The Couse Foundation / Board and Staff


Alan J. Olson, Founder - Boulder, CO and Palm Desert, CA


Board of Directors

Carl Jones, Chairman – Arroyo Seco, NM
Retired Austin Attorney, who specialized in large corporate transactions and international joint ventures.

Richard Rinehart, 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 – Taos, NM
Former Corporate Executive in both the USA and Europe.  Current owner of The UPS Store Franchise and a Property Management Company.  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.

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

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

Carolyn Quan – McAllister, 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.


Davison Packard Koenig, Executive Director & 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, Archivist & Collections Manager – 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, Program Manager – 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.

Jake Cisneros, Administrative Assistant – 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.