Board of Directors

George Arthur has been drawing, painting and sculpting his whole life and graduated from the leading School of Visual Arts in New York. He served for 33 years as Executive Design Director at Consumer Reports where he was responsible for the design of the magazine, website, books, and special publications. He was instrumental in the interior and external design of the Consumer Reports headquarters building in Westchester, NY. Before that he art directed the design of Sport Magazine and designed the content and covers for Life Magazine. George is a prize-winning photographer and a designer of many books, posters and websites.

Since its inception in 2015, George has been Board President of Coro Lux and a singer in the bass section.  He is the principal at George Arthur Design, located in Placitas, New Mexico, which specializes in graphic design and wood sculpture.

He has been a volunteer docent and graphic designer at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center for 7 years with a special interest in the murals of the native Pueblo artists. George also designed a 12′ mural for the permanent exhibit, “We are of this Place,” celebrating the organization’s 40 th anniversary. George was selected as the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center’s  “Volunteer of the Year” in 2017, the first year of the program.

Linda Buffett In past years Linda Buffett has volunteered in church work and choir, helped at her children’s schools, held office in singing groups and participated in her college’s Alumnae activities. Since retiring she has held several positions, including President and Treasurer, in the philanthropic and educational organization called PEO. In her neighborhood she has been active with the Architectural Control Committee, and now serves as Chair of that committee.

Linda most enjoys spending time with her family, which has grown to include four great- grandchildren. She likes gardening, bridge, genealogy, singing and travel, and has performed with choral groups in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Berkshire Choral Festival, and in venues in Edinburgh, Budapest, Bratislava, Prague, London, Bath Abbey, Rome and Florence.

This is Linda’s second term on the Board of Coro Lux and  she will be stepping down at the end of this term.  She considers it a most rewarding experience to see Coro Lux grow and thrive during these early years, and she looks forward to watching as it attains an even higher standard of performance in the future.

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.

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!

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.