Tim Price, Chair
Community Relations & Foundation Giving Analyst, PNM Foundation
Tim Price grew up in Artesia, NM, and graduated from UNM in 1985. He lived between New York City and Los Angeles before coming home to Albuquerque 1 years ago. As a production designer in the film industry, he worked with several interesting celebrities and directors. He was also a functional artist with permanent pieces at the Gallery of Functional Art in Santa Monica. His love for art continued as he helped curate and hang Project Angel Art at the Pacific Design Center in 1990 and participated in Divine Design for several years. Tim was active with AIDS Project Los Angeles and Project Angel Food. In Albuquerque, he taught lighting at the Art Center Design College and has worked for PNM and PNM Resource Foundation for 15 years.
Suzanne Sbarge, President
Founder/Executive Director of 516 ARTS
Suzanne Sbarge launched 516 ARTS in 2006 in partnership with the McCune Foundation. She focuses on contemporary art and interdisciplinary projects in an educational context and with an emphasis on collaboration. She previously directed Magnifico Arts, Inc. and the Harwood Art Center in Albquerque. She holds a B.A. in Art History and Studio Arts from Barnard College and an M.A. in Art Education from UNM. As a visual artist herself, she has brought her own particular creativity and passion for the arts to her leadership work in New Mexico for nearly three decades. She was born and raised in Connecticut and has lived in Albuquerque since 1989.
Rebecca Black, Vice President
International Development Professional, US Government
Rebecca Black completed her BA in Political Science at the University of Michigan and her Masters in City Planning in Economic Development at MIT. She served as the Economic Development Planner and then the Executive Director of Allston-Brighton Community Development Corporation in Boston where the Mayor proclaimed Rebecca Black Day honoring her contribution to Boston’s neighborhoods. Since 1992, Rebecca has worked for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) performing different senior roles in many cities including: Washington, DC; Warsaw, Poland; Pertoria, Africa; Delhi, India; Kabul, Afghanistan; Bamako, Mali; and Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Director of Presbyterian Medical Group Practice Operations
Gabriel Castro has worked in healthcare for 21 years and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Radiology Management and a master’s degree in business administration. A 2021 Leadership Albuquerque class member scheduled for graduation in June 2021, Castro was also an Albuquerque Business First 2018, 40underForty honoree. Currently he serves with local nonprofits such as United Way of Central New Mexico, Hispano Philanthropic Society Council, the Young Leaders Society Council, and on Advisory Board Committees for UNM,CNM, and PIMA Radiology Programs, among other community positions.
Kathleen Martinez Metzger
Vice President, Southwest Neurosurgical Associates
Raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Kathleen attended Sandia High School and UNM where she earned both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Nursing. For over 30 years, she has worked in nursing/healthcare and medical office management. She has been an active and supporting member of the Association of Junior Leagues since 1988. She has volunteered in her community at Albuquerque Academy and has served on the governing boards of the Albuquerque Museum Foundation (AMF) and the Music Guild of New Mexico. She was named “Volunteer of the Year” 2021/2022 by the AMF.
Founding director of the Center of Southwest Culture, Inc.
Arturo Sandoval has dedicated his life to civil rights, economic justice, human rights, educational parity and conservation work. He was on the national organizing team for the first-ever Earth Day in 1970 in Washington, DC. There, he was charged with organizing events in the Western US. He was active in the Chicano Student Movement and the Chicano Civil Rights Movement beginning in 1967. He has been active for five decades in community-based economic development, cultural, environmental, educational and civil rights efforts in New Mexico and across the US.