Parkland Village Board of Directors
Rich Weiner, President
Karen and I have lived in Albuquerque since 1991, when we moved from California so that I could go to UNM Law School. I was over 50 by the time I graduated. I have only done public interest law during my entire career, working for non-profit legal services organizations and for state and city governments. I am currently working part-time for a telephone legal hotline for the elderly.
We've lived in Parkland Hills since 1993. I learned about the village movement in 2017 and the then-incipient effort to create a village for our neighborhood. I immediately jumped on board after learning that a friend’s mother-in-law owed her independence at 96 to a village in the Bay Area.
Mara Hoffman, Vice President
After I was born and joined my 2 older brothers in Peoria, Illinois, in 1935,...Dad’s retail work afforded us the opportunity to become acquainted with the midwest. My favorite homestead was in St. Louis, where I attended junior and senior high school. I also took the bus across the Mississippi to Dad’s SS Kresge Store to work, and became acquainted with the retail business.
In my fourth year at Northern Illinois State Teachers College, I married Bill Hoffman, and shortly after that we and our adorable 3-months-old daughter Lorraine, moved to Albuquerque, NM for Bill to begin his 35 years at Sandia National Labs. We adopted our 8-year-old son, Van, 4 years later. Our second home was with the Coronado Club Swim Team and their families on Sandia Base. It was such a joy to raise our family, and then, “lick-a-split” they were grown up and on their way. And so was I. Bill and I divorced, and I bought a cozy house in the Parkland Hills Neighborhood, where I'm in my 31st year of residence.
During my 9 years of working on the staff at the Diocese of the Rio Grande, I returned to First Unitarian Church. This is when I was introduced to The Industrial Areas Foundation’s local organization, Albuquerque Interfaith, which exemplified how members learned to have a voice in our community. I had the privilege of working part-time in their office, AND, I had the opportunity to learn so much from their lead organizer at the time, Sister Consuela, who was implemental in First Unitarian starting its Montezuma ES afterschool program on our campus. She was also responsible for the Palo Duro Neighborhood’s families having an English as a Second Language Program.
Candy Nartonis, Director
Artist/Curator Candy Nartonis moved to Albuquerque in 2011 with her husband David. After 27 years in Boston's South End, they were ready for more time outdoors and a better source for tortillas. Parkland Village fits her interest in creating community.
As an artist, she is known primarily for printmaking. Her practice also includes sculpture, installation, and painting. Public collections holding her work include the Denver Art Museum; Zimmerli Art Museum; Santa Barbara Museum of Art; University of Maine Art Museum; University of New Mexico Museum; US State Department, and National Art Academy, Hangzhou, China.
Kim Seidler, Treasurer
I grew up in this neighborhood, and after more than twenty years as a city and county planning director in Northern California, returned to it in 2006. I then spent a decade on the faculty of the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at UNM, and upon my second retirement, found myself learning about the national village movement and involved in efforts to build this neighborhood organization.
John Comstock, Secretary
I was born in Raleigh, NC and grew up near St. Paul, MN. I moved around quite a bit for college and jobs and moved to Taos, New Mexico in 1980. I’ve been a railroad brakeman in Minnesota, and hotel worker in New Orleans, San Francisco and Taos.
I met Bernice Martinez in 1983 at the Taos Library where we both worked. We got married there the following year (good decision). In 1985 we moved to Albuquerque. I got my Master’s Degree in Community and Regional Planning at UNM. I worked at the Village of Los Ranchos de Albuquerque and then at the Middle Rio Grande Council of Governments. Since 2001, I enjoyed being a special ed teacher at Sandia Base and Lavaland Elementary Schools and finally, for over a dozen years, at Highland High School. I retired in 2015 and have appreciated retirement and being involved with Parkland Village.