Executive Director

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Juniper Leherissey

Executive Director

Juniper Leherissey has followed a passion for art and creativity back to her hometown of Taos. She spent many hours at the Harwood Public Library growing up. After dedicating her career to non-profit arts, Juniper took the helm of the museum in 2019 to make a difference in the community that she loves.

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Philanthropy & Engagement

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Sonya Davis

Director of Development

Sonya Davis has been at the Harwood since 2017, having come from Florida where she spent the previous five years as a fundraising and organizational development consultant. Prior to her consulting work, she served as the Executive Director of the Pensacola Museum of Art and the Lighthouse Arts Center in Jupiter, both in Florida.

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Sylvia Tawse

Marketing and Development Manager

Sylvia is a writer and storyteller working in marketing and communications for more than 35 years promoting the arts and a healthier environment for all. After Sylvia was Marketing Director for eight years for Alfalfa’s Natural Food store chain in the Rocky Mountain West, she served as Marketing and Development Director for the award-winning Colorado Music Festival at the Historic Colorado Chautauqua in Boulder.

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Shemai Rodriguez

Marketing and Engagement Coordinator

Marketing and Engagement Coordinator

Shemai Rodriguez is descended from two generations of Taos painters.  Both her mother and grandmother are represented in the Harwood collection. Additionally, her family has lived in Taos for centuries, giving her a deep connection to art, the land, people and special blend of cultures. Being surrounded by the art at the Harwood Museum is a very personal experience for her as she advances her passion for serving the community she loves.

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Valerie Sagan Overlan

Administrative Assistant

Valerie spent most of her career in university and PBS fundraising, working in major gifts, grant writing and corporate development for over 35 years. She worked at four different universities across the country and successfully raised money and secured in-kind equipment for colleges of Education and Engineering.

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Exhibitions & Collections

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Nicole Dial-Kay

Curator of Exhibitions & Collections

Nicole Dial-Kay came to the Harwood Museum in February 2020 with a passion for curating exhibitions that reflect the diversity and talent that exist in Northern New Mexico.

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Christopher Albert

Collections Manager

Christopher Albert joined the Harwood Museum of Art in 2013. Chris’ personal passion for the arts and his attention to detail makes him a perfect steward of the Harwood Museum’s art collections and loaned art objects.

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Joel Clark

Exhibition Preparator

Joel Clark is an experienced Exhibition Preparator at the Harwood Museum of Art, where he plays a crucial role in the seamless execution of exhibitions. With a keen eye for detail and a passion for art handling, Joel ensures that each artwork is showcased to its fullest potential. With a background in fine arts and a deep understanding of museum standards, he brings a wealth of knowledge to his role. Joel is dedicated to staying updated on industry best practices and is committed to delivering excellence in exhibition preparation and collections care. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his beloved dog Penelope.

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Stephanie Stewart

Collections Associate

Stephanie (Diné/Kiowa) brings her knowledge of art handling and conservation care practices to the Harwood, from Las Cruces, NM. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Museum Conservation from New Mexico State University and an Associate of Fine Arts in Museum Studies from the Institute of American Indian Arts.

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Dave Ryan


Dave Ryan comes to the Harwood Museum with over 40 years of museum experience in Colorado and New Mexico. Dave grew up in Albuquerque and began his museum career at the Maxwell Museum at UNM.

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Education & Programs

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Gwendolyn Fernandez

Curator of Education and Public Programs

Gwendolyn Fernandez is a compassionate educator who advocates for centering care and community in museum practices. She comes to the Harwood with 15 years of experience working collaboratively to develop programs, design interpretive strategies, and foster diverse teams that serve museum audiences of all ages and abilities.

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Hannah Cloepfil

Public Programs Coordinator

Hannah Cloepfil is a cultural producer, designer, and facilitator whose natural gift for bringing people together translates into the creation of one-of-a-kind, collective experiences. She believes in the power of art and activation to facilitate conversation, illuminate ideas, and inspire the unexpected.

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Francis Santisteven

Multimedia Services Tech

Francis Santistevan has a passion for acquiring new knowledge and experiences. Joining the Harwood team in 2019, he helps to bring Harwood’s programs to the public whether virtual or in the beautiful Arthur Bell Auditorium.

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Museum Store & Visitor Services

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Katy Ballard

Museum Store and Visitor Experience Manager

Katy Ballard has a lifelong connection to the visual, performing, and musical arts. She comes from a family of artists including her mother, grandmothers, brother, daughter, aunts, and uncles. She has been an arts educator and artist for over 25 years.

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Chrissy Rutkaus

Customer Services Associate

Chrissy Rutkaus enjoys being a part of the team that welcomes visitors to the Harwood Museum on a daily basis. She joined the museum staff in 2021.

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Nancy Berk

Customer Services Associate

Nancy Berk Nancy’s passions include working with people; learning about and appreciating art in all its forms; and spending time with her grandchildren.

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Operations & Facilities

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Susie Crowley

Operations Manager

Susie Crowley has always been inspired by the arts. With her interest in humanities and community, her work at the Harwood helps her stay connected to her love of art and of the people of Taos.

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Carlos Valdez

Operations and Facilities Manager

Carlos Valdez has enjoyed working on many types of construction and non-construction related projects. He finds the most challenging and rewarding to be the restoration of Taos’ historic buildings. He particularly enjoys incorporating modern techniques without changing the integrity or historical features of the buildings.

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Eric DeHerrera

Facilities Services Tech

Eric DeHerrera has a passion for working with adobe buildings. Since the Harwood Museum of Art is housed in a registered historic location, he enjoys the opportunity to preserve such a valued example of New Mexico’s traditional Pueblo Style architecture. He enjoys restoring old windows and doors and repurposing old or antique things.

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Angela Tafoya

Facilities Services Tech

As a valued member of the Harwood’s facilities team, some of Angela’s daily duties include maintaining and beautification of the museum’s buildings and grounds. She also assists the rest of the facilities team with many other duties big/small that may arise during the day.

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