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

Amb. Mark Asquino. President

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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Chuck Case. Immediate Past 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 has served as Chair of the Advisory Board for the Melikian Center on Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at Arizona State University. 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 has been CIR’s Board President since January 2017.

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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.

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Deborah Leliaert. Secretary

Deborah Leliaert retired in 2018 after more than 35 years of higher education, non-profit, and business leadership. As Vice President of University Relations and Planning for University of North Texas, she held executive responsibility for shaping image, reputation, engagement and growth through strategic planning, integrated marketing communications, media, public relations, crisis and issue management, and brand management. She retired as the first-ever Vice President Emeritus for the university of nearly 40,000 students and has consulted for other institutions. Prior to higher education, Deborah held vice president level positions in financial syndication and financial services firms. She is certified in mediation and dispute resolution and has held board positions in a number of non-profit organizations including North Texas Public Broadcasting and the Children’s Advocacy for Denton County. Deborah has a BA in journalism/public relations and a M.ED in Counseling.

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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.  

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Georges Feghali. At-Large Board Member

Georges Feghali, M.D., FACP, CPE is President of GMF Consulting LLC, an International Healthcare consulting company based in Santa Fe, NM, USA. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon and his Medical degree from the University of Padova, Italy (MD Magna Cum Laude). He is licensed in both Ohio and New Mexico, and American Board Certified in Internal Medicine. He did his training in Internal medicine at TriHealth (Cincinnati, OH), he then entered into hospital administrative roles. Georges retired from TriHealth in 2015 as Senior Vice President for Quality and Chief Medical Officer. He was then asked to join a hospital group in the UAE as Chief Medical Officer, and later as Chief Operating Officer for another group. He has always been interested in teaching, mentoring young physicians and leading Quality initiatives. He was born in Lebanon, lived in Italy, Switzerland, and the UAE. He has extensively traveled in Europe and the Middle East and is also fluent in French, Italian, and Arabic and is currently working on learning some conversational Spanish. Georges (French spelling, pronounced George) now calls Santa Fe Home.

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Board Members

Amb. Vicki Huddleston. At-Large Board Member

Ambassador Vicki Huddleston 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 received her MS from Johns Hopkins School for Advance International Studies.

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T. Scott Bunton. At-Large Board Member

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.

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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.

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Natalie Agraz. Chair of Development Committee

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 nonprofit 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.

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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.

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Amy McCombs. At-Large Board Member

Amy McCombs is a chief executive, board member and entrepreneur with experience in the media, higher education, financial services, and nonprofit sectors. McCombs spent her career in media, holding President/CEO positions at the Chronicle Publishing Company in San Francisco and the Broadcast Division of the Washington Post Company. As an entrepreneur, she was a board member of the Media Convergence Group, an early stage, venture-funded technology firm focusing on digital media. Amy is Professor Emeritus at the University Missouri School of Journalism and formerly served as the Lee Hills Chair in Free-Press Studies and a Professor at Missouri’s Truman School of Public Affairs. She has been recognized as one of the “50 Most Influential Businesswomen” by the San Francisco Business Times, is a recipient of the prestigious University of Missouri School of Journalism Medal of Honor for Distinguished Service in Journalism and the Michigan Anti-Defamation League First Amendment Freedom Award. Broadcast-industry awards she has received include a Dupont Award and multiple Emmys. She has served as a board member and Interim President of the Presidio Graduate School (San Francisco); a Trustee of the University of Detroit; and a member of the Claremont University Consortium Board of Overseers. Other nonprofit boards on which Amy serves or has served include the National Advisory Board of the Commonwealth Club of California, the nation’s oldest and largest public affairs forum; the Smithsonian Institution’s National Board; and the Santa Fe Botanical Garden.

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