Our Team

Meet the True Kids 1 Team

Staff Members

ROSEY HAYETT

Executive Director

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Rosey has over 25 years experience working with youth in the Taos area as a teacher, mentor and coach. Rosey founded True Kids 1 in 2017.

JENNIFER RODERICK

Education Director

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Jennifer has over 20 years experience in education leadership, curriculum design, program facilitation and professional development. She has extensive experience in blended learning, cultural responsive teaching, Waldorf teaching models including working as the Director of an Expeditionary Learning School in Arizona.

ELIZABETH COONTZ

Administration

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Elizabeth is an experienced administrator with extensive non-profit experience, including acting director of Not Forgotten Outreach.

JUSTIS DANIELS

Media Intern

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Justis is a True Kids 1 alum who is taking a semester off from Arizona State University to work with True Kids 1. Justis works with students on our social media, radio and gaming programs. In 2017, he won the NM Broadcasting Association award for his TK1 supported radio show raising issues related to teen suicide.

Board Members

ANTHONY RADEMEYER

Chair

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Anthony Rademeyer is a retired banker.

LARRY MAPES

Secretary

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Larry Makes is the owner of Valverde Energy a solar heating company in Taos and the Chair of Taos County Chamber of Commerce Education Committee.

MARTHA BECKTELL

Board Member

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Martha Becktell is the Community Programs & Strategic Projects for UNM office of CIO.

PATRICK L. VALDEZ, PHD

Board Member

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Dr. Patrick L. Valdez is the CEO and Chancellor Professor of Education UNM-TAOS. He also serves on the board of Taos County Chamber of Commerce & NM Business Excellence. Valdez is an accomplished higher education executive with over 20 years of experience in developing and executing academic and student success programs.Dr. Valdez is currently Chancellor and Professor of Education at the University of New Mexico – Taos. He is a graduate of St. Edward’s University with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies, a master’s degree in student personnel administration from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a doctorate in higher education administration from The University of Texas at Austin. He has held senior level positions at the College of Mount St. Vincent in New York City, the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and CUNY-Lehman College—developing and executing academic and student success programs—and is a recipient of the Rackham Merit Fellowship from the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education (CSHPE) at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Valdez has conducted research and practice on the challenges and obstacles facing first-generation college students, given presentations on executive leadership, African American faculty experience at a tier one university, increasing the number of underrepresented students in STEM, and bridging the gap between higher education and the community. His current research focuses on the policy formation of Hispanic-Serving Institution legislation and the role that HSIs will play in educating the nation’s fastest growing student population.

MARY MYLET

Treasurer

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Mary Mylet serves on Board of Taos County Chamber of Commerce & NM Business Excellence UNM-TAOS

                                      Featured Mentor

Troy Paff

Troy Paff is a filmmaker and photographer who’s called Taos home since 2002. His career has focused on documentaries and nonfiction projects on six continents, including TV shows Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe and Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern. His exposure to the trades and cultures of the developing world has fostered an appreciation for mentoring and the necessity of hands-on education and craft. His latest project, MSNBC’s What’s Eating America, explores social injustice in the US through its examination of the American food supply. He’s a two-time Emmy nominee for cinematography.

Professional Mentors

TROY PAFF

Film Maker

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Troy Paff is a filmmaker and photographer who’s called Taos home since 2002. His career has focused on documentaries and nonfiction projects on six continents, including TV shows Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe and Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern. His exposure to the trades and cultures of the developing world has fostered an appreciation for mentoring and the necessity of hands-on education and craft. His latest project, MSNBC’s What’s Eating America, explores social injustice in the US through its examination of the American food supply. He’s a two-time Emmy nominee for cinematography.

SARAH LIVINGSTON

Web Developer

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Sarah Livingston is an entrepreneur, woman-business owner, and media partner with TK1.

With a dream to build a career that maximized her own personal freedom, Sarah founded YogiProductions in 2014 with her laptop at her kitchen table. She has gone on to grow a thriving website design, marketing, and graphic design business that serves clients across the United States, focusing on the Southwest region.

One translation of Dharma that Sarah keeps close to her heart is that which is “one’s greatest joy is also one’s life purpose“. Sarah is a Dream Conduit – both her joy and purpose lie in helping people turn their dreams into things they can touch.

MK MENDOZA

TV Producer

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MK is a an Emmy award-winning television producer, entertainer, writer and entrepreneur. She has worked in all areas of production, from producing and writing, to editing, animation and talent for the past 30 years in both private and public sectors of journalism and entertainment. She has worked on productions ranging from the George Foster Peabody Award Winning documentary, Surviving Columbus, to the Emmy Award winning programs of Colores! and Breaking Bad, as well as such networks as HGTV, ABC, CBS, NBC and PBS. Independently, she has developed her own award winning children’s entertainment media franchise, comprised of a toy line, website, children’s books, outreach program and corresponding videos and webcasts. Whether on stage or on-air, behind the scenes in the editing room or animating, MK’s primary commitment is to her audience. Radio has been her latest endeavor and she has been a host at KSFR for the past five years where she has embraced the opportunity to bring those voices often not heard to the forefront. Her work holds a mission of deepening and enlivening Democratic dialogue through the representation of diverse viewpoints, especially within the realm of community-based public radio – an often underrepresented arena within a landscape of corporate-owned of mass media.

Dustin Sweet

DUSTIN SWEET

Animation & Artist

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An artist from Northern New Mexico, Dustin writes and paints in his copious spare time. Dustin’s skill set is focused on Content Creation, Production Coordination and “gettin’ the job done”. He speaks “Art”, “Tech”, and “Business” fluently, and is often tasked with translating between departments.


Dustin teaches Animation, Multimedia, and Film through UNM Taos and is always happy to help students with projects to the best of his ability.

JASON FAULKNER

Podcast Entrepreneur

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Jason Faulkner is the host of a popular Boston Podcast and a serial entrepreneur focused on community building. His first venture, Printed Village connected a community of over 14,000 artists with national retailers like Nordstrom, Target and Anthropologie. Jason has been featured as an advisor on CNBC’s The Profit working directly with celebrity investor Marcus Lemonis. Jason loves the process of helping people share their stories with the world.

ALEXANDRA RUPP

Social Media Consult

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Alexandra is an advocate for empowering artists and businesses through social media. As the Director of Client Services at TSMA Consulting, she has years of experience with social media marketing strategy, focusing primarily in the entertainment and technology industries. Through her position at TSMA, she has helped hundreds of artists and companies curate their social media presence, define their brand, and develop engaging, authentic conversations with their audience.

PETE MONRO

Film Maker

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Pete Monro was born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. After performing in local, high school and college theater at the University of Southern California, he began filmmaking with the short docudrama Lunch and Retreat. From there he spent time honing his directing, producing and editing skills on music video, promotional, documentary, and experimental projects in Los Angeles, and began exhibiting at film festivals domestically and abroad. In 2009 he wrote, directed, produced and edited his debut feature film Days Together and received Official Selections at Virginia Film Festival, Bratislava International Film Festival, Dances with Films, and Gotham Screen International Film Festival. In 2016 he co-wrote the play The Stand-In at the Bootleg Theater and received a match grant from LA’s Department of Cultural Affairs to mount the production. He recently returned to narrative film with the short film project Year of the Bookmaker, currently in post-production.

Thea Hutchinson

THEA HUTCHINSON

Website Development

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Thea Hutchinson brings a background in sustainable business and over a decade of experience in content management, marketing, project management and customer service. She has worked as a business & entrepreneurship consultant focusing on consumer goods and lifestyle brands. Thea has her MBA in sustainable business from Presidio Graduate School. She lives in Santa Fe, NM with her husband and daughter.


Thea joined the YogiPro team in early 2020, employing her talent of finding the perfect website design for each client. Her skillset includes user experience site builds, blogging, content-management and business consulting.

SALLY GRAYWOLF

STEM Educator

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Raised in the Blue Mountains of Eastern Oregon, Sally earned a BA in Education from Prescott College, graduated with honors from the University of Northern Colorado with a MA in Special Education, & acquired Level III NM teaching licenses in K-8 elementary educcation & preK-12 special education, with endorsements in TESOL/gifted education. Sally spent time as a SPED teacher with Questa HS, worked in an Appalachian school facility for adjudicated teens, served as an English teacher in China, volunteered in England, led elephants/cooked on jungle treks in Thailand, operated a home-based pottery business, and spent countless hours astride a horse, working for outfitters and dude ranches in the Rockies. Sally also served as the field crew leader on old growth projects in the San Juans, assisted with black bear studies on the Uncompahgre Plateau, participated in long-term fire ecology studies in Yellowstone National Park and Mesa Verde National Park, specialized as an ecological field assistant for the Medicine Bow National Forest, and edited textbooks/conducted fieldwork for the University of Wisconsin-Madison. More recently, Sally directed summer programs at HAA, taught 6th grade at Taos Charter School, pursued her National Board Certification, scored a myriad of hockey games, & spent blissful hours with her family or dogs, exploring the mountain, cloud-watching, and relishing the beauty of life.

SARAH MONTONE

Podcast Editor

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Originally from Boston, Alex moved to San Diego after film school and got the opportunity to work in sports and entertainment video editing. In 2017, she was a live coverage editor for The Screen Actors Guild Awards, iHeart Radio Awards, and the NCAA March Madness Tournament. In addition, she worked on social content for popular shows on Hulu and Amazon Prime Video. She’s currently editing for XLeague Women’s football as well as producing for Jason’s Boston podcast.

Students

BRITNEY HSU

Student

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Britney is a rising senior at Taos High School in Taos, NM. She serves as the vice president of her school’s Speech and Debate team and the president of her school’s Chemistry Club. From belting out Disney songs on stage to studying nematodes under a microscope, Britney has diverse passions. To share her love for science with her community, she hosts The Sound of STEM on KNCE 93.5 and KSFR 101.1. Through her radio segment, Britney addresses revolutionary scientific research, shares her own experience in research, and interviews researchers of all ages. She started the radio show to share her love for STEM with her community and inspire youth to pursue careers in STEM.For Britney, learning about STEM at a young age inspired her to take action, pursue research, and constantly look for solutions for seemingly unsolvable issues. She hopes to give back to her community and share her curiosity for exploration.The Sound of STEM covers a variety of topics, from the concept of a 4th dimension to cryogenic technology to a history of vaccination science, and more.Why are these topics important? How does learning about the 4thdimension impact oureverydaylives? Learning about a breadth of topics helps us understand fundamental ideas about the universe and our role in it.These conceptualizations can prompt meaningful dialogue and research into ways to solve societal problems. Climate healing through quarantine can lead to awareness of our carbon footprint. Learning about cryogenic technology can teach us about our body’s aging process and ways to slow it down.Additionally, Britney has been hosting a series on COVID-19 to inform audiences of continuing developments. To improve public health awareness, she’s addressed symptoms, transmission, precautions to take, vaccinations, and ways to stop the spread on an individual and societallevel. The Sound of STEM provides information that comes from various academic sources and professional researchers. During a time of misinformation and widespread contrast in news sources, staying informed about STEM and current events is imperative, as it fosters a greater understanding of the world and provides hope in finding solutions.In the future, Britney hopes to become a scientific researcher and medical professional to assist communities like hers and to provide a new realm of scientific possibilities for the world.

RAYA SHABTAI

Student

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My name is Raya Shabtai and I am 16 years old. I attend Santa Fe Waldorf High School and I love playing sports. I aspire to become a politician and have worked with True Kids 1 for over a year and half. So far the work I have done with TK1 has been a huge part of my life and given me so many new connections, skill and opportunities for the future.

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Raya Shabtai

My name is Raya Shabtai and I am 16 years old. I attend Santa Fe Waldorf High School and I love playing sports. I aspire to become a politician and have worked with True Kids 1 for over a year and half. So far the work I have done with TK1 has been a huge part of my life and given me so many new connections, skill and opportunities for the future.

ABOVE: Award winning poet, author and visual artist Eve L. Ewing as she discusses her latest book “1919”, growing up in Chicago, writing for Marvel comics, how teaching has impacted her writing career, why kids are important, why she doesn’t feel she’s an activist, and why she feels it is essential to critically look at the world AND envision how it could be better. The interview took place backstage at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, NM before her show on 11/13/19. The True Kids 1 interviewers were Raya Shabtai (15) and Rachel Pearson (18). Special thanks to Lannan Foundation for making this possible.

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