Current Board of Directors
All board members are volunteers who serve without compensation. Coronado Ventures Forum board members are:

Francine Sommer Tom Lopez Amanda Giannini
Lucrece Borrego Katie Szczepaniak Rice    Zedti Sloan
Travis Kellerman Bill Hartman Kevin Holsapple
Todd Hunter Gary Seawright Javier Moreno
 Dorian Rader Charles Ashley III   

Lucrece Borrego, Co-Chair

Founder of two revolutionary incubators, Lucrece is a business development pioneer with a proven track-record of successful start-ups and nearly ten years experience providing innovative advisory to businesses ranging from start-ups to global corporations. A Santa Fe native, Lucrece returned after a decade away to develop the nascent venture capital industry in the region. Having worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center prior to beginning her career in finance, she seeks to utilize her varied background to foster business development from local laboratory and associated innovations. At Camino Real Capital Partners, Lucrece currently sources and evaluates potential equity investments for seed and early-stage capital with a focus on transformative technology in the Southwest region. Lucrece began her career in Investment Banking for JPMorgan in 2006 after graduating with honors from the world’s leading Entrepreneurship program at Babson College with concentrations in Finance and Economics. A respected advocate of small business, Lucrece is dedicated to elevating and empowering entrepreneurs while fostering global change through innovative entrepreneurial development. Learn more about Lucrece and her entrepreneurial endeavors at or follow follow her on Twitter @caminorealcap.

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Travis Kellerman, Co-Chair
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As the Lead Strategist and Technologist of his own consultancy, Travis specializes in building and scaling market-tested, New Economy businesses and technology.  He calls on a proven decade of experience as a founder, senior executive, and advisor to architect and optimize solid technology and product with growth-focused strategy to explore futurism.  He has delivered high-value development in a range of industries and roles, from groundbreaking software launches and campaigns to Fortune 100 partnership deals and executing 4000% annual revenue growth.  Travis listens, learns, and writes at

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Dan Brooks

Dan Brooks is an associate with Sun Mountain Capital. Dan joined Sun Mountain after working for the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration. Dan is a native of Santa Fe, New Mexico and has spent the entirety of his career working in financial roles in New Mexico. Dan holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of New Mexico.


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Amanda GianniniAmanda Giannini
Ms. Giannini has been involved with the Verge Fund since 2007. Giannini, a New Mexico native, has worked within the technology startup community for the last decade in a number of finance roles.  She has worked as Director of Finance, and now Chief Financial Officer, for Verge Fund for 9 years managing the accounting, finance and investor relations functions for the company. Giannini has been involved with the formation and management of five venture capital funds, and has served as interim Controller for two of the Verge portfolio companies, assisting in taking one through acquisition. Her extensive Fund management experience is a unique skill here in New Mexico. She served as founding CFO of ABQid, Inc. until February of 2016, managing the formation of their private equity fund, as well as formation and approval of the 501(c)3 organization.

Giannini’s many years of finance and accounting experience allows her to operate at a Director/CFO level while also maintaining and managing day-to-day finances for both private equity firms as well as venture back startup companies. She has been deeply involved with the New Mexico Tech Council, an organization which encourages technological innovation, entrepreneurship and community within New Mexico. She was chosen as one of New Mexico Business First’s 40 under Forty upcoming business leaders. She completed the Leadership New Mexico’s Connect New Mexico program. She has been an invited guest lecturer on venture capital and private equity for Entrepreneurial Studies classes at both Webster University and the University of New Mexico. Giannini is passionate about the startup community in New Mexico and is excited to be a part of moving the innovation forward as momentum within the community continues grow.

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Bill Hartman Bill Hartman

Bill is the President and CEO of Ion Linac Systems, Inc., a seed-stage Albuquerque startup that is changing applications in cancer therapy, non-destructive inspection, isotope production and other markets with a patented ion linear accelerator that is the lowest cost, highest beam performance commercial system in the world. Bill is also a board member of ABQid, helping to bring the Steve Blank/Lean Launchpad process to private, non-profit, university and other entrepreneurial communities in central New Mexico.

Bill is the past President/CEO of tech startups in New Mexico, Nevada and Montana, including successful investor exits. He is a past Entrepreneur in Residence with Flywheel Ventures. In addition to leading startups, he has advised efforts in advanced materials, carbon fiber recycling, advanced battery management systems, and others. He received his BS from the US Naval Academy and his MBA from The Simon School, University of Rochester. Bill is a retired Captain, US Naval Reserves.

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Todd Hunter Todd Hunter, Treasurer
Todd Hunter is CFO & Director of Operations for Technology Ventures Corporation (TVC). TVC accelerates the growth of globally competitive, high-tech companies by bringing together entrepreneurial talent, innovative federal research, dynamic capital investment and relevant community involvement. Todd joined Technology Ventures Corporation in 2014. Todd has a strong focus on exceptional leadership and setting the standard with respect to business delivery and increased partnership.

Prior to Technology Ventures Corporation, Todd worked for Sandia National Laboratories, Wachovia Bank, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Transamerica Corporation in a number of business and financial operations management and executive roles. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Spring Hill College in 1985 and holds two certificates in project management.

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Tom Lopez

Tom Lopez is a serial entrepreneur, having started, successfully commercialized and sold three companies in the computer software sector. With a background in advertising from J. Walter Thompson Company, he led product development for Activison, Inc., was CEO of Cytation, Inc., a leading CD-ROM company, Vice President of Microsoft Corporation, and co-founder of Mammoth Micro Productions and MSHOW.COM. For the last decade, he has acted as an angel investor and advisor to a number of high-technology startups and serves on several corporate boards of directors.

Javier Moreno Javier Moreno
Javier is a Senior Manager at Moss Adams LLP, a national accounting firm headquartered in Seattle, Washington. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with over 10 years in public practice. He leads the Technology and Life Sciences industry group within the Moss Adams Albuquerque office. Javier focuses on private and emerging growth companies in the technology and manufacturing industries. He has an extensive background in revenue recognition, share-based compensation, complex equity transactions and internal controls over financial reporting. Javier is a graduate of the University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Management. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New Mexico Society of CPAs.

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Zedti Sloan Zedti Sloan
Zetdi Sloan serves as Director for Arrowhead Center’s Technology Incubator at New Mexico State University (NMSU), accelerating the growth of scalable water, energy, and agriculture startups. She is responsible for overall incubator operations, including the development and implementation of business support programs to help start-up businesses maximize growth and success. Zetdi also oversees the EDA University Center for Regional Commercialization and the NM FAST Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/ Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Proposal Development Assistance programs.

She is a current board member for the Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico, and the Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals. She earned a BA in Mass Communication and Journalism from NMSU, a Masters of International Business Certification from Université d’Angers, Angers, France and an MBA from NMSU.

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Katie Szczepaniak Rice Katie Szczepaniak Rice
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Katie Szczepaniak Rice is a Senior Associate and head of the New Mexico office for Epic Ventures, an early-stage technology venture capital fund headquartered in Salt Lake City, UT. Katie focuses on new investments in software and technology, and she is on the boards of Lavu Inc., DOTGO and Figaro. Prior to joining Epic, Katie was a strategic market analyst at Cabot Corporation in advanced materials for alternative energy markets. Before Cabot, Katie was a consultant with Kline & Co., a management consulting firm serving Fortune 100 companies as well as emerging businesses. Before Kline, Katie was a field engineer in the energy sector for Schlumberger in France.

Katie is the president of the Coronado Ventures Forum, and she has advisory and board positions with several industry and community organizations including WESST, NMVCA, the UNM Economic Development Advisory Group, and the Los Alamos National Labs Venture Acceleration Fund. Katie has taught a class in technology entrepreneurship at UNM’s Anderson School of Business, and she has been selected as a New Mexico “40 Under Forty” business leader.

Katie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Science & Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and an MBA from the University of Chicago. She is based in Albuquerque, NM.

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Francine Sommer Francine Sommer
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Francine is a CVF Director since 2006, is CEO and founder of Oculus Media Inc., and a strategic advisor to early stage start-ups.
Francine is Special General Partner of Village Ventures. She is a founder of the predecessor to and is a past President of the Venture Investors Association of NY.  She was formerly Senior Vice President, Head of the Angel Funds Group, Wit Capital, General Partner, Gabelli Multimedia Partners, Managing Director, First Security Management, President of 655 Associates and Vice President, Research & Science Investors.  She has served on the boards of several non profits including The Lensic Performing Arts Center and Lang College, The New School. Ms. Sommer is a graduate of the Columbia Business School.
 Dorian Rader

Dorian Rader is Managing Partner of NMA Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on investing in early stage high tech companies in New Mexico. Previous to her work with the fund, Dorian served as Executive Director and co-founder of New Mexico Start-Up Factory, a technology transfer organization, paired with an investment fund that licenses innovations from research institutions to create investable high-tech companies. An experienced water entrepreneur herself, Dorian has launched 14 high-tech companies, including EcoPesticides International, Osazda Energy, and Enthentica. With a background in finance and operations, she has a proven track record of taking companies from idea to industry, while ensuring the formation of a stable and fiscally responsible corporate infrastructure.

She is also currently serves as a Board Member to the New Mexico Angels, where she previously served as Vice President for 9 years sourcing high growth investment opportunities, while performing due diligence and managing the investment portfolio. Rader is also a General Partner with Rio Vista Growth Capital, a New Mexico mezzanine fund where she manages the operations and financials of the fund’s investments. Additionally, she has worked with the University of New Mexico patent office, was the Angel in Residence at Sandia National Laboratories, and served as Senior Associate at national VC firm, Village Capital. Dorian advises and coaches entrepreneurs on equity investments across many different organizations in New Mexico and Colorado. She earned a B.A. from the University of New Mexico in Entrepreneurial Studies, and resides in the East Mountains with her husband and daughter. 

  Charles Ashley III

Charles Ashley III is President & Founder of Cultivating Coders, a New Mexico based company that provides technical training and curriculum in web and mobile application development to K-12 schools in rural, tribal, inner-city and underserved urban areas that lack resources in coding and computer science education. Prior to his current role, Charles was a Marketing & Strategy Consultant for several clients including Harmonix Technologies, VARA Wines and DeVry University. He previously served as Film Liaison & Marketing Manager for Bernalillo County’s Economic Development Department in New Mexico and was Manager of Marketing for CNM’s STEMulus Center. Charles currently sits on the US Eagle Federal Credit Union Advisory Board and has served on variety of boards such as New Mexico AIDS Services, Albuquerque Youth Basketball League Board and the Mayor of Albuquerque’s Deep Dive Council for Arts & Culture.