Board President. 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.
Kristy Nadler, M.A., CD (DONA)
Board Past President. Kristy Nadler has spent many years working with families who are transitioning to parenthood. She holds a master’s degree in Psychology (Developmental), is a certified doula, and is a professor of psychology and student success at University of New Mexico, Los Alamos and a doctoral student in the Organizational Leadership program at Grand Canyon University. Kristy has participated in the creation and delivery of parent education, foster child skill building, and parent partnership communication curricula that draw from various evidence-based techniques. In 2009, Kristy transitioned to life as a parent herself, and loves experiencing the adventure of parenting with her family.
Karen Holmes, JD
Vice 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.
Estrella Pinkerton – Board Secretary. Bio coming soon
FBPLA Board Treasurer. Wade Wheelock is a retired minister, having moved to Los Alamos in 2011 after serving with his wife, Anne Marsh, for sixteen years as co-ministers of a Unitarian Universalist church in northern New York. He had a previous career as a college professor in Virginia teaching about the religions of Asia. He came to an interest in home visiting programs for new parents from studying issues of poverty, where experts were increasingly focused on giving young children the best possible start in life as the key to helping the poor succeed in all walks of life. Recent research showing that essential brain development was mostly complete before the age of five and required a safe and stimulating environment for the infant was totally convincing that every society’s most crucial investment had to be in insuring a healthy start for its children. Wade found out about the First Born Program of Los Alamos when he moved here by talking with friends involved with the institution. He enthusiastically joined the board when approached about an opening in 2017. He enjoys keeping up with public policy discussions and advocating with officials for stronger programs in early childhood care and education. He has a son and young granddaughter in Albuquerque that keep him and his wife personally involved in the work and joy of (grand) parenting.
Euphrasia Romero – Board Member. bio coming soon
Ronda Harmon, M.A. Ed.
Board Member. 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.
Judith Ramirez, M.S.
Board Member. 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.
Sara Scott, PhD
Board Member. 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.