Adelle Lees, Executive Director
Adelle returned to New Mexico after living, studying, and working in the United Kingdom, Slovakia, and Indonesia. Upon her return in 2014, she began to lead Global Ties ABQ and took initiatives to rebrand the organization, build processes and capacity, and begin a new community-focused program, the Global Innovator Program. Adelle holds a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in management from the City University of Seattle in Bratislava, Slovakia, and has earned a Six Sigma Green Belt. She proudly sits on the boards of the New Mexico Trade Alliance and Albuquerque Sister Cities Foundation. She enjoys traveling, cooking, staying current on global events, and checking out new breweries in New Mexico.
Xiomara Ortega Trinidad, Program Coordinator (IVLP)
Xiomara Ortega Trinidad was born in Los Angeles, California, and subsequently lived in several places before settling in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she received her B.A. in Art and English at the University of New Mexico. She has lived and studied in three countries outside the United States – Mexico, Ecuador, and Spain – and has visited several others. She loves travel and immersion in new cultures and hopes to do more of both in the future.
Destiny Smith, Program Coordinator (YLAI)
Destiny Smith is a New Mexico native, born and raised in Farmington. Destiny is a first semester senior at the University of New Mexico, she attends 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 restaurants in Albuquerque and on the road.
Berta Wagstaff, Volunteer Coordinator
Berta is from San Antonio, Texas, and graduated from Texas Christian University with a B.A. and then earned a Master’s in Public Relations from Webster University. Today, Berta volunteers for Global Ties ABQ as the Volunteer Coordinator and enjoys meeting and getting to know members who have traveled extensively and are excited about meeting guests from countries they either have visited or lived in! Additionally, Berta is the co-broker for Civilian & Armed Forces Real Estate Services, LLC – CARES for short! I have been in business for more than 30 years, specializing in assisting veterans with their real estate needs – buying, selling, investing as well as assisting homeowners on the verge of losing their home by foreclosure. Berta and her husband have lived in the Philippines and have traveled internationally. If you are interested in knowing more about home hospitality or escorting, please contact her!
Richard Engstrom, President
President Rich Engstrom moved to Albuquerque in 1985 and since has amassed more than 30 years of hands-on entrepreneurial management team experience in complex national and international research and in manufacturing projects in aerospace, defense, and the commercialization of national lab technology. Before establishing RIEtech Global, Rich held senior manager or management team positions at Honeywell Defense & Space, Orion International Technologies, Valles Caldera Trust, Permacharge Corporation, and POD Associates. As a Captain in the U.S. Air Force, Rich managed satellite survivability research programs as part of the Strategic Defense Initiative. Rich has an AAS in Electronics Engineering from Community College of the Air Force, a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Arizona, and an MBA in Finance from the University of New Mexico. Rich is married to Ioana Engstrom and together they have traveled extensively for business and pleasure. Both are committed to enhancing cultural understanding through creating friendships and business relationships around the world.
Darrell Garcia, Immediate Past President
Immediate Past President Darrell Garcia is an almost life-long resident of Albuquerque and understands New Mexico and its unique culture. As a founding instructor at Cottonwood Classical Preparatory School, he wore numerous hats as he served as the Health Sciences Chair and later became the school’s first Athletic and Activities Director. As the latter role, Darrell brought a number of new extracurricular programs to the school, including an international travel program where he had the distinct pleasure of leading student groups all over the world. It was this experience that helped Darrell develop his passion for internationalism. Having seen many parts of the world and experienced many cultures, he understands the importance of building bridges of cultural understanding. Darrell currently works at the University of New Mexico where he serves as the Senior Alumni Relations Officer at the Anderson School of Management. In his position, he works to support the school’s mission by creating engagement opportunities for alumni. Darrell is also the President of the Governing Council for Cottonwood Classical Prep.
Jill Van Nortwick, Vice 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.
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.
Lucio Lanucara, Member-At-Large
Lucio Lanucara studied in Italy, Ireland and the United States, obtaining graduate and postgraduate degrees focused on competition law, international law, and business. He started his legal practice in 1995 and, between 1996 and 2002, worked in leading international business law firms in Italy and Belgium, dealing extensively with competition and multi-jurisdictional issues in international business transactions. In 2002 Lucio joined Trenitalia, the Italian national railway company, leaving in 2013 as Deputy Director for Passenger and International Affairs in the Legal Division. Lucio moved to New Mexico at the end of 2013 and have since been busy teaching various subjects at UNM and CNM, providing international trade consulting to Italian and US clients, and developing entrepreneurial activities in the food sector.
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.
Sara Barr, Member -At-Large
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.
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.