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Staff and Founder

Deborah Boldt – Co-Founding Executive Director
Deborah Boldt, REEL FATHERS Executive DirectorDeborah is an award-winning filmmaker with an expertise in using film as an educational catalyst. Her feature documentary Miles to Go, co-produced with Hilary Maddux, won an Academy Award Certificate of Special Merit, was released theatrically, and served as the basis for the corporate seminar Leading Through the Unknown, which she co-developed. Her film Fresco was broadcast as a national PBS special with an extensive educational resource/activity guide. Deborah directed a three-year community outreach program inspired by Fresco, resulting in the creation of five major public artworks in the Twin Cities.

Deborah is an Aspen Institute Scholar and Lecturer and the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Regional Fellowship. She is a former board member of New York Women in Film and Television and a graduate of the Leadership Santa Fe program.

For REEL FATHERS, Deborah directs programs, development, finances, marketing, and communications. As Executive Director, she serves as an ex-officio member of the REEL FATHERS Board of Directors.

Roberto Aponte, MA Lead Program Facilitator
Roberto AponteRoberto is an accomplished trainer, facilitator, coach, and event planner. As a coach and consultant, Roberto supports individuals in developing their full potential as parents and professionals. He has a special expertise in helping individuals heal their relationship to work.

Roberto has over 25 years experience in event production and organizational leadership. In this field he has expertise in leading organizations to embrace conscious business practices. He is the father of a 7-year old son.

For REEL FATHERS, Roberto facilitates program sessions for fathers and families with young children 0-5, and collaborates on program design.

Rich Ryan, PhD, LCSW – Program Facilitator
Rich RyanRich Ryan brings a strong background as a Jungian analyst, clinical psychologist, and social worker to his work as a program facilitator for REEL FATHERS. He received his Ph.D. from Pacifica Graduate Institute and trained at the CG Jung Institute of Los Angeles. Rich is an emotionally engaged therapist skilled in creating a safe space for his clients. He practices psychotherapy in Santa Fe and Los Angeles where he works with adolescents, couples, people suffering from addictions, trauma, anxiety, sexual issues, and depression.

With a background in creative writing and art, Rich makes use of music, active imagination and mindfulness methods as well as cognitive behavioral techniques. He teaches graduate level clinical psychology at Southwestern College. He raised his two daughters as a single father and is now a proud grandfather.

For REEL FATHERS, Rich facilitates program sessions for fathers and families referred through Family Court Services and affiliated organizations.

Allan Shedlin, MA – Founder and President Emeritus
Allan's passion for promoting positive father engagement was key to the founding of REEL FATHERS in 2009. He brought his experience as an educator, freelance writer, parenting coach, and national educational consultant to the work of the organization. His writing on issues related to fathers and families has been widely published in the popular and professional press.

As REEL FATHERS' Founder, Allan headed up national outreach and collaborated on program design, fundraising, and communications. He represented REEL FATHERS on the Leadership Team for the NM Alliance for Fathers and Families and at national and regional conferences.

Allan coined the word "daddying" in 1994 to describe the convergence of fatherhood and nurturing. In 2012 he created the notion of "DADvocacy" to describe the combination of public/collective and private/individual actions needed to encourage vibrant father engagement. As Founder and President Emeritus, Allan continues to provide key support for REEL FATHERS' fund development.

"This program has opened my mind to new ways of listening...and thinking."
~ Michael A.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors provides oversight and active support for REEL FATHERS’ governance, financial management, program development and strategic growth. Committee and Board meetings are characterized by candid dialogue with careful listening and a lively, thoughtful exchange of ideas and expertise from a wide range of perspectives.

John Braman, MA Chair
John Braman, RF Board memberTo REEL FATHERS John brings expertise in organizational leadership, program and curriculum development, strategic partnerships, and innovative uses of technology.

John has served as president of the Independent Schools Association of the Central States, director of the Center for Peaceable Schools at Lesley University in Boston, and vice president of Thompson Island Outward Bound Center. From 1979-89 he directed Albuquerque Academy’s environmental education division. After returning to Santa Fe in 2005, John served as director of Upaya Zen Center before launching Braman Group International, specializing in global education for a more just, sane world.

To REEL FATHERS John brings the experience, too, of being a single father while handling a demanding career. He is the father of two adult children, Justin and Caitlin, who are teachers, and the grandfather of two.

Silas Peterson, SPHR  Treasurer
Silas Peterson, RF DirectorSilas brings a strong background in business/financial management, entrepreneurship, and community service to REEL FATHERS.  He is the CEO and Owner of The Hire Firm where he specializes in executive recruitment. Silas holds the SPHR (Senior Professional of Human Resources) designation from SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management, and numerous certifications from AIRS, the global leader in recruitment training. 

Before joining REEL FATHERS, Silas served as President of the Rotary Club of Santa Fe Centro and President of the Northern New Mexico Human Resources Association. He is currently a Director and Vice Chair of the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce.

Silas has a Master’s Degree in Eastern Philosophy from St. John’s College/Santa Fe. He’s an avid outdoorsman, marathoner, reader, and the father of his 7-year-old daughter Calla.

Jeff Pine,
MSPH, CMC, MS  Secretary

Jeff PineJeff is the founding director of EGIS (Elders Getting Information and Services). Founded in 1998, EGIS is a Santa Fe-based agency providing services enabling older adults to age in place whether that's at home, in a retirement community or a care facility.

In addition to his business management expertise, Jeff is an Advanced Professional member of the Aging Life Care Association™ (ALCA). He was elected President of the Board of Directors of ALCA in 2015 and is a Past President of the Western Region Chapter of ALCA. Jeff directed county health operations and services in Northern New Mexico for the Department of Health. Previously he operated Community Health Services, an organization providing case management services to more than 200 individuals with HIV/AIDS.

A former marathon runner, Jeff enjoys tennis and other recreational sports. He's the father of his adult daughter Tegwyn and is fluent in Spanish.

Larry Rayburn, PhD
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Larry is a Jungian analyst practicing in Santa Fe and a member of the New Mexico Society of Jungian Analysts. He brings a special interest in male psychology to REEL FATHERS. He earned his doctorate from the Pacifica Graduate Institute, writing his doctoral thesis on the Father -- image and everyday actions. He works with many boys in his practice.

Previous to becoming a therapist and analyst, Larry worked in the construction industry. He served on the founding board of Monte del Sol Charter School in Santa Fe. The father of an adult daughter, Larry likes to play various folk instruments and spend time on the river and in the outdoors.

Patrick Thomas, LMFT and LPC  Director
Head shot- studioPatrick brings a dual set of skills and experience to REEL FATHERS. He was a top-producing realtor in Santa Fe at Coldwell Banker Trails West. For 14 of those years he was the Qualifying Broker (Sales Manager) in Rancho Viejo. During this time he served on the Board of the Santa Fe Association of Realtors (SFAR), chairing SFAR’s Government Affairs and Membership Committees and serving on the Affordable Housing Task Force. Patrick also served as a trustee of Southwestern College and as a board member of the Holy Faith Episcopal Church.

Prior to his career in real estate, Patrick was a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in private practice in the Dallas area. He served on the staff of three psychiatric hospitals where he provided both in-patient and out-patient psychotherapy. During this time he served on the Board of the Dallas Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.

Patrick has been a coach for Little League baseball, soccer and basketball. He is the father of two teenage sons, Jackson and Lucas. Patrick is on leave through 2017.

Deborah Boldt, Co-Founding Executive Director -- Director ex officio

Deborah Boldt, REEL FATHERS Executive DirectorAs noted in the Staff section, Deborah is an award-winning filmmaker with an expertise in using film as an educational catalyst. She is an Aspen Institute Scholar and Lecturer and the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Regional Fellowship. She is a former board member of New York Women in Film and Television and a graduate of the Leadership Santa Fe program.

As REEL FATHERS' Executive Director, Deborah serves ex officio on the REEL FATHERS Board.

"I learned how to have a better authoritative role through relationship."
~ John J
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