Human Systems & Sustainability

Immigration Law - Allegra Love with Melissa Garcia

Allegra Love - Allegra Love is an immigration attorney in Santa Fe, NM. She provides free legal services to undocumented families in Santa Fe. She graduated Dartmouth College and the University of New Mexico School of Law. 

Melissa Garcia - My name is Melissa Garcia. I'm 16 and a sophomore at TMP. I was born in Santa Fe,, NM, but lived in Mexico my first 5 years. My hobbies include drawing, writing songs, and training my dogs. Inspire Santa Fe has helped me understand what my life will be like going into immigration law. Allegra Love has been really realistic with me, and honestly I loved that because she didn't sugar coat it. She told me that "to become an immigration lawyer is hard, but the feeling you get from helping people is priceless."

Elder Care - Maria Jimenez with              Bradley Nantz

Maria Jimenez -  I was born and raised in Juarez, Mex. I have been married for 42 years. I have four beautiful children and eleven grandkids. I moved to MN in 1980 and lived there until 2004 when I moved to Santa Fe. I have worked as a seamstress and as an interpreter at a medical clinic. My favorite job is the one I currently hold as Activities Assistant at Santa Fe Care Center. I enjoy spending time with the residents at SFCC. I love spending time with my family and traveling with my family. I am honored to have been part of this wonderful program. Inspire Santa Fe.

Bradley Nantz - About Bradley Nantz: I was born in Chicago HTS, Illinois. I have lived here for 6 years. I am a 7th grader at MIMS, and plan to attend Harvard or Princeton. I have not studied much of medicine. I was happy to have an Alzheimer mentorship this year. I hope to continue pursuing a career in Alzheimer with neurosurgery.

Wild Mustang - Karen Herman with Janney Martinez and Rajani Clinger

Karen Herman - Karen Herman is co-founder and board president for Sky Mountain Wild Horse Sanctuary. She also works with organizations throughout New Mexico to ensure services for sexual assault survivors and to challenge sexual violence. Karen brings a deep love for mustangs, children, and all things wild to the sanctuary.

Janney Martinez - I was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I am fourteen and an 8th grader at MIMS. My mentorship is with Karen Herman, as is my partner Rajani's. We work with wild horses. My favorite thing to do is work with animals but the animal i love most is the horse, and i want to know more about them.

Rajani Clinger - My name is Rajani Clinger and I am adopted from India. I am 14 years old and have been riding for 12 years now. I am going to the Mandela International School and I am in 8th grade. I have always loved horses and have felt comfortable around them, I was drawn to doing wild horses because they need to be protected much more then they are currently, and I wanted to learn about how to help them. I have had the goal and dream to be a vet, farrier or some other gore related job, including training and showing my own horses when I am older.

Global Cultures - Ernesto Torres and Hilary Kilpatric with Luke Karns

Ernesto Torres - Ernesto has extensive experience in arts administration, especially in the area of developing and managing programs that provide opportunities for artists whose work is rooted in traditional cultures. As the Director of Artist Development, Ernesto’s responsibilities encompass the Mentor to Market artist training programs (Preparing for Your First Market, Preparing for the Export Marketplace, Online Learning Lab) and community outreach initiatives (Education Outreach Project, Passport Project, Cultural Collaborative Pilot Program).

Hilary Kilpatric - Hilary, a native Santa Fean, joined IFAA in 2013, bringing a wide array of experience with her – everything from working as an auditor for Deloitte & Touche, to running a gymnastics school, to serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala. She is a licensed CPA, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Economics with a minor in Accounting from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and a Master’s degree in International Relations from San Francisco State University. Hilary is dedicated to the art of empowerment and firmly believes in the organization’s mission. She is creating the new IFAA program IFAM | Online, which is designed to provide folk artists a new market and training opportunity.

Luke Karns - Luke Karns is in seventh grade at the Mandela International Magnet School.

Law - John Fox with                                      Oscar Juarez

John Fox - John Fox, President and owner of Southwestern Title is a native Santa Fean and has practiced law in Santa Fe since 1978. He practiced with his father, Robert Fox, until 1994 and with the Sommer Fox Law Firm from 1991 to 2001. John’s legal practice has focused on real estate, title, transactions, exchanges, trusts and estates, and small business. John is a graduate of the University of New Mexico and of Santa Fe’s St. Michael’s High School. John believes strongly in supporting local businesses and education.

Oscar Juarez - Oscar Juarez is a student at De Vargas Middle School. He was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico. When he was in 8th grade, he wanted to be a lawyer.

Elementary Education - Todd Stiewing with Nuria Maiquez Carillo

Todd Stiewing - This is Todd's tenth year teaching at SFSAS as the 3rd-4th grade teacher. This year, Todd also serves as the Elementary Curriculum Coordinator. Todd received a B.S. in Elementary Education and a Master’s in Education from the University of Connecticut. He has 15 years of teaching experience both in the classroom and working with children and adults in outdoor experiential settings. Before moving to New Mexico in 2004, Todd taught 4th grade and Pre-K through 5th elementary science in Maryland. He has many years experience leading wilderness and experiential education courses at the Santa Fe Mountain Center and the Deer Lake Wilderness School. Todd has been sharing his outdoor experience for the past eight years by running several hiking and backpacking camps in the summer.

Nuria Maiquez Carillo - My name is Nuria, I'm 13 years old, I'm in 8th grade, and I'm from Spain. I now live on Santa Fe, and my mentorship is about the Education in America. I'm doing this mentorship at the Santa Fe School For The Arts And Sciences, and my mentor is Todd Stiewing. I wanted to learn about little kids because both of my parents are teachers and they inspired me. I like to spend time with little kids because I learn so much with them. In my free time I like to read, draw, listen to music and create things for the kids, like games or a play for them to see.

Community Leadership - Zach Taylor with Jared Chavez

Zach Taylor -  Zach, a Santa Fe native, is the Program Director for The MASTERS Program Charter High School and an adjunct professor at SFCC.  He has been working with young people, teaching and using service learning and project-based learning for ten years.  He started the mentorship program at TMP, based on Paquita Hernandez' Transformative Education Model, which is now part of the Inspire Santa Fe program.  Zach has a MA degree in Social Justice, is a certified Emotional Intelligence coach and is co-founder of the newly formed organization, Re:Humanizing Education - Advancing Humanity through Emotional Intelligence.  

Jared Chavez - Jared Chavez was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is a sophomore at the Masters Program. He is majoring in criminal justice and he is hoping to approach this field differently by using skills he learned in his service leadership mentorship. Jared loves helping people and trying to help through service.

Social Entreprenuerism - Todd Lopez with Martin Soto

Todd Lopez - Todd serves as President of Siete del Norte, CDC, and NM Area Manager for Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc. He has served on the Board of Directors of NM non-profits involving the arts, education, health and the environment. He is also a licensed NM attorney, and founded his own law firm, Lopez & Sakura, LLP, in 2005, representing non-profits, corporations, individuals, small businesses and the NM Office of the State Engineer on issues involving water rights, environmental law, natural resources and commercial litigation.

Martin Soto - Martin Soto is a senior at Santa Fe Prep. In addition to being dedicated to his studies and Cross Country, he is passionate about being involved in the community, and reaching out to youth in Santa Fe, who may not have a voice. He first got involved with Inspire Santa Fe last year, when he shared his vision of a city-wide mentorship model. He looks forward to helping Inspire Santa Fe grow, and will be assisting with mentorship coordination at Santa Fe Prep.

Social Work - Jessica Montoya with Ashlee Wright

Jessica Montoya - Jessica Eva Montoya is the Family Specialist at Adelante Program in Santa Fe, NM working with homeless families of Santa Fe, NM. She has worked in the field of Survivor Justice by educating the public of their rights since 2000 through her work in domestic violence, survivor empowerment and volunteer work with homicide survivors. Jessica holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the College of Santa Fe where she graduated with honors and a recipient of the Who’s Who Award.  Jessica has served as an ambassador to the city of Santa Fe by participating in the cultural celebration of the Santa Fe Fiesta.  Jessica is a member of Santa Fe Community Coordinated Response Council – Santa Fe SAFE.  Jessica initiated a Healthy Relationship Peer-Led program called StarTalking geared towards young people through the City of Santa Fe, the Santa Fe Public Schools and the Transitional Education Program.  One of her proudest accomplishments was co-producing Santa Fe’s 2014 One Billion Rising for Justice awareness event; she has been actively involved with One Billion Rising since 2012.  Jessica believes in art as activism and made her acting debut in the 2013 production of the Vagina Monologues.  Jessica believes in the good of humankind and works daily to uplift those in her community to become unstoppable leaders through shared ideas and connecting conversations.  She is a living testament to the fact that survivors can be at the heart of activism.

Ashlee Wright - My name is Ashlee Nicole Wright. I was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I am in 12th grade at Santa Fe High School. I have lived her all my life. I am interested in community projects, and my hobbies are mostly sports. I love working with my mentor, learning about community work and the inspire program has helped me reach out to a wide range of people and make them aware of the issues our friends and families face.

Sustainable Technology - Xubi Wilson with Izaiah Ortega

Xubi Wilson - Xubi Wilson is the coordinator of Renewable Energy Programs as the Santa Fe Community College.

Izaiah Ortega - Izaiah Ortega is a senior at Santa Fe High School. After graduating he plans to continue his studies at the Santa Fe Community College and then the University of New Mexico.