Board & Staff

Board of Directors

Carl D Thoma, President
Marilynn J Thoma, Vice President and Treasurer
Mark Thoma
Margo Thoma
Gary S Hart, Secretary


Kitty Ballard-Ryan, Gallery Attendant

Having a background as a high school art teacher equips Kitty Ballard-Ryan to interact with the public as the gallery attendant at Art House in Santa Fe. Kitty has previously served as a board member for the Bemidji Sculpture Walk, the Nary School for Performing Arts, and Mask and Rose Theater. She taught art at Voyageurs Expeditionary School, and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Bemidji State University in Minnesota. She was born in California.

Staci Boris, Associate Director & Curator of Contemporary Art

Staci Boris oversees Foundation activities related to its collection of mid-20th century abstract painting and sculpture. Prior to joining the Foundation, Staci was Associate Director of Exhibitions for Alphawood Foundation and Chief Curator & Director of Public Programs at Elmhurst Art Museum. She has also held curatorial positions at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and Spertus Museum. Staci holds an MA in art history and museum studies from Boston University and a BA in art history from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Jason Foumberg, Curator of Digital Art

Jason Foumberg is curator of the Thoma Foundation’s digital art collection, and is based in Chicago, Illinois. He contributes writing about contemporary art to, Photograph, Art Papers, Chicago Magazine and Frieze. He holds a BA in the History of Art and Architecture from the University of California, Santa Barbara (2004), and a MA in Modern Art History, Theory and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2006).​

Erin Fowler, Director of Strategic Initiatives

As Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Thoma Foundation, Erin Fowler works closely with the founders on the long-term vision and planning, and also manages museum relationships on behalf of the Foundation. Previously Erin worked for the Thoma Foundation from 2010-2013. She currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Chicago chapter of Art Table, and is actively involved in many of the city’s arts organizations. Erin holds an MA from the University of Chicago and a BA from the University of Michigan, both in art history.

Ashley Klingler, Executive Assistant to Marilynn Thoma & Thoma Foundation Administrator

Ashley Klingler is based in Chicago and has been with the Thoma Foundation since 2016. She provides executive assistance to Marilynn Thoma, manages office relations and Foundation administration. Born and raised in Illinois, Ashley attended the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, where her love for the arts took shape as she studied Vocal Performance and Theater. For general Foundation inquiries, please contact her at

Kathleen Richards, Exhibitions Manager & Programs Coordinator

Kathleen Richards is the Exhibitions Manager and Programs Coordinator for the Thoma Foundation and is based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Born in Illinois and raised in New Mexico, Kathleen has been active in the Santa Fe art scene since the 1970s, with works included in books on local artists and printmakers. She holds Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees from the University of Kansas, Lawrence and is a professor of art at Santa Fe Community College. Kathleen has lived a life dedicated to the arts in all its many forms and continues to pursue that love of exploration through sharing innovative and historic digital/electronic works from the Thoma Collection at Art House, the Foundation’s public venue.

Kate Weinstein, Collections Manager & Registrar

Kate Weinstein is the Collections Manager at the Thoma Foundation, and is based in Chicago, Illinois. She comes to the Foundation from a Chicago-based fine art appraisal firm where she oversaw all facets of collection management for institutional clients and the company as the Senior Appraisal & Research Assistant. She received her BFA in Integrated Studio Arts with a minor in French from Iowa State University (2008) and her MA in Modern Art History, Theory and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2012).

Photographer: Kim Richardson