Thomas ‘Roddy’ Hughes, Executive Director

Thomas “Roddy” Hughes is the Executive Director of Global Ties ABQ. Before joining Global Ties ABQ, he served as the Executive Director of Voices on the Border, a U.S.-based nonprofit organization that promotes just and sustainable development in rural El Salvador. Mr. Hughes has served as a legal consultant for the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law and is a founding member of the Institute for Legal Research and Advocacy. Mr. Hughes has a J.D. from Vermont Law School and a B.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University. Roddy is enjoys cycling, running, hiking, and traveling with his wife and twin boys.

Destiny Logan, Program and Volunteer Coordinator (IVLP & YLAI)

Destiny Logan is a New Mexico native, born and raised in Farmington. Destiny graduated from the University of New Mexico in fall of 2017,  where she attended the Anderson School of Management with a concentration in International Management and a minor in French. In the spring semester of 2016, Destiny studied at an international business school in Caen, France. When not at work or school, Destiny spends her time traveling and taking photos. She also loves to support locally owned and operated businesses in Albuquerque and on the road.

Gabriela Estala, Program Coordinator Work Study

Gabriela Estala was born and raised in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. She is currently a senior pursuing dual degrees in International Business from Anderson School of Management and Spanish from the University of New Mexico. Gabriela recently returned from a year abroad in Granada, Spain with a renewed passion to create international connections and community involvement. Outside of work and school, Gabriela enjoys traveling, cooking international foods, and painting. She is looking forward to pursuing a masters program and adding more countries to her travel list.

Shani Harvie, Community Engagement Coordinator Work Study

Shani Harvie is a dedicated intern at Global Ties ABQ. Raised in the ABQ – Santa Fe area she attended high-school at the New Mexico School for the Arts for music, and is getting ready to graduate from the Anderson School of Management with a bachelors in Organizational Leadership and a minor in Economics. Shani studied abroad in Australia in the fall of 2017 and returned ready to continue expanding her horizons both internationally and professionally. If you catch her outside the office, you will find Shani traveling, writing and setting goals for her next big step in life. Currently in the works for Ms. Harvie are obtaining a scuba diving certification and learning to speak fluent Spanish.


The Board


Jill Van Nortwick, President

Jill recently joined the Global Ties Board after being both a member and volunteer. Her exposure to new cultures started when her family moved to Iran when she was 9. Lucky enough to travel the world at an early age, her love of traveling and experiencing other cultures is steadfast. Jill currently works as principal consultant for curate impact, an intercultural consultancy service dedicated to helping boards and top management teams identify their values, establish patterns of behaviors for ethical decisions and discover and advance their vision.

Prior to her consultancy business, she worked in Australia and New Zealand for a multinational organization and then for the New Zealand government. She was a sought speaker on the subject of leading edge technology and worked to create and nurture a thriving economic cluster of software developers.

Since she moved back to the States, her experience has broadened to the nonprofit world, both as an ED and in various board roles. She is very excited about the future of Global Ties and is thrilled to be a part of the organization’s leadership.

Sara Barr, Vice President

After graduating from the University of New Mexico with a Master’s Degree in Education, Sara Barr spent six years traveling abroad, teaching in foreign lands and adventure trekking across North America. Sara has worked in education for almost 10 years in many different capacities and in a variety of subjects across the globe. This includes a two-year volunteer assignment in the United States Peace Corps on a remote island in the South Pacific. Sara was Treasurer for the Gender and Development committee while serving in Vanuatu where she focused on gender-based violence and youth development educational programs. She has managed large groups of visiting foreigners during her US trek adventures and directed a staff of 20 employees while running a youth adventure camp out of the Bay Area. She has recently returned home to New Mexico where she now works as a Behavioral Research Scientist for Northrop Grumman Corporation. Sara volunteers for TEDxABQ curating the annual Education and Youth talk-series events. She enjoys eating New Mexican food, practicing various forms of yoga and playing Mahjong tournaments with her family. She is a certified yoga instructor and Wilderness First Responder. Sara values global exchanges that foster positive relationships between nations, cultures and individuals. She is excited to continue supporting this imperative exchange.

 Jennifer Jackson, Secretary

Secretary Jennifer Jackson is a Senior Resource Development Officer at The Grant Plant, an organization that assists nonprofit organizations with research, grant writing, and reporting. In her time with The Grant Plant, she has supported its growth and increased its impact in the community. The Grant Plant has won more than $77 million in awards since its founding. Last year alone, it brought in $20.4 million to its clients and is on track to meet or exceed that amount this year. Her experience is wide ranging; she works with clients in healthcare, education, social services, and workforce training. Jennifer traces her firm belief in the value of travel and international exposure to support mutual understanding to her teen years. She has studied and worked in a number of countries, including Italy, Germany, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Peru. Her values and perspectives have been strongly shaped by international and cross-cultural exchanges as well as by her work aiding organizations that support some of New Mexico’s most marginalized residents. “I only recently joined Global Ties but am so excited by the prospect of contributing in new ways. Global Ties ABQ’s work and mission well complement other initiatives going on around the city. To become the innovative city we aspire to be, it will benefit us to put Albuquerque within an international framework.”

 Greg Polk, Treasurer

As a new face to Global Ties ABQ, Greg Polk was recently elected as Treasurer to the Board and is citizen envoy member. His past experience as a Peace Corps Volunteer, international development advisor, and educator has given him the opportunity to not only travel but serve abroad. Greg holds a masters degree in City Planning from MIT and lived in Albuquerque from the mid 80s to the mid 90s when he then went overseas to work. He and his wife Rebecca recently returned to New Mexico after 20+ years overseas. Greg has extensive experience as a specialist in structuring publicprivate development projects in 15 countries. Greg now lives in Corrales and looks forwards to bringing in his past experience in economics & planning to enhance the future of Global Ties.

Carol Yarnall, Past President, Member-At-Large

Carol A. Yarnall, Colonel USAF, Retired is the Immediate Past President of Global Ties ABQ.  She served as President from October 2010 through September 2014.  Carol had an immensely successful career, retiring as Director of the Supply Chain Management Center, which oversees Sandia National Laboratories’ Procurement, Supplier Relations, and Logistics Operations in April 2011. Before her Director position at Sandia, Carol was President of SMI International in Colorado Springs and spent the majority of her career in the U.S. Air Force with assignments ranging from field laboratories to base operation and positions at MAJCOMS, Air Force Secretariat and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Carol is a graduate of Harvard University’s, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Executive Program for Defense Senior Managers, and has an MA in Public Administration from the University of New Mexico, a BS in Chemistry and Doctor of Humane Letters from Wheeling Jesuit University.

Carol is married to William (Bill) Yarnall and they share time between their homes in Albuquerque and Colorado Springs, CO.  Bill is a past president of Global Ties ABQ and is noted for his home hospitality dinners.  Carol and Bill have donated the Global Ties ABQ Holiday party for all members, visitors and prospective members for many many years. She is also a Past President of Global Ties ABQ.

 Anne Callaghan, Member-At-Large

Anne Callaghan served over thirty years as a Foreign Service Officer with assignments in Mexico, Australia, Japan, Washington, D.C., Italy, Colombia, Iraq, and Canada in positions ranging from Cultural Attaché in Rome to Consul General in Vancouver. She joined Global Ties ABQ during her last posting as Diplomat in Resident at University of New Mexico. Anne spent much of her diplomatic career focused on public diplomacy and has seen first-hand the life changing effects of professional exchanges, such as the International Visitor Leadership Program.

Anne hails from New Jersey and has her BA in East Asian Studies from Colby College, ME and her MA in National Security Strategy from the National War College, Washington, D.C. She is delighted to have the opportunity to support Global Ties ABQ in promoting citizen diplomacy and international exchange.

Kory Hoggan, Member-At-Large

Kory Hoggan is a certified public accountant and senior manager with Moss Adams LLP.  He has over 20 years of accounting experience and serves clients throughout New Mexico and the United States.  He received a Masters of Accountancy from Brigham Young University. Kory has lived and worked in South America and the South Pacific and enjoys traveling and further developing his understanding of different histories and cultures.

Chanel Wiese, Member-At-Large

Chanel Wiese is a graduate of the Anderson School of Management with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration with a Minor Study in Economics. Currently, Chanel is pursuing her MBA at Anderson School of Management and working as an Operations Specialist in the UNM Dining & Food Services Department.

Chanel was a semi-finalist in the 2016 Miss New Mexico Pageant under the Miss America system as “Miss Sandoval County.” Her Miss New Mexico platform was The Triple-Bottom-Line: People, Planet & Profit. She is passionate economic development in her home city of Albuquerque, and hopes to contribute to the cultivation of a unique identity and a sense of authenticity where young people can feel like they are part of the decision-making process. In her free time, Chanel enjoys spending time with her dog “Whiskey”, working on local elections, listening to podcasts, saying “yes” to new experiences, and meeting new people.

Christopher Jaramillo, Member-At-Large

Christopher D. Jaramillo is from Tijeras, New Mexico. Christopher is extremely passionate about his community and family. Growing up in Tijeras, he worked for several family businesses, which sparked his interest in all things business. Since then, a passion grew for business and economic development. Additionally, Christopher is deeply committed to serving the people of New Mexico by fostering community engagement. While completing his undergraduate studies, Christopher began to realize that with his sociological background and passion for business and economics, the law would serve as an ideal platform to blend his interests. In his spare time, Christopher enjoys riding horses, yoga, hiking, and recently picked up golf.

Melissa Leonard, Member-At-Large

Melissa Leonard is a Resource Development Officer at The Grant Plant, an organization that assists nonprofit organizations with research, grant writing, and reporting. She is also an alumna of The Grants Collective’s Talent Academy, a fellowship designed to change the way organizations seek grants. Melissa received her B.A. in International Relations from the University of California, Davis, and her M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of New Mexico. She has traveled extensively throughout the Caribbean, Mexico, and South America, spending several months in Peru studying Quechua Ancashino. Melissa’s experience is diverse; she has worked in academia, healthcare, social services, and fundraising, and approaches each endeavor with equity and cultural competency at the forefront. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys live music, mountain hikes, movies, crocheting, and studying Spanish, Quechua, and ASL.

Sommer Smith, Member-At-Large

Sommer is a communication artist, creative director and writer committed to problem solving and contributing to possibilities for social change. She is the co-founder and creative director of MediaDesk NM, a communications agency that provides high quality, professional and values-based communications services to nonprofits and community organizations. As creative director at MediaDesk she is currently working with nonprofit organizations across New Mexico to further their missions through effective, imaginative and coordinated communications and marketing efforts. Her expertise includes message branding, strategic planning, creative direction, project management, copywriting and media relations. Sommer has a Bachelors of Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College in New York, where she studied anthropology, Latin American studies and writing. She was awarded the Spencer Barnett Memorial Prize for Excellence in Latin American studies for an ethnographic project regarding the links between individual experience and sociopolitical and architectural processes at work in the city of Salvador da Bahia. As a young person (at age 16 and again at 20) she studied abroad in Brazil, first as a Rotary International Exchange Student and later as a Gilman Scholar. She believes it is essential that we explore new ways of approaching our cities, re-envisioning them as places where we realize our potential as creative, resourceful and compassionate beings.