The Couse Foundation / Board and Staff


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


Board of Directors

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

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.

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.

National Advisory Council

Caroline Jean Fernald, PhD
Executive Director, Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology
University of California at Berkeley

Michael Grauer
McCasland Chair of Cowboy Culture/Curator of Cowboy Collections and Western Art
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Oklahoma City, OK

George Engdahl
Former Board Member, The Couse Foundation
Irving, TX

Carl Jones
Former President and Chairman, The Couse Foundation
Arroyo Seco, NM

Alan Olson
Founder and Former President and Chairman, The Couse Foundation
Palm Desert, CA

Dean A. Porter, PhD
Former Director, Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame
Granger, IN

Thomas Brent Smith
Director, Petrie Institute of Western American Art, Denver Art Museum
Denver, CO

Marie Watkins, PhD
Professor Emerita of Art History, Furman University
Greenville, SC


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.