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.
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.
Julie Buckingham. Vice 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.
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.
Mark Asquino. Secretary
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.
Jesse Guillen. At-Large Member of Executive Committee and 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, son, and three cats.
Yann Lussiez. Education Committee Chair
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 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.
Steven Chance. Board 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.
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.
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.
Raffi Andonian. Board Member at Large
Raffi runs his life insurance and financial practice affiliated with New York Life, specializing in working with AARP members and others nearing retirement. He has a professional background in public programming as well as in business and nonprofit organizational development, especially with cultural organizations. Raffi started out working for the National Park Service at Gettysburg, Richmond, and the Martin Luther King birth home and neighborhood as he was completing his education, ultimately graduating with 3 master’s degrees. In Santa Fe, Raffi is involved with several other organizations, including Santa Fe Opera, Adaptive Sports Program, Silver Bullet Productions, Los Alamos Historical Society, and Rotary Club of Santa Fe.
Celene Bridgford Addington. Board Member at Large
T. Scott Bunton. Board Member at Large
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.