Our Team

Not pictured, Thad Porch, Managing Principal, Porch & Associates, LLC and NMCC Contract CFO

(listed in alpha order)

Thomas H. Aageson (Santa Fe, NM) the Executive Director GCCE. Tom previously served as the Executive Director of the Museum of New Mexico foundation where he successfully led a $25million capital campaign. Since coming to Santa Fe, Tom has developed New Mexico Creates (www.newmexicocreates.org), an economic development initiative creating market links for New Mexico artists and artisans. He is the co-founder of the International Folk Art Market. Before coming to Santa Fe Tom was director of Aid to Artisans, an international artisan enterprise development NGO. Previous to that he was at the Mystic Seaport Museum where he created the Mystic Maritime Gallery, which led to opening new markets for maritime artists and eventually spawned six for-profit gallery enterprises across the US. The market for maritime art grew by several times as did the prices for maritime artists work. He started a graphics enterprise, Mystic Maritime Graphics, publishing prints, posters and books. Tom created New England clambakes as a catering business as Mystic Seaport Museum. He holds a MBA from Columbia University and BFT from the Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird).

Kim T. Blueher (Albuquerque, NM – former NMCC Board member) is Director of Lending at WESST Corp., a non-profit organization that provides business assistance in the form of training, consulting and access to capital for low-income women and minorities. Kim manages the Loan Program at WESST Corp., which provides small business loans to start-up and existing businesses who are unable to access traditional sources of financing. She also conducts workshops on business plans and simple financial statement projections and analysis, and works one-on-one with clients. Kim has been associated with WESST Corp. since 1990. Kim received her BA in English (1979) from UNM and her MBA in Finance (1982) from the Robert O. Anderson School of Management at UNM. She worked for 10 years in the banking industry as a commercial loan officer in Phoenix, Arizona and Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Mary Burns (Taos, NM) Private Investor, has lived in the Taos area since 1985 where she has served on the Boards of many community organizations. She is also an angel investor and has supported several businesses that are, or were, based in Taos and other parts of New Mexico, as well as other US states and abroad. Since 1992 she has been a member of the Investors’ Circle (IC), a national network of socially responsible venture investors who believe that business must lead the transition to a sustainable economy. For eight of those years Mary served as a member of the IC’s Board of Directors. Currently she is a member of the Board of the IC Foundation, working in the dynamic niche between venture capital, philanthropy and social investing. The IC Foundation provides an important vehicle for exploring the power of venture capital as a tool for social change. Mary grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and has a BA in English Literature from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, for which she has also served as a Trustee.

O. Dino Cervantes (Las Cruces, NM) Dino Cervantes is Managing Vice President of Cervantes Enterprises, Inc., a food processing organization specializing in the production of chile pepper products, and General Manager of Cervantes Agribusiness, an agricultural production organization that focuses on intensive agricultural production in southern New Mexico and northern Mexico. He is a fourth-generation New Mexico farmer. His organization affiliations include serving as Vice-President of the NM Chile Association, President of the Chile Pepper Task Force, and membership in the Las Cruces Business Forum. He also serves on the New Mexico Chihuahua Commission on Economic Development and the Las Cruces Business Forum, a governor-appointed position. In 2006, Dino received the Leyendecker Agriculturist of Distinction award from NMSU, and is a member of the NMSU Sam Steel Society, which recognizes outstanding community leaders in the agricultural industry. Dino received his B.S. in Business Administration from New Mexico State University.

Roger Fragua (Jemez, NM) President of Cota Holdings – an international firm consulting with U.S. and Canadian Indian communities. Cota specializes in strategic business planning for emerging Indian owned, operated and managed enterprises with a focus in networking of technology, finance and construction, identifies funding and financing for Tribal projects. Roger formerly served as Deputy Director, Council of Energy Resource Tribes, Denver, CO and Manager, American Indian Affairs, for ENRON in Houston, TX.


Harold Lavender (Albuquerque, NM) Attorney, New Mexico Law Group. Harold is a 1969 graduate of the University of New Mexico and a 1975 graduate of the UNM Law School, practiced law as an associate at the Ussery, Burciaga and Parrish firm prior to moving to Chicago in 1976. He spent the last 34 years as a trader and broker on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade, where he traded Corn, Plywood, Soybean Oil, Soybean Meal, and 5, 10, and 30 year Treasuries. He was twice elected to the Board of Directors of the CBOT, and served 3 years on the Executive Committee. Harold is also a Member of the State Investment Council.


Davin Lopez (Dona Ana County, NM) MVEDA President & CEO, was born in Michigan, but raised in New Mexico with New Mexican roots going back over 200 years. Prior MVEDA, Davin served as Vice President of the New Mexico Partnership, the private economic development business attraction arm of the State of New Mexico. He also spent two years in private business consulting advising smaller, high-growth companies on their strategic initiatives and growth plans.
Davin holds an MBA from Yale University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California, San Diego, and is also a licensed real estate Broker in the State of New Mexico.

Owen Lopez (Santa Fe, NM) Owen Lopez is currently the Executive Director of the McCune Charitable Foundation. The Foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations in New Mexico, in the areas of Arts, Economic Development, Education, Environment, Health, and Social Service programs. Owen Lopez has been involved in community affairs, serving on the Board of Directors and as President of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival; and as Regent and President of the Board of the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, and as a member of the Board of Visitors and Governors of St. John’s College. He also served as Trustee of the International Folk Art Foundation; the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute, and as Commission Member of the National Gallery of American Art of the Smithsonian. He is currently a Board Member of New Mexico Community Capital. Born and raised in Albuquerque, Mr. Lopez is the member of long-time New Mexico family. Hobbies include golf, squash, skiing, fly fishing and Great Books seminars.


Ray Moncrief (Kentucky) has held various positions within Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation since 1984 and is currently Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He is President and Chief Executive Officer of Mountain Ventures, Inc., a Small Business Investment Corporation (SBIC) licensed by the U. S. Small Business Administration and a wholly owned subsidiary of Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation. In these capacities, Mr. Moncrief is responsible for the investing activities of Kentucky Highlands and Mountain Ventures including analyzing new investments and portfolio management. He has served as Chief Executive Officer of five of Kentucky Highlands’ investee companies and has been instrumental in providing financial and operational leadership in many turnaround and financial restructuring situations. Mr. Moncrief has in-depth experience in startup, expansion, and divestiture of businesses.

Jenny Parks (Santa Fe) President and CEO of the New Mexico Community Foundation (NMCF). The Foundation is a 28-year old state wide community foundation that works to bring opportunity and equity to the lives of New Mexico’s most vulnerable people and animals. As an endowment-building and grant-making organization, the New Mexico Community Foundation serves and invests in New Mexico’s people, communities and environment. With partners in every county, NMCF promotes philanthropy as a tool for building community assets, relationships and self-reliance. In 2010, the Foundation granted out over $5.8 million in grants and scholarships to non-profits and individuals in every corner of the state.

Jasper Welch (Farmington, NM) is Director of the Quality Center for Business at San Juan Community College. Since 1991, Jasper Welch has operated a management consulting practice, which specializes in strategic planning, organizational development and personnel management. Educated at the University of Colorado, Jasper is certified in business planning, personnel assessments, quality management and local governance. In 1999, Jasper began work at San Juan College where he is the director of the Quality Center for Business, which includes the B&I Training Center www.training-ctr.com and the Enterprise Center (business incubator) www.sjc-enterprisecenter.com. He developed the Business Development Breakfast and “Brown Bag” lunch programs for EC companies. Jasper hosts numerous tours and visitations of the Quality Center for Business and he has been a champion of business incubation in New Mexico and the Rocky Mountain Region.

Peyton Yates (Artesia, NM) Yates is a former president of Yates Petroleum Corporation, an Artesia-based energy firm and the largest independent oil and gas company in New Mexico. He currently serves on the company’s board of directors. He is also president of Yates Drilling Company, an oil and gas operator in Artesia. In addition to the Executive in Residence program at NMSU, the Yates family has played a vital role in NMSU’s Dennis Darnall faculty achievement award, the Gerald Thomas Society, the President’s Associates Scholarship and Endowment Fund and various NMSU athletic programs. In 2001, John A. Yates Sr. received an honorary doctorate from NMSU. John and Charlotte Yates established a student teaching endowment at the university. Yates earned a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering in 1965 and his master’s degree in 1966 from the University of Texas at Austin.


(listed in alpha order)

Jay Calhoun, Director of Strategic Investments

Cherokee Nation Businesses, Tulsa, OK

Jay Calhoun is the Director of Strategic Investments at Cherokee Nation Businesses, the for-profit holding company of the Cherokee Nation. In his role, Jay oversees all aspects of the direct equity investment program – to further the goals of job growth, capability development and long-term wealth creation for the Tribe.

Jay received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma, and his Masters of Business Administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. He brings to CNB years of problem solving, strategic advisory and leadership experience as an engineer, management consultant and investment banker. Jay is actively involved with science and business education through the American Indian Science & Engineering Society and Junior Achievement. Jay also serves on the Board of Directors of Youth Services of Tulsa.

Jay is a proud citizen of the Cherokee Nation and lives in Tulsa with his wife (Tracy) and their daughter (Maddie).

W. Gregory Guedel, Ph.D

Hobbs Straus Dean & Walker LLP, Oklahoma City, OK


Dr. Guedel practices law in Oklahoma City office of Hobbs Straus Dean & Walker LLP, having served the interests of tribal governments and communities in the Pacific Northwest for more than 20 years. His legal practice focuses on assisting tribal governments, businesses, and communities with economic development, strengthening institutions, complex construction projects, and dispute resolution. Dr. Guedel is an active member of the American Bar Association’s Committee on Native American Concerns and served as Chair for nine years.

For his research on Native American political economy, in 2016 Dr. Guedel received the first Ph.D. ever awarded in the 100+ year history of the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies. His doctoral research on tribal economic development has been published by the American Indian Law Review and the American Indian Law Journal, and he is the author of the book Strategies and Methods for Tribal Economic Development – Creating Sustainable Prosperity in Native American Communities. His academic and legal research on Indigenous economic development has been published and cited by leading media sources including The Economist, Bloomberg Business Week, Newsweek, National Public Radio, and numerous international television and multimedia services.

Carlos Perea, President

Nuvita, Albuquerque, NM

Carlos PereaCarlos Perea is the President of Nuvita, an employee healthcare company.  He previously served as CEO of MIOX Corporation, a technology company that is creating value by focusing to solve one of the world’s most pressing issues: the need for affordable, safe, and healthy water. MIOX’s patented water disinfection technology replaces the need to purchase, transport and store dangerous chemicals. MIOX is used in over 30 countries and in hundreds of communities across the U.S. for public drinking water systems, water reuse projects, and a variety of commercial and industrial applications by making chemicals more cost effective, safer and better for the environment.

Before joining MIOX, Carlos was the founding and managing partner of Entrada Ventures, a special acquisition fund. He has also served as the President of Qynergy Coporation, an alternative energy company, CFO of Novalux, a semiconductor laser company, and has held many roles at Intel including Manufacturing Manager where he was responsible for a significant portion of the company’s water processing.

Carlos earned his B.S. Mechanical Engineering degree from UNM and his MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Kip Ritchie, President

Greenfire Management Services, LLC, Milwaukee, WI

Forest County Potawatomi tribal member, Kip Ritchie, serves as President of Greenfire Management Services, LLC—a subsidiary of the Potawatomi Business Development Corporation (“PBDC”). PBDC is the diversification arm of the Forest County Potawatomi Community. Prior to his appointment as Greenfire President in 2014, Ritchie served as PBDC COO since 2009. Ritchie joined PBDC full time in 2006 as Senior Vice President and served on its Board of Directors from 2003-2007. Through the organization, Ritchie promotes the importance of investing in the tribe’s future by diversifying resources beyond gaming.

Ritchie’s career in Indian Country began in 1997 when he joined Potawatomi Hotel Casino (formerly known as Potawatomi Bingo Casino) as Director of Marketing. He was promoted to Assistant General Manager in 2002.

Ritchie is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts. In addition to serving on the Gun Lake Investments Board, Kip serves on the Board of Directors for the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, Children’s Health Alliance, Froedtert Hospital Foundation, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, New Mexico Community Capital, Tribal Business Journal and Mno-Bmadsen Corporation—the economic development arm of the Pokagon Potawatomi Tribe. Kip served on the Board of Directors for the Native American Contractors Association from 2008-2015. Since 1999, Kip has served as the Chairman of the Forest County Potawatomi Community Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Kip resides in Pewaukee, Wisconsin with his wife and two children.

Stuart Rose, Founder

The Bioscience Center, Albuquerque, NM

Stuart RoseDr. Rose has over 40 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Prior to establishing The BioScience Center in 2012, he served as founder and President/CEO of Oso Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing, a contract manufacturing organization for injectable pharmaceuticals.

Before founding Oso Biopharmaceutical, he held executive positions with Penick Corporation (President/CEO), ICN – now Valeant – Pharmaceuticals (Vice President of Worldwide Manufacturing and VP/GM of ICN Europe), and Par Pharmaceuticals (Senior VP).  He spent the majority of his early career with American Cyanamid’s pharmaceutical arm, Lederle Laboratories, where he rose to Vice President of International Manufacturing and Logistics.

Dr. Rose is also a Director of Agilvax, a start-up entity with a novel platform for the development of vaccines; a Director of Oligocide, a start-up developing antimicrobial chemical compounds that attract and then kill bacteria, viruses and some fungi; and an investor/advisor in a number of other biotechnology start-ups. He holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

Richard Schneider, Managing Director

Easton Capital Investment Group, New York, NY

Dick is a founding partner of the Easton Capital Investment Group, where he and his partners oversee a group of venture capital and private equity funds with a combined portfolio of more than $200-million. Prior to joining Easton Capital in 1997, Dick was Vice President of Corporate Development at Handy & Harman, a diversified industrial company, and Vice President, Planning & Development at Sequa Corp. (formerly Sun Chemical). At Sequa, he participated in initiatives that increased revenues from $700 million to more than $2 billion and completely restructured the operating base of the company through a series of acquisitions and diverstitures. Before joining Sequa, Dick held senior development and planning positions at Continental Grain Company, General Foods and Arthur D. Little.

He received an MBA degree from Harvard Business School and BS and AB degrees from Princeton University.

Dick serves on the Boards of Achronix, Sonics, TLC Envirotech and Java Brands. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Upstate Venture Association of New York since 2004, and is also a member of the National Advisory Council of the Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins University. He has served as a volunteer Investment Manager to New Mexico Community Capital since 2009. He has family in Corrales, NM.

Gayle Watson, Vice President

People Ink, Plano, TX

The former Chief Learning Officer for Bank One Texas, she has over 30 years experience developing corporate universities and facilitating leadership development programs for a variety of industries including health care, financial, retail, technology, customer service, and non-profit.

Watson has designed, written, and taught leadership educational programs for Fortune 500 corporations including American Airlines, Frito-Lay, J.C. Penney, Bank One, Compass Bank, Comerica Bank, H&R Block, Florida Hospital System, VHA, and American Express. She is the author of the CARE University, a curriculum based on the patented version of the Off the Wall Leadership model, distributed by CareLeaders, LLC, through a proprietary online portal to hospitals including Loma Linda University Medical Center and the Florida Hospital System.

Gayle has been an entrepreneur since 1991 and has served on the board of directors and as national president for the National Association of Women Business Owners. She is currently on the Board of Directors for the Center for Women’s Business Research.