Dream Team

We are a small team of talented professionals with a wide range of skills, education and experience. We love what we do, and we have an incredible passion to further students’ academic success so they can be the rock stars they dream to be, and to increase the graduation rate in New Mexico. Reach out to us for tutoring, referrals, collaboration, donations, and any affirmative support you can offer us. We pride ourselves in building an organization across the board with diverse staff and board of directors.

Cindy Cotner

Director of Curriculum

“Education is not the learning of facts but the training of the mind to think,” motivates educator, artist, and author Cindy Cotner. As a teacher for over twenty-five years, she taught in the southwest, co-directed the Oklahoma Writing Project, published in the National Council of English Teachers, and completed her thesis on the integration of art and writing from the University of Oklahoma.  Now retired but not reposing, she continues to create an environment for training the mind by pursuing art, writing, and imparting young minds to think differently. 

Email me: ccotner@imnonprofit.org

Paige Keenan

Administrative Assistant

Paige grew up in West Chester, PA and moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico to work for Santa Fe Public Schools. She is an experienced human resource professional with a history working in the staffing and recruiting industry. She loves to immerse herself in the beauty of nature and keeps busy with yoga, running, art and traveling.  Amidst the chaos she finds herself very grateful, mindful and present.

Email me: pkeenan@imnonproit.org

Lianne Pippin

Public Information Officer Intern

No stranger to the Southwest, Liane grew up in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. She attended Santa Fe University of Art and Design before moving to New York City. There she worked as an actor Off-Broadway, working closely with new playwrights. After developing a love for writing she returned to school for a degree in Communications and Media. Now back in Santa Fe, Liane is a proud member of the Cherokee Nation, cat mom, and Survivor fanatic.

Email me: lpippin@imnonprofit.org

Liv Turner, JD

Executive Director

Liv adopted Santa Fe as her forever home after retiring from 20 years of public service in California. With her husband, David Maestas Esq., who is a Santefecino, they relocated their teenage son, a USA swimmer attending a Santa Fe charter performing arts school, Liv’s mother, and their standard poodle Chica to Santa Fe from Sacramento, California. Liv and David also have a Purple Heart Veteran son, Zack and their granddaughter Reagan Grey. Liv earned her BA in English Literature from U.C. Berkeley and Juris Doctorate from J.F.K. Law School. David retired as Assistant General Counsel from Batelle nonprofit with a specialty in employment and labor relations. During the non-COVID crisis, Liv and David keep busy with traveling, gardening and staying fit. David dreams of traveling and Liv dreams of riding horses.

Email me: lturner@imnonprofit.org

Want to work with us?

Please email resume to ignitedminds505@gmail.com.

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