Our Board

We are privileged to have the following distinguished individuals serving on our Board of Directors and Advisory Board:

New Mexico Lawyers for the Arts Board of Directors

Talia is President and Founder of New Mexico Lawyers for the Arts.

Talia works as an Associate at The Bennett Law Group in Santa Fe, with a focus on employment matters, personal injury, contracts, nonprofit law, and copyright law. Talia is a member of both the New Mexico State Bar Association and the Maryland Bar. Talia was involved in the national class action sex discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart which was filed by a nationwide team of lawyers,  in United States District Court in San Francisco in 2001.

Talia attended college at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. Following her graduation, she stayed in the South and obtained a law degree from Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans. Talia also holds an L.L.M. in International Law from Washington College of Law at American University in Washington, D.C.

Talia also acts as a legal advisor to several arts-related nonprofit organizations in the Santa Fe area. Talia works with artists and arts organizations on a weekly basis assisting them with various legal issues on a pro bono and tiered-rate basis, including nonprofit assistance, contracts and copyright law in a wide variety of areas and artistic mediums. Talia has served on many nonprofit boards in Santa Fe, including, Creative Santa Fe, Warehouse 21, Intermezzo at the Santa Fe Opera, and Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship and the Intellectual Property Section of the New Mexico Bar, of which she is currently Chair (2013). Talia is also a member of the Governor’s Council of Film and Media Industries in New Mexico. Talia received the Santa Fe Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2014.

Kate Fitz Gibbon is Secretary of New Mexico Lawyers for the Arts.

She is an attorney in Santa Fe at Fitz Gibbon Law. She practices in the fields of estate planning, wills and trusts, guardianship and conservatorship.  Nationally and internationally, she works in the fields of museum and cultural heritage law.  Kate served as a member of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee to both Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. She was editor and contributing author of Who Owns the Past? Cultural Policy, Cultural Property and the Law, Rutgers Univ. Press, 2005, and is the author of Native American Art and the Law, A Collector’s Guide, ATADA Foundation, 2010 and seven books on Asian art.


Sarah served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of New Mexico from 1987 until 1996. During this time, she represented the Office of Cultural Affairs. In 2005 and 2006, she became the General Counsel for the Department of Cultural Affairs. In both positions, she represented among other institutions, the Museum of International Folk Art, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, the National Hispanic Cultural Center, the Palace of the Governors New Mexico History Museum, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, the New Mexico Arts Division, and the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division.

In addition to her legal work, Sarah has served on numerous boards, including the New Mexico Community Foundation, Spanish Institute of the Arts, Northern New Mexico Legal and Community and Indian Legal Services, and the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO). Sarah currently serves on the Boards of Outside In (which brings free, live music, dance and visual arts to confined people who do not otherwise have access to the arts), the New Mexico Lawyers for the Arts, as well as the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market.  Sarah earned her B.A. from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, her J.D. from Syracuse University School of Law, and her Masters Degree in Latin American Studies, with an emphasis on economic development from Georgetown University.

Doug Nelson is Treasurer of New Mexico Lawyers for the Arts.

Doug, a senior advisor with TCI Wealth Advisors, specializes in helping clients integrate their lifestyle goals with their wealth plans. Recognized throughout the industry for his skill as an advisor, Doug has been named regularly as a top advisor by publications such as Worth, Barron‘s, and Bloomberg Magazine. Doug maintains CPA licenses in California, Nevada, and New Mexico. Prior to merging his firm, AQN Advisors, Inc., with TCI Wealth Managers in 2007, Doug co-founded Ashley Quinn CPAs in Incline Village, Nevada. In 2011, he published his first book, Art, Artists, & Money. You can learn more about Doug at


Sherri Brueggemann holds a Bachelors of University Studies from University of New Mexico with an emphasis in public art management and a Masters at UNM’s School of Public Administration. Sherri was a founding member of the Americans for the Arts Public Art Network and served on the PAN Council from 2000-2002. She is also a former printmaker, special events coordinator, winery owner, cultural consultant and is currently a Professor of Practice at the University of New Mexico’s College of Fine Arts. She has served as a board member for numerous arts, cultural and civic non-profit organizations in the Southwest, including the New Mexico Route 66 Association and the Albuquerque Arts Alliance. Over the past 5 years she served on the Albuquerque/ Bernalillo County Arts & Cultural Industries Economic Impact Study, the ABQ Cultural Count Task Force, the New Mexico MainStreet Downtown Arts & Cultural District, and ACVB Cultural Directors’ Tourism Steering Committees.


Jose Jehuda Garcia is a graduate of NYU’s renowned undergraduate film program and a member of the New Mexico State Bar since 2009. He’s a principal at Noel Jehuda Productions, LLC of Santa Fe and Rights Management International, LLC of Albuquerque. He worked as a writer/producer in Los Angeles for almost 15 years before he graduated from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles in 2008. Most recently, he practiced in-house full time as a lawyer for the national cable network Reelz, managing rights and clearances, carrying out media and entertainment-related transactions; business affairs; and even production counsel responsibilities. He blogs at

New Mexico Lawyers for the Arts Advisory Board


Jeremy Jones is a partner at the Somer Udall Sutin Law Firm in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Since 2006, Jeremy has served as an Adjunct Faculty Member at the University of New Mexico teaching Business Law and Business Ethics to undergraduates seeking their degree in business technology. Jeremy’s practice is focused in the areas of civil litigation involving business, banking, real estate and construction matters, real estate and business transactions.

Diane Albert

Diane Albert is an attorney specializing in patents, trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights, entertainment law, and various types of contracts. Prior to working with Albuquerque Business Law, P.C., Diane worked at Peacock Meyers, P.C., drafting patents in a wide variety of specialties, including mechanical, solar energy, optical, and chemical composition.

Diane graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2007 after working at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) for more than eleven years.  Her time at Los Alamos included studying the effects of strain rate on various materials via mechanical testing and electron microscopy.  When Diane was awarded a fellowship at the National Academy of Engineering in DC from 1997-99, she went on a change of Station assignment from LANL.

Diane serves as secretary on the UNM School of Law’s Alumni Board and is past Chair of the Intellectual Property Practice Section of the NM Bar.  She is a member of the NM State Bar, the Albuquerque Bar, and is a member of the Women in the Legal Profession Committee.

Diane is a 28-year member of The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS) and serves on its Accreditation Committee.  She also has volunteered as a Materials Science & Engineering Departmental Reviewer for the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET) since 1998 and has served on the University of Alabama, Birmingham, MSE Dept. Industrial Advisory Committee since 2005.

Efrain Padro

Efrain Padro is a professional photographer who practiced law for 20 years before becoming a full-time professional photographer, specializing in nature, travel, and architectural subjects. His work has appeared in Geographic Expeditions catalogs, Outdoor Photographer, Frommer’s Budget Travel, Photo Life (Canada), Bienvenidos Magazine (Puerto Rico) and New Mexico Magazine. He is the author of The Photographer’s Guide to New Mexico. Efrain also teaches photography classes and leads field workshops in the U.S. and abroad. He served on the Board of Directors of the North American Nature Photography Association between 2006 and 2009, on NANPA’s Executive Committee, Ethics Committee, Advocacy Committee and History Committee and he currently serves on the Advisory Board of the New Mexico Lawyers for the Arts.

Rich Henrich

Rich Henrich is currently the Director of Film 4 Change and the AMFM Festival in Cathedral City, California, and an active writer, producer and consultant. He has produced films with Michael Madsen, John Diehl and Giancarlo Esposito. Terrible Angles, starring Michael Madsen, was sold at Le Marche du Film during the Cannes Film Festival and is scheduled for wide release in Fall 2012. Above all, Rich is proud to be a mentor to young filmmakers and to help make their dreams come true. He has taught courses in film production, screenwriting and entrepreneurship for artists. He is on the faculty at Ecosa Institute in Prescott, AZ and teaches screenwriting at Santa Fe University of Art and Design.