About the TCA

Board / Staff


Executive Director - Deborah McLean

Deborah was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and has lived in Taos, New Mexico for the past 17 years. Her arts management experience include positions as Interim President at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD), Interim Director of the UNM Harwood Museum of Art, and Interim Director for the Couse Foundation. She has over 20 years experience as a planning consultant focusing primarily on organizational and municipal long range plans. She is a jewelry and metal collage artist in Taos and has shown her jewelry in many local galleries and has had her metal collages accepted in a number of juried shows. Deborah has studied fine arts, has a degree in planning and an MBA. She enjoys the performing arts, music, and film.

Theater Manager -  Todd Ritchie

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

On-Call House Manager - Monique Gomez

Projectionist and Film Programmer - Peter Halter

Coodinator of Sponsorships- Lesley Kushner

On-Call Projectionist/Technician - Francis Santistevan

On-Call Projectionist/Technician - Chelsea Reidy

Office Manager - Susan Nuss

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.

JOHN HAMILTON, 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.






Judith Kendall has raised a family and worked in Taos since 1976. Keenly interested in visual arts and contemporary artists, she owned and operated a fine art gallery in Taos for over twenty years. This gallery still functions as an on-line presence. A certified art appraiser, Kendall currently enjoys working with projects involving appraising, art consulting, curating, education and the performing arts.