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.

Melora Palmer is a Communications Consultant specializing in content development and technical
writing, she has over 20 years’ experience in the marketing and communications field.

Always internationally inclined, Melora worked in the private sector in both Canada and France
where she was lucky to travel extensively… losing count at 30 countries! She then made a 360° shift
into the non-profit sector, first in starting her own company to launch fair trade and ethical products
from her home in Paris, France. She then lived in Haiti and West Africa where she worked in
communications, report and grant writing for prominent humanitarian organizations such as CARE
and Aid for Artisans.

Melora recently relocated to Albuquerque, her Alma Mater, to put her teenage daughter in High
School… and you think communicating in business is hard, try it with a 17-year-old! Here, she works
as an independent contractor within the non-profit sector. All along her commitment to serving her
community and being part of the solution has held strong, she has volunteered for numerous
charitable groups over the years and continues to be engaged in civic activities be-it political, social,
or environmental. She is a daily yoga and meditation practitioner and is often seen at events
arriving by bicycle. Melora is fully bilingual in French and English and conversationally adept in
Spanish and Haitian Creole.

John Lewis, Member-at-Large

John Lewis was born in Tuba City, Arizona on the Navajo reservation, and was raised in Flagstaff with four brothers and three sisters. His mother is a member of the Navajo Nation, and his father that was a member of Zuni Pueblo. John studied electronics and robotics at ITT Tech in Phoenix back in the early 1980’s. After leaving Arizona, he moved to Santa Fe to pursue an apprenticeship in sculptural arts under the tutelage of Ernest (Cloud Eagle) Mirabal of Nambe Pueblo.
John spends much of his free time with his daughter Leah, and his two grandsons, Mateo and Balam.
John has 25 years experience in the printing industry in Albuquerque while devoting much of his time to volunteering with various nonprofits including the American Indian Chamber of Commerce and the Native American Professional Parent Resources. He eventually started his own business, and worked closely with the Navajo Nation and with other tribes and organizations. He has also sat on tribal economic development boards and liaised for tribes, in business development. John professional development adds a long list of contacts and relationships that will benefit the mission of Global Ties, in promoting Albuquerque’s unique cultural heritage as inspiration to future global leaders.

Josh Edwards, Member-at-Large

Joshua is the Director of Finance for RiskSense, a homegrown cybersecurity tech company based in Albuquerque. He has his Masters Degree from UNM, and is a licensed CPA with years of experience in public accounting at KPMG, and heading up the finance function for emerging tech companies like Lavu and RiskSense. Joshua has a passion for Albuquerque and seeing it succeed and grow into a truly international city.

Laura Hille, Member-at-Large

Laura Hille is the International Admission Director at the Menaul School, which has a long history of welcoming students from around the world. She is passionate about international education and preparing students, our future leaders, to be global citizens. She is excited to be a part of Global Ties ABQ and its work in welcoming visitors, further expanding Albuquerque’s global opportunities, and building exchange programs. Previously, during her 7.5 years at the Institute of International Education (IIE), she managed outreach, recruitment, and section activities for a variety of global scholarship programs and institutions, including Schwarzman Scholars, Boren Awards, and New York University Abu Dhabi. Prior to IIE, Laura worked at the American Society of Hematology on international programs and at the U.S. Department of State on the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and has a MA in International Affairs from the George Washington University. Laura and her husband, Tyler, moved to Albuquerque after eight years in Washington, D.C. and New York City. In her free time, she enjoys running, traveling, hiking, writing, and visiting New Mexico’s wealth of archeological sites.

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.

Deborah Blank, Member-at-Large

Deborah's involvement with Global Ties ABQ helps her feel that she has a role to play in creating international good will.  As a huge added benefit, she has learned so much about other cultures from these very bright and energetic future world leaders - what a privilege to engage with them.  They clearly enjoy coming to Albuquerque and she finds it fun to show off the city and share their reaction to the many attributes - especially the food, skies and sunsets!