Executive Board and Board Members
President: Richard Brethour-Bell
Richard was born in Chicago and raised in South Central L.A. After the '92 riots he moved to the family land in Utica, MS. Four years later, he moved to Biloxi, Ms. Sometime after Katrina, Richard decided that it was time for him to be his authentic self. He moved to Ft. Lauderdale, "came out" and became a flight attendant. While visiting a friend in Santa Fe, he met the man that he would marry, James Brethour. Soon afterwards, Richard decided that it was time for him to join the fight for marriage equality. He was invited to speak at the Roundhouse in support of domestic partnership recognition. Shortly afterwards, he joined the SFHRA Pride organization and today he is the President.
Richard joined the fight for true equality in New Mexico along with the HRA, All Families Matter, and EQNM.
In addition to being a small business owner, Richard is the Region 3 Director for InterPride, World Pride Madrid 2017 Co-chair, big brother with BBBS, and a full-time student at UNM. Richard believes that until there is equality for all, all equality is vulnerable.
Vice President: James Brethour
James hails from Toronto, Canada and has made Santa Fe his home for the last 17 years. During that time, James has been working as an engineer, served as a volunteer firefighter in Santa Fe County, and was a mentor for the Big Brothers program. James also consistently dedicated his time, energy and passion to Gay Pride as a volunteer.
James married his husband, Richard Bell, in Toronto in 2010. James became a Board Member of SFHRA Pride in 2014.
Treasurer: Ellie Fox
Ellie has been a board member of the Santa Fe HRA for seven years and has consistently held the trusted position of Treasure.
When Ellie first volunteered to join the board, she was surprised to hear a cheer right after announcing she was an accountant in her former, pre-retirement, life. "No one usually cheers for accountants”, Ellie joked.
After immigrating to Santa Fe from the New York and New Jersey area over ten years ago, Ellie married her partner in 2012. They recently celebrated their 30th anniversary and are looking forward to their 50th. Ellie’s wife has also spent many years as an activist.
Ellie is a proud parent of a long-haired Dachshund.
Ellie is extremely proud and excited to be a part of the SFHRA in our mission to support the LGBT community, and the HRA is fortunate to have her.
Want to get more involved?
Come to our public meetings, held the first Sunday of every month at 5pm in our Pride office at (new location) 141 East Palace Avenue, Suite 3 (lower entry on right side of bldg at Otero St), Santa Fe, NM.
For more information, contact HRA president Richard Bell at 505-216-1595 or firstname.lastname@example.org.