Our Team

Meet the dedicated people who keep EVFAC running. For general information, email: info@evfac.org


Executive Director
 – ed@evfac.org 

Retail Manager buyer@evfac.org

Tamara Spagnola is a Santa Fe native and a former business owner. She spent more than half a lifetime as a Flamenco dancer. More recently, she worked as an art consultant and registrar at Shidoni Gallery and foundry in Tesuque, New Mexico, and is eager to learn about the quieter forms of fiber art. 


Retail Assistant – info@evfac.org

Vanessa Harris moved to New Mexico from Oakland, where she was a textile instructor at Creative Growth, an art studio and gallery for adults with disabilities. Her specialty there was fashion, but she also worked in embroidery/sewing, soft sculpture, and quilting. She looks forward to learning more about fiber arts, and developing new skills whille at EVFAC.  




Board President Board@evfac.org

Judy McCarthy was elected in June of 2018, as Board President of EVFAC, now entering its twenty-first year. McCarthy holds a master’s degree in fiber arts and a law degree. Her experience in non-profit management includes serving as Executive Director of the Peters Valley Craft School, run in cooperation with the National Park Service, in New Jersey. She has also exhibited her sculptural weaving regionally and nationally, and has published articles in national crafts journals. As an attorney, she served on several not-for-profit boards.  


Treasurer - Open Position



MaryVivian Maestas has been a Member of EVFAC for several years and has expressed great interest in helping to focus EVFAC's education outreach to young people of all ages in the community and the region. Her professional work has been with the NM Division of Developmental Disabilities and Environmental Improvement. She has strongly supported special needs education classes at EVFAC. She is an enthusiastic ambassador for EVFAC.



Nadina Barnes began her fiber work with making doll clothes around age 8. She inherited her Grandmother’s sewing machine and sewing stash at age 19 and began making her own, and then her children’s, clothing. Nadina is a certified instructor and especially enjoys working with children and young adults. She has taught at the EVFAC summer camp for many years and is hoping to develop a regular fiber-crafting program for families. Nadina is working to combine her passions for dyeing, sewing, and recycling into a business and appreciates the role of EVFAC in economic development for Northern New Mexico. She is the matriarch of a large family and, now that the last (8th) child has gone off to college, she has decided she can devote some time to EVFAC.


Leah Siegel

A lifelong artist and photographer, Leah Siegel developed her work throughout careers in film, video, photography and digital media. She majored in Art History and Italian at Smith College and received her M.A. in Photography and Studio Art from New York University and the International Center of Photography. She has taught at New York University, Long Island University and Santa Fe Community College. In New York City she owned a video production company which specialized in performance and experimental work and produced award-winning documentaries. Her art is in numerous private collections, as well as in the New Mexico Capitol Art Foundation Collection and the Smith College Museum of Art. After moving to Santa Fe in 1995, she was employed by the Alan Houser Foundation working in education and in digitizing the art collection. She has a Realtor’s license and continues her involvement with real estate as a referral broker. She established Shadowlands Design in 2016, a business devoted to contemporary fiber-based art-to-wear and functional items, all inspired by the timeless landscape of the Southwest.


Holly Tunkel

Holly Tunkel comes to EVFAC with a strong professional and educational background in Archaeology and Anthropology, working in areas of research, in the field, in the laboratory and in management consulting. She has published and presented a number of archaeological studies around the country. She has extensive teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels in archaeology.  She has held positions in museums as a museum curator and as a collections manager. In the world of fiber arts she is an active fiber artist and owns Mabel’s Table, a table linens company in Santa Fe.  



Interested in becoming a Board Member of EVFAC?

We welcome applications for new Board Members throughout the year. Board Members are voted in by our Members during the Quarterly Member Meetings, and stay for a term of two years and maximum for three consecutive terms.

To apply please contact the Board President or see our Board Application Form.