Meet Our Board
As the Arts Education Coordinator for the Santa Fe Public Schools, Amy Summa has worked closely with ARTsmart to enrich Santa Fe’s youth through visual arts for over 14 years. She built the visual arts program in the public schools from the beginning, following years of being the PTC president of her children’s school and other volunteer work in the schools. Amy was awarded the Art Education Advocacy Award from the New Mexico Art Educators Association in 2012, and received the Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2016. Amy retired from SFPS in June 2018 and is excited to continue to work with ARTsmart as a board member. She joined the ARTsmart Board in 2019.
Jacob Martinez was born in Colorado and raised in Taos and Santa Fe, NM. He graduated from St. Michael’s High School and earned a BA in Art History with an emphasis on gallery management from Arizona State University. Jacob has worked in three major galleries on Canyon Road in Santa Fe for the last 15 years and has been in registration and sales at Ventana Fine Art since 2013. He has a teenage son and is helping his partner raise her teenage daughter. Jacob has enjoyed devoting time to coach basketball and baseball at the high school and primary school level. A strong advocate for the importance of art in education, Jacob has been an active participant and volunteer with ARTsmart since 2003. He joined the ARTsmart Board in 2018.
Kaitlyn Luck, a native Texan, has always been drawn to New Mexico, from its mountains to its art. She graduated from Texas State University and also attended Texas Tech University where she earned her J.D. Since moving to New Mexico, she has worked in both civil and criminal litigation, and she now practices at Holland & Hart LLP, in Santa Fe, in the areas of civil litigation and administrative law. Kaitlyn currently serves as a Commissioner of the New Mexico Commission on Access to Justice and as the Program Director for the New Mexico Young Lawyers Division’s Homeless Legal Clinics. In her free time, Kaitlyn enjoys hiking and snowboarding in the mountains. She joined the ARTsmart Board in 2018.
Gail Edmonds is a life-long artist and arts educator. A CT native, she received her MALS in painting from Wesleyan University and a BA in arts education from the College of New Rochelle in NY. Gail’s career has spanned 36+ years including extensive experience as both teacher and administrator in her position as K-12 Visual Arts Coordinator for the Middletown Public Schools. Additionally, she worked as a consultant for the CT State Department of Education specifically in the areas of curriculum design and assessment. She is the recipient of numerous awards and grants for her artwork as well as her contributions to arts education at the state and national levels. Widely exhibited in the Northeast, her works are included in numerous public and private collections. Gail continues to be a practicing artist, a very integral part of her life. In 2010, she established a home and studio in Santa Fe where she looks forward to continuing her own artistic pursuits. She joined the ARTsmart Board in 2017.
Jade Gordon has been a curator, exhibit designer, and event producer for the past 34 years, creating and directing two successful nonprofit multicultural galleries in California and New Mexico. She has presented a wide array of exhibits, programs, and events, some focused on environmental, multicultural, and human rights/diversity issues, many of which received widespread acclaim, and have often involved youth both as creators and guests. Jade has initiated and participated in collaborations with local, state, national and international arts and educational organizations including the Embassy of Spain, UNESCO, the Smithsonian, Sierra Club, elementary, middle and high schools. As coordinator of the Legacy Art Project for the NM Community Foundation, she produced an event to launch the sale of five license plates featuring New Deal art of 5 NM artists. One of them, Pablita Velarde, was present at the event along with the granddaughter of President Roosevelt, initiator of the New Deal. Jade has also served as an advocate for public health/safety, environmental and human rights concerns on local, state, and national levels, and is fluent in Spanish. She joined the ARTsmart Board in 2019.
Anna Vanderlaan’s background includes a bachelor of fine arts from Antioch University. She has created and studied art for the past 45 years, including 5 years on the Santa Fe Plaza as the portrait artist. Anna has lived in the Netherlands, New York and Hawaii, and has been in Santa Fe since 1992. She works professionally as a Realtor with 21 years experience and is currently one of the top 20% of Realtors in Santa Fe. Specialties include residential property, investment property, land and luxury. Anna is a member of Keller Williams Luxury Homes division. She joined the ARTsmart board in 2019.
PAST BOARD PRESIDENTS
Patrick Gendron, 2018-2020
Connie Axton, 2014-2018 and 2007-2009
Mary Harbour, 2012-2014
Mary Bonney, 2012
Martine Bertin-Peterson, 2010-2011
Trish Byrd, 2010
Heather Harbour, 1999-2007