Karen Holmes, JD
Board President. Karen Holmes is a solo attorney and homeschooling mom to her three boys. A former participant in the First Born Program, she understands and appreciates the value of our services to Los Alamos County. After completing her law degree from William & Mary Law School in Virginia, Karen and her husband Matt spent a year sailing across the South Pacific from San Francisco to Brisbane, Australia. Now landlocked, she focuses her energy on providing legal services for families here in Los Alamos and being active in the homeschool community. Karen and her family enjoy camping and exploring the Southwest, and she is currently in the process of writing her first book.
Sara Scott, PhD
Vice President. Sara Scott has lived in Los Alamos for 30 years – raising children, working at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), and volunteering. She values Los Alamos County’s recreational, cultural, and educational opportunities and was elected to the Los Alamos County Council in the November 2018 general election (and subsequently as Council Chair in January of 2019). Sara is retired from a 24-year career at LANL and works as private consultant. At LANL she contributed to a broad range of initiatives through technical and leadership positions in the areas of nuclear energy, nuclear nonproliferation, national security, strategic program development, R&D management, facility development, international engagement and promotion of effective collaborations across multiple disciplines and organizations. She received her PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from Iowa State and was a National Science Foundation-NATO Postdoctoral Fellow at the Max-Plank-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany, where she focused on developing new routes to intermetallic hydrogen storage materials. Family, children, and now grandchildren(!) are a priority for Sara. She is excited about the opportunity to support an organization that fills an important niche and does so much for parents and children in our community.
Judith Ramirez, M.S.
Treasurer. Judith Ramirez is a stay-at-home mom, part-time homeschooler of her two boys and occasionally participates in bat research expeditions in New Mexico and Arizona. She received her Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from the University of Arizona in the field of Wildlife Biology. In 2011, she moved her young family to Los Alamos and learned that starting a new phase of life in a new place can be isolating and making connections with other young families is all the more important. The First Born and Chit-Chat programs helped Judith and her family make those crucial connections. In addition, with having a son with speech and language impairment, she obtained first-hand knowledge of the importance of early childhood development and intervention. Judith believes that providing families with the necessary tools and resources to help their kids grow is invaluable and is honored to serve on the FBPLA board to empower these young families.
Ronda Harmon, M.A. Ed.
Secretary. Ronda Harmon is a mom, wife, grandma (Yaya) and runner with a really cool day job. She recently retired from teaching elementary school for 29 years. She now spends her days with her young grandchildren, trail running or hiking, finding healthy recipes and books to read, and planning a new adventure in traveling. She loves the wonderment, excitement and energy the kids bring to her life. She longs to explore the beauty the world has to offer. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education Degree as well as a Master of Education Degree from ENMU. She and her husband have lived in Los Alamos since 2000. They have one daughter who also lives with her family in Los Alamos. Ronda dreams of a world where all children are nurtured, loved and encouraged to dream and learn every day.
Euphrasia Romero, RN
Board Member. Euphrasia graduated from the UNM School of Nursing in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). She has been practicing in New Mexico for 32 years as a Registered Nurse (RN). Her work experience includes Pediatric ICU, Postpartum, Newborn Nursery, Nursing Education, Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, and Staff Nursing. She is currently serving as a Staff Nurse at Los Alamos Children’s Clinic which she passionately enjoys. Having raised two children in Los Alamos County, Euphrasia fully recognizes and appreciates the importance of parenting support and the resources required for success. Euphrasia firmly believes in the mission and work of First Born and is privileged and honored to serve on the Board of Directors.
Board Member. Susan Gisler is a pediatric nurse practitioner who recently retired after working 26 years at Children’s Clinic, PA in Los Alamos. She has her BSN from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh and her MSN from University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Her work experience also includes hospital nursing at Children’s Hospital National Medical Center in Washington,DC, public health nursing in North Carolina and in Hartford, Connecticut, working with migrant workers on the eastern shore of Virginia and school nursing in Los Alamos. She and her husband Galen spent 6 years in Norway where she worked part of the time in a Norwegian daycare. They have two grown children, Andy, who is an aerospace engineer in Boulder, Colorado and Ellie, who is an manager for artistic planning at Charmer Music and Art Center in Ketonah, NY. She and her husband enjoy skiing, hiking, traveling, gardening and are both amateur musicians. Susan is happy to be part of the First Born board and looks forward to continuing her commitment to serve the children and families of Los Alamos.
Board Member. Tara Adams is a former Home Visitor for First Born Program of Los Alamos and is passionate about building strong community support for parents and young children. Tara holds both a Bachelor of Social Work and an Associate of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education from Western New Mexico University. Tara now works with elementary aged children and their families at Los Alamos JJAB and has a commitment to advocating for the needs of families that have experienced serious adversity and are dealing with intersecting issues. Tara is also a member of Los Alamos’s Racial Justice Action Advisory Committee and an avid wildlife gardener. A long-time Los Alamos resident, she is the mother of two adults and a teenager and lives with her husband and youngest child on North Mesa.