Board of Directors

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Dan & Ashlyn Perry

Board Treasurer & Board President

Dan and Ashlyn Perry believe that Art can change lives.  They are living proof as they met in an Artist’s Way class and the rest is history. They received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2018. Dan received the Philanthropist of the Year award from the Albuquerque Journal and St. Vincent’s Foundation in 2019.They Co-Chaired the campaign for the Vladem Contemporary Museum which will be in the Santa Fe Railyard. Dan has served on the Board of Directors for the Santa Fe Opera, Museum of New Mexico Foundation and the Chinati Foundation. Ashlyn served four years as a Santa Fe Arts Commissioner. In addition, she has been on the Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region and Western Landowners Alliance. They own Trout Stalker Ranch and are partners in LOCAL restaurant in Chama. They have donated the building that is the current home of the Chama Valley Arts Coalition.

Anita Massari

Executive Director

I was born, raised, and homeschooled in Abiquiu, NM. I found my calling in education in my late teens when teaching English to adult immigrants. After beginning to work with children, I decided to pursue an undergraduate in Education at UNM. Following my passion to provide needed support to those who need it most, I got my BA in Special Education. I now live between Chama and Dulce, where I am raising my daughters, baking, gardening, dancing, making fiber and bead work crafts, and continuing to realize my heart’s desire to support growth in everyone.

Advisory Board

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Margot Lynn Gedert

I have played in the creative arts my whole life – dance, photography, theater, fiber arts and most recently, painting. I have lived in the Chama Valley and surrounding area since 2003. I have spent most of that time working with Native American youth in Dulce and Lumberton.

I have been involved with the Chama Valley Arts Coalition from the beginning because it brings together so many of my passions – making art, teaching art, and serving the wellbeing of local young people. I also work as a Prevention Specialist and Therapist for adults and children. 

You can contact me through my websites:  

www.margotlynngedert.com 

www.firewoodartstudio.com