The Couse Foundation / Board and Staff

Board of Directors

Richard Rinehart, Chairman and President Taos, NM
Retired business strategy/leadership consultant, entrepreneur and CPA.

Holly Azzari, Vice President and Volunteer Coordinator – Arroyo Seco, NM
Retired legislative aide and political campaign coordinator in Los Angeles.

Virginia Couse Leavitt, Secretary – Taos, NM 
MFA art historian and granddaughter of E. I. Couse.

Jeanne Timber, Treasurer and President-Elect – Taos, NM
Former Corporate Executive and business owner in both the USA and Europe. Graduate of The Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.

Kristin Bender Taos, NM and Denver, CO
Experienced fundraiser with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Marketing.

Robert Berquist – Boulder, CO
Retired Electronic Engineer, Business Owner, Rocky Mountain Region Manufacturer's Representative.

Elizabeth Crittenden Palacios – Taos, NM
Nonprofit and philanthropic executive.

Thomas Doerk, Treasurer-Elect – La Veta, CO
Retired lawyer, commercial banker and non-profit executive.

Dustin Leavitt Tucson, AZ
Artist and writer. Former university professor and exhibitions designer for The Center for Creative Photography.

Tim Newton – Cody, WY
Founder and Curator, American Masters at the Salmagundi Club. Chairman/CEO Emeritus of Salmagundi. Publisher, Western Art & Architecture Magazine.

Carolyn Quan – Pony, MT
Artist, business woman, television news industry, cattle rancher, philanthropist, and fundraiser with BA in government.

Tony Skvarla – Arroyo Seco, NM
Retired Account Executive with JP Morgan.

Ilona Spruce – Taos Pueblo, NM
Director of Tourism for Taos Pueblo.

National Advisory Council

Carl Jones
Council Liaison to the Board of Directors
Former President and Chairman, The Couse Foundation
Arroyo Seco, NM

Caroline Jean Fernald, PhD
Executive Director
Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology
University of California at Berkeley

Michael Grauer
McCasland Chair of Cowboy Culture/Curator of Cowboy Collections and Western Art
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Oklahoma City, OK

George Engdahl
Former Board Member, The Couse Foundation
Irving, TX

Alan J. Olson
Founder and Former President and Chairman, The Couse Foundation
Boulder, CO, and Palm Desert, CA

Dean A. Porter, PhD
Former Director, Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame
Granger, IN

Byron Price
Former Director, Charles M. Russell Center, University of Oklahoma School of Visual Arts
Norman, OK

Thomas Brent Smith
Wylodean and Bill Saxon Director
Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma
Norman, OK

Marie Watkins, PhD
Professor Emerita of Art History, Furman University
Greenville, SC


Davison Packard Koenig
Executive Director and Curator
– Valdez, NM
Formerly the Curator of Exhibits at the Arizona State Museum in Tucson, AZ, the largest and oldest anthropology museum in the Southwest. MFA in Museum Exhibition Planning and Design; BA in the Anthropology of Art.

Marissa M. Hendriks
Director, Lunder Research Center, and Virginia Couse Leavitt Archivist Chair – Taos, NM
Former manuscripts cataloging librarian and digital projects manager at the University of Pennsylvania’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library. BA in Medieval Studies and English, post-baccalaureate work in Ancient Greek and Classical Latin, and Master’s in Library and Information Science.

Regina McAskill Scherffius
Director of Operations and Communication – Taos, NM
Former government and corporate communication manager and director. Book and publications editor, aspiring novelist, screenwriter, and photographer. Bachelor of Journalism in news and public affairs.

Rachel E. Daley
Collections Manager
– Taos, NM
Former Senior Auction Coordinator, Cataloger and Works on Paper Specialist at several auction houses. BA in Art History from the College of William & Mary, and MA in Art Business from the Sotheby’s Institute of Art.

Jake Cisneros
Site Coordinator –
Arroyo Hondo, NM
Born and raised in Taos. Former Taos County employee. Worked in the Tech Industry and Fine Art establishments in Seattle, San Francisco, and Denver. Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in film photography.

Larry Lemm
Administrative Assistant
– Costilla, NM
Former Almond Farmer, Technical Editor for Videomaker Magazine, Tour Manager and founder of The Bobolink Music Festival in California. Dropped out of famed party school Chico State as a senior to do Phish tour in the mid '90s.

Alexis Kinney
Peter and Paula Lunder Colby College Museum Fellow
– Taos, NM
Graduate from Colby College with a BA in Art History and Environmental Studies. Previous work done with the Colby Museum of Art and the Lunder Institute on Southwestern art and collections.

Lucas McDaniel
Contract Archivist
– Taos, NM
Current Museum Studies Graduate at the University of New Mexico. Former Collections Intern with the National Council for Preservation Education at Whiskeytown, NRA. MFA from Otis College of Art and Design.