Meet our Board

Click on each person’s name below to read more about each member of our Board of Trustees.


Ben Alaimo-Monson, Associate Vice President | Financial Advisor | Portfolio Manager for Morgan Stanley

Born in California, Ben was raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He earned a BA in Financial Management from the Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico, during which time he also continued his finance studies abroad in Hong Kong. Ben started his career at Morgan Stanley in 2008. He is an active volunteer and serves on the board of a variety of local nonprofits.

Colleen Cayes

Colleen Cayes was a founding member of the management team at Conner Peripherals, the fastest growing company in American history in 1987. She specializes in structuring complex projects and helping large, multi-functional teams to execute rapidly and efficiently. Her achievements include the rapid ramp up of multi-million dollar factories in Asia and Europe, a guerilla campaign to win $8 million in corporate funding for a revolutionary new product, institutionalizing new technical teams for product reliability and supplier maturity, and revamping the market and technology strategy for a new business unit. Ms. Cayes has founded several companies; turned around a Teamster-organized machine shop; and led strategic initiatives within diverse business models, ranging from cut flower imports from South America to oil spill contingency plans for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Ms. Cayes consults using her framework, “The 6 Engines of Organizational Power”.

Julia Rosa Emslie

Julia Rosa Emslie is a native New Mexican and first generation United States citizen. Her career in education started as an undergraduate language tutor at Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) where she earned a bachelor of science in education with a focus on Spanish language. Her first teaching job was as an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher at Capital High School in Santa Fe, then at Roswell High School; followed by a Spanish teacher and activities director at Albuquerque High School, and a credit-recovery program director at El Dorado High School in Albuquerque.

Julia Rosa earned her Master of Science degree from Kansas State University in secondary education with a focus on ESL. During her time at KSU, Julia Rosa was a project director for a program that supported middle school teachers in obtaining a Master’s degree in education or an ESL certificate; then as a project director for first-generation college students seeking an undergraduate degree in education with an ESL focus. After her time at KSU, Julia Rosa briefly managed a program at New Mexico State University that focused on training public school principals and superintendents that worked near the New Mexico—Mexico border to ensure that they were prepared to provide the best education possible to students living on both sides of the border attending public schools in New Mexico.

Most recently, Julia Rosa has diversified her education experience and knowledge by working at the state-level for the New Mexico Public Education Department as an employee and now a consultant. Her knowledge and experience in state government includes but is not limited to: policy, non-regulatory guidance, constituent services, family engagement, professional development, editing, design, and project management.

As a member of the Desert Academy Board, Julia Rosa is focused on inclusion and representation through continuation of the Desert Academy legacy of graduating students prepared for college and beyond, representing the population of Santa Fe and neighboring tribal communities, and ensuring that students and parents are involved meaningfully.

Trudy Moon

Trudy Moon is originally from the Kansas City area, and lived in Kalamazoo, Michigan and St. Louis, Missouri before moving to Santa Fe in 2010. She has degrees in Mathematics and French Literature from the University of Kansas, and a Masters in Secondary Education. Trudy has been continually involved with education as a middle and high school math teacher, a natural childbirth instructor, a public school board director and community organizer in St. Louis, and a parent of three children. Her husband, Joe Moon, is a scientist and software developer at Open Eye Scientific Software here in Santa Fe. Trudy and Joe’s oldest child, Grace, graduated from Desert Academy in 2013. Their son, Dylan, currently attends DA (class of 2017).

Kim MotolaTrustee Committee Chair

Kim and her family moved to Santa Fe in 2001 from the Bay Area. She has more than a decade of experience in the brokerage and insurance industries, working as a producer and as a compliance principal. During her work years in New Mexico, she commuted to San Francisco and worked out of her home office. She was responsible for direct supervision of registered personnel, regulatory inquiries, written supervisory procedures, registered investment advisory business and all of the insurance services. She spoke on various panels for continuing education conferences and held the several FINRA and state insurance licenses. She retired in 2006. She has been an active board member with local community groups including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern NM. Kim graduated from University of California, Riverside with a BA in Art History. She is married to Alex Motola and they have two children. Both are students at Desert Academy – their daughter Kate in 10th grade and their son, Cameron, in the 6th grade

Al Robison

Al Robison is a retired New Mexico businessman who currently serves on several boards of directors in Santa Fe. Al has served on the Board of Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical since 2004 and has served of the Board of SVH Support since its formation in 2007. SVH Support owns 50% of the hospital with a goal to ensure that the community remains an important part of the management and direction of the hospital. Al is also a Board member of Physicians Plaza Surgery Center. Until retirement, Al worked in the electric utility industry with utilities in New Mexico, Kansas and Kentucky. Raised in Las Vegas, New Mexico, Al graduated from New Mexico State University and the University of New Mexico. Al resides in the community of Aldea with his wife, Susan Stockstill.

Shona Rodar, President

Shona is a native of New Mexico, growing up in the Los Alamos and Santa Fe areas. She is the CFO/Operations Director of Reynolds & Rodar Insurance Group and Controller of Caledonia Capital, LLC. Her education focused on Intercultural Communications at the University of New Mexico and the American College of London. She is fascinated by people and how they relate to one another, especially when dealing with diverse backgrounds.
Mrs. Rodar has a solid background in Office/Retail Management, Human Resources, Team Building, and Corporate Training focusing in areas of Technology,Customer Service and Diversity.
Through their business, she and her husband, Jake work to support the community as much as possible. Some of the organizations they have made a priority include New Mexico Cancer Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters, SF Farmer’s Institute, Railyard Stewards Native Bee House Project and of course, Desert Academy’s tuition assistance fund. Shona also helped to found and acted as board treasurer of the Ransom Reynolds Memorial Foundation in Santa Fe which supported the Children’s Museum, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, and the Santa Fe Animal Shelter, to name a few.

Monica Scarborough, Secretary

Monica Scarborough is a native Santa Fean and the Director of Operations for A-1 Self Storage, where she has served for two decades – building the company from 6 properties to 17 today. She is also an active Qualifying Broker in Real Estate who has co-brokered multi-million dollar self storage acquisitions. She serves as the Secretary for her Neighborhood Homeowners Association. She was an involved parent at Carlos Gilbert Elementary (2004-2012), serving on the PTK Board and working to raise thousands of dollars in fundraising to support the school. She also tutored math and reading to children in various grades once a week.Monica is involved with Big Brothers, Big Sisters and was a big sister to children in Santa Fe. Her two daughters, Savannah (2017) and Hailee (2018), both attend Desert Academy. Monica is a board member of the Parent Association and a Gala Committee member. She assisted in coaching the middle school girls’ volleyball team for two years. Her personal interests include traveling the world, biking, running, skiing and hiking. She competes in team triathlons, bike races and 5 and10K runs. Her passions are children and education. She works diligently to make a difference and help change children’s lives. As a child, she lost her single mother at 15 and became emancipated. Monica worked two jobs through high school and college in order to accomplish her goals and give herself as many opportunities as possible. She believes in hard work and that all children can have a promising future.

Rose Starsmeare, Treasurer

Rose grew up in northern New Mexico and graduated from the University of New Mexico. After many years in accounting she became a commercial real estate developer. Since 2005, her primary focus has been the Santa Fe Railyard. The Railyard is a unique urban redevelopment project that directly benefits City of Santa Fe community projects. She is the proud parent of two boys who are thriving at Desert Academy.

Robin Stumbo

Born in California, Robin has 30 years’ experience in education, sales and marketing. Early in his career, Robin used his skills in woodworking, design and construction to become a teacher of log-house building for Northwestern School for Log Housing. He later led a bicycle touring business in Europe. While living in Germany, he worked with the National Mountain Biking Racing Team. Active in his neighborhood association, Robin and his wife, Jodi, are currently co-owners of Bravo Designs. They have three children: Ian (Desert Academy 2015), Rachel (2017) and Tori (2025).
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