Juniper Leherissey, Executive Director, 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.
Philanthropy & Engagement
Director of Development
Sonya Davis, Director of Development, 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.
Marketing and Engagement Manager
Shemai Rodriguez, Manager of Marketing and Engagement, is descended from two generations of Taos painters. 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 place for her while advancing her passion for serving the community she loves.
Exhibitions & Collections
Emily Santhanam (Chickasaw/Tamilian) comes to the Harwood Museum of Art with a passion for decolonial museum practices and collaborative programming. She worked for the Chickasaw Nation as a curator of exhibitions and education from 2017 through 2020, organizing cultural, historical, and fine arts exhibitions.
Katy Ballard, Preparator, has an appreciation for art history as well as what it takes to get art on the walls. Katy joined the Harwood team in 2018 and has installed dozens of exhibitions. She also supports curatorial research satisfying her curiosity to learn about the historic and contemporary art and artists of Taos and the surrounding communities.
Education & Programs
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.
Multimedia Services Tech
Francis Santistevan, Multimedia Services Tech, 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.
Museum Store & Visitor Services
Operations & Facilities
Damian Lieto, Facility Manager cares for the Harwood’s historic buildings making sure both our art collections and our guests experience an optimal environment. With over 25 years of experience in the construction trades, Damian brings a wealth of knowledge to the Harwood team.
Facilities Services Tech
Eric DeHerrera, Facilities Services Tech, 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.