June 2017 Newsletter


Good Day,

The Summer is underway and we have been busy at Belizean Grove.

July is a very active month for us!  Registration for the Santa Fe Mini Retreat is still open (and already over 90 Grovers, TARAs, and Nyomis have signed up and space is running out!) and we are getting ready to open the room blocks for the Annual Retreat in Mexico around July 21.  We will begin collecting 2017 Dues in mid-July and the AFM Grant Application deadline is July 15th.

Read below for some news on the upcoming Retreats, new member spotlight and what our members have been up to lately.

If you have any updates you would like to share for future newsletters, please email me or Leslie Dube (leslie@belizeangrove.org).



The application for the 2017 Grant Cycle is NOW OPEN!

The Adventures for the Mind Foundation Board just had a very stimulating meeting and is ready to begin accepting 2017 Grant Applications. If there is an organization that you love and support, this is the year to help them apply for the AFM Grant.

We look forward to reviewing the applications on your behalf, and making the world so much better because of the girls and women you have supported over the years.

The Adventures for the Mind Foundation Board
(Sherri Bovino, Evelyn D’An, Pam Parizek, Susan Stautberg, Linda Watt, Edie Weiner)

Grant Application Guidelines

The 2017 Grant Cycle closes JULY 15, 2017! Please send all completed applications to Leslie Dube, leslie@belizeangrove.org


Santa Fe Mini Retreat, September 14-16, 2017


Mini Retreat Registration is still open!


To register your guests for dinner Friday night, September 15, please click here.

OUR SANTA FE HOTEL ROOM BLOCK IS NOW FULL! BUT, We have secured a second small room block at the Inn and Spa at Loretto, only a short walk from La Fonda.

There are two ways to book:

Call the central reservations line at 1-866-582-1646. The reservations office is open seven days a week from 6am to 11pm mountain standard time.  To receive the group rate, guests must mention either the group name, Belizean Grove LTD, or refer to the group code.

For online reservations, you may enter online group code 170914BELI on the website, http://www.hotelloretto.com/. The group booking link is: Belizean Grove LTD

If you are looking for a roommate, please leave a comment here. Include your email address or phone number so members can contact you.

WCD-BG Santa Fe Dinner

WCD members are invited to arrive a day early for a WCD Dinner with the Santa Fe Chapter on Wednesday September 13, 2017. A save the date with registration information will be sent out in the coming weeks.


The Pre and Post Trips to Chaco Canyon, Taos, Abiquiu, and elsewhere are starting to fill up.  Organize with your friends to see more of New Mexico before or after our retreat. Please contact Southwest Adventures to sign up now!  toursw@gmail.com


Bring your best cowboy boots and Western wear for the Boots and Boogie Dinner and Dance at Cathy Allen’s on Friday, September 15th, during the Belizean Grove Santa Fe Retreat. It is included in the price of the retreat for members and guests are invited (husbands, partners, friends) for $100 each.  The event starts at 6:30 pm and goes until 10:30 pm. Buses will leave from the La Fonda Hotel at 6 pm and there will be parking for those coming by car. Cocktails will start from 6:30 pm with dinner at 7:15 pm.  A very short Adventures for the Mind Auction of Santa Fe houses and experiences will occur at 8:15 pm and the John Kurzweg Band (former producer of Creed and lead guitar) will get us all on the dance floor for the rest of the night. There are plenty of nooks and crannies to go have private conversations as well….and even a heated pool and hot tub if you are inclined to bring your suits! To register your guest(s), please click here.


Join the Belizean Grove locals for the afternoon of Saturday, September 16th, at the world famous Ten Thousand Waves Spa (named one of the top 5 destination spas in the work by Travel and Leisure) for conversations in the hot tubs as well as private massages, salt glows, facials and other treatments. Guests are welcome to join us. This is not an official part of the Belizean Grove Retreat, but a not-to-miss-experience. Then have a leisurely early dinner at the wonderful Izanami restaurant at the Spa.  We have reserved hot tub space and told the Spa to expect calls to make appointments. We have also reserved space at Izanami, but need to know an approximate number that want to join us.  You will pay individually for the hot tubs, treatments and dinners.  To make a Spa appointment, call 1-505-982-9304 and go to www.tenthousandwaves.com to read more about the Spa and offerings. Please let Leslie know if you are planning to join us for the afternoon as well as the dinner by Aug 16.


Stay over to join us for the Women’s International Study Center (WISC) event in Santa Fe, which is sponsoring a conversation between Tarja Halonen, Finland’s first female President, 2000-2012, and our own Halla Tomasdottir, Presidential candidate for Iceland.  The topic will be “Leadership in a Changing World: The HOW of Leadership and the Importance of Values and Principles”. The conversation will be on September 18 at 5:30 pm at Santa Fe Prep School.  Tickets are $50.

That same evening, WISC is hosting an invitation only intimate dinner with Halonen and Tomasdottir at a beautiful home of the founder of Creative Santa Fe.  This is a fundraiser with a minimum donation of $500. A few invitations are still open.  Please contact Helena Ribe at hgribe@gmail.com OR 301-257-9497 for more information.


Our resident shaman for the Belizean Grove, Dr. Jose Stevens, who has accompanied us on a number of Grove trips, lives in Santa Fe and will be available to meet with you one-on-one.  He will also give us a briefing at the La Fonda Hotel on Thursday, September 14th, on world events before we go to the Roundhouse to meet with the Governor and other dignitaries. To arrange an appointment with him, email jose@thepowerpath.com or call 505-982-8732. Do so now as he fills up appointments quickly. Bring pictures of people you want to understand your relationship to. Mention you are a Grove member and Cathy Allen to be sure he gets you in.

One of the most well known astrologers internationally also lives in Santa Fe, Tom Brady. He will see you if you call to set an appointment and mention the Grove and Cathy Allen. He will need your birthdate, time, and place. His number is 505-954-4001.  He does the appointment by phone and many Grovers have called him. He consults with many Wall Street executives and politicians.


A number of husbands and partners are coming to Santa Fe with Grovers, as well as friends and relatives, so we have set up some alternative activities for them to enjoy and have a group of our husbands organizing them. The Pre and Post Trips are open for guests as is the Friday night dinner and dance at Cathy Allen’s “Boots and Boogie” (Western attire encouraged!) Guests will be asked to pay $100 each for this dinner event.  All other events are for Grove members only.

Here are some of the Mangrove planned activities; all guests, not just the men, are welcome to participate.  To participate, please contact the people listed below.

Wednesday Night, July 13, Dinner at a Santa Fe restaurant: 6:30 pm  Paul Rooker (Cathy’s husband) 508-864-0120  prooker@foliomed.com

Thursday Night, July 14, Dinner at a Santa Fe restaurant:  6:30 pm  Paul Rooker  508-864-0120  proofer@foliomed.com

Golf: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday  John Keating (Susan’s husband)  jpk4653@earthlink.net

Tennis: Thursday or Friday  Paul Rooker  508-864-0120   proofer@foliomed.com

Hiking: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday  Peter Prince (Jane Bernard’s husband) arc2arc@me.com

Fly Fishing: Thursday, Friday of Saturday  Caleb Whitmore  (Charlotte’s husband) 541-633-3075 caleb@analyticspros.com

Visits to the SFI, Meow Wolf, museums, Los Alamos  Mark Koch (Julie’s husband) mark@altny.com


Save the Dates! Playadelcarmenbeach

2018 Annual Retreat January 18-22, 2018 MAYAKOBA, MEXICO Mark your calendars and join us for an amazing trip to Mexico! Registration is not open yet, but will be posted in the upcoming weeks. We will be staying at the Andaz Mayakoba Resort, booking information will be posted in the upcoming weeks. The Andaz Mayajoba Resort is a wonderful location, 20-30 minutes south of Cancun and just outside of Playa del Carmen. Located in the Mayakoba Resort complex, the resort is surrounded by tranquil lagoons and lush vegetation with nature trails winding throughout. The resort shares a terrific golf course, so you can come in 3 days earlier or stay a few days later to enjoy the course or explore all of the attractions the area has to offer. WCD members are also encouraged to come in a day early to Mexico City for a WCD Dinner. More details will be shared soon! This trip will be unforgettable with all of the sites, music, food, and more!

14429271030_711c270b16_h2018 Mini Retreat September 13-15, 2018 SEATTLE, WASHINGTON We are thrilled to announce that the 2018 Mini Retreat will be in Seattle, September 13-15 with the opportunity for both pre and post trips.  Our Seattle Mini Retreat committee is already hard at work planning the event!  The committee is currently negotiating with hotels in the area, we will release the information as soon as it is confirmed. Amazon is one of the many companies with headquarters in Seattle that you will get to learn more about at the exciting 2018 Mini Retreat: Read more about Amazon in this exciting article from The Economist. We will travel to Chile for our 2019 Annual Retreat.


New Members!

In 2016, we said goodbye to several members, leaving vacancies in our membership.  To fill those vacancies, the Grove and TARA Membership Committees recently held their summer meetings and voted to accept the below new members.

A warm welcome to these impressive ladies listed below:

Deb Caplan
Executive Vice President, Human Resources & Corporate Services, NextEra Energy, Inc.

Sharon Fiehler
Past Executive Vice President & CAO, Peabody Energy

Julie Greiner
Former Chief Corporate Officer at Macy’s Inc.

D’Anne Hurd
Retired CFO & General Counsel, Active Board Member & Governance Consultant

Barbara Kuhr
Plunkett+Kuhr Designers, Founding Partner

Valerie Montgomery Rice
President and Dean Morehouse School of Medicine

Phyllis Newhouse
CEO & Co-founder X-treme Soultions, Inc.

Valerie Plame
Former CIA Operative, Author, News Commentator, Board Director, National Security Expert


Amy Baxter
President & CEO, MMJ Labs

Lisel Donaldson
Vice President, Internal Audit, Coach, Inc.

Niloo Howe 
SVP, Strategy & Operations, Global Chief Strategy Officer, RSA (one of the world’s largest cyber security companies)

Duda Kertesz
President, Health-E – Johnson & Johnson US

Lucy Pamboukdjian
Chief Commercial Officer – Santiago Exchange

Dune Thorne
Founder, Invest in Girls; Partner, Brown Advisory


What the Grovers and Taras Have been Up to Lately…

Erica Orange recently had a beautiful baby boy, Zane Orion.  He was born June 1st, weighing in at 9 pounds, 12.5 oz. Congratulations Erica!

Rachel Rosenblatt gave birth to an adorable baby girl, Ava Rose Bone. She was born on June 27th weighing 7 pounds, 5 oz. Congratulations Rachel!

Catherine Allen was interviewed in Agenda Magazine (Financial Times) about ways organizations should be focused on cyber security and risk at the board level.

Also, Catherine Allen was named to the Executive Committee of El Paso Electric Company, where she chairs the Security Committee and sits on Nominations and Governance, Public Affairs and Energy and Natural Resources Committees.

The Boston Business Journal wrote an article about the Cambridge-located, MIT start-up The Engine of which Katie Rae is the CEO of.

Valerie Plame has listed her home:

Adobe Sanctuary with Stunning Views
1115 Calle Conejo | mls: 201701878 | $2,100,000
A gated and gracious adobe residence plus guesthouse filled with Santa Fe style detailing, located on 2.7 acres that features majestic views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, all for your enjoyment.

Click here to view images of the home.

Pamela O’Rourke, President & CEO of ICON Information Consultants, was featured columnist in the Houston Business Journal with a byline titled, “4 Things I learned Starting a Business as a Woman.”


Know a Potential New Member?

If anyone would like to nominate a potential Grover, TARA, or Nyomi, please submit your nomination packet ASAP.

Please do not forward to us applications for anyone who:

1. You don’t personally know

2. You wouldn’t be willing to share a room with on a retreat

3. You do not have at least one seconder for

4. You believe is “on the way” but is not quite there yet … save the application for a future time when the candidate would have probably achieved her first success story and her application will have the ‘wow’ effect on first impression.

Click HERE to Download the Nyomi Application.

Click HERE to Download the TARA Application.

Click HERE to Download the Grover application.

Please submit all applications with resume to leslie@belizeangrove.org


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I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.”

-Lucille Ball

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