Byron Treaster, Chair
Byron is an attorney in private practice in Santa Fe. He has served as a Board member for the past 8 years. He has also served on the initial board of the Santa Fe Symphony and on the development committee for Santa Fe Pro Musica. Byron’s family is filled with artists. His wife, Jane, is an accomplished singer, his daughter, Meredith, is a violist at the Juilliard School in New York City, and his daughter, Sarah, attends the Miami City Ballet School. Byron’s interests include classical music, politics and sports.
Elaine Hausman, Vice-Chair
Ms. Elaine Hausman served as CFO of Galaxy Computer Services, based in Santa Fe and Washington DC from 1988 – 1995, prior to founding Rockridge Data Services in Santa Fe, with Dr. Robert F. Hausman. Rockridge creates custom software, and provides Quickbooks consulting/bookkeeping services. As a strong supporter of youth arts in the community, Ms. Hausman was a founding director of the Santa Fe Youth Symphony in 1994, and served as Executive Director or President of that organization until 2006. After a six-year hiatus from this organization, she joined the Board again in 2013. Elaine served as Treasurer and then Executive Director of the Moving People Dance Theatre, a dynamic adult and student dance instruction and performance ensemble, from 2004 through 2009. She is currently Treasurer of Moving Arts Española, which offers fine arts instruction to youth in one of the most under-served counties in New Mexico. Ms. Hausman serves as the Region 9 Service Coordinator for the Sathya Sai Baba Organization of America, which includes Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado. In her “spare” time, she serves as the Treasurer of SFFRW. Elaine and Robert have two adult children. James Hausman and his wife Lindsay are musicians and teachers in New Orleans. Eleanor Hausman is living in Tucson, AZ, dancing with Artifact Dance Project, and working in real estate.
Alexandra Burke, Vice-Chair
Russell Harman, Treasurer
Mr. Harman’s career in funeral service spans over 3 decades. He is originally from Virginia where he was employed by several family funeral homes. In 1994, he founded Affordable Funeral Services which quickly became a leader in the Washington, DC area for reasonably priced funeral options. The business was featured in articles written in the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Indianapolis Star, The Richmond-Times Dispatch, The Virginian-Pilot, Business 2.0 Magazine and the New York Times, just to name a few. Russ appeared in person on CNN/Headline News, CBS “This Morning”, and several other national and local programs, to promote more affordable funeral options to the general public. His first business was sold to Service Corporation International in 1996 and Russ joined the company as the Assistant Director of Expansion and Development. During his tenure at SCI, Russ continued to develop alternative funeral marketing for the company. He served as Vice-president of operations for Family Funeral Care and President of Affordable funeral services. In 1998 he left SCI and returned to Chantilly, VA and started Northern Virginia Funeral Services and Tidewater Funeral Choices. In addition, Russ and his business partner founded Discounturns.com, the first cremation product provider on the Internet to offer merchandise directly to the public at wholesale prices. Russ sold Northern Virginia Funeral Services in 2006 to a competitor and joined the team at Berardinelli Family Funeral Services in January 2012. In June of 2013 his career changed direction and he joined the team at Furry’s Buick GMC in vehicle sales. Russ is on the Board of Gerard’s House in Santa Fe and is also on the Board of the Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association where he serves as Treasurer. He is an active member of the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis. He is married to Suzanne Harman, also a licensed funeral director and has a daughter Bae Lee. Bae Lee attends Santa Fe prep and plays varsity volleyball, basketball and lacrosse for the Griffins.
Susan Steffy, Secretary
Susan joined the board in 1999 after her son, Jesse, graduated the Youth Symphony Orchestra after participating in the orchestra its first five years. Her first task as a new board member was to help launch the “Little Mozart” (now Elementary Strings) string instruction program in the public schools and was excited to see the students’ enthusiasm for this opportunity. Watching the students develop into skilled musicians and mature young people continues to thrill her and brings meaning to her commitment to the work of SFYSA. She has lived in the Santa Fe area since 1976 working both as a fine art photographer and as a massage therapist.
Alix Kaufman, Member
Alix has worked for Whole Foods Market since 1990. She started in Houston, Texas and has worked in various positions with the company, in many cities including Austin, San Diego, Seattle, Boulder, and has been in Santa Fe since 2008. During this time she has worked with Whole Foods on many Community Service projects, and has worked many hours of community service to help local businesses. As a supporter of the arts throughout her life, her appreciation for music started very young, thanks to her mother, who was a dancer on Broadway. She exposed her to all types of music including classical.She started singing and playing the drums as a teenager,and played with many alternative rock bands in Houston, Texas. She toured with several bands in the 1990′s,including Concrete Blonde, Timbuk 3, and Andy Taylor( from Duran Duran). She is still playing drums in her “free time”, but only for her kids and dogs! Alix lives in Eldorado with her husband Charles, and her two girls that both musicians with the Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association. Abby plays cello in the YSO orchestra, and has been in the SFYSA for 4 years, and Olivia plays violin and is in the Intermezzo orchestra, and has played in the organization for the last 2 years.
Arthur Knouse, Member
Christine McDonald, Member
Mark Murdock, Member
Mark is a software developer in the Information Technology group at Los Alamos National Bank; he works in both the Los Alamos and Santa Fe offices. Mark has two children: his daughter Cameron played cello for the Santa Fe Youth Symphony for several years, and is now attending and studying music at Lawrence University in Wisconsin, while his son Ben is taking classes (wood working, pottery, and others) at the Santa Fe Community College. Mark is musically challenged, but holds musicians in high esteem, as he recognizes the hard work and determination it takes to learn the skills that are necessary to play music. Mark enjoys supporting his favorite sports teams and taking his dog on long walks.