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. President

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.

email Chuck: chuck AT

Beth Massaro. Vice President

Beth is an Associate Professor and the Bachelor of Social Work Program Director for the Facundo Valdez School of Social Work at New Mexico Highlands University. She has worked in leadership roles in the field of behavioral health non-profit management as executive director, clinical director, and agency owner. She has also had the privilege of providing counseling services for families, adolescents and individuals. Beth holds a master’s in social work degree from NMHU and a doctoral degree in interdisciplinary leadership from Creighton University.

email Beth: massarobeth AT

T. Scott Bunton. Secretary

Scott completed his U.S. government career in 2009 as Executive Director of a Congressional commission on China. Previously, as a Senior Executive Service member, he served as Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce, the COO of the bureau administering dual use export controls, and concurrently directed its nonproliferation export and transit control assistance program for the new democracies of central Europe and the former Soviet Union. In 2002 Bunton was assigned to the President’s transition team for the new Department of Homeland Security and developed the initial $1 billion annual budget for one its five divisions.  After retiring from government in 2009, Bunton worked as Executive Vice President of a large nonpartisan research and advocacy organization in Washington. He and his wife Linda retired and moved to Santa Fe in 2015, where he now serves on the board of directors of the Food Depot (northern New Mexico’s food bank), was appointed by the city council to the City’s water conservation advisory committee, and intermittently consults in the Middle East for a State Department nonproliferation border control program.

email Scott: sbunton2713 AT

Elizabeth (Beth) Chirdon. Treasurer

Beth has broad business experience in a variety of disciplines. She worked in corporate audit as a CPA for Ernst and Young; in corporate finance and commercial real estate acquisition for GE Capital; as a contracting officer for the U.S. Air Force on billion dollar defense programs, including GPS and missile warning systems; and in various start-up companies and nonprofits. Beth and her husband moved to Santa Fe two years ago and are very involved in supporting local nonprofits that better the community.  

email Beth: beth.chirdon AT

Jim Clay. Board Member at Large, Executive Committee

Jim is a retired CEO and Board Chair of Westfield Insurance. He spent nearly 36 years in the property and casualty insurance industry during his career. He has served on numerous boards over this time. Jim’s board service has included organizations related to financial services, economic development, workforce development, education, and the arts. He has experience leading large-scale organizations, developing leaders, and managing change initiatives. His board service has helped him gain experience with nonprofits in areas of board governance, performance and benefits, fundraising, financial management, and strategic planning. He is a graduate of the Ohio State University. Jim and his wife Susan have resided full time in Santa Fe since selling their home in Ohio in 2017. He was attracted to SFCIR because of the Journalism Under Fire program.

Email Jim: jimclay29 AT

Richard Silver. Board Member at Large, Executive Committee

Richard retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in 2017 after serving in 5 countries (Romania, Japan, Pakistan, Colombia and India). Previously, he was the Executive Director of the Japan Society of Northern California; Chair, Japan Team, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco; and a Senior Attorney, U.S. Treasury Department. During his time at Treasury, Richard was detailed to the U.S. Attorney’s Office as a white collar crime prosecutor as well as to the Japanese Finance Ministry as a Mike Mansfield Fellow advising on Japan’s Big Bang legal and financial sector reforms.  His primary foreign language is Japanese although he studied all of the languages in the countries in which he served.

email Richard: rrsilver AT

Board Members

Amb. Vicki Huddleston. At-Large Board Member

Vicki was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Africa and later held the same position at the Department of Defense. She led American diplomatic missions in Mali, Madagascar, Cuba, and Ethiopia. She was Director of Cuban policy at the Department of State and later Chief of the United States Interests Section in Havana (1999 – 2002) before it became an embassy. In Haiti, she was deputy ambassador and later Chief of Party for a USAID development project. She was a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution, a Fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and as a Congressional Fellow worked on the staff of former Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM). She was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Peru and receive her MS from Johns Hopkins School for Advance International Studies. Vicki’s opinion pieces on Cuba, Mali, and Ethiopia have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post. She co-authored “Learning to Salsa – New Steps in U.S.- Cuban Relations.”  Her new book Our Woman in Havana: A Diplomat’s Chronicle of America’s Long Struggle with Castro’s Cuba,” illustrates why it is important to engage with Cuba if we want to promote positive change on the island.

email Vicki: vicki.huddleston AT

Amb. Mark Asquino. At-Large Board Member, Executive Committee

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.

email Mark: masquino AT

Celene Bridgford Addington. Chair of Marketing Committee

Celene is a photographer and visual storyteller whose work is dedicated to the power of story to connect people and ideas. Born in Colorado and raised in New Mexico, she earned a B.A in anthropology and photography from the University of New Mexico and later earned a commercial degree from the Art Institute of Colorado, Denver. Celene has worked as a commercial photographer and a digital imaging consultant helping studios, universities and museums integrate digital technology into their business. She also teaches photography and digital imaging and has taught at Working with Artists photography workshops and the Art Institute of Colorado. She has lived in Mexico and travelled throughout Europe, Central America, Cuba and Turkey. Her experiences with other cultures and her photography led to her passion for visual storytelling as a way of learning and connecting with others. Most recently she founded StoryWorks Studios and works with non-profits to engage their audiences through multimedia storytelling.

email Celene: cbridgford AT

Tom Johnson. At-Large Board Member

Tom’s career is a 40-year double helix of professional practice in newsrooms and professorial practice in university classrooms.  He has worked for newspapers, magazines and book publishers.  He has reported from North America, Latin America, Europe and Australia.  He has taught and conducted workshops on journalism – especially analytic or data journalism – in those locales as well.  He is a former deputy editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, a professor emeritus in journalism and a member of the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government board of directors.

email Tom: tom AT

Caroline Little. At-Large Board Member

Caroline was president and CEO of the Newspaper Association of America, the industry’s largest trade organization. She stepped down from that position after four years and moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Prior to being named president in September 2011, she served as CEO, North America of Guardian News and Media Ltd., where she oversaw all U.S. operations, including digital news media properties and ContentNext Media Inc. Before that, she was publisher and CEO of WashingtonPost Newsweek Interactive from 2004 to 2008, where she led the division to its first year of profitability and integrated WPNI with other units of The Washington Post Company. From 2000 through 2004 she served as COO, managing all WPNI product development, technology, sales and marketing activities. She started at The Washington Post Company in 1997 as vice president and general counsel of WPNI, representing the company’s Internet division and advising clients on corporate, financial, editorial and intellectual property matters. Caroline has served as deputy general counsel for several publications, including U.S. News & World Report, The Atlantic Monthly, and Fast Company. She began her career in 1986 as an associate in Arnold & Porter’s Washington D.C. office.

email Caroline: carolinehlittle AT

Natalie Agraz. At-Large Board Member

Natalie is a retired nonprofit executive with a background in financial services. She has planned Annual Funds, Capital Campaigns and Planned Giving programs for several non profit organizations. She has lived abroad and has traveled extensively both for pleasure and work-related, nonprofit initiatives. Since retiring six years ago, she has advised several local nonprofits on their fund raising activities. She has served on the boards of Wild Spirit Wolf sanctuary, Mentoring Kids Works, and most recently Desert Academy.  She and her husband have been associated with CIR for about five years having participated in IVLP programs, and hosting Open World guests.

Email Natalie: natalie.agraz AT

Cathy Kinney. At-Large Board Member

Cathy Kinney served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Tunisia, where she taught English and translated French and Arabic on the Project Hope medical ship. She holds a master’s degree in social work and a doctorate in community psychology from the University of Michigan. Her career has included roles as an social worker in community mental health, an executive in hospitals and health care systems, and a consultant in community health, performance  improvement, strategic planning, leadership coaching, measurement systems, and startup of major initiatives. She has also served in governance roles on health, foundation, and social service boards and national advisory groups in clinical and community health. Cathy has assisted with the IVLP and education programs of CIR for several years now.

email Cathy: catherinefkinney AT