

Bud Johns began a lifetime of writing/editing/publishing while still a teenager as a Michigan newspaper reporter. He co-founded Apple Tree Press in 1954 (still operating in the book publishing business as part of McGraw Hill), moved to a Southern California newspaper in 1956 and to San Francisco in 1961 as bureau chief for Fairchild Publications. He founded Synergistic Press (a book publishing company he still operates) in 1968, the year before he joined Levi Strauss & Co. for a stint as vice president of corporate communications. While there he was responsible for a conference that included Clinton Adams on the program. That encounter led to friendships with Adams and Marjorie Devon, and a deep interest in and appreciation for Tamarind.

He has published four books and countless magazine articles. He has served on numerous boards including Greenbelt Alliance, a San Francisco Bay Area open space conservation/land use planning non-profit organization for 24 years and its president for four years; San Francisco Contemporary Music Players for twenty years and its president for one year; and Applewood Books in Massachusetts for fifteen years.


TONY JONES
Kansas City, Missouri

Tony Jones is President of the Kansas City Art Institute. Prior to KCAI, he was President of the School of the Chicago Art Institute from 1986-1992 and 1996-2008. From 2008 – 2011 he was Chancellor of the School of the Chicago Art Institute. In addition to his leadership at SAIC and KCAI, he has served as Director at both the Glasgow School of Art, Scotland, and the Royal College of Art, London. He is an internationally known arts administrator, broadcaster, writer, and historian of art and design. 

 

DEBORAH KELSON
San Francisco, California

Deborah Kelson was born and raised in Los Angeles, where her grandmother was a docent at the Skirball Museum and Cultural Center. She grew up drawing and painting, studied Art History at Stanford, and then fell in love with linocut printmaking as an adult. Deborah has spent her career working in marketing at both large companies and startups in San Francisco and New York. She is currently the Director of Marketing at AltSchool, an educational technology startup. She is also the author and illustrator of the children's book, Peanut Butter or Jelly. 

Deborah serves as a member of Stanford Associates, an honor given to top alumni volunteers. She lives in San Francisco with her Albuquerque-raised husband and their two children. 


JAYANT KUMAR
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Jayant moved to Albuquerque in 2008 to join Renal Medicine Associates, where he is a partner and practicing nephrologist. He is originally from India, and completed his training in New York City and Stanford, California. He was Associate Professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences before moving to New Mexico. He and his wife, Maria, have three children and are avid art collectors. Their collection includes many Tamarind prints. Collecting and living with art is very enriching for Jayant and his family, and the patients who visit his medical office.

MIKE LYON
Kansas City, Missouri

Mike is a full-time visual artist working in Kansas City. He earned a BA in Architecture and Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania in 1973, and a BFA in Painting from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1975.

Lyon has been called a father of post-digital printmaking because of his extraordinary use of digital technologies. He creates imagery using computer software that he has written or adapted, and regularly develops machinery to manipulate traditional tools and materials using unconventional methods. Lyon has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally including China Art Museum, Shanghai; Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh; Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design; Anderson Ranch Arts Center; The Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, CT; and Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, KS. His work is in the permanent collections of the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia; the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City; Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence; Art Museum at the University of Kentucky, Louisville; New York Public Library; and numerous corporate and private collections.


FRANK PURCELL
Taos, New Mexico

Frank Purcell grew up in Palm Springs, California, and has degrees in geology from USC. He served as an Air Force pilot, had a brief teaching career, and then returned to Palm Springs to enter the retail building materials business. For thirty-eight years he owned and managed several construction related businesses. He served as President of the State Lumber Association and as Director of the State Hardware Association.

Frank has been involved with many civic associations and activities including: director of a financial institution; city councilman; Mayor Pro-Tem; Jaycee President and JCI Senator; member of the Chamber of Commerce; board member of the Boy Scouts. He also served for a number of years as Trustee and Vice President of the Board of The Desert Museum in Palm Springs, California. He currently serves as an advisory board member and co-chair of the the Directors Circle of the UNM Harwood Museum of Art in Taos.

One of his ongoing special interests has been collecting and appreciating works on paper with special focus on the works of Gene Kloss. Frank and his wife, Joy, live in Taos and Palm Springs. They have been married for fifty years, and have four children and eleven grandchildren.


MELISSA ROUNTREE
Kansas City, Missouri

Melissa Rountree served as Curator of the Fine Art Collection at Hallmark Cards, Inc., in Kansas City, Missouri, from 1990-2008. In this position she added significantly to the size and importance of one of the nation's most prominent corporate art collections. She has curated numerous outside exhibitions, including "Sol Lewitt: Prints from the 1990s" for the University of Missouri-St. Louis; "The 1970's: Suites and Portfolios from the Hallmark Art Collection" for the H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute; and "Prints by the Sculptors from the Hallmark Fine Art Collection" for the Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, Florida.

She received a Bachelor of Individualized Studies from New Mexico State University, Las Cruces. She was curator at the Mitchell Museum in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, from 1987 to 1990.

She has served as a member the Grand Arts Advisory Panel since 1998. Other committee activity includes the Charlotte Street Fund in Kansas City (20012003); Exhibits USA Advisory Panel (1994 - 1996);and the Midwest Museum Conference Program Committee (1993 - 1994). She is also a Visiting Instructor at the Kansas City Art Institute, where she has taught History of American Printmaking since 1995.


RONALD W. STOVITZ
San Francisco, California

Ronald W. Stovitz is retired Presiding Judge of the State Bar Court of California and served as a Regent of the 10-campus University of California system. He received his B.A. degree in political science in 1964 from the University of California, Riverside, and his Juris Doctorate in 1967 from the University of Southern California Law School. He was appointed by the Supreme Court of California in 1989 to one of the first full-time judgeships created to decide appeals in all cases of attorney discipline and regulation. He was elevated to the Presiding Judgeship in 2001. He continues to serve the State Bar Court pro bono in retirement.

Judge Stovitz has served as President of the National Organization of Bar Counsel and was the founding President of the National Council of Lawyer Disciplinary Boards. For more than 20 years, he served as an invited faculty member of the American Bar Association's Annual Conference on Professional Responsibility. He has also served as an ex officio member of the California Judges Association Ethics Committee and chaired its Electronic Information Committee. He has served as President of the UCR Alumni Association and currently serves as a Trustee of the UCR Foundation. He has a longtime interest in collecting art, in particular works on paper.

MARK UNVERZAGT
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Mark Unverzagt is a primary care physician practicing in Albuquerque. His involvement with Tamarind began shortly after he graduated from his medical residency in the mid-1990’s. “I was struck by the array of beautiful works that even a young professional could afford.” He has remained committed to this democratic ideal of printmaking, and is fascinated by the timeless process of printing on stone. "Printing on stone began in places like Lascaux. And millennia later, even with the the technological revolutions of the printing press straight through to the Information Age, lithography in its purest form embodies the apex of human achievement. Taking an idea or image that may have developed over hours or months and literally applying that idea to a material that had its genesis eons before human life evolved is such a radically beautiful concept that it still boggles my mind.”

Dr. Unverzagt has served on boards for medical research, education and health care delivery. He also continues to run his own foundation that focuses on underserved and marginalized populations across the globe.