Guest Speakers

Upcoming Speakers:

January 23, 2019: Dr. Susan Oupadia, Retired Clinical Pathologist on a Journey of Life talking about From Pathology to Peace Corps – A Journey Into and Out of Retirement

Bio photoSusan Oupadia is a physician who left her practice several years ago to explore what she likes to think of as “re-wirement” rather than retirement.  After 25 years as a dedicated hospital-based pathologist she joined the Peace Corps where she gained first-hand knowledge of the old slogan “The Toughest Job You’ll Ever Love”.  Returning to the US after two amazing years serving in the post-Communist country of Albania, she had to explore and re-define herself as someone who “used to be a doctor” but who now wasn’t really trained to do anything else.  Facing the professional and societal implications of being “too young to retire” and making the final decision to remain apart from medical practice, presented unanticipated emotional challenges that took years to overcome.  But contributing her time and talents in community organizations, especially those involved with underserved youth, provided an incredible sense of purpose and fulfillment.  Susan is currently rewired as an adjunct professor at Santa Fe Community College where she teaches a Biology course and lab.  She continues to be in touch with her Albanian colleagues and the young women there who changed her life forever.  Her hope in speaking with Santa Fe Women to Women is to encourage and inspire others who may feel that retirement is the end of a journey when it can really be the beginning of a new one.


Wed. Oct. 10, 2018: Debra Ehrhardt, Playwright & Actor talking about “From the Jamaican Page to the Hollywood Stage”

Debra-EhrhardtDebra Ehrhardt (Writer/Performer) 
At the tender age of seven, Kingston, Jamaica native, Debra Ehrhardt, knew her dream was to come to America and by 18 her dream was realized. After a brief sojourn in Miami, she headed north to New York where she studied acting with Katherine Kerr from the Playwrights Horizons and Suzanne Esper at the William Esper Studios in New York City. After moving to Los Angeles she began writing her own plays based on her life experiences in Jamaica and has been working ever since. COCK TALES: Shame on Me! is her fourth one-woman show. Previous productions include Mango, Mango which received two NAACP Awards, Invisible Chairs, which was produced by David Strasberg at the Marilyn Monroe Theatre in West Hollywood and later optioned as a situation comedy by Fox and Jamaica Farewell, which was optioned and produced by Rita Wilson and Garry Marshall at the Falcon theatre. She received a 2007 Proclamation from the City of New York for Jamaica Farewell for her “Outstanding Contribution to the Jamaican community” and was named one of Jamaica’s top ten newsmakers for 2010. Jamaica Farewell was named one of the top shows in the fall of 2016 when it was produced by Hershey Felder at the Royal George theatre in Chicago. She is currently performing COCK TALES (in Santa Fe for one night only – tickets info here )and working on turning Jamaica Farewell into a film. Debra maintains the fundamental belief that content is king, and to that end she imbues her work with tenderness, subtlety, and intensity, striving tirelessly to emphasize what makes art meaningful: honest emotion.

Wed. Sept. 12, 2018: Kelly Wendorf, EQUUS: Horse Wisdom – 5 Million Years of Feminine Leadership for Today’s World

thumbnailDaughter of an archeologist, Kelly’s early experiences were vitally shaped by the natural and ancient world around her where she learned a way of listening to the subtle elements within people, nature and moments. Her diverse and unconventional background fuels her curiosity of transformation, society and systems. She travelled and lived around the world, studying with various teachers and Indigenous leaders. Kelly uses these experiences to inform her work as a facilitator, coach, and entrepreneur. She is the founding CEO of EQUUS <>, a transformative leadership development organization based in Santa Fe, New Mexico that serves life-learners, leaders and their organizations all around the world. A published writer, her anthology Stories of Belonging (Finch, Australia), and her magazine Kindred (Australia), explores the social, cultural and scientific underpinnings of the creation of, and belonging to, a just and compassionate society.

Wed. Aug. 15, 2018: Dr. Robyn Benson

Dr.-Robyn-Benson-Picture copy“My purpose is to help you live vibrantly, to age well, to live pain-free, and help you solve your most pressing health issues. I specialize in regenerative medicine, natural aesthetics, women’s health, preventative and family medicine, and offer cutting edge health technologies. In addition, I offer nutritive IV injection therapies and several other services woven together with Traditional Chinese Medicine to enhance your detoxification, longevity and personal sustainability.” – Dr. Robyn Benson

Robyn is a heart-centered visionary and inspirational catalyst devoted to changing the face of health care. Her mission is fueled by the wisdom and insights gained on her transformational twenty-five year journey as a doctor of Oriental medicine and her travels to 70 countries to learn from indigenous people.

Shapouri_RoxannaJuly 18, 2018: Roxanna Shapouri talking about, “7 Fundamentals You Need for Investing Success.”

Roxanna can partner with you to understand your goals, create a personalized plan, and provide investing guidance. You’ll understand where your money is invested and why, how your investments are performing, and how much it’s costing you. Plus you’ll have access to Schwab’s portfolio management expertise, insights, and specialists. It’s a modern approach to wealth management—so you can take ownership of your financial life.
Financial Credentials
•             Accredited Asset Management Specialist SM
•             Series 7, 9, 10, 63, 66 Securities Licenses
•             Life & Variable Annuity Insurance License
•             13 years of professional experience
•             VP – Financial Consultant, Charles Schwab, 2014-present
•             Associate Financial Consultant, Charles Schwab, 2011-2014
•             Registered Representative, Charles Schwab, 2006-2011
•             Customer Service Representative, Charles Schwab, 2005-2006
 Community & Professional Affiliations
•             Santa Fe Estate Planning Council
•             Santa Fe Woman’s Club and Library Association, Financial Committee
•             Trusted Advisor Network
•             National Association of Professional Women

June 20, 2018Margo Covington, a Lymphatic Decongestive Therapist, “Self-Empowerment thru the Lens of Lymph”

Margo-covingtonIn her widely eclectic careers in Santa Fe and beyond, you may know Margo Covington as a business consultant, zero waste economic development maven, restaurant cook and manager, rock and roll singer, environmental sound recordist and record company entrepreneur with her then husband, entrepreneurship and green-business trainer or strategic planning facilitator.  Following the river of her life brought her, through cancer, to an increasingly interesting and busy career as a Lymphatic Decongestive Therapist.  She has developed her Body Cleanse Lymph Release understanding over 13 years of this work, which she will share with us.

And given how our understandings of the human lymphatic system exemplify an exciting, emerging science, even within the last couple of months, she welcomes your questions about the lymphatic system, particularly those understandings that seem to contradict what others have said.  She loves to “translate”!

May 23, 2018 Dede Feldman, speaker, trainer, consultant & author of Another Way Forward: Grassroots Solutions from New Mexico. 

Dede-FeldmanAfter 16 years as a State Senator in the New Mexico Legislature, Dede Feldman returned to restart her consulting business and share some of the lessons about working for change that she learned in public office.


March 28, 2018 – Julie Rivers, Attorney: Everything but the Trust and Will:  All about the Importance of the Powers of Attorney

mthumb.phpJulie Rivers, who is licensed to practice in New Mexico and Oklahoma, concentrates her practice in family law, estate planning (wills, trusts and estates), and litigation concerning family law, fiduciary litigation and guardianships and conservatorships.  Ms. Rivers also is well experienced as a litigator and mediator.  She has practiced law for over 25 years.

She is a Martindale-Hubbell “AV” Peer Review Rated lawyer and has received awards for her speaking and writing throughout her career.  As a speaker, Ms. Rivers has presented at an international level, ranging from Cardiff, Wales, to New York, Washington, DC, Denver, Orlando and San Francisco, and, of course, in New Mexico and Oklahoma.

February 21, 2018
Vasallo_Tania_SelectTania Vasallo, Brand & Image Strategist, “Top 3 Mistakes Even Savvy Entrepreneurs Make that Keep Them Invisible to Their Ideal Clients.Mistake #1:  Thinking branding isn’t important

Mistake #2:  Not bringing your WHOLE SELF to the party!

Mistake #3: Believing you can see yourself clearly

Do you have a deep desire to serve but are not quite sure how to communicate it to the world? Are you being perceived by others like you’d like to? Would you love to easily attract your ideal clients and make more money just by being YOU?


January 24, 2018

Heloise Jones – What a writer’s consultant is, and why it’s valuable to have this sort of ally & professional guidance when you’re writing. 
The importance of writing. (It’s not just about stories. It’s empowering on many levels.)
About-Heloise-JonesHeloise is a bestselling author, speaker, and writer’s consultant.  She specializes in guiding writers & creatives to finish their books & projects, write more freely, and adopt the mindset that keeps them creating. She draws from two decades as a writer and coach, deep intuition, and a host of supportive holistic tools.

October 25, 2017
Yolanda Arrey & Ruth Dennis from Sierra Vista Alzheimer’s Community, “Caregiver Realism, Dementia Survival Skills and Knowing When to Get Help”

Ruth Lupe Dr Thomas Little RockOur goal is to introduce the disease process of Alzheimer’s with an emphasis on positive, life affirming and realistic interventions that we have developed over almost 2 decades of providing innovative dementia care in New Mexico. We will also discuss the myths, misinformation and unrealistic expectations that create caregiver burnout and cause both elders and families to be unsafe. We will discuss the need for healthy boundaries for both caregiver and elder. We will discuss how to be realistic about the disease without becoming cynical or giving up.
We will dispel the idea that dementia is only about tragedy and loss. We will explore how to connect with someone facing dementia and not lose oneself in the process. We will discuss safety, how to avoid a crisis and how to accept help in all forms including placement.

September 20, 2017
Robbi Firestone, artist “Finding Your Purpose through Creativity”

NOW cover_Robbi-FirestoneRo Firestone, fine artist, is creator of, a movement to speak truth around the silent conversation of women’s infertility. Betsy Chasse, Director/Writer of the internationally bestselling film, What the Bleep Do We Know, created a documentary about infertility based on Firestone’s story and work. Currently writing a book with the elected Chair of American Society of Neuropsychiatry, Dave Durham MD, Firestone speaks messages of creativity and empowerment to Fortune 100 companies, Young Presidents Organization, and spiritual communities. She has been featured in the New York Times, Parade Magazine, Huffington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, etc., and graced the cover of Santa Fe Now Magazine. Firestone owns, and is painting Don Miguel Ruiz; The Four Agreements, and Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith of The Secret, for her long-term project 12 Global Visionaries. Firestone is humbled to have been conferred the prestigious award of Iconic Leader Bettering the World for All by the Women’s Economic Forum in Delhi, India 2017. Firestone travels extensively throughout Africa, India, Europe, and the United States to inspire, motivate, and support women, and speak the mission of her project,, to provide catharsis and resources to women undergoing the journey of infertility. For more information, visit

August 23
Paellla Picture.jpgMichelle Michelotti-Martinez, is a native New Mexican. She is founder and creator of
Eatentions, an organic, locally sustainable company specializing in cooking classes,
community-based food production, and blogging. She is the former founder/owner of
CUCINA ANGELICA and former co-owner/co-founder of Pasta Divina.
Michelle specializes in Mediterranean Cuisine and uses her expertise and talents to create
gourmet, locally sustainable dishes, which give a unique spin on the classic flavors but
sustain the profiles that are native to the original creation of the dishes. She also teaches
the classic preparation methods of the cuisine.
She has studied with renowned chefs locally in Santa Fe as well as in Italy. She plans on
continuing her studies with expert chefs in New York and Europe. Michelle has 5 years
of teaching experience and 6 years experience in the food industry. She has consulted
both domestically & internationally in the food industry.
Eatention’s mission is to create an experience that is rich in cultural education while
immersed in atmosphere of joy, laughter and love

Wednesday, July 19
Lynn Dimet, Circulatory Specialist “Promoting Healthy Circulation”


Lynn-DimetLynn Dimet has been interested in various modalities of health and wellness since 1983 when she moved to Santa Fe to study Massage Therapy. With a background in Fitness Instruction and Health Management, she taught aerobics and strength training for many years. Most recently Lynn was introduced to the BEMER, an FDA registered medical device, which enhances general blood flow and enables the body to begin to heal itself. She will be speaking about the importance of good circulation to keep our bodies adequately nourished so they can function properly and happily. You will also get an opportunity to try an 8 minute session.

For further info, please check out this brief video and the website: 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 – Sharon Jeffers, metaphysician,  fourth generation clairvoyant, and psychic medium, “Our Origin and Our Destiny – It’s All in the Cards”

sharon_jeffersSharon Jeffers is an award-winning author, life advisor, and international teacher. She has been working as a metaphysician for over thirty years. Ms. Jeffers works with individuals to help them understand their true expression, right timing and life direction through her Life Path Readings, which are based on an ancient scientific system of timekeeping. Ms. Jeffers is also a fourth generation clairvoyant, and psychic medium. Her soon to be published, Beyond the Body ~ Stories from the Other Side is an account of the many incredible encounters her clients have been able to experience with their love ones.
Sharon has has an extensive background as an applied kinesiologist, life coach trainer, and faculty member of the Educational Kinesiology Foundation. Her clients include corporations, educational institutions, police departments and police academies, heath facilities, kids at risk, and celebrities from all around the globe. Her books include: Cards of Destiny – A Birthday Book and Daily Divination Guide, and Love and Destiny – Discover the Secret Language of Relationships. She is also the author and artist of The Mystic Oracle card deck. Her website is

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Hillary Randolph, Wear Your GRACE

Stowe Quote W.Y.GraceThe last time we checked in with designer Hillary Randolph, she had just debuted walk in GRACE, her new line of candy-colored dog collars and leads that look amazing and do good, too. GRACE donates ten percent of proceeds from the line to Heart & Soul animal sanctuary in Glorieta, which also benefits from sales of her best-selling leather-and-bead bangles, designed by Hillary’s daughter, Coco.

In fact, philanthropy is a vital part of GRACE’s business model, founded on the idea that a successful business should profit and have impact. “We believe that being part of a compassionate and thriving community means supporting deserving nonprofits and charities, both here in Santa Fe and across the nation,” Hillary says.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
 Janie Chodosh, Author talking about her writing life and new book Wild Lives: Leading Conservations on the Animals and Planet They Love.

janie-chodoshAs an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, Janie majored in “all things interesting,” a list which included courses in biology, ecology, natural resources management, creative writing, and poetry. After college she moved to Yosemite National Park where she worked as a naturalist and educator and learned to rock climb, back country ski, and entertain herself with nothing more than a field guide, a trail, and a pair of binoculars. Later, as a graduate student in the University of Montana’s environmental studies program, the list of “all things interesting” expanded to include Spanish and environmental education. For her thesis, Janie traveled to a rural community on the coast of Oaxaca, Mexico to develop an environmental education program focusing on neo-tropical migratory songbirds (a fancy title for birds that breed in the north and winter south of the border). At age thirty, she moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico to work as the education director for the state Audubon Society and later as a teacher.

When not writing, Janie likes to hang out with my family, rock climb, try to grow a garden in the arid southwest, bird watch, travel, and attempt to play Klezmer music on her violin. She is also involved in elephant conservation in Assam, India.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Catherine Fridey, Film Producer/Director, talking about  her latest project, Seagull, a short film she wrote, co-produced, and stars in.

Seagull-PosterjpgCatherine Fridey is a renaissance artist in the film industry: an actor, producer, and award-winning screenwriter. Born in France, she was raised outside of Chicago. Catherine starting taking acting classes a few years after doing background work in film and television. She has been cast in speaking roles for independent films shot in New Mexico, as well as voiceover roles. Her feature and short screenplays have placed in several competitions, and she is developing an animated television series called, “Time Travel Team” along with features and shorts. Although she is not a native Spanish speaker, she was a finalist in Telemundo’s Spanish television writer’s program. Her latest project is “Seagull,” a short film she wrote, co-produced, and stars in. She received a scholarship for the editing portion of this project from New Mexico Women in Film, and will discuss the producing Seagull, which was acted, written, produced, and edited by women. She will also discuss her other projects and the thriving film industry in New Mexico.

Check out the website for film festival news and events related to the film:

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Kristin Kurtz, Longevity & Wellness Consultant talking about “Resetting Your Biological Clock: The Latest Science to Slow Down the Aging Process”

kkurtzKristin Kurtz is a wellness and longevity consultant based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is passionate about creating personalized programs for her clients that effectively help them to lower stress, lose stubborn weight (fat), increase their energy and vitality and to slow down the aging process. Kristin is a licensed HeartMath coach and trainer and has been working with HeartMath for over 16 years.   She is also a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and her practice includes the latest science based approaches nutrition, supplements, exercise and mind body healing. Kristin deeply engages with each of her clients in order to design a program that meets their unique circumstances and goals for improving their vitality and living optimally.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Jamie Douglass: The Santa Fe Neighbors Village

jamieAfter a fifteen-year career in investment banking in Chicago, Jamie Douglass decided to follow her passion to pursue a degree in Ornamental Horticulture/Landscape design. Following graduation, she completed an extensive internship program at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Hired by Green Chicago, an outreach program serving impoverished neighborhoods in the inner city, Jamie traveled to high-rise project sites, state aid senior homes, horticulture therapy sites, schools and vacant lots where she managed 45 gardens. “In my investment career I worked with Chicago’s wealthiest citizens, but I felt the inner city gardeners were the richest.”


Wednesday, September 21, 2016
1924234_35790067377_3923_nDr. Laura K. Marsh, an award-winning screenwriter & writer/producer. She will be talking about her latest project, “ACROSS THE AMAZONS”

Dr. Laura K. Marsh has worked all over the world in tropical rainforests studying everything from plants to monkeys to jaguars to people. She taught climate change education on behalf of the Department of Energy and Los Alamos National Lab in the Arctic (North Slope of Alaska), Papua New Guinea, the Republic of Nauru, Australia, and the US. She has worked and traveled in 30 countries. Dr. Marsh has published in professional journals on many aspects of science, conservation, and education, including two edited books called Primates in Fragments.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 
Andi Sutherland, Energy Therapist

Andi Sutherland is an energy therapist in privatepractice in Santa Fe. She loves helping people healtheir stress and anxiety so that they can experiencemore joy in their lives. She specializes in the hardstories of life, especially grief, loss, abuse,trauma and prosperity issues. Her practice primarilyincludes EFT Tapping, Matrix Reimprinting and
Jin Shin Jyutsu. In this brief experiential presentation, Andi will teach you how to use EFT Tapping, a remarkable cutting-edge technology to help you reduce your stress and anxiety. You’ll leave with rudimentary knowledge of how you can use this powerful
tool on your own, at any time, to find relief. You can see more about her work at 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Destiny Allison, Artist, Author & Businesswoman

Destiny Allison is an award winning artist, author, and businesswoman. She is a managing partner of La Tienda at Eldorado, the owner of Utopia, and her fourth book, The Romance Diet, took best in category in the 2016 National Indie Excellence Awards. She is passionate about improving women’s lives and building thriving communities.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Nancy Gutherie Executive Director of Many Mothers talks about “Being the Village – Parenting the Children in our Community”

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Sarah Lovett, author

Collaborating with former CIA covert operative, Valerie Plame Wilson, Sarah co-authored  a series of “Vanessa Pierson” spy novels for Penguin Books/Blue Rider Press. The series debut, BLOWBACK, successfully launched in 2013. The second book in the series, BURNED, launched in 2014, and has been optioned for  film.
Lovett is the author of Dark Alchemy, Dantes’ Inferno, Dangerous Attachments, Acquired Motives, and A Desperate Silence as well as 25 nonfiction travel and science books written primarily for children.
When she’s not on deadline, Lovett works with writers as a coach, teacher and consultant. She has been a presenter at writing conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
A native Californian, she lives in Santa Fe with her family.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Kelly Egoff, Owner of Verde Food Company

Kelly launched Verde Food Company after a jaw surgery changed her life. She was wired shut and placed on a liquid diet for four months. Instead of using the processed food supplements available on the market, Kelly devoted her time to developing recipes that would allow her to meet her nutritional needs without compromising on taste or quality.  Based on the recipes she developed for her own recovery, Verde launched it’s line of cold-pressed juice blends made with all organic and frequently locally sourced ingredients.
Verde Food Company strives to be a zero-waste business and is also committed to affecting positive change in the local food economy through its ability to buy large quantities of locally grown produce.  Working with local organic growers is a passion of Kelly’s, which she further realizes through volunteer work with the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market Institute and through her charitable support of nonprofits working on food policy and hunger.

Kelly is the mother of two young daughters.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Adrienne Gottlieb, Life Insurance Specialist: “Changing the Course of Your Future and Your Family’s Future” 

Adrienne is a retired lawyer and professor who loves to see her clients take responsibility and implement a plan to secure their future and the future of their loved ones. Adrienne has a Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri and a Master’s Degree in Theology from Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans. Adrienne practiced law for 30 plus years and taught at the college level for 10 years. She is a member of Who’s Who Among American Teachers. After retirement from the law, Adrienne decided to help families plan for their futures and began her life insurance business in 2012.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Carin van Olst, Personal Trainer & Fitness Instructor:  “Creating a Healthy and Strong Career You Love “

Born in Holland Carin van Olst moved to New York in 1986 and fell in love with working out and taking fitness classes.  She decided to make a career out of something she was passionate about. Being strong and healthy and helping other people on the path of creating a fit and fabulous life is what she wanted to do.  She began by working free lance at four different gyms in New York teaching over 20 classes a week.

In 1992 she moved to Santa Fe and continued her fitness career at the Santa Fe spa as an independent contractor teaching classes and personal training. In conjunction with fitness she became a massage therapist in 1994.

Carin’s passion for people, her positive attitude and strong, healthy lifestyle have helped her create a very successful career that she loves.