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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 – 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.

Jackie M – Director

Jackie M- Head shotJackie brings exceptional experience in nonprofit arts education and management to REEL FATHERS.

She was the founding Director of Education for the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and SITE Santa Fe. She served as Santa Fe coordinator for Very Special Arts, a program of the Kennedy Center, and helped start the Santa Fe Gallery of Photography and the Performance Space.

Jackie served as Board Chair of Creative Santa Fe and co-Chair of Art Table’s Southwest Regional Alliance, a national organization for women in leadership positions in the arts. Additional board service includes the Santa Fe Opera Guild, and she served on the planning committee for Santa Fe’s UNESCO Creative Cities conference on Creative Tourism.<

Jackie received the Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2006. In 2008, the Art and Leadership Program for Girls and Program for Boys, which she founded, received the Coming Up Taller Award from the President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities at the White House.

Jackie is currently consulting with arts organizations and foundations, while developing and administering the Santa Fe Opera’s Young Technician’s Program. She began her arts career as a renowned Santa Fe performance artist and participated in New Mexico Arts’ Artist-in-Residence program.

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 – Director

Photo Place HolderLarry 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.

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

Deborah Boldt, REEL FATHERS Executive Director As 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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