Staff and Board of Directors

Central to the mission of the Taos School of Music is its dedicated and inspiring Board of Directors. The TSoM’s board works tirelessly to progress the School’s mission of education, cultivate community partnerships, and provide organizational stewardship.

Board Members

James W. White, Chair
Bruce “B.T.” Coleman, Vice Chair
Kathleen Anderson, Secretary
Dr. Joan B. Woodard, Treasurer

Robert Anemone
Lawrence “Barney” Berkowitz
Greta Brunschwyler
Lucile Grieder
Rev. Michael Olsen
Dr. Richard Pesikoff
Linda Stabler-Talty

 Board Member Bios

Kathleen Anderson, Secretary

Kathleen, daughter of Chilton and Judith Anderson, spent her childhood growing up in Taos, New Mexico, and spending summers with the Taos School of Music at the Hotel St. Bernard. Following in her father’s footsteps, she became the school’s executive director from 2007 to 2018 including leading the school in its 50 th anniversary celebration. Having received her B. A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara in Physical Anthropology, Kathleen has a passion for wildlife. She spent her early career as a primate keeper at Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, FL and in 1993 worked with chimpanzees at the Jane Goodall Institute in Burundi, Africa.  Currently, Kathleen works as a researcher for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife in the Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep recovery program. This work takes her into the field studying the sheep in California and neighboring states. Kathy has served on the Taos School of Music board as a board member since 2019, and has served as chair, vice chair, treasurer, and now secretary of the board.

Lawrence “Barney” Berkowitz

Before moving to Taos full time in 2005, Barney Berkowitz practiced law in Kansas City, Missouri. For about 35 years there, he practiced as a trial and appellate lawyer for both plaintiffs and defendants in courts across the country. In addition to practicing law in Kansas City, Barney acted as Managing Partner of a law firm of 200+ lawyers and several hundred employees. He dealt with a wide variety of employment matters including the compensation structures of lawyers and employees, health insurance and other benefits issues, and employee matters.

After moving to Taos, Barney had an office and practiced law in Taos from 2002 until 2012. He retired from the practice of law in 2012. In addition to being a trial lawyer, Barney acted for about 20 years as a mediator or arbitrator in several kinds of disputes. Barney was honored as a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers (top one-half of one percent of trial lawyers in the U.S. and Canada); a Life Fellow in the American Bar Foundation (top one percent of all lawyers in the U.S) He was listed in Best Lawyers in America and in Super Lawyers.

Barney graduated from the University of Michigan (BA1963; Juris Doctoris-1966). While practicing law in Kansas City, Barney served on the boards of a variety of not for profits learning and implementing best practices for governance. Since moving to Taos, He served on many not-for-profit boards including the Taos Community Foundation for nine years (Board Chair for two years), the Harwood Museum of Art for six years (Board Chair for two Years), the Taos School of Music for five years, the Mountain Home Health Care for two years (Board Vice Chair), and the Holy Cross Hospital for one year. Barney and his wife Ursula have been long time patrons and supporters of the Taos School of Music, and Barney serves on the Finance Committee and Nominating & Governance Committee.

Robert Anemone

Violinist Robert Anemone is an alumnus of the Taos School of Music 2013 and 2014 Young Artist Programs. He is currently a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Robert was first Prize winner of the 2015 Hudson Valley Philharmonic Strings Competition, the 2013-14 New England Conservatory Violin Competition, and the 2007 Concord Young Artist Competition, and he has appeared as a soloist with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Concord Symphony, University of Evansville Symphony Orchestra, New England Conservatory Philharmonic, and others, as well as in recital in the United States and Europe. From 2015 to 2017 Robert was a member of the Larchmere String Quartet, which had an active performing and teaching career across the United States and Canada. During the summer of 2019, he took on the role of acting second violinist of the Jasper String Quartet as they toured across the United States. Previous appointments include section first violinist with the North Carolina Symphony; concertmaster of the Evansville Philharmonic and part of the Eykamp String Quartet, whose members served as the faculty artists-in-residence at the University of Evansville; and principal second violin of the Portland Symphony Orchestra, where he also served numerous times as acting concertmaster. A graduate of James Buswell’s studio at the New England Conservatory (BM 2012, MM 2014), Robert was a recipient of the Dorothy J. Bales ’41 Violin Scholarship and was awarded the 2014 Gunther Schuller medal for outstanding graduate study. He currently teaches at the ASO’s Talent Development Program and has been on the faculty of the University of Evansville, the St. Paul Chamber Music Institute, the Chapel Hill Chamber Music Workshop, the North Carolina Chamber Music Institute, the Lamar Stringfield Music Camp, and the North Bennet Street School. Robert is a long-time supporter of the school of music and remains active in alumni outreach and support.

Greta Brunschwyler

Greta is currently Executive Director of the Millicent Rogers Museum since 2020. She grew up in a family of musicians, where she learned to appreciate the musical talents of those who have them.

Greta is nationally known in the museum world, having served as president of the Western Museums Association and as vice president of the National Association for Museum Exhibitions.. She currently serves on the American Alliance of Museums Accreditation Commission. She received the Governor’s Award for the Promotion of Cultural Tourism in Oregon and the National Award of Excellence from the American Alliance of Museums and the Institute for Museum and Library Services. Greta holds a BA in Studio Arts, and an MFA in Museum Design & Planning from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Greta is a supporter of the Taos School of Music and serves as co-chair of the Development and Communications Committee and on the Nominations & Governance Committee.

Bruce “B.T.” Coleman, Vice Chair

B.T. Coleman was born and raised in Connecticut and Pennsylvania, and attended Trinity College in Hartford for a degree in economics. He started his career at IBM and then received an MBA from Harvard University. After Harvard, B.T. started a career in nascent software and services industry, and over his career served as CEO and Interim CEO to a number of software and services companies. He developed a reputation of being a “company doctor” with expertise in leading companies out of trouble, and served as a mentor to leaders in the industry. In 1991, B.T. moved to Taos from California and continued his career as a company doctor until 2012. In retirement he is a member and leader of a number of charitable boards in Taos, and a mentor to individuals wanting help in their business careers. B.T. and his wife, Pam, have been long time supporters and patrons of the Taos School of Music, and B.T. has served in a number of leadership roles on the board, currently serving as vice Chair.

Lucile L. Grieder

Lucile Leigh Grieder born to an Army Captain who heard of his daughter’s birth on a short-wave radio while serving in the South Pacific at a time when a six day hospital stay cost $52.50 in Meridian Mississippi. Intent on a career in business, Lucile attended 13 schools and 2 colleges and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Georgia.  She was selected for the Management Training Program of Sears Roebuck and spent the next twenty plus years in a variety of positions before being named the second woman to manage a store for the retail giant in Leesburg, Florida and Daytona Beach, Florida.

In 1986 she opened her own specialty store, THE LUCILE LEIGH COLLECTION, in Ormond Beach, Florida which she operated until 2001 when she sold her interests in Florida and moved to Taos with her husband, Dr.Theodore Godfrey Grieder, settling in their home at the base of the Sangre de Cristo mountains.  Since moving to Taos, Lucile has been very active in many civic and arts organizations.  She is currently a member of the UNM Harwood Museum of Arts Governing Board and the UNM Harwood Museum of Art Alliance Board.  She is also the El Prado Chair of El Pueblito  UMC, The Administrative Council.  Lucile has been a longtime patron and supporter of the Taos School of Music and serves on the Development & Communications Committee and the Audit Committee. 

Rev. Michael Olsen

Father Mike retired from the U.S. Army as a Colonel in 1995.  During his military career Mike served around the world.  He flew Medical Evacuation (Dustoff) Helicopters during his two tours in Vietnam, and spent much of his career in Europe commanding Signal Corps organizations at the Company, Battalion, and Brigade level.  He also served as an aviation Program Manager, and was assigned to the Department of the Army Staff; when he retired he was a Director on the Secretary of the Army’s staff. After retiring from the Army, Mike joined the Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) providing contract supporting to NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  He served for five years as the Program Manager for NASA’s World Wide Information Services Networks. Mike also spent 6 years as the Program Director for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Institutional Services and Support contract.  Mike left CSC in 2007.

Mike graduated from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in 2008 and was ordained as an Episcopal Priest.  He served as an Associate Priest at St. Cross Episcopal Church, Hermosa Beach, CA. He also served as the Rector of St. James Episcopal Church, Taos and as the Vicar of St. James emerging missions in Angel Fire and Red River.   He retired from St. James in 2019, but continues in active Ministry as a Spiritual Director, Supply Priest at churches throughout Northern New Mexico, as a Chaplain and Search and Rescue Pilot with the New Mexico Wing of the Civil Air Patrol. Mike led St. James as it grew as a socially active parish. He worked with dedicated volunteers to grow the St. James Food Pantry to its current status providing food to over 500 families on a weekly basis.

The Questa Village Council asked St. James to train and support volunteers in opening a Food Pantry in Questa.  Committed volunteers from St. James and Questa opened and managed the Questa Food Pantry for over a year while the Questa Volunteers established the foundation to be able to successfully operate without St. James support.  While Mike was Rector the church assisted people with utility bills and fire wood so that they could maintain safe housing.  Mike co-founded the Taos Interfaith/Intercultural Alliance, now known as the Taos Interfaith Group, which is socially active in Taos. Mike has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations including Big Brothers Big Sisters, Tri-County Community Services, Taos Behavioral Health and has been an active volunteer. Mike holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering Electronics, Park College, Parkville, MO; a Master’s Degree in Management from Webster University, St. Louis, MO; a Masters of Divinity from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Berkeley, CA.  He is also a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College and the Army War College. Father Mike and his wife, Sandy, have been long time patrons and supporters of the Taos School of Music and Mike is serving as chair of the Audit Committee.

Dr. Richard Pesikoff

Dr. Richard Pesikoff is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, where he is in his 52 nd year of teaching. Dr. Pesikoff is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry and Child Psychiatry and by the American Psychoanalytic Association in Psychoanalysis. Dr. Pesikoff received his B.S. Degree from New York University and his M.D. Degree from New York University School of Medicine. After finishing his psychiatric training, he entered the military where he served as a major in the United States Army Medical Corps. He joined the faculty of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas in 1971 and has taught classes in a number of areas including human development, child and adolescent psychiatry and forensic psychiatry. He has also written in these and other areas of psychiatry and is one of three authors of a textbook on psychiatry and the law. Dr. Pesikoff is also active in the field of forensic psychiatry, having worked as an expert witness in a number of high-profile cases. He has worked as an expert witness for the United States Department of Justice in the Department of Homeland Security, evaluating the treatment of undocumented immigrant children held in detention. Dr. Pesikoff maintains a private practice of adult and child psychiatry.

Dr. Pesikoff has received a number of awards for his teaching, including being honored with the American Psychiatric Association’s award for being one of the outstanding teachers of psychiatry in medical schools in the United States. He is active in a number of organizations and has appeared on many television programs, including CBS’ “60 Minutes” and ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Dr. Pesikoff is a former chairman of the Parents’ Steering Committee at the St. John’s School, an independent school in Houston. He and his wife, Bette Pesikoff, J.D., have enjoyed living in Taos part time, playing golf and enjoying Taos School of Music concerts among other things. Dr. Pesikoff serves on the Development and Communications Committee.

Linda Stabler-Talty

Linda earned her B.A. from Scripps College, Claremont, CA and a Master’s of Environmental Design from Yale University, New Haven, CT. Born in CA, she lived in NM for several years, teaching at the TSV Ski School under the tutelage of Jean Mayer and Chilton Anderson. During the summers, she attended St. John’s College in Santa Fe where she received her Master’s in Liberal Education and also met her husband, Peter Talty. Her consulting work and research emphasized community resource management and public art projects.

Linda lives in both Southampton, NY and in Taos, NM, where she maintains an active community and family life, working on cultural and environmental initiatives as well as historic preservation. She serves on the SH Village Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability, the SH Town Solid Waste Advisory Committee, and the Alumni Council for St. John’s College, is an Emeritus Board member of the Southampton History Museum, and a current member of the Board of Directors for the Taos School of Music. Linda and Peter have been supporters and patrons of the Taos School of Music, while Linda is co-chair of the Taos School of Music Development and Communications Committee.

James W. White, Chair

A native of Tennessee, Jim has had a long-standing interest in classical music.  He served on the Board of Directors of the Nashville Symphony, concluding his service in 2020 when he and his wife Carol retired to Taos.  While on the Board, he served as Chair of the Artistic Planning Committee and as a member of the Finance and Executive Committees.  He was a member of the Nashville Symphony Chorus from 2006-2018, including service as President of the Chorus. In addition, he was a member of the Board of Intersection Music, a contemporary classical group in Nashville formed to champion new music. In addition to the Taos School of Music, Jim currently serves on the Board of the Taos Chamber Music Group and the New Mexico Performing Arts Society.

He has been a licensed attorney for 37 years, graduating magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center in 1986, where he served as editor of the Georgetown Law Journal.  Jim co-founded and served as managing partner of the law firm of Farmer Purcell White & Lassiter, PLLC, in Nashville, focusing his practice on business law, health care regulatory law, and dispute resolution. He remains affiliated with the firm, now named Belcher, Sykes, Harrington, PLLC, in an of counsel capacity.  He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the Tennessee Supreme Court. He is a Master of the Bench (emeritus) of the Harry Phillips Inn of Court in Nashville.

Jim is an instrument-rated pilot who flies patients for medical treatment through Angel Flight and is a search and rescue mission pilot and Commander of the Taos Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, a civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force.  In addition to flying, he enjoys piano, golf, diving, hiking, horseback riding, rafting, skiing, and other outdoor activities.  Jim now serves as the chair of the board of Taos School of Music.

Dr. Joan B. Woodard, Treasurer

For over 40 years, Dr. Joan Woodard has been a leader and contributor to energy technology, technology strategy, and national security technology, and is currently a consultant and serves on government and private boards. Dr. Woodard retired from Sandia National Laboratories where she served over 35 years and for ten years as an Executive Vice President and Deputy Laboratories Director. Dr. Woodard currently serves on advisory boards for three national laboratories, and on university trustee and foundation boards. She has served as a director of Research Corporation for Science Advancement, a foundation dedicated to fundamental science, and on the Secretary of State’s International Security Advisory Board, Intelligence Science Board, US Congressional Commission to Assess the Vulnerabilities of the US Infrastructure to Electro Magnetic Pulse, the Army Science Board and the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board. She has also served as a corporate director for PNM Resources, Inc., the electric power company serving Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

Dr. Woodard has been honored by the Albuquerque Journal as One of Twenty Women to Watch in the 21st Century and as One of 20 Women Making a Difference in New Mexico (2009). She was named one of 100 Power Brokers by New Mexico Business Magazine, and was awarded the U.S. Secretary of Energy Achievement Award (2008) and the U. S. Air Force Award for Meritorious Civilian Service (2009). She holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California Berkeley; a M.S. in Engineering Economic Systems from Stanford University; and a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from the Missouri University of Science & Technology. Dr. Woodard has been a resident of Taos Ski Valley since 2000 and a patron and supporter of the Taos School of Music since that time. She has been a member of the board having served as the founding chair of the Development Committee, board chair, and now as treasurer.

Community Partners

TSoM is a community effort, and many thanks are due, including: Omar Rane (audio and video recording); Chelsea Reidy and the Taos Center for the Arts; Taos Ski Valley; Nick Kozel and Taos Ski Valley, Inc; and Burt CPAs. 

Volunteers

Sidney Bender
Mary Burns
Mary Alice Dickenson
Ron and Mary Ann Furedi
Nancy Jenkins