Board of Directors

CIR Board members are essential to the success of the organization. They chair at least one committee, serve on another committee, and provide financial support as they are able.

Executive Committee

Chuck Case
Chuck Case

Chuck Case. President

Chuck was a United States Bankruptcy Judge for 19 years and in the private practice of law for 18 years in Phoenix, Arizona. He is a graduate of Harvard (B.A. cum laude) and Arizona State University College of Law (J.D. magna cum laude). Chuck has lectured at numerous universities, both in the United States and overseas, and currently serves as Chair of the Advisory Board for the Melikian Center on Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at Arizona State. He has taught, trained and consulted on issues of commercial law and judicial performance, ethics and administration on over 75 separate occasions in 24 countries and has spoken at over 100 legal conferences in the U.S. and dozens overseas. Chuck is currently chair of CIR’s International Visitor Leadership Program.

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Julie Buckingham

Julie BuckinghamVice President


Julie is a retired fundraiser for non-profits, and moved to Santa Fe four years ago. She was an active volunteer for the Sister Cities program in Jacksonville, FL for over 10 years, making 20 trips to Murmansk, Russia, Jacksonville’s Sister City, coordinating grants and programs in medicine, dental health, domestic violence, press freedom, and reproductive health issues. Currently, Julie is in charge of the Open World program for CIR, which involves exchanges with countries of the former Soviet Union. She is married to Bill Buckingham, a retired orthopedic surgeon. They have two sons and seven grandchildren.

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Bob Pierce
Bob Pierce

Robert Pierce. Treasurer

Bob is a seasoned CFO with comprehensive experience in senior financial management of publicly owned, multinational consumer products companies. He has experience in all aspects of corporate financial management, including the development of financial organization and reporting processes, direction of internal and external financial reporting, management of debt and equity financings, and formulation of strategic direction. He was formerly executive vice president and CFO of Carson, Inc., executive vice president and CFO of Maybelline, Inc., and senior vice president, administration and finance and CFO of Noxell Corporation.

Bob’s community involvement includes numerous voluntary board positions. He is currently treasurer of Silver Bullet Productions (a Santa Fe based not-for-profit) and a member of the finance committee of Historic Santa Fe Foundation. He is a former treasurer and board member of Santa Fe Conservation Trust, Savannah Symphony Society, Savannah Onstage, and Chamber Music Hilton Head. He is Past Chairman of Leadership Baltimore County, and Past President of the Baltimore chapter of the Financial Executives Institute.

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Mark Asquino. Secretary

Mark Asquino

Mark has a thirty-seven year career in the Foreign Service. His overseas postings included assignments in Latin America, Europe, Central Asia and Africa. Before his recent retirement from the Department of State, he was U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Equatorial Guinea (2012-2015). As a public diplomacy specialist, he directed large, overseas International Visitor Leadership Programs (IVLP). He brings this experience  to CIR’s work in setting up IVLP exchanges here. As a former Fulbright American Studies lecturer in Spain (1975-1976) who has an academic Ph.D. in this field, he has first-hand experience with teaching and international educational exchange and he is also fluent in Spanish. He has worked with U.S. companies overseas to gain their Corporate Social Responsibility financial support for non-government initiatives in education, health and environmental protection.

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Bruce Bybee. At-Large Member of Executive Committee

Bruce Paul Bybee

Bruce is a native Santa Fean and an international mergers and acquisitions investment banker by profession. In his varied career he was as an advisor to the Czech prime minister and the Czech ministries of privatization, industry, and agriculture in connection with the country’s early 1990s large-scale privatization process. The privatization process was far more than commercial, involving consideration of social, macroeconomic, and political factors all in furtherance of the transformation necessary in a post-command economy environment.

Bruce enjoys civic involvement, serving as Yale Club President, Czech Republic and Slovakia; Guest Lecturer, University of Economics, Prague; and external advisor to two journalism-oriented NGOs. He will be spending more time in Santa Fe as his son, now 17, completes his International Baccalaureate in Prague with the intention of attending university in the US.

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Board Members

Yann LussiezEducation Committee Chair

Yann Lussiez
Yann Lussiez

Yann is a dual national, born in France and raised in Colorado.  He has over 20 years of experience in education, beginning his career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Central African Republic (1992-’96).  He later taught elementary, middle and high school levels in Santa Fe, Venezuela, and Los Alamos.  He was principal of Eldorado Community School, MEF International School, Istanbul, and Rio Gallinas Charter School, a Program Evaluator for the Legislative Finance Committee, and is currently Assistant Head of School at Desert Academy, an International Baccalaureate World School in Santa Fe.   Yann earned his bachelor degrees from Webster University and an M.A. in education and a doctorate in educational leadership from University of New Mexico.  His research and consulting involves the relationship between empathy and emotional intelligence, transformational leadership, teacher efficacy, and creating caring school communities. Yann’s goal as the Education Chair for SFCIR is to provide engaging programs and opportunities focused on international-mindedness for our Santa Fe youth.

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Steve Chance
Steve Chance

Steven ChanceBoard Member at large

Steve has been a lawyer for over thirty-five years, first as a partner in a large Philadelphia law firm and later, as general counsel of a New York Stock Exchange-listed manufacturing company with over 125 facilities in the United States, Europe and Asia. In that position he specialized in mergers and acquisitions, technology transfers and complex financial transactions. For the past six years he has been a business/law consultant assisting clients with both complex and routine transactions, including acquisitions and dispositions, technology transfers, private equity and venture capital financings, and negotiating and successfully settling disputes. He moved to Santa Fe two years ago and has been involved in business mentoring through SCORE, as a board member of the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico and as Chairman of CIR’s Special Events Committee.

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Jesse Guillen

Jesse Guillen. Young Professionals Chair

Jesse was born and raised in Santa Fe and graduated from Santa Fe High School. He went on to earn a B.A. in political science at Lawrence University, and an M.A. in international relations at the University of Kent’s Brussels School of International Studies. He has worked for Senator Bingaman, on presidential and congressional campaigns, and is currently the legislative liaison for the City of Santa Fe. He is actively involved in Global Zero, a non-partisan group dedicated to the elimination of nuclear weapons, and is also on the board of the Santa Fe Adult Soccer League. He lives in Rancho Viejo with his wife and three cats.

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Jill Heppenheimer. Board Member at Large

Jill Heppenheimer

Jill has spent 35 years engaged with both “big business” strategic planning and marketing, and small entrepreneurial enterprises. Her businesses and projects have led her to focus on market segments, end-customer concerns, business solutions and managerial balance between sustainability and new directions. As a business professional, she has managed creativity (when it can be “herded”) and classical business problem-solving. She also has developed facility in mediation and facilitating idea generation for strategic benefit, while remaining committed to strengthening existing organizational partnerships, vendor relationships, and operating goals.

Jill’s personal interest in the political landscape, sociology, developmental enterprises and anthropology have led her to design her own “higher learning” field of study. She has researched, organized, led and/or participated in over 22 trips to some of the world’s most compelling destinations, including Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Turkey, Spain, Morocco, India, Indonesia, England, France, South Africa, Israel/Palestine, and Mexico. Jill’s background includes a BA from Washington University in St. Louis and an MBA from New York University. She has been active in board and committee work in the nonprofit world, and facilitated numerous strategic planning meetings over the past 25 years.

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Malcolm Pettigrew. Board Member at Large

Malcolm Pettigrew

Malcolm is a retired Chemical Engineer with 45 years of experience in the hydrocarbon processing industry in positions including process engineering, business development, project management and director of technology. He traveled extensively overseas in the last 15 years licensing Lummus’ olefins technology in China, Russia and India among others. He served on the Board of Directors for the Houston Area Parkinson Society (1994-2002), as President (1996-1998) and on the Advisory Board (2002-present). During this time, he helped lay the ground work to merge the two Parkinson groups in Houston into HAPS. They moved the organization from a volunteer group to having a paid staff and he was awarded the Cullen Quality of Life Award in 2014 by HAPS for my contribution in transforming HAPS.

Malcolm and his wife, Mollie, and moved to Santa Fe two years ago from Houston after having visited Santa Fe for the last 37 years. They were members of the World Affairs Council in Houston and traveled with them to Cuba in 2014. His interest in CIR lies in helping them become more financially stable, recruiting businesses to participate in the Business Council, expanding community outreach to young professionals and students, and promoting CIR to the area at large.

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Martha Wallace

Martha Wallace. Board Member at Large

Martha has served on the Traval Committee and and now focuses on the Global Citizens initiatives. Her interest in similar goals began when she spent two years as a minority “statesider” attending high school on Guam. Later she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nigeria during the Biafra War 1966-1968.  She was the program officer for an EEO grant in 1972-1974 for the Florida Division of Community Colleges in Tallahassee, FL developing strategies for overcoming barriers for financially or racially hampered students. From 1978 – 1982, Martha served as staff for the Secretary of the Navy’s Advisory Board on Education and Training where 12 prominent business leaders and educators studied a topic identified by the Navy for civilian input. From 1996-1998, she was a visit coordinator with the political officers at the US Embassy in New Delhi for government officials and members of Congress arranging their trips within India. Martha and her husband lived in India from 1995-1998. Martha retired from Navy civil service with her last job as the Deputy Director of the Family Service Center in Bremerton, WA. After they relocated to Santa Fe in 1999, she opened a small import business of womens’ textiles from NGOs and trusts with profits being returned to India. She received her B.A. from Colorado State University and a M.A. and Ed.D from Florida State University. She has been an adjunct professor at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA.

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Jennifer Warren. Board Member at Large

Jennifer Warren

Jennifer is an admissions director and teacher, and also runs her own educational consulting business. She has been involved in education for her entire adult life, and has been a world adventurer since she attended the World Fair in Montreal in the mid-1960’s. Since then, she has lived in three countries and traveled to 33. She has also hosted six international exchange students (three Germans, one Chinese, one Tibetan and one Spaniard). She has also worked for two international study programs based in Nepal. She is fluent in Norwegian and French, and has studied Spanish, Tibetan, Nepali and German. All of these experiences have helped form her into a citizen of the world, and she brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to CIR. Jennifer is an organized, creative, solution-oriented team player and she loves learning about people and their diverse backgrounds.

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Ned Jacobs

Ned Jacobs. Board Member at Large

Ned’s background includes founding and directing a private school for children with learning disabilities, owning and managing a commercial real estate firm, working as a site locator and real estate developer for a national franchise entity. He has founded a public relations and advertising agency, performed corporate work in partnership development between for-profit and non-profit entities to support fund raising efforts on college and high school campuses, been a manager for a national test preparation services company and the founding general manager of a national partnership development consulting firm working with corporations and colleges to create “cause-related marketing” alliances to benefit college student services programs at over 350 colleges in the US.

Currently, he and wife, Tina Jacobs, are principal/owners of an Allstate Insurance agency in Santa Fe, NM, the Quezada Jacobs Family Agency.

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 Committee Members

Heather Van Cleve
Heather Van Cleave, our Home Hospitality Chair

Heather Van CleaveHome Hospitality Chair

Melinne Owen and Art McHaffie. Nominating Committee

Virginia McCallum. CIR Book Club