Board Members and Staff
Sue Goldberg, College Counselor and Co-Director
Sue has an M.A. from New Mexico Highlands University (Curriculum and Instruction) and a B.A. from Carnegie-Mellon University (English). She started working at Bridges in 2001. Previously she was an English teacher for the Taos Municipal Schools, grades 8-12, and a pre-school teacher. Sue has lived in Taos since 1975.
Joleen Montoya, College Counselor and Co-Director
Joleen is a Taos High School graduate and has a B.A. from Pitzer College. She has worked at Bridges since 2007. She has ten years of experience in the non-profit sector in Taos as an independent grant writer, director of Evolving Creative Opportunities, counselor at GirlTime, program officer at Taos Community Foundation and development associate at Rocky Mountain Youth Corps.
Mackenzi Frederick, College Counselor
Mackenzi graduated from the University of New Mexico in 2006 with Bachelor degrees in English and French, having studied abroad at L’Université Savoie Mont Blanc in France and at the University of East Anglia in England. She moved to Taos in 2000, and her careers have included ski instruction, raft guiding, massage therapy and high school teaching. She recently joined Bridges as a college counselor and development coordinator.
Julie Gray, Board President
Social Worker, Taos Municipal Schools
Julie has both Bachelor and Master of Social Work degrees from University of Illinois @ Chicago. She has worked as a social worker since 1988 in a variety of areas including child welfare, a hospital, juvenile diversion, adoption and as a school social worker. In her free time, Julie enjoys traveling, reading, spending time outdoors and time with family and friends. Julie has happily lived in Taos since 2005.
Bambi Sturbois, Board Vice-President
Bambi has worked with Bridges, since its beginning, in various capacities, including as a volunteer and board member. Bambi has an Associate of Arts from Cottey College and studied speech and hearing at Kent State University. She and her husband moved to Taos in 1993. After spending thirty years as an Army wife, she brings to Bridges an extensive background of working in volunteer organizations in the U.S. and Europe. She is active in numerous organizations in Taos, including Saint James Episcopal Church and Los Jardineros Garden Club. Upon returning to the board of Bridges in 2010, her desire has been to extend awareness of the success, vision and importance of Bridges to the greater Taos community. Bambi is an avid gardener, fisherwoman, and quilter.
Alexandra Collignon, Board Secretary
Teacher, Taos Charter School
Ale attended the Taos Municipal schools until her junior year of high school. She received a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of New Mexico in 2012. She currently teaches kindergarten at Taos Charter School. Ale enjoys running, travel and spending time with her family.
Rebeca Romero Rainey, Co-Founder and Board Treasurer
CEO/Board Chair, Centinel Bank of Taos
Rebeca is a 1993 graduate of Taos High School and a 1997 graduate of Wellesley College with a B.A. in political science. She has an M.A. in banking from the University of Washington and, at the age of twenty-two, became the youngest bank CEO in the U.S. One of the first needs Rebeca identified upon her return to Taos was an organization to help ensure more local high school graduates went to college. She worked with Pam Shepherd to found Bridges Project for Education. She also serves as the President of the Northern New Mexico Midwifery Center. Rebeca is a past President of the New Mexico Independent Bankers association and is immediate past Chairman of the national Independent Bankers Association. Rebeca is married, has two daughters and enjoys participating in triathlons.
Romy Colonius, Board Member
Studio Administrator, Ken Price Studio and Gallery
Romy grew up in Taos. After graduating from high school she received a B.A. from Grinnell College in Iowa and a M. Ed. from Utah State University. She returned to Taos in 1995 and taught at Anansi Day School, and then co-founded Anansi Charter School. She currently manages the Ken Price Studio, but remains active in the charter school movement and other educational youth development programs.
Lisa Cancro, Board Member
Owner/Broker, Taos Properties Real Estate
Lisa graduated from Syracuse University. After moving to Taos with her husband, John, and two children, she assisted in opening the Yaxche Learning Center and created the Taos School of Cooking. For the past 15 years she has worked as a realtor and currently owns and operates Taos Properties Real Estate with her husband. Lisa recently joined the Bridges Board and she is excited to commit her time to fundraising and other Board activities.