Staff and Board

Pete Monro


Executive Director

Sandy holds an MA in International Relations and spent many years working on development issues in Africa, where among other things he shot various documentaries on social-justice issues. He worked for the International Development Research Centre from 2003-08, as a consultant for national governments, multilaterals, nonprofits, and research universities from 2008-16, and as a Santa Fe-based ED from 2016-21. He joined TK1 in July 2021. [email protected]


TK1 Director of Media

In 2009, Pete wrote, directed, produced and edited his debut feature film Days Together and received Official Selections at film festivals around the world. He recently returned to narrative film with the short film project Year of the Bookmaker and continues to work on screenwriting and other film projects. His work can be found at

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Productions Program Officer

Born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Dani is a world-travelling social worker and filmmaker. She has volunteered to work with teens in Honduras, France, England, Angola and Spain, and is fluent in English, Spanish and French. She graduated from Vancouver Film School in 2010, where she studied screenwriting, film production, and acting; she is the recipient of the Public Enlightenment and Difference Maker awards for her short documentary “Hide & Seek”. She won a best actress award for her short film that she

wrote, starred and directed called “Hola Padre, Nice to Meet You”.

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Director, Technology and STEM

Bill has over 30 years in the technology industry. Among many other things, he founded the Taos Youth Software Community (TYSC) to introduce software programming as an essential skill for today’s youth. TYSC taught Java script, Python and Scratch in fun-filled summer week long camps in 2017, 2018, and 2019. Bill serves as Board member for the Taos Entrepreneurial Network, Deputy Commander for the Taos Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, CFO for the Taos Pilot’s Association and founded the Taos Youth Software Community. Bill has lived in Taos for nearly 20 years.

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Kids, Screens & Phones Program Officer

Kiki is a filmmaker and videography mentor whose films have screened at festivals around the world, including the Berlin Short FF, Jaipur International FF, Santa Fe Independent FF, and Taos Shortz; she won Best Screenplay at CinemaTexas Short FF. Locally, she’s worked for a variety of nonprofits and school programs, including Girltime, Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, and Twirl, in partnership with Taos schools.

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President, TK1 Youth Council

Carlos is a senior at Taos High School. Born and raised here in Taos, Carlos leads the TK1 Youth Council, which brings together teens from across town to deliberate on major youth issues. In this capacity, he meets regularly with elected officials and funders, with school boards, and regularly leads video shoots. In that capacity, he has interviewed NM’s Governor, Sen. Heinrich, our local officials, alongside his own shoots for The Future of our Water and The Future of our Food.

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Lead, Photo & 3D Print Shop

Tiffany is a fine arts photographer who specializes in portraits, surrealism, and journalism. Their work has been featured in Tempo Magazine and the Taos News Newspaper. Outside of their photography career, Tiffany leads the TK1 Print Shop, where they print the artwork of local artists in New Mexico and run other fee-for-service jobs. She’s an advocate, a mentor, and friend to all those around her.

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Music Program Officer

Bakhane is an accomplished musician in production and performance. He studied in Normandy, France with a number of prolific instructors and alongside many talented young artists. Born and raised in Taos, Bakhane understands the importance of community and offers a youthful perspective to our organization and its many production endeavors.

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Community Connector

Julia works on TK1’s Kids, Screens & Phones program, and her position is a cross-appointment with the Taos Education Collaborative, funded by the Wallace Foundation. She is a Taos Pueblo and Plains Cree woman, a mother of two, and has always been highly enthusiastic about working for youth-serving organizations. Growing up at Taos Pueblo, Julia specializes in helping youth in her community gain positive, healthy opportunities and experiences, securing the resources they need to grow.

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TK1 Bookkeeper

Welcome has a BA in English from UNM and is the former editor-in-chief of the UNM-Taos’s HOWL Magazine. Along with extensive administrative experience in the legal, academic, and nonprofit sectors, she holds a passion for social justice and believes in the power of voice and direct action.

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Through an exceptional pre-apprenticeship program run by the Department of Workforce Solutions, TK1 supervises close to 20 pre-apprentices — all of them students between the ages of 16-24. They contribute to all aspects of our programs. Mia Barela, pictured at left, is our Student Program Lead, and has made major contributions to our Kids, Screens & Phones program. She is a junior at Taos HS and a leader on the TK1 Youth Council. Kalila Ko is our Student Production Lead, regularly shooting and editing video for TK1 Productions. She is also a THS junior, and a strong member of the TK1 Youth Council. And Augie Abeyta is our phenomenal Student Photography Lead, regularly capturing THS sporting events.

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Board of Directors



Owner Valverde Energy, Chairman of the Taos County Chamber of Commerce. Larry has over 35 years experience in the solar industry.


Vice President

Area Manager NM Department of Workforce Solutions, Local Northern Area Workforce Development Board



As the UNM Director of Online Strategies and Academic Technologies, Elisha holds an M.B.A. and a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design with a minor in Spanish from UNM. Elisha has been working on the design and development of online course delivery, educational multimedia, knowledge management systems, and web-based applications since 1995. He has led UNM’s Creative Campus initiative for the last few years.


Board Member

Bonavita, better known as ‘Dr. Q’, is a native of Taos. She left Taos in 1981 to attend college and she and her husband Tracy, returned to Taos in 2017. She retired in 2018 from the California Community College system as an administrator and professor after 27+ years of working in colleges in Central and Southern California. She currently works for the Peñasco Independent School District as the Student and Family Engagement Coordinator. 


Board Member

Inez is a former Taos News editor and current editorial page editor for The Santa Fe New Mexican. She grew up in Las Vegas, N.M., where she got her start in journalism delivering the Las Vegas Optic as a child. A graduate of Texas Tech University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, she also has a master’s degree in communication and public affairs from The American University in Washington, D.C. When not working, she enjoys caring for her flock of chickens in Santa Fe.


Board Member

Community Program and Strategic Projects at UNM Office of the Chief Information Officer


Board Member

Deputy Chief Operations Officer, Taos Pueblo


Board Member

Chris has been the publisher of The Taos News since 2000. He was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from New Mexico State University in 2013 for employing over 30 college interns from NMSU. Baker was inducted into the New Mexico Press Association Hall of Fame in 2018 and was president of the NMPA in 2004.

Budget Rationale

Fiscal Year Starting June 1, 2020

TK1 2020-2021 School Initiatives

  • Classrooms
  • Program Goals
  • FY2021 Projected Revenue

Classrooms from schools in Taos, Colfax, and Rio Arriba Counties.


14 Classrooms

250 Students


48 Classrooms

645 Students


46 Classrooms

650 Students


108 Classrooms

1,545 Students

TrueKids 1 Pro (Out of School) Program


200 Students


255 Students


455 Students

Program Goals

2020-2021 Program Goals


50 Teachers


108 Classrooms


50 Mentors


1,398 Workshops


160 Radio Shows


300 Student Videos


500 Student Conducted Interviews


50 Student Podcasts, Apps & Websites


150 Social Media Posts


2,000 Students Served

FY2021 Projected Revenue
  • Program Goals 
  • Projected Revenue Sources
Program Goals 
Operations (A)

$347, 800.00

Equipment (B)


Fundraising (C)


Evaluation/Data Collection (D)


General & Administrative (E)




Projected Revenue Sources


Shelby Cullum Davis  Charitable Trust


Mayer and Morris Kaplan Foundation


Jim Thompson Foundation 


LANL Foundation


Thornburg Foundation


Other Grants/Donations




Total Budget $539,6000
Operations Budget ($374,800)
  • Teacher & Mentor Trainings
  • Ongoing Teacher Support
  • Professional Skills Workshops
  • Administrative Salaries
Teacher & Mentor Trainings

Teacher and Mentor Trainings ($27,000)

TK1 will facilitate three 3-day long teacher trainings. Two of the trainings will be for teachers implementing the TK1 yearlong classroom Civic Media Model; the other will be on the Best Practices in Distance and Blended Learning for teachers in the Penasco School District. The TK1C Civic Media Model sessions will be led by TK1’s trainer corps, Dr. Yonty Friesem from the Media Education Lab at Columbia College and experts from Adobe. The Distance Blended Learning training will be facilitated by professionals from the UNM Department of Teaching and Learning.

The trainings will cost $3,000 per day for the nine days.

The cost includes:

Planning– All facilitators will plan experience for each training day, customized for the group of teachers they are training and for optimal virtual learning engagement.

Trainer fees for the nine days of training.

Ongoing Teacher Support

Ongoing Teacher Support ($18,000)

TK1 will provide two zoom support sessions for teachers each month during the school year. There will be separate sessions for elementary, middle and high school levels. The check-ins will be led by two TK1 trainers, specializing in education and media, respectively. These workshops will allow TK1 to advise and track the progress of each classroom project while informing our scheduling of the necessary professional skills workshops. As an added benefit, these virtual meetings will also allow teachers to learn about the projects, challenges and successes of their fellow teachers who are also implementing the model.

Professional Skills Workshops

Professional Skills Workshops ($159,800)

Classroom media projects are supported by skills workshops facilitated by industry professionals who are trained in the TK1 educational model. Examples of workshop topics include public speaking, script writing, storyboarding sound & video editing, coding, and app design. In addition to classroom workshops, TK1 will offer 400 out-of-school workshops, as part of the TK1 Pro program.


14 Workshops

14 Workshops

70 Workshops



48 Workshops

645 Students

576 Workshops



46 Workshops

650 Students

552 Workshops


TK1 PRO                       (Out-of-School)  


46 Classrooms

400 Workshops




108 Classrooms

1,598 Workshops


Administrative Salaries

Executive Director ($37,500)

50% of the Executive Director’s time will be spent on True Kids 1 operations, overseeing staff, organizing camps, the classroom initiatives, teacher trainings, professional workshops, student productions, developing strategic partnerships and expansion of the True Kids 1 model.

Education Director ($55,000) 

The Education Director will directly oversee daily operations related to the TK1 Classroom and Pro models. This includes monthly teacher check-in sessions, professional skills workshops, out-of-school workshops (i.e. radio shows and contracted student productions), and student involvement in content creation for TK1 social media, website and newsletters. The Education Director will work closely with the ED on the development of the TK1 K12 badging system and the utilization of our Learning Management System. They will also work with Dr. Lee Francis on the ongoing evaluation of our model.

Project Manager ($50,000)

This position will assist the Education Director with the implementation of the TK1 education model in the 100+ classrooms and out-of-school programs.

Administrative Assistant ($17,500)

50% of the Administrative Assistant’s time will be dedicated to supporting TK1 operations.

Junior Mentor Interns ($10,000)

Two college interns who are alumni of our program and worked as Junior mentors at our Digital Day Camp will assist student engagement in our True Kids 1 Pro model. They will directly support mentors in workshops, monitor and contribute to message boards through our Learning management System, and work with the TK1 mentors and students on regular TK1 Pro projects including radio shows, social media, and other content production.

Equipment ($22,000)  
  • Adobe IT
  • Adobe Licenses
  • Canvas
  • Elisha Allen
  • Media Production Equipment
  • Privo
Adobe IT

IT Support for Adobe Licensing ($12,000)

TK1 is working with IT professionals to provide 2,200 Adobe Creative Cloud to the students, teachers, and mentors that are participating in our model this year.

Adobe Licenses

2,200 Adobe Creative Cloud Licenses ($20,000 Purchased Last Year)

True Kids 1 is partnering with Adobe to provide over 2,200 Creative Cloud Licenses for students, teachers, and mentors in our media education pilot this year. The license will support students in our classroom and TKI Pro models and will be integrated into the Canvas LMS. TK1 is working with Adobe’s Global Education Department to develop a K12 digital badging system that will align with Adobe’s Professional Certifications.


Canvas Learning Management System ($10,000)

TK1 will utilize the Canvas learning management system to support its classroom and out-of-school educational model.

Elisha Allen

Elisha Allen ($1,500)

Elisha Allen is the Director, Core IT Services, UNM Academic Technologies, where he also oversaw that institution’s conversion to an Adobe Creative Cloud Campus. Elisha will consult with TK1 on the provisioning of our Adobe Licenses.

Media Production Equipment

Media Production Equipment ($25,000 purchased Last Year)

Last year, TK1 purchased a suite of equipment including video cameras, zoom recorders, microphones, tripods, boom poles, lighting etc to support our student media productions. We worked with Espanola Valley High School to purchase $50K worth of the same equipment models, creating a comprehensive integrated inventory that will serve our northern NM students, once it is safe to send teams out into the field.


Privo ($5,500)

Privo is a company that specializes in FERPA and COPPA student privacy compliance. They are providing TK1 with more than a 50% discount on their services.

Fundraising ($41,000)
  • Grant Writer
  • Executive Director
  • Travel
Grant Writer

Grant Writer ($14,000)

ED will prepare grants in consultation with a professional grant writer. The grant writer will compile a list of potential funding entities and created a development plan for the organization. A specific focus on COVID-10 related stimulus funding has been support be a grant from the LOR foundation.

Executive Director

Executive Director ($22,500)

30% of Executive Director’s time will be dedicated to development and fundraising.


Travel ($5,000)

Costs associated with travel to meet with public and private sector donors, foundations, sponsors, etc.

Evaluation ($20,000)

Evaluation ($20,000)

Evaluation of our classroom and TKI Pro model will be designed and implemented by Dr. Lee Francis of Native Realities Inc. This will include data collection with an emphasis on both quantitative and qualitative assessment, with particular focus on community impact.

General & Administrative Costs ($81,300)
  • Accounting
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Executive Director
  • Insurance
  • Legal
  • Staff Development
  • Travel

Accounting ($20,000)

Estimate for contract with Rio Grande CPA, which will act as independent comptroller, bookkeeper, and accountant.

Administrative Assistant

Administrative Assistant ($17,500)

50% of the Administrative Assistant’s time with be spent on G&A activities.

Executive Director

Executive Director ($15,000)

20% of Executive Director’s time will be spent overseeing administrative functions i.e. accounting, insurance, legal, as well as working with the Board of Directors.


Insurance ($5,000)

TK1 will carry coverage for Board of Directors, General Liability, Accident and Transportation


Legal ($5,000)

Legal consulting, primarily around contracts and liability issues.

Staff Development

Staff Professional Development ($10,000)

Trainings for Executive Director and support staff i.e. Media Education Lab Summer Institute, Executive Leadership, Board Development.


Travel ($5,000)

During the COVID-19 outbreak, we are virtually serving our students and teachers. When we resume regular operations, this allows us to support our schools in multiple counties in our rural, frontier state.