Our Team

Our board leadership team is poised to make this decade the best ever for The Human Rights Alliance.

Kevin A. Bowen

President (he/him/his)

As a progressive leader in the Health/Fitness and Pilates profession for over 25 years, he is the Co-founder, past President, and former Executive Director of the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA). 

Kevin has been proud to call Santa Fe home twice in his life– once during the late ’80s and again now. He is the owner and director of Core Dynamics Pilates and joined HRA’s  Board in 2019 to help reinvigorate the organization, assist in setting up much-needed systems and community outreach programs and support the LGBTQ community as the organization enters this new decade.

Ryan Salazar (he/him/his)

Vice President (he/him/his)

Ryan is a native Northern New Mexican whose family has lived here spanning back many generations. Ryan is currently Subcontract Administrator at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he advocates strengthening local economies by promoting contracting opportunities for small and disadvantaged businesses. He seeks out innovative small companies that can provide quality products and services on time and within budget. Ryan’s commitment to supplier diversity is reflected in the services he promotes to small, disadvantaged businesses.

Ryan graduated from Arizona State University where he received a Bachelors’s in Supply Chain Management. While in college in 2014, Ryan participated in an ongoing effort with local LGBTQ organizations in Phoenix, AZ to abolish the passing of SB1062. SB1062 would have permitted businesses in the state of AZ to deny service to Gays and Lesbians for religious beliefs.  Separate from his affiliation to HRA Santa Fe, Ryan Salazar is currently pursuing a seat in the New Mexico House of Representatives for District 46. The district covers Chimayo, Pojoaque, Nambe, Tesuque, Cundiyo, San Ildefonso, portions of Espanola, and the northern portion of Santa Fe metro. 

Calvin Brandi Fields

Secretary (he/him/his)

A true staple of Santa Fe’s scene, Calvin Brandi Fields has been involved in HRA’s success, as well as many charities in and around Santa Fe and neighboring communities. Brandi has had a remarkable track record, raising thousands of dollars for many of Santa Fe’s non-profit businesses.

Most notably, Brandi’s Oscar Party is one of Santa Fe’s staples for fundraising, raising for such organizations as Adelante’s Homeless Fund, The Santa Fe Animal Shelter, and countless others! HRA is is proud to have her extensive wisdom as part of our Executive Board.

Jennifer Dryfoos

Treasurer (she/her/hers)

Jennifer hails from New York City but has been in New Mexico for about twenty-five years. She currently works at Santa Fe Prep but has also worked at Desert Academy, Monte del Sol Charter School, and Cottonwood Classical Preparatory School — where she was in charge of fundraising. Jennifer’s first involvement with Pride was in 1985 when she helped to organize Northampton (MA) Pride.

She served on the board of Full Circle Books (when there was a women’s bookstore in Albuquerque), the alumni board of her high school, and on the board of The Commons, a co-housing community in Santa Fe where she lived for fifteen years. Jennifer ran LesBeFriends, Santa Fe’s lesbian email list for many years, and she has been running women’s dances and events in Santa Fe for more than two decades, including the annual Black, White, and Red Ball.  She has degrees from Smith College and Harvard University.

Julie Johnston

Board Member (she/her/hers)

Julie has lived in Santa Fe County since the ’80s. In the year 2000, she co-founded the LGBTQ+ Diversity Working Group (now PRISM) at Los Alamos National Laboratory. She also co-founded the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund. As a retired technical training specialist, and previously a middle teacher, Julie continues to actively support the local community. She tutors at the Pueblo of Pojoaque and is an instructor at Ski Santa Fe. Julie’s passion for education is evident through her HRA role. Assisting others with enjoying life and focusing on the future is her goal.

Divina Luz

Board Member (she/her/hers)

My name is Divina Luz and I am happy and honored to be able to uplift the Human spirit by representing the Transgender community in New Mexico.

As a Transgender Woman I know the importance of educating people when it comes to our community with an empathizing voice yet a strong presence.

Mental health is very important and as a survivor of trauma and abuse I understand the healing process and I share my experience and hope with others via Facebook, Instagram, Tiktok, and my recent endeavor, my YouTube channel Divinely Divina.

I know the prejudice and discrimination that can derive from misinformed cultural, religious, and or fundamentally unbalanced societies and my goal is to bring on a united acceptance and understanding perception from the rest of humanity when it pertains to basic Human rights whether it be from the suffering and bellitlement of a group, society, culture or just a sole individual.

Moment by moment we all can take small steps with our choices to create a better future for each other in the New World consciousness that is evolving disintegrating the previously oppressive mentality that we have all been mislead in believing.

Together we can achieve a brighter future for Humanity and for our beautiful future generations to come.

Laura Reich

Board Member (she/her/hers)

 

Laura Reich is a retired Geoscientist and worked for over 25 years in the Energy Industry as an Oil & Gas Exploration Geophysicist and mid-level Manager where she worked large scale projects in multiple regions around the world, including the Permian Basin of southeast New Mexico. After retiring from Marathon Oil Corporation, Laura and her spouse Debbie left Houston, TX and moved to Santa Fe, NM in 2016. Laura has both a B.S and M.S in Geosciences from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and is a Veteran of the Wisconsin Air National Guard (USAF). Yes, she loves the Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers! Laura’s hobbies are gardening, hiking, travel, reading, cultural activities, and volunteering to make a difference.

Linda Mortensen

Board Member (she/her/hers)

 

Linda comes from the Biggest Littlest City, Reno, NV and considers desert lifestyle, ski runs, and mountain bike trails, home. She is the owner of FeildShake Design Co, which is described by clients as “experimental industrial design”. She was previously employed as a project manager for D. Maahs Construction Santa Fe, NM, and is a graduate of Cornish College of the Arts, BFA, in Interior Architecture. As a retired Air Force veteran, enlisted from 1983-to 2011, Linda served under the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy and understands the suffocating results when policy restricts basic human rights.

With that, she’s a past member of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network. SLDN is an organization that once provided a legal defense council to those discharged under DADT. Linda has been an advocate for SLDN and a volunteer contributing to the repeal of DADT, she is now a member of the Modern Military Association of America. Linda served as a Planning Commissioner for the Town Council of Winthrop, WA, an active volunteer for Safe Place Women’s Shelter Olympia, WA, Big Brother Big Sister of Thurston County, and past board chairperson of Method Resource Recovery. She is delighted to be your voice as an HRA board member. 

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