Board of Directors

DR. STEVE COX, BOARD PRESIDENT

Steve Cox received BS and MS degress in Electrical Engineering from Marquette University and a PhD in Mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He then did postdoctoral work at the Courant Institute at New York University before joining the department of Computational & Applied Mathematics at Rice University. During his 28 years at Rice he held visiting positions in Spain, France and Germany, received 6 campus wide teaching awards, served as Residential College Master for 10 years, was the founding Director of the Rice Center for Teaching Excellence, was  Adjunct Professor of Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine and co-founded the Rice Neuroscience program. He is now Assistant Professor of Engineering Technology at Northern New Mexico College, Director of an NSF INCLUDES Pilot; The Northern New Mexico STEM Mentor Collective, and president of  the Board of Directors of Moving Arts Espanola. His main interests are identifying and addressing the root causes of poor academic performance among students from groups that are poorly represented in STEM majors and careers..

Solomon Romero, Vice President

Profile coming soon!

ELAINE HAUSMAN, BOARD TREASURER

Elaine Hausman is the President of Rockridge Data Services in in Cerrillos, NM, with her husband Dr. Robert F. Hausman, providing custom software design and bookkeeping services.

As a strong supporter of youth arts in the community, Elaine was a founding director of the Santa Fe Youth Symphony in 1994. Elaine served as Treasurer and then Executive Director of the Moving People Dance Santa Fe from 2004 through 2009. She is currently Treasurer of Moving Arts Española, which offers fine arts instruction to youth in one of the most under-served counties in New Mexico.  Ms. Hausman also serves as the Region 9 Vice President for the Sathya Sai Baba Organization of America.   

Elaine and Rob have two adult children. James Hausman is an orchestra instructor in New Orleans and a professional musician. Eleanor Hausman is Treasurer of Artifact Dance Project in Tucson, AZ, and founded Prospera Tucson, a bookkeeping business.

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ROBIN RODAR, BOARD SECRETARY

Robin Rodar brings 30 years’ experience as a former New Mexico teacher, librarian and instructional leader. She lovingly volunteers at Moving Arts Española serving as the Board Secretary. As a longtime resident of the community, she recognizes the vital role Moving Arts Española plays in the diverse Española Valley. Robin realizes that the future of all communities depends on healthy and talented young people.

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SANJIT SETHI

Born in Rochester, New York, Sanjit Sethi received a BFA in 1994 from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, an MFA in 1998 from the University of Georgia, and an MS in advanced visual studies in 2002 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Sanjit has lectured widely on issues related to culture, creativity, and equity, and has taught at several institutions around the world including the Art Institute of Chicago; the Memphis College of Art; the Shristi School of Art, Design and Technology; and the California College of the Arts.

As an artist and curator, Sethi’s work has spanned different media and geographies. Past works include the Kuni Wada Bakery RemembranceRichmond Voting Stories; and the Gypsy Bridge project. Recent curatorial projects have included Spiked: The Unpublished Political Cartoons of Rob Rogers and the upcoming exhibition, 6.13.89 The Cancelling of the Mapplethorpe Exhibition. Additionally, Sethi is currently working on the Portland Hospice Potters Network and a body of paintings and drawings—the Delta Series.

After completing a Fulbright fellowship in Bangalore, India, working on the Building Nomads project, he continued his strong focus on interdisciplinary collaboration as director of the MFA program at the Memphis College of Art. Sethi has also served as Director of the Center for Art and Public Life and Barclay Simpson Professor and Chair of Community Arts at the California College of the Arts and Executive Director of the Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI). From 2015 to 2019 Sanjit became the inaugural Director of the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at The George Washington University. In July of 2019 Sanjit will become the next President of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

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JAN DISANTI

Jan DiSanti: B.A., Elementary Education, University of Southern Colorado, M.Ed., The Diverse Learner, University of Phoenix, Culturally Responsive Ed. Certification, U.C.D, Teacher Leadership Academy, C.C.S.D., Equity in Education Certification, Harvard University, Impact of Slavery in Education Certification, Penn Center, South Carolina

Member: Board MAE Moving Arts of Espanola School, Espanola, New Mexico, Ohkey Owingeh Pueblo

Professional History: Over 30 years of experience educating children ages 5-12 years, CCSD. Adjunct professor of Cultural Competence at Regis University, Courageous Conversations About Race Summit Presenter of "Partnerships for Academically Successful Students", Founding Director of P.A.D.O. (Partnerships for Aptitude Development & Orientation) 

SSEHV Experience:  Course 1 & 2 SSEHV Completion, numerous experiences giving demonstration lessons, integrating SSEHV into a wide range of classrooms, schools, Arapahoe County Community Service program, and Pueblo Services Center

Advisory Board Members

Sat Sang Khalsa 

Sat Sang Khalsa is a practicing attorney admitted in New Mexico and California.  A graduate of Columbia University and the New College of California, Sat Sang specializes in Employment Defense Litigation.  A world traveller and a proud native New Mexican, he and his wife live with their two dogs here in Española.

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LEE ROGALINER

Non-Profit Board Experience: HomeAid America and HomeAid Orange County, CA. Actively involved with HomeAid for over 20 years on both boards.  HomeAid is a home-building industry non-profit that builds shelters for the homeless.  HomeAid started in Orange County, CA 30 years ago and now has 19 chapters in the US. Served as Treasurer of HomeAid America and on the Executive Committee for over 20 years.  Also served on the Audit Committee and still perform that function.  

Professional Career: Employed by Bassenian Lagoni Architects in Newport Beach, CA for the past 35 years.  Served as Executive Vice President and CFO, responsible for the administration and financial management of the firm: 22 years full time and the past 13 years part time.  With an average staff of 100, Bassenian Lagoni specializes in residential design, mainly for large developers and builders in the US as well as internationally.

Education: BA degree in Economics from Lake Forest College, 1968; MBA from California State University Long Beach, 1978

US Military: Navy Supply Corps Officer, attaining the rank of LT CDR: 6 years active duty (1968-1974) and another 8 years in the Naval Reserve.

MARIE MARKESTEYN

I have lived here for 40 years. I have had the privilege and pleasure of serving on many boards that have been forces of good in my community. I have been involved with the Moving Arts since it was a dream of Roger Montoya.  I am retired now from my photography studio and book store and coffee shop. I am a volunteer docent for a local Historic Site of New Mexico.  

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GLENN SPARKS

Glenn has enjoyed a long career in media as an audio mixer/producer, sound designer, and video producer. At The L.A. Studios/Margarita Mix in Los Angeles and studios in New York City, he’s performed audio mix, production & sound design on over 10,000 tv & radio commercials for A-list ad agencies, production houses, film studios and tv networks. He’s also done post-audio for hundreds of tv shows, films and music projects. Glenn also worked for four years at Virgin Atlantic Airways in London and Norwalk CT, nurturing the brand under the guidance of Richard Branson. A committed environmental and community advocate, he created ANEWMedia with the Los Angeles-based nonprofit ANEW, and serves on the advisory board of Moving Arts Española. In addition to his work with ANEWMedia, he is a co-founder and producer at the Santa Fe Media Collective.

Derek Sugsaken

Derek Rugsaken is a behavioral family therapist who serves Española and surrounding communities through Southwest Family Guidance Center.  He has been working in Española and surrounding areas in this capacity for over 3 years and often collaborates with Moving Arts to connect youth with positive opportunities in the community.  He currently sits on the advisory board as a consultant on mental health matters and is a proud father of 3 wonderful children, all of whom attend classes at MAE.  When not serving youth and families, he enjoys cooking, making music and exploring the wonders of nature with his wife and children.

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JeanNie Kovacs

Ms. Kovacs has been working in diverse communities in her 30+ year career. In 1997 she went to Sul Ross State University in west Texas, home to her maternal ancestors, and earned a double undergraduate degree in Statistics and Political Science and master’s degrees in Business Administration and Public Administration all while continuing her social justice work in “La Frontera” (U.S./Mexico border rural community, Alpine, TX). Ms. Kovacs began her work as an Executive change agent with rural Native American tribes over the next 10 years expanding her professional network and problem solving for complex tribal social and economic issues with tribal leaders over the U.S and federal agencies. Ms. Kovacs has vast experience in the not -for-profit sector.  She demonstrates proven fundraising strategies combined with innovative planning. Additionally, she excels at complex problem solving with community engagement and tactical partnerships to achieve social impact in education, business and government in diverse communities and Native American nations all over the U.S.

Cristian Madrid

Profile coming soon!

Ex-Officio Members

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Roger Montoya, MAE Artistic Director

Salvador Ruiz, MAE Executive Director