About the TCA

Board / Staff


Executive Director - Colette LaBouff

For ten years Colette was Associate Director and Acting Director of the International Center for Writing and Translation in the School of Humanities at UC Irvine. She has taught poetry and creative writing at UC Irvine, Pitzer College, Loyola Marymount University and Irvine Valley College. In 2011, she relocated to Roswell, New Mexico, where she immersed herself in teaching yoga and opened a yoga studio as well as working at the Roswell Museum and Art Center and the Roswell Public Library. She has a Ph.D.  in English from University of California, Irvine and an MFA in Poetry also from UC Irvine. She is the author of Mean (U. of Chicago Press, 2008), a book of prose poems and "Holdings," a text-object forthcoming from Container Press in 2019. She is currently the Poetry Editor at Zocalo Public Square.

Office Manager - Susan Nuss
Susan Nuss moved to Taos in 2002 from the southeastern US, where she was a Learning Facilitator for Delta Air Lines until the constant post-September 11th layoffs in the airline industry became unbearable to watch. Vowing never to work for another corporation, Susan arrived in Taos and was immediately hired as the Executive Assistant to the President of a software company, where she remained until 2012. Since that time, Susan has devoted her professional life primarily to nonprofit organizations, and is very pleased to be the Office Manager for Taos Center for the Arts.

Theater Manager -  Todd Ritchie

Staff House Manager and Volunteer Coordinator - Carlene Christie (Luttati)

Assistant House Manager - Cliff Collins

Projectionist and Film Programmer - Peter Halter

Interim Theater Manager- Chelsea Reidy

Interim Theater Manager - Parker Shebs

Graphic Design Consultant - Lesley Cox

Sponsorship Coordinator- Lesley Morgan


Board of Directors

"Andy" was based in Chicago for many years where he was Vice President of Marketing for the American Institute of Steel Construction. Before that he worked in sales and marketing for the construction division of a major steel company both domestically and in Europe where he spent six and a half years. While there he took advantage of his position to become fluent in French. Andy retired in 2004 and shortly after that moved to Arroyo Hondo where he is a full time resident. He enjoys skiing, hiking, fishing and the rich cultural scene that is Taos. He has a BA in English Literature from the University of Colorado and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

STEVE TURNER, Vice President

John has been involved in a variety of computer and commercial real estate ventures over his career. John is mostly retired and still does a little commercial real estate development in the Albuquerque area. John and his wife Peggy moved to Taos in 2009 and have become deeply involved in service to the Taos community they have come to love.

JAMES DAY, Treasurer
Jim is a retired Dentist who practiced in California for over 30 years before retiring to Taos in 2004. He and his wife Patti share a strong interest in both the visual and performing arts. Their artistic focus is on the moving image as an art form. They have produced a number of experimental and documentary works.

Ms. Nachtrab spent most of her career in the non-profit world as a management, marketing and fundraising executive in Los Angeles, New York City and most recently in Washington, DC. She is Chair Emeritus of the Washington D.C. International Film Festival and a Founding Member of the Washington DC Film Society. She has an M.B.A from Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. from the New York State University at Oswego. Ms. Nachtrab moved to Taos in 2010 and is Chair of the Taos Opera Institute and co-founder of the TCA Film Society. Ms. Nachtrab chairs the TCA Fundraising Committee.

Holly is a retired legislative aide to a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and also a retired political campaign coordinator.



TRISHA FONG, Secretary
Trisha is founder and owner of Fong Norden Design, a graphic design firm that focuses on branding and marketing for small businesses. Her work experience includes the healthcare architecture industry where she continues to work as a consultant. Trisha has recently moved with her husband David Norden, from Stowe, VT. With a lifelong interest in the arts, Trisha has served on the boards of the Vermont Women’s Fund, Stowe Free Library, and Stowe Dance Academy.