Meet Our Staff
New Mexico Community Foundation (NMCF) is home to a team of talented, dedicated professionals who provide a variety of programmatic, financial, development, environmental and other expertise. Their multicultural experience and widespread knowledge of New Mexico enables NMCF to build strong relationships and steward community resources statewide.
Contact our staff anytime for more information about NMCF.
Linda Milbourn has been appointed Interim President and CEO following Fr. Rusty Smith’s departure.
After graduating with her B.S. in Travel-Tourism & Hospitality Management from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, Julia Abbiss ventured west, having decided that living in New Mexico was an adventure she could not pass up. In addition to her experience in the sustainable tourism industry, Julia has her M.S. in Nonprofit Management and has worked extensively with domestic and international nonprofits, including the Santa Fe Watershed Association, Humanity Unified International, and Kevin Rohan Memorial Eco Foundation in Nepal.
“As an East Coaster, I was drawn to the New Mexican landscape because it manages to make me feel so empowered and vulnerable at the same time–the perfect combination for constant self-reflection, soul searching, and adventure.”
Candy Carlson has been working in nonprofit development for 24 years, working in New Mexico, Colorado, and California. With an M.A. in Museum Studies and B.A. in Art, Candy spends her time visiting museums and photographing the beautiful land and light of New Mexico.
“I love the tranquility and open spaces of New Mexico.”
Scholarships & Grants Associate
Erika Davila has a degree in journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She moved to Santa Fe in 1999 to write for The New Mexican newspaper, where she covered education, immigration and other issues. She has spent the last decade working in the nonprofit world and is committed to doing her part to help strengthen New Mexico communities.
“I love the open space in New Mexico. I also discovered shortly after moving here that for the first time in my life, I could say my last name without someone asking how it was spelled.”
Vicki Everhart, Ph.D.
Vicki Everhart has a Ph.D. in Human Development and 30 years of work in the field of education. She has worked as a researcher, editor, and teacher. Vicki has advocated for gender equity and social equality and transitioned to nonprofit work in 2013. She is thrilled to work for NMCF. Although Vicki has been in New Mexico for almost 2 decades, she has been unable to lose her NC accent.
“The land of New Mexico called to me immediately upon arriving. Then its people. I adore my New Mexican sweetie.”
Program Director for NewMexicoWomen.org
Prior to her work at NMCF, Sarah Ghiorse was the founding Director of the Seasons Fund for Social Transformation, a national collaborative fund dedicated to building healthy movements by investing in groups working at the intersection of personal and social transformation. Sarah’s early career focused on education, community and youth organizing. Sarah holds a B.A. in Women’s Studies from the University of California Santa Cruz and a M.A. in Postcolonial Anthropology from the California Institute of Integral Studies.
“I love the complex beauty of New Mexico.”
MaryAnn Lucero is a native New Mexican who graduated from New Mexico Highlands University. Her thirty-year career in accounting includes 16 years working with nonprofits. MaryAnn is excited to support NMCF and all the good work it does.
“New Mexico is home. We have warm, friendly people; diverse cultures; wonderful traditions; and so many beautiful places to visit.”
Interim President & CEO and Grants & Fiscal Sponsorship Director
Linda Milbourn is serving as the Interim President and CEO in addition to continuing her work with donors and fiscal sponsorship partners. Linda finds her work very gratifying, as she loves working with her wonderful clients and dedicated colleagues. Linda was raised in Chicago and spent 20 years in the financial services industry in San Francsico Bay Area. In 2002 she relocated to Santa Fe and joined the nonprofit sector, where the challenges more than offset the many great rewards.
“I love being able to eat outside so many days a year. I love the sunrises…many that seem impossibly real. I love the assortment of people who make Santa Fe home. I love that on some nights in the Summer there are multiple live music venues and plenty of opportunities to two-step.”
Janet Sanchez has welcomed the opportunity to work in a nonprofit environment. She brings a practical knowledge and skill set derived after 28 years of government accounting. Janet’s heartfelt wish is to continue to help New Mexico be the best it can be.
“What I love most about New Mexico is the pride and humility of the cultural mix of people and the blessings of the most beautiful and dramatic sunrises and sunsets in the world!”
Fatima van Hattum
NewMexicoWomen.Org Program Manager
Fatima van Hattum was born in Española and raised in Abiquiu, New Mexico. She has an MSc Globalization and Development from University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. She has a background in international development, food justice, gender and labor rights. She loves collaborating with communities across the state and is committed to working towards gender and social justice in New Mexico.
“I love the sky, the land, the people and the spirit of New Mexico. And that, without fail, every time I’ve ever broken down along the road, someone has stopped to help me immediately and sometimes even offered me a ripe squash and an escort to the next gas station.”
NewMexicoWomen.Org Program Coordinator
Originally from Louisiana, Antoinette Villamil moved to Las Cruces to study poetry through the lenses of feminism and autobiography at NMSU. She has taught students at high school and college levels and spent five years in northern New Mexico, working in educational nonprofits to prepare youth for college. She is passionate about equity for women and girls.
“I love the dry dirt on my shoes, the constant interplay of light and shadow as clouds move over the open sky, and the feeling of possibility for alternate ways of living. Mostly, I love that I’d never really felt at home until I moved to New Mexico.”
Director of Programs & Community Outreach
Renee Villarreal is a multi-generational Nueva Mexicana. She has deep roots in northern NM, but grew up in Santa Fe. She is deeply committed to place-based community work around equity, social and economic justice, and self-determination. She has worked at NMCF for over 5 years and has a background in community and regional planning, with a focus on rural community development and civic engagement.
“I love New Mexico because of the depth of indigenous and traditional knowledge and the resiliency and fuerza of many generations of families who have fought to protect herencia – the culture and traditions essential for self-determination.”