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Our Team at HWF

Board of Trustees

Peggy Nelson

The Honorable Judge Peggy Nelson (ret.) served 18 years as NM’s 8th Judicial District Judge. Extensive experience with non-profits. V.P. of Amigos Bravos. Accomplished violinist and mandolin player.

William Ebie
Vice President

Visual artist. Extensive experience in the arts, non-profits and artist residency programs. Former Director at Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program (18 years). President of Capitol Art Foundation.

Harald Hahn

Supporter of the arts. Extensive experience with non-profits. President of L.A. based environmental foundation. Extensive history with The HWF.

Michael Knight
Treasurer & Director Emeritus

Executive Director (Emeritus) of The HWF for 17 years. Supporter of the arts. Retired social worker and administrator for NM CYFD.

Joseph Caldwell

The Honorable Judge Joseph E. Caldwell is a former District Attorney and retired District Judge in Taos, international legal consultant, composer and musician (guitar and charango).

Our Staff

Photo by Leon Syfrit
Nicholas (Nic) Knight
Executive Director

Nic has served as executive director since 2015. He is a guitarist and has experience in talent booking, non-profits, startups, business management, and web development. For fun Nic likes to play guitar, ski, ride his motorcycle, travel, and enjoy the outdoors.

Dolores Jeantete
Home Caretaker

Dolores has been caring for Helene's home since 1981. Her dedication and kindness is cause for deep gratitude and commendation.

Mitch Austin
Facilities Manager

Mitch has been with HWF since 2015, and applies his expertise in several fields to make sure the casitas stay in top shape. He also serves as inspiration for artists in residence, having had portraits, poems, songs, and literary characters made after him.

Elizabeth (Zili) Mason
Office Assistant

Zili has been our office guru since 2016. She keeps our books on track, and makes sure the office plants stay happy.

Marcos Chavez

Marcos has been making the campus property look good since 2017.


Tonie Knight
Most Significant Volunteer

Tonie, well, Michael’s wife and Nic’s mom, she just shows up when events are planned, and organizes them to perfection!

Board Emeritus

Rena Rosequist
President Emeritus

Celebrated gallery owner and contributor to Taos' art community, Rena Rosequist served on the Board of Directors for the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation for 20 years. in 1962, she established the 'Mission Gallery' with her husband Ivan Rosequist, which was New Mexico's oldest gallery under continuous ownership when it closed in the fall of 2017. Rena supported both young and well-established artists, and regularly exhibited works by Taos Modernists such as Emil Bisttram, Andrew Dasburg, and Earl Stroh - artists whom Helene Wurlitzer supported in her earlier years in Taos.
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Tito Naranjo
Trustee Emeritus

Professor Emeritus and Native American author. Visual artist: painter, sculptor, ceramicist. Community activist. Extensive experience with non-profits.

Diane Reyna

Artist, journalist, and producer from Taos Pueblo well known for producing & directing the PBS award winning documentary "Surviving Columbus". Diane continues to sketch, draw, paint and sculpt.

Janet Webb

Retired owner of design/marketing company Webb Design Inc., focused on tourism & the fine arts arena. Involved with several Taos arts organizations including Paseo Project and SOMOS, the literary society of Taos.