The NVW Board is responsible for providing overall agency leadership and direction. We are a group of eight Taos residents who see this work as a privilege to serve our community.
Mary McPhail Gray, Ph.D, NVW Board Chair
Mary McPhail Gray is the Chair of the NVW Board and has been a board member for five years. She has been visiting Taos since 1987 until she could afford to move here full time in 2012. Mary has had a 40-year career in human services; the Peace Corps; cooperative extension, Head Start, community mental health, and as a faculty member and administrator in higher education and the federal government. She has a strong commitment to interfaith/intercultural work. Her doctorate is from Michigan State University in family systems and special education, and she is delighted to be working again at a level where the real work happens. Mary is an avid golfer, dancer, opera lover, and cello player. Her daughter and family live in New York City, and her son and family are in Austin, Texas.
Larry Apodaca, Vice Chair
Larry Apodaca is a native of Questa. He is extremely involved at the Taos Pueblo Day School, which his two children attend. He has been board president of the Day School, president of its PTA, and president of Taos Pueblo Head Start. Larry serves on the Oversight Committee.
Richard (Dick) Watkins, Treasurer
Dick Watkins is a retired Navy captain with 30 years in the Navy, 19 years in National Labs, and five years consulting on topics related to the environment, safety, health and facility operation. He and his wife Deb have lived many places in the US and overseas. In 1982 they bought property in Taos and visited frequently until they moved here in 2004 from Idaho Falls, Idaho. They have a son who is a Navy captain and two grandsons aged 18 and 21. Dick is a golf enthusiast, and he is heavily involved in the youth of Taos and in church work at Our Lady of Guadalupe. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Bates College and a master’s degree in chemistry from the Naval Postgraduate School.
Roger Archuleta joined the board in 2016. A native of Cerro, he has been in Taos for 35 years, having moved here from Utah where he attended school, earning an associate degree in electronics. He is a Vietnam veteran and has worked in the Questa mine and in construction. Roger and his wife Elmira are the owners of the “I Love Taos” shop in Taos Plaza. They have five children; one daughter and grandchildren live in Taos and the other children live in Texas and Denver. Roger is a avid golfer. He is fluent in Spanish and an effective community leader.
Kassandra (Sandra) Bentley
Sandra Bentley joined the Board in February 2017. She moved to Taos in March 2015 from Santa Barbara via Phoenix with the intention of retiring here, but she is still telecommuting as the director of communication for Sabrient Systems, an investment research company in Santa Barbara. She is also one of its founders and directors. Her background spans more than 30 years in advertising, investor relations, and corporate communications. She is coauthor, with David Brown, of All About Stock Market Strategies, published by McGraw-Hill in 2002. Sandra has a BA degree in English from the University of Houston. She loves writing, cooking, good books, movies, and hiking with her miniature Labradoodle Annie. She is a member of SOMOS and Taos Center for the Arts.
Gail Hewlett has worked as a researcher, writer, and project developer in academia and in the arts for 30 years. Her background in both science and art yields a unique perspective to address the challenges facing today’s nonprofits. Gail is currently a Communication Specialist at Dr. Andrew Weil’s University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. She is a 15-year resident of Taos.
Michael “Smokey” Martinez
Michael “Smokey” Martinez was raised in Taos and was a center on the Central Catholic High State Championship basketball team of 1967. After serving in the military as a survey engineer, he attended college at Highlands University where he received a B.A. in art and history and an M.A. in studio art. He then taught school in Questa (for 2 Years) and in Taos for 28 years—in both art and history. After retirement, he started the education program at Millicent Rogers Museum and worked there for 4 1/2 years. Most recently, he worked for the US Census bureau on the national household survey. Smokey is married to Barbara, a retired attorney with whom he enjoys travel—especially in their camper. He loves to garden and has two great dogs who organize his hiking daily. He has three daughters—Michele, Jennifer and Olivia, who live in Albuquerque—and a stepdaughter, Ann. He also has six grandchildren.