Executive Director:
Christine Trujillo

Christine Trujillo is a native of El Rito.  She was born and raised in El Rito.  She went to Placitas Elementary, El Rito Elementary, graduated from Mesa Vista High School the same year she received a certificate of "Clerk Steno" from the Technical Vocational School in El Rito.  She did state government as her career for almost 27 years.  She has been Library Director since November of 2002.




Thomas Fortson


Jonathan Trujillo


Julie Claire

Julie Claire has lived in New Mexico since 1989 when she moved from San Francisco to Santa Fe.  For the last 11 years, she and her husband have called El Rito their home.  Julie is a professional ontological life coach and an artist, facilitating intuitive painting experiences and coaching events in Santa Fe, El Rito and the West Coast.  She delights in reading young adult fiction, painting and writing, taking walks in the wilderness and sitting by the El Rito Creek.  Her website is


Cataloging and Acquisitions:
Barbara Turner

Barbara was born in Colorado and while pursuing a BA in English literature she worked in both the campus library and bookstore where she met her husband while browsing the sale table. After getting her degree she spent a year traveling in East and South Asia, Europe and South America before landing in Northern California where she worked for and eventually owned an Independent Bookstore for 20 years. Family ties brought her back to New Mexico and El Rito where she has lived for 5 years. While not tending her vegetable garden, taking clay classes at Northern or rambling up in the hills, she volunteers/works at the greatest rural library ever-the El Rito Library.





Kolleen Martinsen-Grenier

Kolleen Martinsen Grenier has appeared in leading festivals and theaters, notably the American Dance Festival,the Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Joyce Theater , Sadlers Wells, dancing soloist and principal role's such as the Sugar Plum Fairy,  Black Swan  grand pas deux , Kitri in Don  Quixote.Her  range extended into modern works as well. Senta Driver created the lead  in Cartwheel On The Gangplank for her,  Anna Kisselgoff of the New York times  wrote was "Infused with emotional power." Deborah Jowitte  "Kolleen is  ferocious  and glamorous in that veracity."Village voice NY. NY. Ms. Grenier has taught classes and workshops to people of all ages, including master classes at the University of New Mexico. It all began when as  a little girl she found a book with beautiful pictures of a ballerina, enchanted her living room was her first stage, the arm chair her noble partner.Enrolled  in her local ballet school in the pacific northwest she completed her Royal Academy of Dancing examinations, she secured herself admission to Englands Royal Ballet School. Performed her own work with the Royal Ballet Choreographic Group; won the Ursula Moreton Award and came to the notice of Sir Fredrick Ashton.  On a  hot summer day in the ballet  studio she learned the role of Kitri from the very same ballerina she had been so inspired by in the book she saw as a  little girl ,......the great, legendary Prima Ballerina  Margot Fonteyn. Kolleen was just an ordinary kid , with a single mom, who just happened to pick up a book and be  inspired to take a great journey. She lives in El Rito with her wonderful husband and little girl, ....... whom she takes to the library as often as can!

Vice President:


Lisa Faithorn

Originally from the East Coast, Lisa lived and worked in California for 30 years before moving with her husband Djann Hoffman to New Mexico in 2006. Lisa co-founded the anthropology graduate program at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco and taught there for 20 years. Following that she spent the next decade as a researcher for NASA.  Lisa currently works as a free lance organization consultant and research anthropologist. She and her husband have established an organic farm on the Chama River and a demonstration and workshop facility for sustainable living practices. Her great loves include her husband and extended family - - both human and non-human, her significant spiritual teachers and practices, and the on-going opportunities life presents to connect with people near and far and contribute to community and planetary healing and well-being.


Marcela Casaus

Ted Harsha

Thomas Kumpf

Tom Quinn Kumpf
is an internationally recognized photographer, writer, poet, and author of the award-winning books Children of Belfast, Ireland: Standing Stones to Stormont, and Two Sides: Haiku and Other Words. His work has appeared in numerous galleries and museums, and magazines and newspapers throughout the world.





Elizabeth (Liz) Lucero


Luis Pena

I am originally from Servilleta Plaza and attended  school in the Mesa Vista School District where I am emplyed as the Technology Coordinator. I am currently living in Santa Clara Pueblo with my wife and two duaghters.  In the past I have worked as a Network Administrator for El Centro Family Health and the Espanola Public Schools.  My educational background is in computer science and fine art. I am currently working on by Bachelor in Network Engineering at NNMC. I am currently serving on the Board of Directors for Las Cumbres Learning Services.

My interests are wide and varying. Primarily I am an artist, musician and poet.  I am a co-organizer for Spanapalooza, an annual music and skate event held at the Espanola Skate Park . My wife and I have similar interest in agriculture and sustainability,  recently transforming our house in Santa Clara Pueblo into a test site for rain water harvesting and permaculture techniques. We are also involved in issues of environmental justice, attending numerous public hearings concerning air and ground water contamination in northern NM. Most importantly, we spend the majority of our time teaching and learning from our two children, Kateri and Maya. Both our daughters have frequented the El Rito Library in the past and have benefited greatly from the organization. I am a firm believer in literacy as a foundation for personal growth and self-awareness, and so I fully support all libraries and information repositories. I look forward to serving on the El Rito Library Board of Directors and hope to help us grow in exciting new directions!

Lallie Scott

Judith M. Uhrich

After living for 30 years in Denver, I moved to El Rito 3 plus years ago, planning to retire in a peaceful community, after working with the angst of adolescence my entire career. It is such a pleasure to enjoy my first cup of coffee in the morning out in a lawn chair, listening to the birds chirping and smelling the aroma of my dog being skunked the night before.  I love the whole package.  When I moved here, I was delighted to learn there is a library right here in town!  Reading is one of my favorite pastimes, so finding interesting and fun materials five minutes away seemed a great stroke of luck.  I feel blessed to be a participant in the furtherance of the mission of El Rito Library and happily donate whatever skills I possess to that end.




Previous Board Presidents:  Roberta Orona-Cordova, Jim Harford, Terry Moffitt (Deceased), John Caster, Janice Snellman, Tracy McBride, and Robert (Bob) Snow