Board of Directors

Paul Bushnell has spent his entire career in health care and has founded and operated several businesses in the health care field. His consulting firm, based in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, provided strategic planning and operational assistance to health care systems, hospitals and other health care provider organizations. He sold that firm to a large hospital company in Nashville and headed up the consulting division including 400 consultants. That firm went public in 1994 owning, managing and consulting to hospitals throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. He moved to Albuquerque 20 years ago, (his wife’s home town), and founded SeniorCare – a firm that provides assisted living services to elderly residents in facilities in Albuquerque. He retired several years ago and spends time singing, volunteering and working on several business ventures.

Throughout his career he has served on many Boards of both for-profit and non-organizations. These have included hospitals, health systems, life-care communities, museums and churches.

Music has been a significant part of his life since childhood, singing and playing the trumpet. He sings with the choir at St John’s Methodist, has sung bass with Coro Lux since its founding and currently serves as Treasurer of the Board.

Mike Hart is a founding shareholder/owner of Martinez, Hart, Thompson & Sanchez, P.C. Mike’s prestigious legal career began in 1988, when he received his law degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law. Since then he has dedicated his career to representing children and adults harmed by criminal, reckless and negligent conduct. Mike has been listed as one of the Best Lawyers in America since 2000, and has twice earned the Best Lawyers’ “Lawyer of the Year” recognition. In 2018, Mike was honored by the New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association for his extraordinary 30-year career working on behalf of children and victims of sexual abuse. Other honor and awards include being recognized as a Southwest Super Lawyer, being named Lawyer of the Year for personal injury in 2014 and being honored by the Albuquerque Bar Association as an Outstanding Lawyer.

Mike has been an active member of this community his entire life. He graduated from the Albuquerque Academy and went on to study fine arts at Harvard University. After graduation from Harvard, Mike worked on public policy in Washington, D.C. He’s also served on many different non-profit boards, including serving as the President of the New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association and Legal FACS Board of Directors, the UNM Law School Alumni Association,  Crossroads for Women, and The Arc of New Mexico.

Keith Hinds has been with Merrill Lynch since 2003, after finishing a career in environmental finance. He is a 1980 graduate of George Washington University, with a BA in Public Affairs, and a native New Mexican, raised in Carlsbad. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, Keith worked with companies of all sizes in the environmental industry, helping with project structuring, business expansion, and exit strategies. At Merrill Lynch, Keith works with families in all aspects of wealth management, with a special emphasis on financial planning, considerations relating to special needs, and value added client services. He is a Certified Financial Planner professional, and also holds the Chartered Special Needs Consultant designation.

Outside of work, Keith enjoys fly fishing, golf, travel and spending time with his family, which includes three daughters, their spouses and seven grandchildren. His wife, Bernadette, is a native of France and runs a small landscape design, installation and maintenance company in Albuquerque. Keith joined the Coro Lux board in the summer of 2020, and also sits on the board of the NM Brain Injury Alliance, as well as on the board of the Dominican Ecclesial Institute. He has been selected to serve as President of the Coro Lux board for the upcoming term, and looks forward to working with the community of singers and community at large to sustain, support and supplement this organization which he views as a critical component of the unique New Mexico quality of life.

Vinnessa Martinez Ohle has loved music all her life. She will fondly bring up that her first words were the chirping of “lalala.” She joined her school choir at the age of 12 and used music as an outlet for life, becoming increasingly involved in vocal training and chorus throughout her university career, graduating with a Bachelors in Music Education. Vinnessa remains engaged with a variety of people and skill levels through music. She has taught in Los Lunas Public Schools as an Elementary General Music Teacher for the past 6 years and continues to develop her skills as an educator through frequent attendance at professional conferences. In 2019 she was nominated as Teacher Of The Year for her school.

Vinnessa also spends weekends and holidays as the Music Director for her church. “Singing is good for everyone! And everyone can sing!” she claims. Although Vinnessa focuses on K-6 General Music, she has sung with a wide variety of choruses. She joined Coro Lux in 2016 and has been managing the ads process for the printed programs since 2017. She is excited to be rehearsing and continually developing her talents with Coro Lux and looks forward to the productions to come!

John P. Owen, Ph.D. – term starts 7/1/2022.

John is a psychologist. Prior to his entering private practice in 1986, he worked as a counselor in several different work settings. They included: Albuquerque Job Corps, New Mexico State Penitentiary, a federally funded project for the treatment of incest families, Hospice, Albuquerque Child Guidance Center as an intern, and the Court Clinic doing family divorce evaluations and mediation. In private practice, he has worked with children, adolescents, adults and couples. He also has been the psychologist on a federal grant project that dealt with the homeless population and substance abuse.

Along with his clinical practice, John had the opportunity to teach in a variety of settings. He taught with Metropolitan Court programs for DWI and shoplifting offenders. He was a faculty member in the Psychology Department at the University of Albuquerque for two years before it closed. His longest teaching and advisement position was with Webster University as an adjunct faculty member for 35 years.

His major sources of enjoyment are his wife, four children, their significant others, six grandchildren and a variety of activities with friends.

Kristin Thelander was on the music faculty at UNM for seven years in the 1980s, teaching horn, music history, and theory; she also performed with the Santa Fe and New Mexico symphonies.  She joined the faculty at the University of Iowa in 1989 as horn professor, then became Director of the School of Music in 2000, and finally served in an administrative position for planning a beautiful new music building.  After retiring in 2016, she and her husband Wayne moved back to Albuquerque, where they enjoy singing with Coro Lux, playing golf, spending time with their children and granddaughters, and traveling.

Kristin had a rich and active performing career on both natural horn and modern horn, appearing as a horn soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Europe, Mexico, Brazil, South Korea, and China.  She was a featured artist at many regional and international horn workshops and international brass symposia, and she performed with summer orchestra and chamber music festivals in Colorado, New York, and Oregon.  She also recorded several CDs of solo and chamber music for both natural horn and modern horn.

Vicky Wood has been teaching music at various Albuquerque Public Schools for the past 10 years. She attended the University of New Mexico for both her Bachelors in Music Education and Masters in Elementary Education. She is certified in Kodály Level III, Orff Level II, and World Music Drumming Level I. She has been serving as Treasurer for the New Mexico Chapter of the American Orff Schulwerk Association since 2017.

Although her career is focused on K-5 general music, Vicky is enthusiastic about choral singing and has been singing with various choirs since she was a child. She has been singing with Coro Lux since 2016 and has been serving as Secretary for the Board since 2017. She also serves the choir in the role of Volunteer Coordinator. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and various outdoor activities.