Anderson Foundation Board

Anderson Foundation Board Members have a variety of backgrounds, and are from different areas of New Mexico. Current members are listed below.

John L. Attwood

John Attwood is a Trust Officer at Zia Trust. He administers Estates, Conservatorships, and Personal Trusts for high & ultra-high net worth individuals and their families and is also responsible for business development with Zia Trust.

John is a graduate from Oklahoma Wesleyan University and a presenter on Elder Care issues, Trust Administration, Special Needs Trusts, and Alzheimer's Disease.

John is a founding board member and past President of the NM Guardianship Association and past President of the NM Alzheimer's Association. He is also a member of the Colorado Planned Giving Roundtable, ARCA Planned Giving Task Force and is currently assisting with the formation of a New Mexico planned giving roundtable/forum.

In his free time, John enjoys Lobo basketball, Lobo football and fishing.

Philip D. Briggs, MD, MBA

Philip Briggs is the founder of Atrinea Health. He graduated from Goddard High School in Roswell and attended Stanford University where he earned a BS in biology. Philip then returned to New Mexico to study at the UNM School of Medicine and after completing his residency program he opened his private family practice in Santa Fe.

Philip was active in the New Mexico Chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He represented the state to the national Congress of Delegates, served six years on the Legislative Commission, and was elected to the Board of Directors of the national organization for a three year term. The national experience gave Philip the perspective to strategically position his practice and grow it into a group of primary and urgent care facilities in northern New Mexico and Arizona. He completed the Executive MBA program at UNM Anderson to help hone his management skills and provide a basis for understanding future capitalization of health care.

Stephanie J. Catasca, CPA

Stephanie Catasca is the Tax Director in charge of the Tax Exempt Division at Atkinson Certified Public Accountants. She earned her MBA from UNM Anderson and joined Atkinson & Co. in 1991. Stephanie has 27 years of public accounting experience including seven years with Ernst & Young, an international accounting firm. Her specialized areas of expertise are non-profit and tax exempt organizations.

Stephanie is a guest speaker and lecturer at UNM and her community activities include serving on the finance committee at St. Joseph Community Health and the planned giving committee at Sandia Prep. She is also the former treasurer for the New Mexico Cancer Center Foundation and previously served on the Board of Directors for Opera Southwest, Wesst Corporation, and the United Way Community Impact Council.

John T. Chavez, CPA

For the past 22 years, John Chavez has served as the Vice President, Treasurer, and Chief Financial Officer for a group of affiliated companies known as Sandia Peak Ski Company, Sandia Peak Tram Company, Alvarado Realty Company, Santa Fe Ski Company and Sandia Peak Utility Company. John is responsible for reporting to the Board of Directors on all financial aspects of the companies, and is a board member for the related affiliates of the companies.

John earned his business degree from UNM Anderson and worked as a manager in public accounting for Neff & Company before joining the affiliate group. He is past Chair of the New Mexico Society of CPA's and in 1988 was named Outstanding Member of Corporate Practice by the NMSCPA.

John recently completed an eight term as Board Member and Finance Chair for the CNM Community College Foundation and currently serves on the CNM Accountancy Advisory Board. He is also a Board Member and Treasurer of the Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum Foundation and a Board Member of the Association of Commerce and Industry. John believes strongly in giving back to the institutions that provided a pathway to success for him, his family, and countless others.

Nim Evatt

Nim Evatt is a director and advisor to high growth tech companies, providing extensive general management and international business development experience.

After earning his MS in Nuclear Engineering from Purdue University, Nim spent 17 years with General Electric; where he ultimately served as General Manager for installation and service engineering of electrical power generation and distribution products, with 8 profit centers throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

As CEO of Liberty Technologies, specializing in condition monitoring systems for safety related nuclear plant equipment, he grew revenues from $5-20M in less than five years, took the company public and divested to a multinational corporation through a cash tender offer. Nim then became CEO of Formation, Inc., a company specializing in connectivity equipment for commercial aircraft cabins.

After 9/11, he changed the business strategy from solutions engineering to products and grew revenues from $8-42M, positioning the company for sale to EMS Technologies. He then consolidated Formation and two other EMS businesses with combined revenues of $120M to create EMS Aviation, where he served as VP and General Manager until retiring in 2011.

Marcus J. Mims, CPA

Marcus Mims is a Partner at CliftonLarsonAllen and is a leader of state and local tax services for the firm's Southwest Region. He earned both his Bachelor of Accountancy and Bachelor of Business Administration from New Mexico State University and has 23 years of experience in public and private entities.

Marcus is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and New Mexico Society of Certified Public Accountants. His areas of specialization include: state and local tax services, voluntary disclosures, nexus studies, multistate sales and use tax, and multistate income and franchise tax.

Marcus is a Trustee with the Albuquerque Community Foundation and the National Atomic Museum Foundation. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the New Mexico Tax Research Institute and the Albuquerque Meals on Wheels.

Xavier Zamarripa

Xavier Zamarripa's artistic talents have taken him on an amazing journey around the world. He started painting at age 10 and his father introduced him to mosaics through Italian technical manuals on ceramic and glass processing. Years later in Italy, he had the rare opportunity to train with the Vatican Mosaic Studio where he learned the ancient ways of creating and preserving mosaic art work. Xavier traveled to Murano where he studied under master glass blowers and upon his return to the U.S. he began designing and installing mosaic glass swimming pools.

Xavier moved to New Mexico where his art has received much attention. The Santa Fe Film Festival gave his decanters as gifts for celebrity guests, he showed his work with Dale Chihuly at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, and he added jewelry design to his list of many talents. His artwork includes sculpting, painting, sketching, handblown glass, mosaic art, and metal work. His latest adventure with his wife and two daughters is a winery with mountain views located just outside of Santa Fe.

Current Foundation Board Members